1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
Grand Prix G50
1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
- Southern Car
- Grand Prix White over Marine Blue
- 3.2L H6 with G50 5-Speed Manual
- Oversized Fuch's and Whale Tale
- Upgraded Suspension, Exhaust, LED Lights and Audio System
- Complete Ownership History from last 10 Years
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“If you lust after a 911, you don't need to be told why.” -Motor Trend. October 2005
Quotes from the Motor Trend Buyer's Guide for Porsche 911 models, 1984-89:
On power: “The Carrera's 3.2-liter flat-six boasted nearly 80-percent new parts, although its overall design was the same as the 911SC's. Horsepower increased from 172 to 200, torque went up as well, and fuel mileage improved by nearly 20 percent. The only transmission offered at launch was the Getrag 915 five-speed manual. A slicker-shifting Getrag G50 box became standard in 1987.”
On performance: “Road tests of the day noted 0-to-60 times in the mid-five-second range, quarter-mile times in the low 14s, and solid 0.80g grip on the skidpad. Control inputs are heavy; the manual steering has been lauded for its feedback and feel, but it issues up its share of bumpsteer, too. The power four-wheel disc brakes are equally firm, yet communicative; you'll get used to the floor-mounted pedals. For sports cars with a relatively short wheelbase, Carreras ride beautifully over all but the worst pavement, as long as the tires, shocks, and bushings are in good shape.”
On build quality: “As with many Porsches over the years, one of the Carrera's most endearing aspects is its superb build quality. Every fitting, the stitching on the seats, the smoothness of the paint, the instruments, the drum-tightness of the body structure, the materials employed--everything smacks of quality. Given good care and enthusiastic use, they'll go long and strong.”
On comfort: “The Carrera's interior is compact yet accommodating. You'll have no trouble telling that its layout stems from the 1960s (or at least the early 1970s), but comfort and creature-feature levels improved over the years.”
Porsche enthusiasts all have their favorite models and model years, but virtually every one of them will cite the “impact bumper” Carreras of the late Eighties as at or near the top of their most-wanted list. By that time, the 3.2 engine had reached its “sweet spot,” and the addition of the Getrag G50 5-speed transmission and hydraulic clutch resulted in the frequently used accolade “bulletproof.”
Offered here in Grand Prix white over Marine Blue is an especially well-kept 1988 911 Coupe. Showing 170K miles on the odometer—or roughly just 5,100 miles per-year on average—the car enjoys an accident-free Carfax history and the sale includes a binder of invoices and notes detailing all the car's maintenance work for the past decade (Spare parts and original Fuchs wheels are also part of the sale). Clearly, this 911--originally a southern-state car--has been loved by its PCA-member owners.
The car's exterior Grand Prix white paint retains excellent gloss, likely due to Porsche's legendary single-stage painting techniques of the period. Some light patina is evident on forward-facing surfaces, but no body-panel damage. Lower body areas behind the wheels are in excellent condition. The car's front and rear spoilers (the rear spoiler's design is noticeably different from the 911 Turbo) though not shown on the car's VIN/options sticker, were likely installed at the factory. Tellingly, neither spoiler shows any sign of road damage or deterioration. H4 headlights are clear and not pitted; all lights function as they should. Staggered-width Fuchs wheels wearing full-color Porsche crests are mounted with Bridgestone performance tires.
Inside, the dark Marina blue leather upholstery on the seats, door trim, and dashboard is uniformly well-kept. The dashboard is free of cracks, another strong measure of owner care (not allowing the car to be exposed to hot sun over extended periods). A Prototipo steering wheel is mounted; the original “raised hub” wheel is included. Gauges are all functional with clear lenses. Carpeting is protected with handsome sisal Cocomats. Leather upholstery is free of signs of abuse or lack of care; only normal creasing is apparent. A Pioneer audio head unit is mounted in the factory radio location, and two aftermarket engine-monitoring gauges have been installed below the dashboard. The car's factory air-conditioning system—never a particularly effective source of cold air—has been removed.
The rear engine bay is complete, original (with the exception of the heavy air-conditioning compressor), and tidy. Surfaces have been kept clean. The space-saver spare is located in the “frunk” where an improved battery hold-down system has also been installed. The car's VIN markings are all present and unaltered. Viewed from below, the chassis gives yet more indications of a car treated with care. There is no evidence whatsoever of too-aggressive driving or extensive track use: no damaged exhaust, no scuffs on the lower side of the front spoiler, no suspension damage. There is no sign of rust; the brown color on some components such as the suspension arms and body pan is what remains of the sticky (and highly effective) factory-applied undercoating.
While the more than 175 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase the exceptional condition of this 911 Carrera Coupe in great detail, we encourage in-person inspections by interested parties or their representatives at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Our showroom is not open to the public, so please call to arrange an appointment in advance. Or get in touch by phone or email if you have any questions.
Porsche owners are known to bond with their cars. Clearly, this Grand Prix white Carrera has been the beneficiary of that sort of commitment over its life. Unless we're mistaken, the next fortunate owner is bound to continue this sort of stewardship. The car deserves no less.