In case you’ve missed all the celebratory magazine articles and tribute videos marking the occasion, this year marks the Porsche 911’s golden anniversary. And while not the best performing or, arguably, best looking evolution in history, the 1984-’89 3.2 Carrera (often referred to by Porschephiles as the G-model) was one of the most popular and recognizable 911s. It helped affirm to the world that the 911 was here to stay and not, in fact, being retired in favor of the controversial front-engine, water-cooled 924S/944/928 troika.
However, even though it played a pivotal role in the evolution of the 911 bloodline, modifying a G-model doesn’t seem to be quite as frowned upon as modifying the earlier small-bumper, pre-smog 911s. Thus we don’t expect there to be much (Any?) backlash from fundamentalist Porschephiles when they gaze upon this custom 1986 911 from DP Motorsport.
At first glance, this popped-collar era 3.2 Carrera doesn’t look all that different from stock, hence its name: 3.2 Sleeper. Yes, it has stickers on the front fenders and across the top of the windshield, the front turn signals now have clear lenses, and the panel between the taillights is now body color rather than a red reflector, but other than all that stuff, it looks pretty much the way it would have when it rolled out of the factory. It’s even painted in a factory color: Rock Green Metallic (Code 699). Look more closely, however, and you notice the little things: The narrow rally-style side mirrors. The mesh on the engine cover vent rather than slats. And the holes drilled through the door handles. You start getting the feeling that DP Motorsport built this classic Carrera to be a lightweight pugilist.
Well, you’d be right about that. In addition to all those mods mentioned above, the glass windows have been replaced with hardened Perspex replicas, many brackets have been lightened, and the factory undercoating has been stripped off. Couple these changes with the interior weight reductions (which include 935-style “Lollipop” seats with Willans four-point harnesses, a smaller diameter sport steering wheel and an RS carpet kit) and this 911 tips the scales at just 1,995 lbs., or 617 lbs. less than stock. DP even replaced the wiring harness and battery with lighter components.
That sizable subtraction of mass would provide significant performance increases by itself, but DP Motorsport has also had its way with the chassis and powertrain as well. The air-cooled 3.2L flat-six is fitted with 288° camshafts from Schrick, ported and polished cylinder heads, a larger 67mm throttlebody, lighter flywheel, a pair of 100-cell catalytic converters from HJS, and a titanium racing exhaust system from RSR. As a result, the engine now makes a claimed 267 horsepower, compared to 231hp for a stock Euro-spec 3.2 Carrera. That power is sent forward to the rear wheels (Yes, you read that correctly.) through a Porsche Type 915 5-speed manual transaxle that’s equipped with a limited-slip differential and external fluid cooler, and is operated by a custom short-throw shifter.
Those rear wheels, incidentally, are 16×9 Fuchs five-spokes wearing 245/45 semi-slick Michelin tires; the fronts are 16×7 Fuchses wearing 225/50 rubber. All four wheels are stopped by brakes lifted from the 3.2 Carrera’s immediate successor, the 964 Carrera 2, and they are suspended by Bilstein street/sport shocks and Super Pro polyurethane bushings in place of the stock rubber pieces. Finally, chassis stiffness is enhanced by a custom front strut tower brace and a partial roll cage that lives where the rear seats used to.
DP Motorsport hasn’t published any performance figures for the 3.2 Sleeper, but it is dishing on how much of your money it would need to build one for you: A total of 89,911 euros (Note those last three digits.), which works out to about $119,500. That’s big bucks for an ‘80s 911, particularly a non-Slantnose, non-Turbo-look one. But if we had to guess, the driving experience feels like a million bucks.
Source: DP Motorsport