Registration no. MIL 6873 Chassis no. WPOZZZ91ZFS151491 Engine no. 63F05326
A 'modern classic' if ever there was one, Porsche's long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356. The latter's rear-engined layout was retained but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the bodyshell and dropped the 356's VW-based suspension in favour of a more modern McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement. In its first incarnation, Porsche's single-overhead-camshaft, air-cooled flat six displaced 1,991cc and produced 130bhp; progressively enlarged and developed, it would eventually grow to more than 3 litres and, in turbo-charged form, put out well over 300 horsepower.
Porsche's first take on a 911 convertible had been the Targa model of 1965, a 'halfway-house' design chosen because of fears that a genuine soft top would not meet US Federal safety regulations. By 1981 the company felt able to proceed with the genuine article. Introduced in normally aspirated 3.0-litre form in 1982, the 911 Cabriolet lost little, if any, rigidity with the deletion of the Targa roll-over bar while its speedily raised/lowered hood featured a detachable, zip-fastened rear window.
The Cabriolet continued when Porsche revived the Carrera name - previously used for the competition orientated versions of the preceding 356 - for its luxuriously equipped, top-of-the-range 911 in 1973, applying the evocative title to all 911 models, co-incidentally with the introduction of the 3.2-litre engine, from 1984. Not merely enlarged, the new engine was also extensively revised and produced 231bhp, 27 horsepower up on its predecessor. The 911 Carrera's top speed was now 152mph, with 100mph reachable in a breathtaking 13.6 seconds.
This Carrera Cabriolet has been in dry storage since 2006 and has covered fewer than 2,000 miles in the last ten years. 'MIL 6873' benefits from a recent mild overhaul and service, and comes with full Porsche main dealer and specialist service history together with an apparently complete run of expired MoTs. Finished in blue with black leather interior, the car is described by the vendor as in generally very good condition, with un-welded chassis, straight body panels and an above average interior. A total of 123,000 miles is displayed on the odometer. Accompanying documentation consists of the aforementioned service history, sundry invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 document. BBS alloy wheels a rarely seen option are a particularly noteworthy feature.