Ο οίκος Bonhams στο φετινό Goodwood θα βγάλει στο σφυρί την πορτοκαλί Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Coupé 1984 του James May. Το κοντέρ του μαρτυρά πως έχει διανύσει λίγο περισσότερο από 88.500 χλμ, με τον May να λέει πως αγόρασε το αυτοκίνητο το 2007 και είναι σε προσεγμένη κατάσταση. Ο κινητήρας του πρόσφατα έχει περάσει σέρβις, με τον οίκο δημοπρασιών να πιστεύει πως θα πιάσει τιμή μεταξύ €39.000 – €47.000.
The property of James May
- 1984 Porsche 911 3.2-Litre Carrera Coupé
- Registration no. A677 KLH
- Chassis no. WPOZZZ91ZES102350
- Engine no. 63E04283
*Supplied new in the UK, *Extensive service history, *Only 55,000 miles from new, *Television appearances, FOOTNOTES
Porsche revived the Carrera name – previously used for the competition orientated versions of the preceding 356 model – for its luxuriously equipped, top-of-the-range 911 in 1973, applying the evocative title to all 911 variants, co-incidentally with the introduction of the 3.2-litre engine, from the start of the 1984 model year. Although it remained an air-cooled ‘flat six’, the ‘3.2’ motor was 80% new and incorporated an effective cam chain tensioner and associated lubrication system that at last addressed a perennial 911 shortcoming. This enlarged and extensively revised new engine produced 231bhp, 27 horsepower up on its predecessor, endowing the Carrera with a level of performance approaching that of the original 911 Turbo of 1974, the bald statistics being a 0-60mph time of 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 152mph, with 100mph reachable in a breathtaking 13.6 seconds. Some 30 years on, Carrera 3.2s are now highly sort after and for very good reason, though finding one is not that easy.
James May bought this Porsche 911 Carrera in 2007 during recording of the Radio 4 documentary ‘Speed, Greed and the M25’. He visited Paul Devyea’s workshop and showroom to borrow the car to record its engine sound, it being properly representative of the ‘Thatcher’s Britain’ yuppies’ favourite, the Porsche 911. The car was in excellent condition and for sale, so James bought it on the spot. It has appeared on screen too, notably in the ‘Airfix’ episode of ‘James May’s Toy Stories’ and in the widely acclaimed Top-Gear online film, ‘James drives to work’. Paul Devyea’s sales invoice is on file together with detailed service history recording mileage totals.
James tells us that the 911 has only been used as a ‘hobby’ car, in good weather. The recorded mileage of 55,000 is almost certainly correct and the history file is comprehensive, to say the least. In 2011, ‘A677 KLH’ was displayed at Top Gear Live as part of the Autoglym concours competition. It won a runner-up prize: a pack of car-cleaning products.
‘It was donated to my dad to use for the past four years, as he never owned a proper sports car,’ James revealed. ‘Recently he decided that he was getting on a bit to be seen in a retro stockbroker’s car, and my mother hated it.
‘As a 911, it’s significant for being near the tail-end of the development of the original 1963 car. As a piece of social history, since it’s Guards Red and has the sports pack, it stands as a monument to everything 1980s Britain was about. It’s the 911 that Denis Thatcher would have driven, if he’d had one.’
The car is currently fitted with a CD player but James has a broadly period radio/cassette to go with it, if wanted. ‘It has the cassette storage rack fitted, after all,’ says James. ‘The ideal environment for listening to Duran Duran, etc.’ Also included in the sale is a Haynes workshop manual; Porsche GB correspondence; service booklet; sundry service invoices; old and current V5 documents (the latter in James May’s name); and quantity of expired tax discs and MoTs dating back to 1984.