Porsche revived the name Carrera in 1973 with its luxuriously equipped, top-of-the-range 911. Until then, this name was only used for competition derived versions of the predecessor of the 911, the 356. From model year 1984 the name was used again, together with the introduction of the 3.2 engine.
Although it remained an air-cooled six-cylinder boxer engine (flat 6), the 3.2 engine was 80% new and contained an effective cam chain tensioner and associated lubrication system, which ultimately dealt with a 911 shortcoming. This new engine ensured that the Carrera had a level of performance that approached that of the original 911 Turbo of 1974. A quarter of a century later the Carrera 3.2’s are very sought after. However, finding one in top quality is not easy.