Porsche 911 carrera 3.2L (1983-1989) story of a resurrection

The Porsche 911 3.2 carrera is one of the 911s most sought after by collectors. Sporty and powerful, it presents a timeless line. At the hinge between the early 911s of the 1960s and the more contemporary generations of the 964 and 993.

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The last of the 911s?

The 911 SC (1977-1983) was to lead Porsche to remove the 911 from its catalog, as the management wanted to expand re-focus the production on new front-engine models. Noting the excellent commercial results of the Porsche 924 and the performance of the Porsche 928, it considered that the time had come to turn the page on the 911. The latter is then considered archaic in its design, perfectible in its handling and relatively uncomfortable. 

But a change of direction at Porsche will be a game-changer. In 1983 the Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 was thus presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The 3.2 L retains the original line and suspensions of the 911 and is aesthetically very close to its predecessor the SC. The Fuchs rims are still offered as an option, as is the wing of the 930. But it is modernized and made easier to use. It benefits from a power gain of 31 horsepower allowing it to reach 245 km / h and 6.1s from 0 to 100 km / h.

After its launch, the most significant development will be the adoption in 1987 of the famous G 50 Gertrag gearbox with hydraulic clutch control, replacing the 915 gearbox. It will be available in three bodies, with the coupe, the targa and the convertible. A very exclusive Speedster will appear in 1989.

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231CV that make all the difference

If the 911 Carrera 3.2 looks like its predecessor, it benefits from a completely revised fuel system with a new Bosch Motronic DME electronic ignition and injection control system. This, added to the increase in engine volume, generates a gain of 27CV compared to the SC engine. In addition, the timing system has a new hydraulic chain tensioner and a more powerful alternator is fitted.

The mechanics of 3.2 will evolve in small steps. Therefore, from 1985  (F series), an air inlet is fitted in the spoiler improving cooling. In the United States, a version with an engine equipped with a catalytic converter (type 930-21) is offered, developing only 207 hp. In 1986(G series), Boge shock absorbers made their appearance as well as new anti-roll bars. From 1987, appears the new G50 gearbox supplied by Getrag which brings unparalleled driving comfort on a 911, integrating a hydraulic clutch control which facilitates gear changes.

Ferry Porsche

Different options are available, including the famous Turbo-Look, much sought after by collectors today. This gave the bestial look of the 930 turbo to the 911 3.2, thanks to wider fenders and rims. The brakes and suspensions were also reinforced. In 1987-89, special series will also be distributed by Porsche. The Clubsport series was released in 1987. It is a lighter version of 65 kg and more sporty in design. In 1988, the Carrera Jubilé was launched to celebrate the milestone of 250,000 Porsche 911s produced and the 25th anniversary. It is distinguished by its diamond blue metallic exterior color with Fuchs rims painted in the same color and Ferry Porsche signed headrests on the headrests.

Technical Specifications

  • Engine Type: 6-cylinder opposed boxer, 12-valve
  • Position: Rear overhang
  • Ignition: Bosch DME Motronic ignition and electronic injection
  • Displacement (cm3): 3164
  • Max power (DIN hp at rpm): 231 at 5900
  • Maximum torque (Nm at rpm): 284 at 4800
  • Brakes Front-Rear (mm): ventilated discs (282/290) + 2 piston calipers
  • Max speed (km/h): 245
  • 0 to 100 km/h: 6 "1
  • PRODUCTION: 79,649 units


The Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 has seen its price rise widely over the past decade. A model in good condition trades in around 40/45,000 euros, and the G50 version passes the 50,000 euros without difficulty. The more mileage and less maintained versions trade slightly less but rarely below 35,000 euros. It is therefore a sought-after car, which often proves to be expensive to maintain. Indeed, its mechanics are complex and not very accessible, so that many mechanics cannot or do not want to ensure maintenance.

The fact remains that it is a solid car and above all a very pleasant one to drive. Its flat 6 cylinder produces an inimitable growl. And its line does not age.

When buying, you must ensure:

  • Oil leaks. This is the bad thing about 911s. The seals age badly and the engine loses oil. And because you have to remove the engine to change most of these gaskets, an oil leak can be expensive to repair.
  • Corrosion in the fenders, windshield windows and door passages
  • The history of the car. A 911 requires frequent (and expensive) overhauls. Otherwise, the engine can be damaged.
  • Car ignition. Difficult to adjust, electronic ignition requires rare and expensive expertise. Beware of 911 3.2s engines that start with difficulty.
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