1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 from Australia and New Zealand
87-89 911 Carrera, must have car
DME relay, high beam switch, odometer, shifter bush.
This car is a legend. It is still superb to drive (handles, accelerates and brakes brilliantly), even compared to modern day sports cars.
The car feel indestructible in most aspects; actually if it wasn't so light (not to mention its gorgeous and unique looks) you would call it a tank because it feels so darn solid. The maintenance is simple and reasonable in cost.
Compared to today's cars everything is incredibly solid; the body, engine, transmission, bearings, hinges, interior trim, even the switches feel unbreakable.
Actually, these cars were designed / could be tracked and then driven home. Today one would require a GT3 for the same equivalent, in my opinion.
The modern day 911 is faster, however it's like driving any new Japanese or Korean car, it lacks character, and they have made it near impossible to maintain by the owner.
Mine has never been crashed, and is always garaged, hence it still has the original paint and it's still so deep and glossy.
I did a few mods, though nothing to depreciate it (it is a factory / Australian delivered RH drive). The main reason was to reduce its weight.
Removed the A/C components (A/C was a joke anyway) and installed a Steve Wong Chip (to advance the ignition).
Additionally, I removed about 60 - 65 kg of what I believe to be unnecessary mass from the car. Hence, a combination of the chip and mass reduction has made the car feel a lot more responsive on the throttle.
Naturally, all the parts I have kept, just in case.
These cars were designed and built in an era when they were designed and engineered to last and endure. Sadly this is not the case today, no matter what the salesmen tries to spin on you.
Simply, I would find it very difficult to part with this car. Additionally, they seem to have appreciated significantly recently, which is a nice thing.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th April, 2016