The car we are proudly featuring was the Cover star of August 2014 issue of "911 & PORSCHE WORLD" An originally Hong Kong delivered 1989 911 Carrera 3.2 with a G50 5 Speed gearbox, in 2013 the current owner has entrusted the magic wand of famed UK backdating specialist AUTOFARM to transform the car back in time to create this 1972 911S Tribute.
The canvas which the Tribute was based upon, is the last-of-the-line in traditional Porsches, these Carrera 3.2’s are the best way to deliver the famous air-cooled old-world Porsche driving experience. Evoking a time before power steering and other driving aids altered modern Porsches forever, this Porsche offers today’s lucky driver the authentic driving experience that made Porsche 911’s legendary.
Way before Singer "Re-imagined" Porsche 964 in the USA, eponymous Porsche shop AUTOFARM has already been creating backdating masterpieces such as 73RS to 911ST. The retro-mod specialist transformed the once regular looking 1989 3.2 into this lean and very (Viper) green 73 911S . From the outside, it looks every bit like a genuine 911S of the era. This car mimics a 911S, but it has flatter arches because it still carries the original 3.2 Carrera rear wings. The owner prefers wider wheels but didn't want a ducktail. The result, as you can see here, is a very subtle look.
After the original donor car arrived at AUTOFARM, the car was stripped and disassembled. Stuff that needed repaint, re-finished, powder coated, plated or welded were all done. New parts requisitioned, upholstery and trims ordered or sent off for metal work. Finally all the goodies were reassembled into a freshly painted Viper Green shell. The engine and gearbox of the 3.2 Carrera was so good, AUTOFARM decided that there is no need to interfere with them, so in terms of mechanical spec, the suspension, brakes, engine and gearbox are all standard 3.2 Carrera. The 3.2 Carrera is bombproof in that sense. However the exhaust system has been upgraded to an early twin exit system, including SSI heat exchangers designed to fit the 3.2, plus an early silencer, so it doesn't sound like a 3.2 Carrera but rather more like an early 911. The G50 gearbox has new bushes and upper shift linkage.
From there, beautifully polished 15" Fuch wheels and tyres were fitted. But rather than running 6 inches wide wheels all around like a 73 911S, it's running 7 inch front and 8 inch back like a 2.7RS. Tyres are 185/70-15 Front and 215/60-15 Rear. All the 73 bodywork and bumpers fit quite perfectly. The car's got a genuine 73' long bonnet, engine lid, wings and bumpers. The doorframe trims have been chromed or anodised, the door handles chromed.
The bulk of the work actually happened on the inside. AUTOFARM has trimmed the car using patterns from 70s cars, including a salt-and-pepper carpet set, a plastic covered dash facia using 70s alloy trim and modifying the dash to fit. A bit of chrome detailing across the facia where the glove box lives, as well as the edge of the door bins. A new set of supportive bucket seats were installed. An original Blaupunkt radio was fitted. There are new speakers, fed through an amplifier that has an iPod input. The simplistic interior is both functional and fashionable. Of course air conditioning is a necessary evil in Hong Kong, so the system has all new lines installed.
The project has taken AUTOFARM almost 2 years to complete. The result? As near as practical a new motor car in the classic style. The cost? It's an over 100,000 GBP exercise in total.
Body: 2 Doors Coupe
Exterior: Viper Green
Driver's Sider: RHD
Transmission: G50 5 Speed Manual
Indicated Mileage: 89933 KM
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Registered in Hong Kong
This Motor Car: This 911S Tribute is a "Restomod" car with an original 3.2 Litre Engine and G50 5 Speed Manual. This car was originally delivered in June 1989 by Jebsen in Hong Kong. Bought by the current owner in 2013 and almost immediately sent to AUTOFARM in the UK for the total transformation. Project took almost 2 years and the car was the cover star of the August 2014 issue of "911 & PORSCHE WORLD". Today, it has covered just 89933KM from new and has been well maintained. The service history since 2014 shows regular service and usage. Available for viewing by appointment only.
Classic 73 911S styling combined with bulletproof Carrera 3.2 mechanicals
Transformed by the famed UK backdate specialist AUTOFARM
Well maintained. A joy to own and a joy to drive which you won't regret
Classic Insider condition score: 80 points out of 100
Modified. Paint and chrome trims are from restoration over 7 years ago, largely still good, but there are visible and unavoidable blemishes due to ageing and regular use. The alloy wheels are unmarked and shod with still fresh 2017 P6000 tires. The Interior, dash, seats, door cards and carpet are in good condition. Equipped with creature comfort such as Air-Conditioning and classic Blaupunkt Radio with iPOD connection. Well maintained and mechanically excellent.
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SERVICE HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS
2015- 2016 (GTI Engineering/ GEMBALLA 74,500- 75,248KM)
- Annual Service
- Replace clutch master cylinder. Bleed System
- Change brake fluid and fuel pump ring seal
- Replace distributor cap and rotor, spark plug lead set
2017 (GEMBALLA 79,702KM)
- Full Service
- Full Service.
