1987 Porsche 911 Carrera 2017-07-03T08:27:10+00:00

Project Description

OVERVIEW

The Porsche 911 is pure magic. It’s a flagrant defiance of physics, a triumph of engineering. By any logical convention, it shouldn’t work anywhere near as well as it does. Common convention says that placing the engine completely behind the rear wheels makes for an inherently unbalanced car that will either plow straight ahead and off the road or snap oversteer and send the driver careening into a ditch. But the Porsche 911 is anything but conventional.

Hand-built and refined over more than 20 years, this 1987 model hits a sweet spot in the evolution of the 911. The suspension has been fully sorted and fine-tuned to remove a lot of the negative traits of earlier cars while still allowing the chassis to offer an abundance of communication to the driver. The air-cooled flat-6 engine is another unconventional engineering decision that works surprisingly well. The first time you plant the throttle to the floor you’ll wonder why everyone doesn’t make engines like this. There’s something about that savage bark from the engine just a couple of feet behind you that is highly addictive, begging you to keep your foot down; to shift gears faster to make the most of it.

Inside, the 911 is all business. From the second your butt hits the seat, you immediately feel connected. The seating position is perfect. Seriously. You won’t want to get out. The five round gauges are directly ahead of you and the bright orange needles on top of the black faces offer the perfect clarity to see everything with a quick glance. The steering wheel has that classic ‘80s look but what’s really important here is the feel that comes through it. Each bump, dip, and crack in the pavement makes the car feel just that little bit more alive. Steering the 911 down the road is like having a conversation with your best friend – honest, unfiltered, and fun.

There’s a reason the 911 is still around today and why it’s look and character have changed so little over the last 50 years. Porsche got it right the first time and each new generation has been just a little better, faster, better engineered. And while the new 911 is switching to smaller turbocharged engines across the range, these older air-cooled cars will continue to offer a very unique and rewarding driving experience that isn’t to be missed.

OVERVIEW

The Porsche 911 is pure magic. It’s a flagrant defiance of physics, a triumph of engineering. By any logical convention, it shouldn’t work anywhere near as well as it does. Common convention says that placing the engine completely behind the rear wheels makes for an inherently unbalanced car that will either plow straight ahead and off the road or snap oversteer and send the driver careening into a ditch. But the Porsche 911 is anything but conventional.

Hand-built and refined over more than 20 years, this 1987 model hits a sweet spot in the evolution of the 911. The suspension has been fully sorted and fine-tuned to remove a lot of the negative traits of earlier cars while still allowing the chassis to offer an abundance of communication to the driver. The air-cooled flat-6 engine is another unconventional engineering decision that works surprisingly well. The first time you plant the throttle to the floor you’ll wonder why everyone doesn’t make engines like this. There’s something about that savage bark from the engine just a couple of feet behind you that is highly addictive, begging you to keep your foot down; to shift gears faster to make the most of it.

Inside, the 911 is all business. From the second your butt hits the seat, you immediately feel connected. The seating position is perfect. Seriously. You won’t want to get out. The five round gauges are directly ahead of you and the bright orange needles on top of the black faces offer the perfect clarity to see everything with a quick glance. The steering wheel has that classic ‘80s look but what’s really important here is the feel that comes through it. Each bump, dip, and crack in the pavement makes the car feel just that little bit more alive. Steering the 911 down the road is like having a conversation with your best friend – honest, unfiltered, and fun.

There’s a reason the 911 is still around today and why it’s look and character have changed so little over the last 50 years. Porsche got it right the first time and each new generation has been just a little better, faster, better engineered. And while the new 911 is switching to smaller turbocharged engines across the range, these older air-cooled cars will continue to offer a very unique and rewarding driving experience that isn’t to be missed.

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A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW

The Porsche 911 can trace its roots back to 1963, making it one of the oldest lineages of vehicles on the road today. And while a lot has changed over the past 50-plus years, the iconic shape remains largely unchanged. We’ve seen the classic air-cooled flat-sixes give way to water-cooled engines in 1999. The somewhat treacherous swing-arm suspension that was known for inducing snap oversteer when the driver abruptly lifted off the throttle was phased out with the 964 when the 993 was introduced in 1995. Various turbocharged models have come and gone, offering their own form of thrills in the form of big wallops of boost, often at unexpected times.

While the original cars utilized small, 2.0-liter air-cooled engines ranging in power from 108 to 158 bhp, Porsche has never made outright power a priority in the 911, instead choosing to focus on keeping weight down and superior vehicle dynamics to make the 911 competitive. Even today, with most 911 models putting down over 400 horsepower, the 911 still has the ability to outdrive most of its competition, despite offering sometimes 100 horsepower less than rivals.

A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW

The Porsche 911 can trace its roots back to 1963, making it one of the oldest lineages of vehicles on the road today. And while a lot has changed over the past 50-plus years, the iconic shape remains largely unchanged. We’ve seen the classic air-cooled flat-sixes give way to water-cooled engines in 1999. The somewhat treacherous swing-arm suspension that was known for inducing snap oversteer when the driver abruptly lifted off the throttle was phased out with the 964 when the 993 was introduced in 1995. Various turbocharged models have come and gone, offering their own form of thrills in the form of big wallops of boost, often at unexpected times.

While the original cars utilized small, 2.0-liter air-cooled engines ranging in power from 108 to 158 bhp, Porsche has never made outright power a priority in the 911, instead choosing to focus on keeping weight down and superior vehicle dynamics to make the 911 competitive. Even today, with most 911 models putting down over 400 horsepower, the 911 still has the ability to outdrive most of its competition, despite offering sometimes 100 horsepower less than rivals.

WORD ON THE STREET

“With early 911s now as rare as hen’s teeth, the Carrera 3.2 is definitely going to take on the mantle of the classic 911. The Carrera 3.2 was a big step forward from the 911 SC it replaced, but it still has an air-cooled flat-six, and without coil springs, ABS and other driver aids, it represents the last of the original 911s. It’s a very attractive package.”

Peter Morgan, Porsche Specialist

“Admittedly I was afraid to drive this car, not just because I didn’t want to wreck a car that didn’t belong to me, but I was afraid to be disappointed. The fear of being let down by one of my hero cars was great, but thankfully not greater than my desire to drive it. I’m glad I did because holy crap, it’s one of the best cars I’ve ever driven. It’s all the car I’d ever want.”

Chris Perkins, Jalopnik

“The Carrera 3.2 was a popular model and was phased out in 1989. Today, it’s gained a reputation for being reliable and relatively affordable to own and run. It’s not the most exciting 911 ever, but for many it’s an ideal first foray into 911 ownership.”

Unknown, Total 911

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