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Porsche 911 SC vs 3.2 Carrera: A Fair Comparison

Porsche 911 SC vs 3.2 Carrera: A Fair Comparison

They’re two of the greatest classic sportscars to ever hit the international market. The Porsche 911 has a long history of excellence, and the SC and 3.2 Carrera are some of the most notable versions of the 911. From excellent handling to sleek looks, classic car enthusiasts still love what the SC and 3.2 Carrera have to offer.

But if you’re shopping for a classic luxury car, which version of the 911 should you take home? These are two of the most notable Porsche vehicles in the luxury brand’s history, but one may be your ideal match. Here are the distinct features and differences between these two classic sportscars.

911 SC: A Closer Look

It has those vintage 1970s looks that even a spy would envy. The Porsche 911 SC, or Super Carrera, was introduced in 1978, and made a splash in the luxury vehicle market. Its most notable features include 95 mm pistons that give the SC a whopping 180 horsepower—enormous for the time—and enhanced torque. Other improvements, like a larger CIS manifold, improved on the European Carrera 3.0 that was introduced two years prior.

Then there are the sports driving improvements, like front and rear anti-roll bars, an 11-blade cooling fan, and tough aluminum alloy transmission parts. The 911 SC unlocked true sports performance, and luxury car buyers flocked to collect their own brand-new Porsche.

But the 911 has been mired in controversy, possibly because of well-publicized problems like backfiring destroying the air boxes or their short-longevity rubber clutches. But these issues were addressed with significant improvements, including spring-loaded pop-off valves for the air boxes and spring-centered clutch units. Porsche has always devoted pride and a will to improve to all its engineering, and they quickly worked to perfect the 911 SC. In fact, Porsche continued to improve on the SC, with upgrades like better emissions, until 1983.

3.2 Carrera: A Closer Look

Often dubbed the “affordable supercar,” and the last of the classic 911 cars, the Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera is a versatile, powerful vehicle that’s just as useful in start-and-stop town traffic as it is in on the racetrack. While some supercars are more difficult to operate for everyday use, the 3.2 Carrera is a different type of sportscar. Available in Coupe, Targa, and Cabriolet models, Porsche released 911 3.2 Carreras from 1984 to 1989, each year making significant improvements to the vehicle while keeping its prices surprisingly low for a luxury car.

Nowadays, you can find 3.2 Carreras at great prices, although the later-year Cabriolet models may be the most sought-after and come with the highest price tag.

The 3.2 models were known for their rear-mounted, 6-cylinder engines, hydraulic timing chain tensioner, and 5-speed gearbox. The G50 gearbox seen in later 3.2 models made further significant improvements. Overall, 3.2s have a tough engine and can be found today at fair prices. In fact, the 3.2 may be the perfect introduction to luxury sports driving.


All in all, the Porsche 911 SC and 3.2 Carrera are both top-level sportscars. While the 3.2 is the more affordable option, the SC is also considered an accessible, entry level sportscar, especially for those who have been saving up for their first classic luxury car. While the 3.2 may have significant improvements over the SC, some drivers prefer the superior air cooling and unmatched 1970s appeal of the 911 SC.

Either way, you can’t go wrong. But the best way to learn more is to visit a Porsche expert, who can break down the distinct advantages of each version of the 911 to your personal lifestyle, budget, and driving tastes.

Where to Shop

Before you even consider buying directly from an independent seller or car enthusiast, keep in mind that a pre-purchase inspection is a must. Classic cars like the 911 SC and 3.2 Carrera may have clocked significant mileage and may lack some of the valuable upgrades that Porsche made to each.

But you can’t go wrong when you buy straight from the dealer. Shop at Porsche Cars North America if you want top-condition luxury sportscars for less and at a significantly lower risk. Visit our website to find a Porsche dealer near you, so you can take a good check out two of the most significant, impressive luxury cars to date.



Date Posted: November 12, 2018

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