neilschelly New Reader
June 9, 2016 9:35 p.m.



This is a daily-driven 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 with ~218k miles on the odometer. I have driven the car about 70k miles in the almost 5 years I've owned it. I have spent that time repairing many of the components of the car that were neglected over the years. When I got the car, none of the power windows or sunroof worked, the locks sometimes worked, and none of the HVAC worked. The stereo didn’t work, the power seats didn’t work, and many lights didn’t work. I fixed all of that, upgraded the stereo a bit to modern standards, and repaired several of the mechanical bits along the way.

Mechanically, the car is very sound, and it has rarely left me stuck. I just finished a ~1300 mile road trip to Hershey, PA (for the Porsche swap meet), State College, PA (to visit some family), Baltimore, MD (for a conference), and Washington, DC (to visit more family) with no issues. The front trunk and backseat were packed, the kiddo was in the back, and my wife was also along for most of the ride. The car was very full, and I wouldn't hesitate to depend on the car for another road trip. Even the AC blew cold when needed.

This is a car I have loved (and still love) owning. I have autocrossed it a few times, though I haven’t been a serious autocrosser in years. I have ice raced it too. I highly recommend it. I have driven it year round in the northeast, through snow and ice and rain and everything. I have road-tripped in the car thousands of miles, carried home Christmas trees on the roof, and made runs to the dump. Until the last few weeks, there’s a child seat in the back for my 15-month old daughter who has been a regular passenger since she was born. People stop to ask me about it all the time. Other Porsche owners wave at me as I drive by. Owning this car has been a wonderful experience, and this will not be my last Porsche.


I’m asking for $19,000.


Here’s a full album of pictures to look at.

All the pictures in that album are very high resolution - just keep clicking them until they fill your screen. Please request any additional close-ups or angles and I will try to accommodate the request.

Why I’m Selling

The fundamental reason I am looking to sell the car is the rust I see bubbling around the passenger door. While it doesn’t look bad, I know it will only get worse if I just keep driving the car. I don’t have any interest in taking the car off the road for months or more while I do a restoration that I am ill-prepared to complete. I also don’t want to watch the car waste away while I continue to drive it ignoring the problem.

The Details

This whole posting includes lots more information than a typical listing. Some of it is real problems with the car I eventually meant to address. Some of the problems are really nit-picky and only I would care about. I list all of it in the interests of full disclosure. The buyer of this car gets a wonderful car, a very rewarding ownership experience, an investment in the ever-increasing values of air-cooled Porsches, a project for a resto-mod, etc, and I want that person to know everything I have learned about this car.

If you're interested, please read the whole post full of everything you could want to know about the car's history, condition, what's good, what's bad, etc:


dculberson UberDork
June 9, 2016 10:08 p.m.

I love seeing this car having been used and loved so much.

neilschelly New Reader
June 10, 2016 5:57 a.m.

Thanks! I will hate to part with it. It's been a wonderful ownership experience. If I had a proper workshop/garage to keep it in for the time it would take to repair the rust properly, I would keep it and take as long as I needed to work on it. -Neil

markwemple SuperDork
June 10, 2016 8:52 a.m.

Not to be cold but with the rust pictured, I would want to see under the rocker covers and have a close look at the pedal area and battery tray and bottoms of the front fenders. I'd put real money on there being rust there. And, the real way to repair that rear 1/4 rust is to replace the panel. The windshield area will need a glass out and fender off repair.

neilschelly New Reader
June 10, 2016 9:27 a.m.

The rockers are plastic body kit pieces that don't rust. They also don't really trap anything under the car, so I'm not sure where you'd expect to find more rust related to them beyond what's already photographed. Are you referring to the area under the passenger door striker?

I rebuilt the pedal box around 20k miles ago. There was no rust damage, and it's all clean now. The battery tray was clean when I replaced the battery about 15k miles ago, and I put in a new plastic under-tray just to be safer going forward. The front fenders are in good shape, and they were just off last summer when I replaced the windshield. All this work was detailed in the link I included above for more information.

This isn't a car rusting from age or neglect. It's got a rebuilt title and the rust is around body work repairs over 20 years old that are showing their age. I can get closer pictures of the rocker panels, battery tray, and pedal box if you're seriously interested, but I can't tell if there's any interest from your post.


neilschelly New Reader
June 18, 2016 9:40 p.m.

Price drop bump. $21k.

docwyte Dork
June 19, 2016 9:55 a.m.

Looks like a 964?

neilschelly New Reader
June 25, 2016 12:42 p.m.
docwyte wrote: Looks like a 964?

Yes, it does look like a 964. It's a body kit with fiberglass bumpers, custom welded steel bumper beams, and polyurethane side skirts. The link in the original post has that and a lot more information about it. -N

neilschelly New Reader
June 25, 2016 12:43 p.m.

Another price drop bump $19k!

markwemple SuperDork
June 25, 2016 1:41 p.m.

You might generate more interest if you took shots without the body kit and close ups of the areas I spoke about

neilschelly New Reader
July 10, 2016 5:21 p.m.

Sold. Thanks for the interest folks.


markwemple SuperDork
July 10, 2016 6:15 p.m.


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