This is part two of a ten part series about 10 Porsches that are currently within a reasonable budget, but that may become very valuable in the future. In part one I covered the Porsche 911 SC (you can read more about that here). This post will cover the Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2.
Below is the list of Porsche that will be covered in other posts. Please note that the order of the Porsches in the below list is the order that they will be covered, but not necessarily the order of what is more likely to become valuable.
- Porsche 911 SC
- Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2
- Porsche 911 (993)
- Porsche 911 (964)
- Porsche 912
- Porsche 914
- Porsche 928
- Porsche 968
- Porsche 944
- Porsche 924
Because the Porsche 911 SC was a success and Porsche had decided to keep the 911 in production a new 911 was readied for 1984. The Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 was produced from 1984-1989 and was quite a car. The new 911 brought back the Carrera name, that hadn’t been used on a 911 since 1977 (although, it should be noted that the SC in the 911 SC stands for Super Carrera). The air cooled engine was increased from a 3.0 liter engine to a 3.2 liter engine.
The larger engine improved performance over the 911 SC making the car get from 0-60MPH in just 6.3 seconds (for the U.S. spec version), versus just under 7 seconds for the 911 SC (also for the U.S. spec version). For the first part of the production run, the Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 kept the 915 transmission that was used in the 911 SC, but a revelation happened in 1987 when the Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 received the wonderful G50 transmission. The new transmission made a huge difference in the car and many older cars have been upgraded to the better G50 transmissions.
Styling of the new car had very few changes from the Porsche 911 SC. One of the most notable outward changes was the addition of the solid rear light bar and the Carrera badging. The styling still had the classic lines of the 911 and still had the impact bumpers.
Prices of a Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 are holding pretty steady right now, but if you have $20,000 – $30,000 you can still find a very good example. As with all older Porsches, you should get the best one you can afford as it will save you money in the long run. You should also look for a car with good documentation and a CarFax is never a bad thing. When looking at maintenance records it never hurts to look into who has been doing the maintenance and making sure they know about Porsches. If you are in a Porsche club, it is a good idea to see if you can get a drive in a very good well maintained car before shopping for one for yourself. Most people in a Porsche club are more than happy to let you take a short test drive of their Carrera 3.2, if they know you are looking to buy the same type of car. This will give you a measuring stick to test other cars against.
When looking at purchasing a Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 look for a 1987 or newer car if you can afford it. The G50 transmission is quite an improvement over the 915 transmission, but it is usually better to buy an very good earlier Carrera 3.2 than a poor 1987 or newer Carrera 3.2. The later cars with the G50 transmission tend to command a premium over the earlier cars and prices have gone up a bit recently on these cars.
If you want a 1987 or newer Carrera 3.2 you will probably want to purchase the car sooner rather than later. Since these cars are already a little more expensive and appear to be starting to go up in value, it may not be more than 5-10 years before their prices keep many people out of the market. With the newer cars going up, it looks like the earlier cars have had their prices level recently. Look for the prices of these older Carrera 3.2s to start to climb once the 1987 and newer Carrera 3.2s have moved out of reach of many buyers. I think that within 10 years we will start to see prices on the earlier Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2s start to climb.
So, my prediction is to buy the 1987 or newer Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 now, if you can afford it. With the earlier cars, you may have a bit more time, but you want to make sure to get it before it goes up too much in value. Having said this, remember that this is just a prediction based on current conditions and you never really know what will happen. No matter what if you buy one of these cars, you are guaranteed to have fun driving it and that is what really counts.
Update: You can read part three of this series of posts here