911 1989 model
dates : 3rd April 2005
9th April 2005
Fuchs wheels are a hallmark of Porsche 911ís from the
1980ís. The wheels, like the rest of the car, have been
This car has had an excellent re-spray job, fully up to
factory standards, and mechanically the car is extremely
Porsches simply last and last, from the bodywork to the
engine to the bits and pieces. Great value at its
Classic Porsches have air-cooled engines, identified by
the cooling fan that dominates the engine compartment.
Along with the flat-six engine, the fan gives the car a
distinct shriek as the revs rise.
The whale-tail spoiler is another distinct Ď80s fashion
statement, fitted to Turbo models initially, but also on
lesser Carrera models like this Targa semi-convertible.
One aspect that dates the car is the roof.
Not so successful in the style department is the choice of
upholstery colour, a rather glitzy white with red piping.
The seats feature partial electric adjustment and this,
like the rest of the car, still works perfectly after
wonder that Porsches of this era are used as day-to-day
transport as well as for weekend fun, once you get used to
the carís eccentricities.
This is a low-mileage car with only a hundred and
sixty-thousand kilometres logged Ė an average of 10 000
The 911 feels almost brand new in the suspension
department. It tracks straight and true, thereís no play
in the steering, and the gear-change is still positive,
although it has seen some use.
Zero to one hundred in six-comma-two seconds, top speed of
just over two-hundred-and-forty. Those are 1988 road test
figures from Car Magazine, and still impressive today.
The nice thing about buying a used Porsche is that it will
appreciate in value.
But make sure you buy a good one like this, with a service
history, and in good mechanical shape.
Because if you buy one that needs expert work and spare
parts, itíll cost you and arm and a leg.
1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa
Flat-six, naturally-aspirated, 3 164 cc
- Power: 170 kW @
5 900 rpm
- Torque: 284 Nm
@ 4 800 rpm
Five-speed manual, rear-wheel-drive
- 0-100 km/h: 6,2
- Top speed: 245
- Fuel consumption:
13.6 litres/100 km
- Price: R263 000
when new in 1988)
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