At $89,000, is this 1989 Porsche 3.2 Carrera a bargain?

Nice Price or No Dice 1989 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Targa

The current owner today Good price or no dice Porsche bought it last year from Bring a Trailer. It is now offered at a premium of 20% on this sale price. Let’s see if the current market conditions confirm this bump.

If you love the outdoors, you’re probably interested in some sort of vehicle that can take you off the beaten path. I also assume that you too * touch fingers to forehead * have at least one flannel garment.

yesterday Subaru Forester 2005 seemed like a pretty solid lightweight off-roader, with its updated engine and a number of mods designed to give it full ground clearance. A rare manual transmission was just the icing on this Subaru cake. That all seemed to be fair dessert like the majority of you have found the entire seller Suffered $85000 asking to be a tasty to treat. the results has been a narrow 52% victory over the Nice Price for the car. Now, about that flannel…

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You don’t really equate Porsches and flannel. HHowever, With plaid, Pasha and houndstooth having long been established as iconic upholstery options for the Stuttgart stalwart, it’s safe to say the company knows fashion. the 1989 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Targa we’re looking at today comes in red velor metallic over a black leather interior, which I think is safe to say goes with everything.

Speaking of going, this 72,000 mile 3.2 really has circled around, having originally been sold in Maine, then crossing a number of states to California and then New York, where it was sold to the current owner late last year. This sale apparently led him to end up in the Golden State. How do we know everything this based on the somewhat parsimonious presentation of the car’s current Craigslist ad? Well, we don’t. All this information comes from Bring a trailer ad from the August 2021 sale, easily linked in the current announcement.

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Based on the information gleaned from both listings, it is evident that this is a superb last edition example of the original 911. The 964 models that succeeded the 3.2 Carrera in late 1989 featured significantly different styling and, more importantly, a completely redesigned chassis derived from the 959 model as well as a larger, more powerful flat-six engine that does its job in back.

That makes this ’89 3.2 a bit of an end-of-era. As the model name suggests, the engine is 3.2 liters, which at the time was rated at 217 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. It’s an air/oil-cooled SOHC flat-six, and despite the somewhat plebeian spec, these engines both sound great and are able to move the Porsche’s 2,975 pounds with a authority.

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The ad notes that this is a G50 car, which all ’89s were since it was the only transmission choice at the time. This refers to the five-speed Getrag G50 which replaced the 915 gearbox designed and built by Porsche in 1987. model year. There’s a lot of debate over which transmission is preferred, as both have their pros and cons, but if you’re looking exclusively at ’87 and newer cars, you really have no choice. Other mechanical aspects to note here replace both shift lever ball cup and tie rod ends prior to BaT sale. The car was also dropped at European ride height at one point.

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The paintwork appears to be completely original and the car appears to have all its original features, right down to the paper fuse diagram card in the front trunk. These are often missing on these models. Notable options include 3.2 Carrera front and rear spoilers and 16-inch Fuchs which feature black centers and polished rims. These are wrapped in recently acquired Hankook tires.

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As noted, the interior features a full leather package and everything appears to be in remarkable shape. A Pioneer head unit sits in the center of the dashboard and the car has air conditioning, but there is no indication whether it has been updated to R134 or R12. Anyway, the air conditioning in these cars is only really effective up to an ambient temperature of around 85°. The title is clean and the seller says he will only deal in cash. No crypto or credit cards for this purchase, please.

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Now that we’ve gone through all that, let’s get to the asking price. It’s $89,000 which the seller notes as “inflation adjusted”. This adjustment is slightly more than the $74,000 the car cost in August of last year. And that was on Bring a Trailer which, as we all know, doesn’t really do that well. It’s also a Targa, which, while still in the middle of the 3.2 price between coupe and convertible, has trended up closer to closed car values. during the last years. But has the market jumped so high that this car is now worth a 20% premium to what it was just 8 months ago? Is this the world we live in today? Really?

What do you say, is this 3.2 Carrera Targa worth the asking $89,000? Or, is it a freaking fantasy?

You decide!

San Francisco Bay Area, California, craigslistwhere to go here if the ad disappears.

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