The history of the Porsche 911 goes back to 1959, when Ferdinand ‘Butzi’ Porsche —son of Ferry Porsche— drafted the first sketches for a rear-engined, flat-six powered 2+2 coupé to replace the aging 356 lineup. The result was a nameplate for the ages, one that still remains synonymous with the alliance of reliable practicality and Teutonic motorsport.
The very early 911 models, released in late 1964, were powered by a two-litre flat-six, and over the decades it gained many improvements: bigger brakes, stronger transmissions, fuel injection, larger displacements, and a plethora of cabin amenities. The same 911 formula, however, remained unchanged until the release of the first watercooled 911, the 996 lineup, in 1998.
In the mid-1980’s, Porsche set to revive the Carrera name in the 911, as a replacement for the SC series. The 3.0L engine was heavily revised, and grew to 3.2 litres. The old 915 gearboxes, a staple since the 1970’s, were replaced in 1987 by a robust ‘G50’ five-speed manual. Three body styles were offered: coupé, cabrio, and targa; with Speedster and ‘Turbo look’ variants available. To this day, it remains one of the most reliable Porsche models ever made, with some owners claiming upwards of 200,000 miles in their 3.2L G50 cars.
This particular car, finished in Marine Blue, was delivered new to Mitsuwa Porsche in Japan in 1988. After sitting largely unused for almost three decades, it was acquired and recommissioned by us in 2016 to be used as a personal car until mid-2022. Under our ownership, we have added 2,000 kilometres approximately, and serviced it as needed —including some larger items, such a starter and a blower motor.