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. Known as the 'Type 930', this new Carrera exemplified the original 911 concept in its final form, the subsequent Carrera 2/Carrera 4 models being almost entirely different.
Recognising that many customers admired the Turbo model's aggressive 'wide body' appearance but had no need of its enhanced performance, Porsche offered the 'Supersport Equipment' package. Also known as the 'Turbo Look', it not only consisted of the Turbo's distinctive extended wheelarches and front/rear spoilers but also its upgraded brakes, suspension, wheels and tyres. This option had been introduced in response to the many independent specialists offering such conversions, and also enabled Porsche to offer a Turbo lookalike in the United States market where emissions legislation had forced the Turbo's (temporary) withdrawal from sale. In Porsche nomenclature the Supersport Equipment package was known as option 'M491', though factory records do not provide a breakdown of how many cars were completed with it.
We can be reasonably certain though, that few right-hand drive M491-equipped 911 Carrera Cabriolets were sold in the UK, making this example a rare beast indeed. A matching-numbers car, it features Type 965 front and rear bumpers and also side skirts. Other noteworthy features include electric seats, space-saver spare wheel, tonneau cover and a stainless steel exhaust system. 'C962 OTW' has had nine registered keepers and comes with extensive history consisting of its Porsche-stamped service booklet, sundry invoices and a substantial quantity of MoTs. Finished in red with red-piped black interior, this rare 911 variant is offered with the aforementioned history, current road fund licence, MoT to January 2014 and Swansea V5C document. A total of 95,600 miles is currently displayed on the odometer.