1986 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Supersport - 1 of just 34 RHD C16 specification examples
Estimate: £90,000 - £110,000
Registration No: D460 DJU
Chassis No: WP0ZZZ91ZHS100586
50,800 miles from new and 5 former private keepers
Finished in extremely rare Cassis Rot Metallic (paint code 80D)
Electric seats which are also heated, an electric sunroof and electric windows
1 of just 34 RHD C16 specification examples
Large collection of old MOTs dating back to 1991 (at 36,767 miles)
For the increasing number of customers that coveted the Turbo's distinctive 'wide body' look, but did not need its marginally superior performance, Porsche introduced the SSE package, also known as the Supersport, which could be specified for other models in the 911 range. The Supersport became a very successful model for Porsche even though this car cost over £10,000 extra compared to other models.
These SSE cars were the most flexible and usable of all the Porsche models available in 1985 with the all alloy, flat-six engine, which had been fuel injected since 1971, being modified to become the 3164cc and producing an extremely torquey engine. One of the most notable advances in the development of Porsche's long-running 911 was the introduction for 1984 of the 3.2-litre engine, which was 80% new and incorporated an effective cam chain tensioner and associated lubrication system that, at last, addressed a perennial 911 shortcoming.
With 230bhp on tap, the new 'boxer' motor endowed the Carrera with a engaging level of performance: a 0-60mph time of 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 152mph. Although it enjoyed a 52hp advantage, the Turbo was only marginally faster, and most considered the normally aspirated Carrera easier to drive. All 3.2 litre Carreras had a redesigned engine inlet and exhaust system, along with the fitment of a service-free Digital Engine Management ignition system (DME) and high compression ratio of 10.3:1, the air-cooled 6-cylinder with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel metering which provided a significant increase in engine performance but a significant reduction in fuel consumption.
The engine efficiency was thanks to the fuel cut-off when coasting. In addition to the wide body, the SSE (option code M491) included the Turbo's spoilers; suspension; four-piston brake calipers; 16" forged alloy wheels; and low profile tyres. Despite adding considerably to the purchase price, the SSE package proved surprisingly popular, with almost 75,000 delivered worldwide between 1984 and 1989. Only 75 right-hand drive examples were delivered to the UK, with just 34 coupes, as offered here.
The success of orders for the SSE led to the announcement in 1986 of Porsche to became the world’s first car manufacturer to establish a specialist department at the factory dedicated to tailoring cars to bespoke requirements.
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