Crime scene: Röhrle Mobility GmbH, Oberndorf am Neckar, between Stuttgart and Lake Constance. Niclas Röhrle – well connected in the Porsche collector scene – has tracked down two genuine time capsules. Just in time for the summer, he has two filet pieces of Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Cabrio on offer. A slate grey Carrera 3.2 Cabrio in almost showroom collector condition and even topping that: the rarest G-Model Cabrio ever made.
One of only 43 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 “25 Years of Porsche 911” Cabriolets built to European specifications came to Röhrle Mobility GmbH after being loaned to the Porsche Museum by a collector. Niclas and his brother Luca Röhrle revealed to me what makes the two cabriolets so special and where exactly the differences between the models lie.
This Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Cabrio has it all. It was in the single owner’s care for over 33 years. “Apart from a formal registration by Porsche Hörmann in January 1989, there are no other entries in the title”, explains Niclas Röhrle. Together with his brother Luca, he has built up the company Röhrle Mobility GmbH. They are specialized in dealing with sports cars and sought-after classics. Within a very short time, they have earned an excellent reputation in the scene.
Unlike many other dealers, Röhrle Mobility GmbH buys its vehicle inventory rather than brokering it on behalf of customers. “We see this as an advantage for our customers in many ways. For one, we ‘lock in’ our financial resources. Ultimately, this is a promise of quality to our potential buyers. For another, customers can sell their sports car in the high six-figure price segment, such as a Porsche 993 Turbo S, in the blink of an eye without the need for laborious intermediary transactions. This is an absolute exception in the scene”, says Niclas Röhrle. Time and again, the brother duo offers exclusive collector vehicles.
This slate grey painted convertible of the last model year of the second generation Porsche 911 is one of those collector cars. A Munich-based entrepreneurial couple have covered just 35,600 kilometers in it. “The two bought the car in 1989 to fulfill a long-held dream. They had achieved their entrepreneurial goals and rewarded themselves with this Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Cabriolet,” Niclas Röhrle tells me. Through the recommendation of an acquaintance, they turned to Röhrle Mobility GmbH to sell the vehicle.
In addition to the sought-after exterior color, the cabriolet impresses with its silk grey leather interior. The front seats are also adorned with piping in the color of the car, again slate grey. “At the time, the first owners commissioned this special interior feature from the fledgling Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur,” says Röhrle. The beautiful configuration is rounded off by a leather dashboard.
That was not all! This time capsule of a 911 Carrera 3.2 received the then brand-new electric soft top. But it’s not just the configuration that probably makes this vehicle unique. “Although the couple only drove the vehicle on special occasions, the devoted care went far beyond the usual,” reports the acknowledged 911 G-Model expert. No service interval was overrun. Since its purchase in 1989, the convertible has been professionally detailed every year.
In its quest for perfection, Röhrle Mobility GmbH decided to give what was actually a perfect vehicle another extensive technical overhaul. “In the process, we used as many original parts as possible. The “spirit” of the vehicle was to be preserved at all costs.” The injectors, for example, were overhauled instead of being swapped out for new ones. As the available aftermarket injectors do not correspond to the original specification.
The same approach was taken with the fuel tank. Instead of replacing it with a plastic tank, as is often the case today, the original sheet metal tank was extensively refurbished. The fuel lines were also renewed. “These usually still look good on the outside, but the plasticizers evaporate over the years. In the worst case, the brittle lines can cause fuel to leak into the engine compartment. The result would be a fire”, warns Niclas.
Partial ice blasting also gives the underbody a factory-like shine. To ensure that the car is also technically as good as new, Röhrle also had the brake system overhauled. The lines are new, the calipers restored. The overhaul was rounded off by cleaning and repairing all the yellow chromated parts on the underbody. Visually untouched, technically as good as new – in short, a G-Model as it was when it was presented new in the Porsche Center almost 35 years ago.
It’s rare to see a car like this. As if Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 “25 Years of Porsche 911” weren’t rare enough, a convertible anniversary model shines in the showroom of Röhrle Mobility GmbH. Only 43 of these were produced for all of Europe to mark the 25th anniversary of the 911. This makes it one of the rarest Porsche 911 models ever. No wonder Porsche itself exhibited this vehicle in the company’s own museum. As a loan, the owner provided this Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 “25 Years of Porsche 911” Cabriolet for the special exhibition “Limited Porsche 911”.
Niclas Röhrle is justifiably proud to have this car in the Röhrle Mobility GmbH showroom. “These vehicles have never actually been on the market. It’s very special to have such a rare Porsche 911 in our inventory, plus a former Porsche Museum exhibition vehicle.” When asked how he came by this special vehicle, the trained mechanic and industrial engineering graduate smiles and says: “Without a very good network, it would not be possible to get a car like this.”
The condition and history of this car are also exceptional. Just 98,000 kilometers of mileage are on the books. The anniversary model stands on contemporary 16-inch Fuchs wheels. Like its slate grey counterpart, it has the electric soft top installed. Heated seats with electric adjustment and the shortened gear-lever, air conditioning and the sound package are part of the standard equipment.
“The standard equipment of the anniversary models for the 25 years of the Porsche 911 was very lavish,” explains Luca Röhrle. Like his brother, he is also a trained mechanic, industrial engineer, and proven Porsche expert. A combination from which their customers benefit every day. The fact that the Jubi is handed over with a certificate of authenticity and all historical documentation is a point of honor for the brothers.
“We also had this vehicle given a very extensive technical overhaul at Diez Classic, one of the leading Porsche Classic experts. Restoration of the original tank, ultrasonic cleaning of the injectors, dry ice blasting on the underbody, replacement of all operating fluids and all fuel, oil and brake lines were on the program. Mechanically, this 911 Carrera 3.2 “25 Years of Porsche 911″ is thus absolutely perfect and ready for immediate use.”Niclas Röhrle, Röhrle Mobility GmbH
A special feature of the anniversary models was the color scheme. The vehicles for the American market were painted 400 times in silver metallic and 100 times in satin black metallic. Its soft top was always black. The so-called RdW (rest of the world, except Germany) Carreras wore navy blue metallic and a navy blue soft top. On the other hand, the German 911 Carrera 3.2 “25 Years of Porsche 911” were dark blue metallic with a pearl grey soft top.
“The most obvious differences from the 911 Carrera 3.2 are found in the interior”, Luca shows me. “German 25th anniversary models are always pearl grey inside, while USA and RdW cars are silk grey or metallic blue with navy blue trim.” Also noticeable is the stand-alone center console. “This included a digital outside temperature display and was not installed like this in any other G model.”
Burl wood shines beneath the leather dashboard. The interior trim on the instrument cluster and dashboard were covered with the precious veneer at the factory. Luca makes special mention of this, because this equipment was also reserved exclusively for the German anniversary models. The examples destined for the German market, unlike the other 690 Anniversary models, also do not bear a badge on the glove compartment. Even when it came to the carpets, the models differed depending on the region. In the U.S., they were silk grey, the RdW models had silver-blue carpets, and for the German Jubis, Porsche chose silk velour pearl grey.
Röhrle Mobility GmbH is convinced that these two convertibles are unique. Especially since both are in captivating condition. “These are undoubtedly two of the most sought-after 3.2-liter models on the market”, is the unequivocal conclusion of the two scene experts.
They have convinced me. Both the slate grey Carrera 3.2 Cabrio and the anniversary model are museum-worthy. Hopefully, both will get the right dose of exercise in future ownership. Because cars like these need to be seen. After all, they offer so much zeitgeist and easily take you back three and a half decades in time just by looking at them. Real time capsules.
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