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Porsche 911 1989 model

Broadcast dates : 3rd April 2005
9th April 2005

Classic Fuchs wheels are a hallmark of Porsche 911ís from the 1980ís. The wheels, like the rest of the car, have been thoroughly refurbished.

This car has had an excellent re-spray job, fully up to factory standards, and mechanically the car is extremely sound.

Porsches simply last and last, from the bodywork to the engine to the bits and pieces. Great value at its price. 

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 sixteen years.
Small 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 per year.

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
  • Engine: Flat-six, naturally-aspirated, 3 164 cc
  • Power: 170 kW @ 5 900 rpm
  • Torque: 284 Nm @ 4 800 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 6,2 seconds
  • Top speed: 245 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 13.6 litres/100 km
  • Price: R263 000 when new in 1988)

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