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Model 911t targa Year 1972 Acquired 2013 Model 911e Year 1972 Acquired 2014 Model 930 turbo 3.0 Year 1977 Acquired 2014 Model 930 turbo 3.0 Year 1977 Acquired 2015 Model carrera 3.0 Year 1977 Acquired 2016 Model 911 sc Year 1981 Acquired 2015 Model 3.2 carrera Year 1986 Acquired 2015 Model 993 c4s Year 1996 Acquired 2016 Model 964 carrera 4 Year 1994 Acquired 2016 Model 997.1 Gt3 Year 2007 Acquired 2017 Model 991.1 Gt3 rs Year 2015 Acquired 2018
I’m delighted to announce the latest addition to the P911R clan, a 1988 Grand Prix white Carrera. For me, nothing sums up the late1980’s style like Miami Vice and the white Fuchs on this car.
1980’s Carreras are always in demand in the US due to the bulletproof G50 transmission and 3.2 flat six. Living in Texas, a feature I really appreciate is the inclusion of the extra lower dash vents.
I wasn’t actively hunting for a 1980’s Carrera, but sometimes you stumble upon a great car that’s too good to pass up. A tip of the hat to my friends at Rswerks in Newark, Delaware for the lead.
As usual, I had my local Porsche specialist Eurocar-werk do a PPI (in my case this means a Post Purchase Inspection). Thankfully the ‘to-do list’ was short and the engine had outstanding leak-down numbers. My Grandpa always said: “It’s better to be lucky than good”.
1980’s Carreras are solidly put together, offering a refined driving experience that appeals to those who prefer a more comfortable ride. This does come at a cost, and the weight of the car is noticeable versus an SC or earlier car.
Speaking of weight, it’s enlightening to drive this 1988 back-to-back with my 1988 Black Werks Turbo Look (WTL).
The sought-after WTL includes the Turbo brakes, suspension, whaletail and flares, but with the naturally aspirated 3.2. The difference is profound; the white ‘narrow body’ is noticeably faster and agile than my 1988 Carrera with the M491 Turbolook package. This serves as a reminder why the factory so aggressively seeks weight reductions on their special-edition Rennsport models.
So far, I’ve really enjoyed the white 1988. It’s served me well thus far as a daily driver, successfully executing the school run and errands all over town, but I’m not sure it fulfils all my requirements for spirited driving. I think I need some more time to decide if this is a keeper.