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Euro-Spec Cabriolet: 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera

This 1985 Porsche 911 Cabriolet is an example of a European-market car that shows very low miles with just 63,077 on the clock as indicated in the listing. The gray market cars are almost always seen as more special owing to the subtle differences between cars like this one and its American-market counterpart. The seller notes that after years of dormancy, the 911 was sufficiently gone through to prepare it for road use, with the fluids changed, the fuel pump replaced, the injectors swapped out for new ones, and other deferred maintenance. It’s said to run great and is listed here on eBay for $55,000 or best offer.

The seller is a dealer known as Dodi Auto Sales, and I’ve followed him for a while now on Instagram. Lately, he is digging out loads of barn find and garage find-condition 911s, and good for him – that’s a great business to be in. This 911 Cabriolet has some serious curb appeal, undoubtedly helped by the slimmer European-market rear bumperettes, which are also spaced out further to accomodate a European-style license plate. Another tell-tale sign that this is a gray market car is the presence of the rear fog light nestled beneath the bumper. Overall, these changes lead to a much more sporting appearance.

The interior is standard G-series fare, with no major deviations inside between this an a U.S.-market car. The sport seat option is not present here, but those are exceedingly rare so I can’t fault the car for having the standard buckets (though, it would be a nice upgrade.) When it comes to buying a 911 of this era, the one caveat is the shifter: the earlier cars are known for having a notoriously balky “915” shift assembly, while the later cars sport the much-improved “G50” gearbox. Will this stop you from enjoying the car? Not at all, and plenty of aftermarket solutions exist. Given its model year, this 911 will have the earlier-style gearbox.

Of course, another potential upside to this Cabriolet is if the European specifications mean it makes more power than the U.S. model. A quick scan of the message boards indicates that the primary selling points of a ROW, or “Rest of the World” 911 is more power and smaller bumperettes, so it certainly seems possible that this 911 is pushing out a bit more than the 200 horsepower offered in the 3.2L air-cooled flat-six. Another positive sign is the presence of all of the various factory stickers inside the engine bay, which often go missing if the bodywork has been previously repaired from a rear-end accident. Overall, this is a tidy example of a 911 made all the more desirable owing to its ROW classification.

Comments

  1. Frank Sumatra

    Thanks for the reminder about Dodi Auto Sales. They have an interesting range of cars for sale and I would trade places with the owner in a heartbeat. Somehow I don’t picture him/her being too interested in moving to Rochester, NY

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  2. David Harold

    Someone added the CHMSL (3rd brake light)…this was U.S. government mandated for the 1986 model year. Being a 1985 Gray Market model, the wheels and 3rd brake light are incorrect.

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