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Renowned from its landmark introduction at the September 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche’s six-cylinder 911 series was continuously updated, refined, and improved, giving it the uncanny ability to seem fresh and relevant with each model year. Racing success was swift, with the 911 taking the racing world by storm and taking pride of place as the cornerstone of Porsche’s factory racing program by the early 1970s.
Despite its early-1960s origins, the basic 911 design also proved highly adaptable to the fast-changing and increasingly strict emissions, insurance, and safety demands of the 1970s. In fact, while many other high-performance cars suffered either declining performance or outright extinction, Porsche’s 911 delivered steadily increasing levels of power and performance. Not even the advent of the dreaded five-mph bumper in 1974 blunted the 911’s massive appeal, with the 911 maintaining its unique styling. Improved rust prevention and the 2.7-liter engine defined the 1975-77 era; from 1978, the 930 Turbo’s basic 3.0-liter engine, in naturally aspirated form, heralded the 911 SC 3.0 that was developed and uprated in typical Porsche fashion through 1983.
From 1984 to 1989, the 911 powerplant displaced 3.2 liters and remains legendary as a virtually bulletproof Bosch DME-controlled fist in the 911’s velvet glove. Dubbed “Carrera” in tribute to Porsche’s early-1950s successes at the legendary Mexican open-road race, these final examples of the second-generation 911 were highly coveted by true driving enthusiasts when new and they continue to enjoy strong demand today for their great handling, outstanding performance, and iconic good looks. The advent of the 911 Cabriolet in 1983 made a great car even better.
While 911 models destined for the U.S., Canadian, and Japanese markets for 1985 delivered 207 rated horsepower with the Type 930/21 engine designed to comply with local emissions regulations, the 930/20 “Row” or “Rest of World” unit produced considerably more power and remains particularly desirable. Rated at 231 horsepower at 5,900 rpm, the “RoW” Carrera’s engine featured higher 10.3:1 compression and offered even greater performance. This 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet is a numbers matching European-delivery example, which is easily identified by its amber side markers. Originally destined for sale when new in the Netherlands, as per the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this car has spent the last 25-plus years in dry, sunny Arizona. This car is equipped with a catalytic converter and has passed Arizona emissions for over 25 years.
Among its many desirable features, this car benefits from a recent and very nice repaint, along with a newly fitted cabriolet top, plus new front seats and new tires. Additional items include the owner’s manual, tools, and jack. A leakdown test was performed by a noted Porsche shop in Phoenix and the cylinders delivered readings with a like-new 2%-5% range. A great performer with higher power and unique Euro-spec looks, this 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet stands as a very desirable example of the Porsche legend.