The Porsche 911 is a true icon of sports car history and a car that needs no introduction. It is also a car that is either the ultimate of sports cars or one that does not interest you. I myself am firmly in the first camp, and over the years have owned 28 different 911 models, everything from a 1967 911S and a 1973 Carrera RS touring to the newest one I have had, which was a RS America. There is one that I have almost bought but somehow something else always seemed to get in the way and that car is the 1983-1989 911SC/Carrera Cabriolets.
The 911 Cabriolet was initially launched in 1983 as the final model in the 911SC range of cars, and it was the first Porsche convertible since the 356C Cabriolet in 1965. Porsche took great pains to make the 911 Cabriolet a convertible 911 that did not sacrifice the handling of the coupes and completely stiffened the chassis which resulted in a better overall chassis than the Targa despite the lack of a roll bar.
The 911 cabriolet was also made famous on the big screen in a great race scene in the Jeff Bridges movie Against All Odds. If you have not seen the film, I highly recommend it just for that scene.
The 1985 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet we are featuring as our AutoHunter Spotlight is almost a clone of the car featured in the aforementioned film. Finished in Guards Red with a manual black cloth convertible top over a black leather interior, it is a perfect 1980s icon.
The North Andover, Massachusetts seller describes this 911 as having been with its current owner for the past 17 years and comes from the selling dealer with the all important service records, a clean CARFAX report, and a clear title.
The Exterior of this 911 is described as still having its original, factory-applied Guards Red. Features include color-keyed bumpers, color-matched mirror housings, a manual black cloth convertible top, and black trim. The selling dealer does state that there are a few chips in the paint, something normal for a 38 year old car in original paint.
The interior is described as in decent condition with an untracked dash but also states that the front seats should be recovered. This is a simple fix and one that would not deter me from bidding on this car.
Mechanically the car is said to be in great shape. The engine is a numbers matching air-cooled SOHC 3.2-liter flat-six engine that is backed by its matching five-speed manual transaxle. The seller states that an oil change was completed in June 2023. The seller adds that this 911 has been maintained by Stuttgart Northeast in Danvers, Massachusetts. The car also rides on a set of 16-inch factory Porsche Fuchs alloy wheels that are original to the car and tires are in 205/55ZR16 front and 225/50ZR16 rear BFGoodrich G-Force Sport Comp 2 radial tires.
Strangely, while the 911 Cabriolets cost quite a bit more than the 911 coupe did when new, these stunning cars are often the most affordable entry point into the world of classic air-cooled 911s. This is silly to me as they are also the lowest production in any given year of air-cooled 911 cars. With the top down there are few nicer sounds than a 911 Cabriolet. They are a fun to drive and extremely well built convertible that really have few, if any, equals in the sports car world. Bid now before the rest of the world realizes how great the 911 Cabriolets are from behind the wheel.
The auction for this 1985 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet ends on Monday, August 7, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. (PDT)