1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Is Our Bring a Trailer Auction Pick of the Day

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1988 Porsche 911 Is Today's BaT Auction PickBring a Trailer

With the 911 Dakar fresh in our minds, how could we not be tempted by this modified Porsche 911 from 1988, currently up for auction with Bring a Trailer?

It's got a raised ride height, an overhauled 3.2-liter flat-six, and an enhanced suspension. If that wasn't enough to set this 911 apart, look to the roof rack and winch.

You'll notice a retro feel to some parts of the interior, like the included radar detector and old-school Blaupunkt sound system.

This week at the Los Angeles auto show, Porsche will be showing the Dakar, a heavily modified, all-wheel-drive version of the 911. The Dakar has been put through more than 300,000 development miles in an effort to make it capable of cruising over dunes, ice, and snow. The name comes from the Porsche team that won the 1984 Paris–Dakar Rally with a Porsche 953.

Porsche won't let you take the 911 Dakar home from L.A., but perhaps the next best thing is a new listing over on Bring a Trailer—which, like Car and Driver, is part of Hearst Autos—for a wonderfully modified 911. This 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera has already been sold once on BaT, back in January 2019, but it's unrecognizable now after being repainted (Goodbye, Guards Red. Hello, Baltic Blue Metallic) and given "safari-style modifications."

The modifications won't make this vehicle quite as capable as the Dakar, but it will do better on rougher roads than a standard 911. Power comes from an overhauled 3.2-liter flat-six engine and is sent to the wheels through a rebuilt G50 five-speed manual transaxle. Restoration work was done throughout the powertrain. Unlike the 1984 Rally winner, though, this one does not have AWD.

The BaT 911 has a higher ride height thanks to Von Shocks suspension and adjustable-perch front coil-over springs. The 15-inch alloy wheels wear BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. A Fabspeed Motorsport stainless-steel exhaust system, a Warn Axon 55-S Powersport winch and a roof rack with Cibie LED auxiliary lights and a matching spare tire remind passersby this is not your standard daily driver. That doesn't mean people haven't been enjoying the idea of regularly getting behind the wheel of this 911. The parody Twitter account Bring A TraiIor said this 911 "will be perfect to traverse the perilous frontiers of Brooklyn and lower Manhattan."

Inside, the 911 includes some features unavailable in 1988, like power-adjustable Recaro Ergomed ES heated and cooled seats. Retro touches include a Valentine One radar detector and a Blaupunkt Bremen Bluetooth stereo with a JL Audio amplifier and speakers. There's also a four-point roll bar made by Custom Cages. The seller said the car has just under 272,000 miles on the odometer and has a clean Carfax report and a clean New York title.

With three days left before the auction ends November 18, the current bid is at $150,000.

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