Is $73,000 for a 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Too Much or Still Not Enough?

Porsche prices will come down, they say. Just give it time.

Maybe the entire market didn’t get the message: This 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe just fetched $73,000 on Bring a Trailer. That’s not No. 1 money, but it’s pretty close. 

The pros of this particular car, as usually seen by the market: Clean, very original and only 31,000 miles. Paint meter readings showed that the finish seems original. Plus, nicely equipped with limited-slip differential, sport dampers and spoilers. Then add in one owner up until 2019.

And the cons: Guards Red, a common color, and as an earlier 3.2-liter Carrera, it’s equipped with the 915 transmission and not the later, more desirable G50 box. The tires also seem a little “not so premium.”

Hagerty lists $85,000 for a No. 1 example and $56,300 for a No. 2 car. What does your crystal ball say: Is there still headroom for clean examples of these usable yet not particularly exotic Porsches? 


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Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
12/15/20 6:21 p.m.

Sport seats too. 

Given the mileage and the one owner until very recently, worth it. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/15/20 6:38 p.m.

It has a lot going for it, I'll say that. 

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) PowerDork
12/15/20 7:04 p.m.

Is it accurate to say that prices for these pre-964 80's 911's roughly doubled in the last decade?  Seems like they were in the $30k's when I toyed with the idea of getting one around 2010.

mr2s2000elise UltraDork
12/15/20 7:26 p.m.

Will go higher 


when land cruiser are selling for $80,000, supra and integra for $100-200k, Covid for $35,000 -  911 market will keep climbing 


my friend and neighbor sold his 400k mile land cruiser  on BAT last week for $27,000

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/16/20 10:06 a.m.

On a related note, I picked up mine from the shop this morning--totally clean bill of health. (Whew.)

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy SuperDork
12/16/20 10:25 a.m.

My Dad had an '87 that looked exactly like the one in the OP.  It didn't have the super low miles or one-owner history of that one, but I remember him paying $15k for it in about 1998. 

BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter)
BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
12/16/20 10:42 a.m.

Other than the 915 and the colour - which I'm also not a fan of, even though my 911 Cabriolet is also guards red - I do think it's got a few desirable option (like the front spoiler and the whale tail, plus the sports seats) and the low mileage, but I'm not sure it's $73k special.

I still think 'driver' mileage cars that show they led a life aren't that expensive,  but they're also going up.

12/16/20 6:22 p.m.

Very nice car but has to ask themselves is there other desirable alternates that are not at the peak or near their peak. There are few very desirable water cooled Porsches in this price range. A 2007 911 Turbo, with 7,000 miles, sold a week or so ago on BAT for $73,000. Makes you think.


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