- Replaced window regulator & motor
- New tires and alignment
- Re-paint front bonnet
- Full Service
- New aircon compressor & blower motor
- Alternator service
- New engine Gasket kit, Driveshaft CV boot
- Full Service
- New Alternator fan with housing
- New horn
- Re-spray 3M anti-rust paint
- New Clutch, Release Bearing, Guide Sleeve, Fork Shaft, Operation Shaft
- New Fuel Hose/ New Fuel Pump
- New Battery
- Check and repair starter
** All available previous Service records available upon request
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY: (Source: Motor Trend Buyer's Guide for 1984-1989 Porsche Carrera)
If you lust after a 911, you don't need to be told why. There's no sound quite like that whirring, six-cylinder hair dryer living just aft of the rear axle. There's no other shape so pure and simple. There are few cars that have been as successful on racetracks around the world. Porsche's venerable icon is one of perhaps a dozen designs that, more than anything, simply says "sports car."
More than 40 years' worth of 911s have created a lot of experiential bandwidth. Pre-safety bumper cars (1973 and earlier) are the classic-era 911s. The 1974-1977 cars are less desirable, due to low power outputs and troublesome emissions equipment. The 964-series 911 (19891/2-1994) had strange-looking bumpers, optional automatic transaxles, airbags, and more luxury trappings. They're often viewed as a departure from the original 911 ethos.
In between are the 3.0-liter 911SC models (1978-1983) and the 3.2-liter Carrera lineup (1984-1989), a dozen years of 911 production that's plentiful, affordable, and blends the tradition of the early cars with dabs of modernity and comfort. Here, we focus on the later Carrera, as it benefits from better performance and significant production updates, yet still embodies that original 911 look and packaging.
Carreras were offered in all three 911 body styles: coupe, convertible Cabriolet, and the Targa, with its removable center roof panel. Performance types lean toward the coupe because its chassis is by far the most structurally rigid; some just feel it's the right look for a 911, too. The Targa is a neat concept: semi-open car when you want it, closed car when you don't. The trade-offs are increased chassis flex and the additional care required to keep the top and its seals leak-free. The Cabriolet version, introduced for the 911SC's swan song, 1983, offers the full open-air experience.
Even though the carrera's basic architecture celebrated its 20th birthday when this model was introduced, steady evolution kept the performance ahead of most of the pack. Road tests of the day noted 0-to-60 times in the mid-five-second range, quarter-mile times in the low 14s, and solid 0.80g grip on the skidpad. Control inputs are heavy; the manual steering has been lauded for its feedback and feel, but it issues up its share of bumpsteer, too. The power four-wheel disc brakes are equally firm, yet communicative; you'll get used to the floor-mounted pedals. For sports cars with a relatively short wheelbase, Carreras ride beautifully over all but the worst pavement, as long as the tires, shocks, and bushings are in good shape. You've likely heard much about the 911's tail-happy handling characteristics and potentially lethal off-throttle oversteer. That reputation is well-earned, but suspension updates and the use of ever-wider rear tires make it a real problem only when driving to the car's and your max.
The Carrera's interior is compact yet accommodating. You'll have no trouble telling that its layout stems from the 1960s (or at least the early 1970s), but comfort and creature-feature levels improved over the years. The car had become expensive, but a fair amount of stuff was standard, including leather upholstery, power windows, air-conditioning, and power sunroof. The rear seats don't even qualify for a "+2" rating. Porsche's front sport seats have long been praised for their support and comfort. The cabin's worst aspect is its HVAC system; the A/C unit is as effective as blowing warm air across an ice cube (although the heater will boil water), and the arcane controls require tutoring.
The Carrera's 3.2-liter flat-six boasted nearly 80-percent new parts, although its overall design was the same as the 911SC's. Horsepower increased from 172 to 200, torque went up as well, and fuel mileage improved by nearly 20 percent. The only transmission offered at launch was the Getrag 915 five-speed manual. A slicker-shifting Getrag G50 box became standard in 1987. The proper tensioning of the engine's timing chains had been a problem since the 911's birth. A proper fix finally appeared in 1984 in the form of a revised chain tensioning and lubrication system; this alone is one reason to consider a Carrera over a 911SC, although the latter can be retrofitted with the improved hardware. You won't find a more robust powertrain than a Carrera's. Given timely care and frequent oil changes, they'll run well for 150,000 miles and more. Be sure not to miss scheduled valve adjustments. Clutches require replacement in as little as 50,000 miles, but can live to 100K in the hands of a sympathetic driver.
As with many Porsches over the years, one of the Carrera's most endearing aspects is its superb build quality. Every fitting, the stitching on the seats, the smoothness of the paint, the instruments, the drum-tightness of the body structure, the materials employed--everything smacks of quality. Given good care and enthusiastic use, they'll go long and strong. While it may be an overstatement to say that mid-1980s Carreras will appreciate, honest, low-mile, rust-free examples are in ever-increasing demand and should at least hold their value.
The mid-1980s Porsche Carrera bridges the gap between the lightweight, visceral, and increasingly more expensive 911s of the early 1970s and the larger, luxurious, computer-controlled Carreras of today. A 1984-1989 Carrera costs no more than a moderately equipped Camry; they're satisfying cars to own and drive and, as the last old-school 911s, are already on their way to being modern-day classics.
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