1985 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2
In a recent episode of the popular YouTube channel, Hoovie’s Garage, the topic of why everyone currently over pays for an air-cooled Porsche 911 came up. The 1985 911 Carrera 3.2 that was purchased in the video cost $38,000.
Many folks think we could be in a classic car bubble, which (if true) would mean that the same car may soon be worth a few thousand dollars less. Over the long run the classic 911 won’t loose money, but it is possible that the market could dip for a bit.
When you think about the fact that $38,000 was paid for the pre-G50 transmission car, you start to think about other options for that same price. In particular the 997 generation of the Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S. If you look at the current price for the 2006-2008 997 examples with reasonable mileage in good condition now range between $31,500 – $41,500. Some of these are even the better performing 911 Carrera S.
The 997 has some of the best styling of the 911 in the modern era. From a performance and features stand point, there is no question that the 997 is the better car.
However, there is a reason why people are willing to pay fairly large sums of money for a classic air-cooled 911. The driving experience and sound is something that you can’t get in a modern vehicle. The 911 Carrera 3.2 is a much smaller sports car that has a nimble feel compared to the heavier modern cars. The 1985 car in the video may not be very quick, by today’s standards, but it is more fun to drive at legal speeds. The fact is that it is simply more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow.
Check out this video about the air-cooled Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 and then scroll down to the comments and let us know if you would go for the classic 911 or a newer 997.
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