Ten Used Porsche Models You Can Afford


2. Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2

The replacement for the 911SC, the Carrera 3.2, comes with a few refinements over its predecessor.

First, there’s the larger 3,164cc flat-six air-cooled engine that makes 200 horse power (enlarged to 214 hp in 1987).

Then there’s the integrated electronic ignition and fuel-injection system, that makes the engine both more efficient and more powerful – expect a maximum speed of 146 mph and 0 to 60 acceleration in 6.2 seconds.

The whale-tail, flares and front spoiler extension of the classic 911 Turbo come as standard in the last four years of production runs.

These refinements come at a cost, and you’ll probably pay a few thousand more for a Carrera over a regular 911SC, though you should still be able to find a nice model for around $20,000.

Later models, produced in 1989, give the best value. The air conditioning may be dodgy, and you should have the car professionally checked for chronic and age-related problems.

But last-in-the-series Carreras come with a superior G50 five-speed transaxle transmission, and there’s less chance of someone having altered the car who had no idea what he was doing.

Plus, the re-sale value’s good, and there are many Carerra’s on the used-Porsche market to choose from.