16th Mar, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 96

1985 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Supersport
One of just 34 UK RHD Coupes manufactured

Sold for £78,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: C16 GBP
Chassis No: WPOZZZ912G5100922
MOT: April 2022

  • One of just 34 RHD C16 specification Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 SuperSport (SSE) coupes manufactured worldwide, presented in Grand-Prix White with contrasting Black leather interior
  • ‘Matching numbers’ example offered with just 65,786 miles on the odometer
  • Subject to full documented restoration between 2016 and 2019
  • Represented Porsche GB at Goodwood Festival of Speed, exhibited at Boxengasse, Porsche Festival at Brands Hatch and featured in Classic Porsche magazine
  • Fully documented history from new, with an extensive file including the original manual, maintenance pack, stamped service book and more

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.

Of these 34 UK coupes, ‘C16 BGP’ is one of just 9 cars manufactured worldwide with external rear fog light specification and the 915 transmission. First registered on 25th of November 1985, this particular example was finished in the incredibly desirable Grand-Prix White with contrasting Black leather interior. The specification of this example includes a steel sliding sunroof and electric windows and Continental Sport Contact tyres. Subject to photographically documented restoration between 2016 and 2019, by Cridfords Porsche for its previous owner, there are supporting invoices that total in excess of £50,000. ‘C16 BGP’ is offered for sale with just 65,786 miles on the odometer supported by the accompanying documentation and is a ‘matching numbers’ example. This vehicle has been exhibited at a number of UK events, including representing Porsche GB at Goodwood Festival of Speed, as well as further exhibits at events including Boxengasse, Porsche Festival at Brands Hatch, as well as being featured in Classic Porsche magazine. Included with the vehicle is the related registration ‘C16 GBP’, representing the 'C16' Model designation and GB Porsche. There is a fully documented history from new, with an extensive file including a full photographic history of the restoration; original bookpack including the driver’s manual, maintenance pack, stamped service book and more. There is a significant collection of previous invoices and MOTs and the V5C document which displays just 7 former keepers. The vendor rates the condition of the bodywork, paintwork, engine, electrical equipment, transmission and gearbox and interior trim all as ‘Excellent’.

For more information, please contact:
Andreas Hicks


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 16th Mar, 2022

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