Sales Spotlight: Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Supersport
While it’s hard to beat the purity of the early Neunelfer’s silhouette, we’ve always had a soft spot for Turbo-look Porsche 911s. Helping to accentuate the 911’s business end, those flared rear arches just look right in our eyes.
But, while a widebody appeals to many, not everyone wants a 911 Turbo (and all the inflated running costs associated with Porsche’s top-of-the-range sports car). That’s why, for over 30 years, Weissach has offered Turbo-look variants of certain Carrera models.
The craze started in 1984, when Porsche unveiled the ‘M491’ option code. Ticking this particular check box when ordering a new 3.2 Carrera resulted in the car you see before you: the 911 Carrera 3.2 SSE.
Currently for sale at esteemed independent specialist, Paragon, this particular Carrera Supersport (SSE is short for ‘Supersport Equipment’) is one of the rare right-hand drive examples sold into the UK market.
While buyers in the US (where the Turbo had been removed from sale) were won over by the SSE’s purposeful looks, ‘tea tray’ spoiler and 930 brakes and suspension, sales on Total 911’s shores were more modest with just 226 cars coming to the UK.
Finished in Jet Black (with a matching black leather interior), Paragon’s Carrera 3.2 SSE is more unassuming than many wide-hipped 911s however, the stealthy aesthetic – completed with body-coloured centres on the 16-inch Fuchs alloys – is part of this particular example’s charm.
Built in 1988, this Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Supersport benefits from the later G50 five-speed gearbox, bringing with it a much improved shifting experience over the 915 ‘box found on early SSEs.
Paragon’s car also comes with a host of period options, including sports seats, headlamp washers, central locking and an electric sunroof. As you would expect of classic 911 that has completed just 68,604 miles, the black SSE looks immaculately presented.