Any Porsche 3.2 Carrera Club Sport is desirable, but this example is unique among the short production run of lighter, more focused M637 coded 911s.
A one family-owned car, this UK Carrera Club Sport is simply known as ‘the red one’, by virtue of being finished in red with contrasting Club Sport decals and painted Fuchs alloy wheels in white.
It is the sole example of the 53 right-hand drive C16 Club Sports to be painted anything other than the standard UK specification of white with red accents, making it a genuine one-of-a-kind car.
Chassis number: WP0ZZZ91ZKS102901
Engine: 3.2-litre flat-six 6-cylinder
Gearbox: 5-speed manual
Colour: Guards Red, white contrasting CS decals and wheel centres
Interior: Grey ‘Studio’ Celebration design chequer cloth
Introduced at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 3.2 Carrera Club Sport followed Porsche’s time-honoured tradition of removing mass to increase performance.
To achieve its weight reduction the Club Sport removed luxuries from the 3.2 Carrera’s specification, such as the sunroof, air conditioning, radio, rear seat, undercoating, sound insulation, rear wiper, fog lamps, front bonnet locking mechanism, engine and luggage compartment light, lockable wheel nuts, rear lid logo and even the door pocket lids.
Unlike Porsche’s RS models the Club Sport was not created as a result of motorsport homologation requirements. Instead the CS’s more focused, lighter specification aimed at customers wanting to go club racing.
Specification changes highlight this, the Club Sport coming with a short-throw G50 five-speed gearbox, a limited-slip differential and sports suspension, and history bears it out, with many cars being used at the time for circuit racing or speed hillclimbs.
The 3.2-litre, air-cooled, flat-six engine had its rev limit increased to 6,840rpm courtesy of revised Motronic engine management. That higher rev limit was also enabled by the use of hollow intake valves.
This unique car was delivered on 1 August 1989. A genuine M637-coded Club Sport C16 UK car, it also comes with a Certificate of Production from Porsche GB.
Originally ordered by a customer but never collected, this uniquely specified Club Sport was subsequently bought on 1 April 1993 by Harry Ridge, a garage owner in Cradley Heath, Birmingham.
The interior is finished in grey Studio chequer cloth, this fabric more commonly associated with the 944 Celebration Edition model of 1988.
It comes with a comprehensive history, is a one family-owned car and has covered 97,700 miles.
Prior to purchase, the car was inspected by Autofarm and as a result is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment at their premises. This includes a top end engine rebuild, refurbishment of the brakes and suspension, some metal and paintwork correction, removal of some aftermarket underfloor sealant, fitment of a new, correct carpet set, extensive detailing and a full suspension set up.
Rare and prized by drivers, the 3.2 Carrera Club Sport is a special car that was built between 1987 and 1989. Just 380 Carrera Club Sports are said to have been built, in total, with 53 C16 right-hand drive cars brought to the UK.
The standard C16 UK specification, white paint and contrasting red decals, is attractive, but this car is unique, being the only UK example of the 53 imported to feature Guards Red paint with contrasting white highlights. To our eyes, it is a more successful colour scheme than the Grand Prix White alternative.
Combine the unique colour with its one-family ownership, full history and the unusual chequer cloth interior, and this Club Sport really is a special car. Once the work at Autofarm has been finished, it will present beautifully, and drive as well.