Guards Red Classic: 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa – $33,500

Mar 2020 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

Ask car enthusiasts what is the quintessential Porsche color combination of the 1980s, most will reply Guards Red over Black like this 1985 Carrera Targa just listed earlier this week here on Craigslist in Columbus, New Jersey with an asking price of $33,500.   Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Targa realistically priced $1,500 above the current #3 “Good” estimate of $32,000.  If you are serious about buying this Carrera you can start the conversation by emailing the seller here.

Porsche marked the 21st anniversary of its venerable 911 in 1984 with the launch of 3.2 Carrera designed to replace the SC.  Save for a new dashboard design with larger air conditioning vents in 1986, The 3.2 Carrera is almost indistinguishable from the SC with the biggest clue being the fog lights were now integrated into the valance panel underneath the front bumper. The big news for the “new” Carrera was its heavily revised 3.2 liter flat six air cooled engine  that in addition to an improved timing chain tensioner system, driving refinement and reliability through an upgrade of the fuel and ignition components to an Bosch’s L-Jetronic with Motronics 2 DME (Digital Motor Electronics) system.  The 1987 model featured here also benefits from the more stout Getrag G50 five-speed manual combined with a bump in horsepower to 217 the year before.  In the late eighties, emissions, noise, and safety regulations were starting to take its toll on the aging 911 design, so the 3.2 Carrera produced from 1984-1989 represents the last iteration of the original car.

While this example has double the mileage of the Bee Keeper’s Targa we’re also featuring today, of the two this is the car we would likely pick and that has nothing to with price.  First off, these-pre ’87, non-G50 transmission equipped cars are notoriously famous for developing synchronizer issues, so while the other car is likely near developing issues, this car already has a rebuilt transmission with the correct upgrades in place. Second, unlike the other car the owner of this Targa has service receipts dating back to 1993.  Solid maintenance history proof over the life of a Porsche trumps a lone high-dollar recent repair.  The only thing that might be off-putting for some are the suspension “upgrades” as these may hint at a firmer ride than stock.  While great for improved handling, its not as fun for your passenger when touring, so keep that in mind.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

” Guards red exterior, factory whale tail, black leather interior
– Factory options (Limited slip differential, Central locking, Alarm system)
– 130k miles – Clean Carfax, no accidents
– New tires, battery
– Newer brake pads and rotors
– Transmission rebuilt, clutch replaced
– Targa top rebuilt
– Headlights upgraded
– Suspension and handling upgrades (Bilstein sport shocks, Upgraded torsion bars, Upgraded turbo tie-rods, Ride height was lowered and car was corner-balanced)
– Maintenance items taken care of
– Service history and receipts back to 1993
– Tool kit, jack, and manuals included.

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