Is This $89,000 1989 Porsche 3.2 Carrera a Good Deal?

Nice Price or No Cube 1989 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Targa

The current owner of today Good price or no dice Porsche bought it from Bring a Trailer last year. It’s now being offered at a 20 percent premium to that retail price. Let’s see if current market conditions confirm this bump.

If you’re the outdoorsy type, then you’re probably keen on some sort of vehicle that can take you off the beaten track. I also suspect that you too * touches his forehead with his fingers * Own at least one piece of flannel clothing.

Yesterday 2005 Subaru Forester XT appeared to be a pretty solid light SUV, which with its updated engine and a number of modifications ensured it had a full foot of ground clearance. A rare manual gearbox was just the icing on the cake on this Subaru Cake. All that seemed to be a just dessert as a majority found by you The Subie Seller wagered $8,5000 to be a yummy treat. the Result was a narrow 52 percent nice price win for the car. Now for that flannel…

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They don’t really equate Porsche and Flannel. Hbut, With plaid, pasha and houndstooth long established as iconic upholstery options from the Stuttgarters, it’s safe to say the company knows fashion. the 1989 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Targa we’re looking at today, comes in velvet red metallic over a black full leather interior which i think it’s safe to say goes with anything.

Speaking of driving, this 72,000-mile 3.2 really packs a punch was around the block after originally being sold in Maine, and then made its way across a number of states to California and then New York, where it was sold to the current owner late last year. This sale apparently resulted in it ending up back in the Golden State. How do we all know this is based on the somewhat parsimonious presentation in the car’s recent Craigslist ad? Well, we don’t. All of this information is from the Bring a trailer list with you from the August 2021 sale, conveniently linked in the current ad.

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Based on the information from both listings it is evident that this is a stunning example of the latest edition of the original 911. The 964 models, which succeeded the 3.2 Carrera in late 1989, featured significantly different styling and, more importantly, a completely revised chassis from the 959 model as well a bigger and more powerful flat-six engine that does its thing in the backend.

That makes this ’89 3.2 an era ender. As the model name suggests, the engine is a 3.2 liter which at the time had 217 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. This is an air/oil-cooled SOHC six-cylinder, and despite the somewhat plebeian specs, these engines are both sound great and are able to move the reasonable-weight Porsche’s 2,975 pounds Authority.

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The ad notes that this is a G50 car, which were all ’89s as that was the only gearbox choice at the time. This refers to the Getrag G50 five-speed that replaced the Porsche-designed and built 915 gearbox in 1987 model year. There’s a lot of debate as to which is the preferred transmission as both have their pros and cons, but if you’re looking exclusively at cars from ’87 and later you really don’t have a choice. Other mechanical aspects to consider here are the replacement of both the spherical shells of the shift lever and the tie rod ends before the BaT sale. The car was also upgraded to European ride height at an earlier date.

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The paintwork appears to be completely original and the car appears to have all original parts, right down to the paper security card in the front trunk. These are often lost with these models. Notable options include the 3.2 Carrera front and rear spoilers and 16-inch fox with black centers and polished rims. These are wrapped in recently purchased Hankook tires.

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As mentioned, the interior features the full leather package and everything looks in remarkable shape. A Pioneer head unit sits in the center of the dash and the car has air conditioning, but there’s no indication if it’s been updated to R134 or is rocking R12. Either way, the air conditioning in these cars is only really effective up to about 85° outside temperature. The title is clean and the seller says it traded in cash only. Please no crypto or credit cards for this purchase.

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Now that we’ve gotten through all that, let’s get to the asking price. That’s $89,000, which the seller describes as “adjusted for inflation.” This adjustment is a good bit more than the $74,000 the car went for last August. And that was on Bring a Trailer, which, as you know, doesn’t really go for bargains. This is also a Targa, while still sitting in the middle of the 3.2 prices between the coupe and cabriolet, it’s getting closer to closed car values in the past few years. But has the market jumped so high that this car is now worth 20 percent more than it was 8 months ago? Is this the world we live in today? For real?

Do you think this 3.2 Carrera Targa is worth the $89,000? Or is this a pinball fantasy?

You decide!

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