Make : Porsche
Model : Carrera
Year : 1984
Owner : Georges Tcheroyan
Country : Lebanon
Member of : Porsche Club Lebanon
The Last Original Porsche Carrera Breed
In 1963, Porsche AG of Stuggart introduced the Original Porsche 911 (pronounced nine eleven, German: Neunelfer) as the famous, distinctive, and durable design we all know today.
The Porsche 911 was a luxury 2+2 sports car that created its reputation of being one of the most wanted sports cars throughout history.
Moving further into the history of the Porsche Carrera, we found out that Carrera is a Spanish word and stands for “race”. Porsche started using the name on the 356 series, to show homage to Carrera Panamericana, a border-to-border race held in Mexico from 1950 to 1954. The Carrera name has been added to many racing and race-ready models since 1955: the 356, 904, 906, 911 up to 1977 and the 924.
As for the car itself, it wasn’t until 1984 that Porsche decided to roll out a replacement for the extremely popular Model 911SC named 911 3.2 Carrera. Porsche decided to revive the Carrera name for the first time since 1977, Porsche’s marketing department started using the Carrera name for a basic model to boost sales.
The 911 3.2 Carrera featured new body styling with new brake, electronic and suspension technologies. The new model had a lot to prove, was it going to live up to its classic predecessor’s reputation?
The Model 911 3.2 Carrera was available in three basic models, the coupe, Targa and cabriolet. Porsche also produced 4 optional limited production versions. The first option was introduced in 1984 as the M491 which was called the ‘Supersport’ in the UK, and commonly referred to as the ‘Turbo-look’. The M491 option closely resembled the Model 930 Turbo with its exterior styling that included flared wheel arches and the classic rear spoiler. It also featured wider wheels, a stiffer suspension and the superior turbo braking system.
The 1984 Porsche Carrera 3.2 came equipped with a higher displacement and electronically controlled fuel and ignition, the engine capacity was raised to 3164cc by employing the 95mm bore from the previous SC model along with the 74.4mm stroke of the 1978 Turbo 3.3’s crankshaft.
The 3.2 Carrera was both faster and more fuel efficient. The American versions were pushing an impressive 207HP and the European market versions were pushing an even more impressive 231HP.
Continuing into production till 1989, the 911 3.2 Carrera remained basically unchanged during its 5-year production run with the exception of a new 5-speed gearbox, a hydraulically operated clutch and a thermostatically controlled fan to improve oil cooling, all implemented in 1987.
When all was said and done the model 911 3.2 Carrera did not disappoint. It not only lived up to the standards set by the model 911SC that it replaced, it exceeded all expectations. Now a much sought-after classic car for Porsche enthusiasts, the model 911 3.2 Carrera was the last version of the original 911 series. The model 911’s produced after 1989 all came with completely new exterior styling as well as new brake, suspension and electronic technology. You could say the 3.2 Carrera was a grand finale of sorts, but it was certainly not the end of the road for the 911.