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1989 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera "911 25th Anniversary Special Edition" Coupe


The last of the best. Some believe these are the last iteration of the best traditional Porsche 911 ever made. Launched in 1984 to replace the 911 SC, the 911 3.2 Carrera was the last iteration in the original 911 series, with all subsequent models featuring new body styling with new brake, electronic and suspension technologies.

A new higher-displacement engine, a 3.2 liter horizontally opposed flat 6 cylinder, was utilized. The new swept volume of 3164 cc was achieved using the 95 mm bore combined with the 1978 Turbo 3.3 crankshaft's 74.4 mm stroke. In addition, higher domed pistons increased the compression ratio from 9.8 to 10.3:1 (although only 9.5:1 for the US market). New intake manifold and exhaust systems were fitted. In 1987, the Carrera received a new five-speed G50 gearbox. This slightly heavier version also featured a hydraulically operated clutch.

With the new engine, power was increased to 207 bhp @ 5900 rpm for North American-delivered cars and to 231 bhp @ 5900 rpm for most other markets. This version of the 911 accelerated 0–60 mph in 5.4 seconds and had a top speed of 150 mph as measured by Autocar Magazine. Factory times were more modest: 0–60 mph time of 6.3 seconds for the US version and 6.1 seconds for cars outside the American market.

The brake discs were increased in size to aid in more effective heat dissipation and improved oil-fed chain tensioners were fitted to the engine. To improve oil cooling, a finned cooler replaced the serpentine lines in the front passenger fender well. This was further improved in 1987, with the addition of a thermostatically controlled fan.

Driving refinement and motor reliability were improved with an upgrade of the fuel and ignition control components to an L-Jetronic with Bosch Motronics 2 DME. An improvement in fuel-efficiency was due to the DME providing a petrol cut-off on the overrun. Changes in the fuel map and chip programming from October 1986 further improved the power to 217 bhp @ 5900 rpm for North American delivered cars as well as for other markets requesting low emissions, like Germany. Custom-mapped chips remain a popular upgrade.

For 1989, Porsche produced the 25th Anniversary Special Edition model to mark the 25th year of 911 production. 500 US market cars were produced to mark the 25th year of 911 production - 300 were coupes (240 in Silver Metallic paint and 60 in Satin Black Metallic - 200 were cabriolet models (160 in Silver Metallic and 40 in Satin Black Metallic)

All cars had full Silk Grey supple leather with black accent piping and silk grey velour carpeting. All cars had body color Fuchs wheels in 6x16 (front) and 8x16 (rear). In addition, these cars had a stitched leather console with an outside temperature gauge and a CD or cassette holder. This model also featured a limited slip differential and a short shifting gear lever. The cars also came with small bronze "25th Anniversary Special Edition" rectangular badges and are highly desired by collectors.

This particular car has been painstakingly maintained and thoughtfully upgraded throughout, with a balance of performance and reliability.