The last year of the true 911's
If you love sports cars, real sports cars than this is a fine choice. still air cooled, no power steering, no power brakes, and no hydraulic clutch coupled with the ext...
The last year of the true 911's
If you love sports cars, real sports cars than this is a fine choice. still air cooled, no power steering, no power brakes, and no hydraulic clutch coupled with the extremely reliable 915 gear box and 240HP 3.2litre flat 6 makes this a drivers car. From 1987 and up porsche changed all these systems aforementioned with the exception of the air cooling and engine displacement. The feedback is tremendous in this car and although the clutch is stiff and it's not so nice in a tight parking lot get it rolling and the more you depress the throttle the more it responds to your inputs. The 915 gearbox is an excellent box and gets a bad rap due to todays idea that manuals are to be bludgeoned into gear in under a millisecond (nonsense!). This trans will "make you get it right" Not like the days of double clutching before synchronizers but it takes a 1/2 second to find it's place. I personally love the feel of a true classic gearbox as opposed to the more sought after G-50 from 87 up. If you like the feel of the G-50 buy an Iroc-z thats what it came with! The engine makes a superb noise particularly under full load but can be bothersome on long highway trips. Comfort is top notch as the interior is well done. The seats are quality hand stitched ventilated leather, very supportive, well bolstered as well as being 5-way adjustable. The heating system as all earlier 911 is hokey at best but will cook you out if you want it too. Instrumentation is as it should be with a large tachometer in the center of the cluster and speedo on the right. The necessary gauges and information that should go with a performance automobile of this calibre are contained within the cluster as well. All guages are visible without distraction or undue effort to view them. while the brakes take effort they are incredibly good, with little fade and superb feel. While these 911's can be expensive to work on they are notoriously reliable. With many examples having been literally to the moon milage wise without overhaul . Many were daily drivers and as such suffer from rust in the midwest and states that salt their roads. It also seems to effect long term electrical reliability since much of the electrics are not well sealed or flat out exposed to the elements. This year of the 911 is less refined than those that follow but thats the entire reason to own this year. That being said, have a good Porsche mechanic look it over first before you buy, or you may have regrets If it kills the deal so be it, they made allot of these and you will most certainly find another good car. As a foot note the Cabriolets are much noisier and lack in handling when compared to the coupes. This is due to using softer suspension to help cope with the loss of chassis rigidity in the Cabrio. Also note that what you give up in handling you gain in ride comfort as the Cab has a surprisingly fine and supple ride and still sticks far beyond where most drivers will take it.