European Delivery: 55k-Mile 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Cabriolet

  • March 26, 2021
The Rundown
  • European-Delivery 911 w/ 3-Owners from New
  • Sold New at Vasek Polak Porsche in CA
  • Acquired by Current Owner in 2003
  • Reasonable 55k Miles
  • Renowned 3.2L, 231hp ‘Flat-6’ Engine
  • Preferred G50 5-Speed Manual Transaxle
  • Fabulous Color Combination
Why We Like It

Without doubt, Porsche’s 1984-1989 Carrera 3.2 models remain among the most celebrated variations of the evergreen 6-cylinder 911 lineage today. While the removable roof Targa had been offered since 1967, the true open-air Cabriolet finally debuted in 1983 on the 3.0L 911SC. The 1984-1989 Carrera 3.2 Cabriolet marks one of the finest expressions of the concept, especially with the availability of the stronger, smoother-shifting ‘G50’ manual transaxle and its simplified and more intuitive 5-speed shift pattern. As such, these Carrera 3.2 models continued through the end of production in 1989 with the advent of the highly revised 964-generation models.

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european-delivery-55k-mile-1987-porsche-911-carrera-3-2-cabriolet00s0s fttHG7DODAXz 0pO0jm 1200x900Equipped with the preferred ‘G50’ 5-speed transaxle, this 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Cabriolet comes to market with a most reasonable 55k seller-stated miles. The current owner acquired the vehicle in 2003, and it was purchased new via the Vasek Polak Porsche dealership in Hermosa Beach, California, which ran a Can-Am 917 and a stable of IMSA 935s in the 1970s. The original purchaser must have been a committed Porsche enthusiast, having opted to take European Delivery of this vehicle – a “bucket list” dream scenario for this Zero260 contributor! From the photos supplied, this 911 Cabriolet looks like an honest, solid example in wonderfully well-maintained and highly original condition.

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Valuation Verdict

This lifelong California car is a high-quality example with just three obviously caring owners from new. From the image of the Service Book included with the car, it looks like maintenance has been exemplary, pending full examination of it and the service file. It feels like a highly desirable, confidence-inspiring car on all counts. However, is it worth nearly $15k more than Hagerty’s price guide value for a #1 example? We see similar examples sell at auction for $50k-$60k, although the Euro delivery and G50 transmission are definite pluses, we’d like to see the price on this one come down about 20%.

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