A recent sale of a 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera for $145,000 on Bring-a-Trailer (BaT) continues the escalation of Air-Cooled Porsche prices. If this 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera is worth $145,000, does it mean your 915-equipped 911 is now worth over $100,000 also?
As BaT Commentator “TheRev” stated: “Holy cow … I have a 128k mile ’85 911 coupe in Prussian Blue as my daily driver. Insured her for $50k (bought for 34k back in the day). Don’t know what to think about this.”
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but no, your 915 transmission-equipped 911 Carrera is probably still a $50,000-$60,000 Porsche and not a $100,000 plus Porsche unless it contains the special attributes of this Porsche.
Success at any auction is dependent upon at least two buyers wanting the same car. In this case there were four buyers vying for this ’86 911 Carrera. These bidders were driven by three key factors about this car:
The color combination of Prussian Blue with a Cashmere leather interior is stunning. The quality of the paint and the leather is reflective in the low miles of the car that is always a plus for a buyer.
The 19,000 original miles is extremely low for a 35-year-old car. It is clear that this Porsche was well cared for during this time. All maintenance was kept up to date even with its sparse driving. Buyers look for low miles and this one delivers on that requirement.
A quality presentation of the car is always crucial for success on BaT. The car is spotless and is presented with over 200 photos. It is completely stock and original with minor paintwork for sale presentation. The photos are exquisite and are clearly professionally done, presenting the car in the best possible light.
Air Brigade also owns a low mileage 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera but in Meteor Grey. This is what begged the original question of is my ’86 now a $145,000 plus car? If I am honest, I have to say no. Even though the car is low miles (50,000) and in great shape when I study the photos of this $145,000 Carrera I can see the wear and care difference of a 35-year-old Porsche that has not seen much road time or drivers/passengers in the interior. Every mile you put on this car raises the question of whether it is worth the diminished value.
Congratulations to the seller for the strong price and to the buyer for getting a terrific looking Air-Cooled Porsche 911 that will turn heads and gain attention everywhere you drive it, if you drive it. The consensus among the commentators and Air Brigade agrees, is that even with the strong price paid, you won’t lose on this 911 in the long run.
1986 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupe
Sold for $145,000 on December 3, 2021
Prussian Blue over Cashmere leather
19,000 original miles
Stock and original car
915-equipped 5-speed manual
Recent oil change and air conditioning refresh
Tags: Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2, Air-Cooled Porsche, Prussian Blue Porsche 911, Porsche 915 transmission