James May’s ‘Quintessential 80s’ Porsche 911 Sells For Over $78k

One might recall that a few weeks ago, we reported on the impending sale of a pristine, Guards Red Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2, once the property of one “James May,” whoever that is. Moved to sell the Porsche – along with numerous motorcycles – in the wake of the veritable crumbling of BBC’s Top Gear television program, Mr. James May left the classic Porsche to Bonhams, to be sold at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Thankfully, we can all breathe a sigh of relief; it doesn’t look like Top Gear‘s James May will be forced out onto the street. As Motor Authority reports, the 1984 Porsche 911 did indeed sell at the recent Goodwood Festival, bringing in a staggering £50,000 (about $78,000 US).

That’s about twice the anticipated sales price, for your information.

Of course, beside having a notable past celebrity owner, the 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 formerly belonging to James May also happens to be a prime example of the air-cooled first-generation 911. The car had only 53,000 miles on the odometer when Mr. May first acquired it, and it had an extensive service history.

What’s more, having been the property of “Captain Slow,” it’s safe to assume that neither powertrain nor suspension were subjected to undue stress.

Aaron Birch is an automotive enthusiast and writer/filmmaker from Detroit, MI. As a rule, he only buys cars older than himself.


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