• This is One of the Weirdest and Most Obscure Porsches Ever Built

Yes, this really is a very rare Porsche model, and you won’t believe for how much it goes on the used market

When we talk about Porsche, the first car to come to mind is 911. While the German sports car manufacturer is already dabbling in electrification, its rear-engine classic is still keeping it old-school. However, throughout Porsche’s history, there have been many obscure and rare models, including projects Porsche doesn’t like to admit exist. The Porsche B32 is definitely on the obscure side of things, and about as far from Porsche’s usual itinerary as possible. However, there’s a good reason for the B32 to exist, and recently, one of the very few examples was sold for a mind-boggling figure.

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Contrary to what your eyes suggest, this is not a Volkswagen T3. Well, technically, it’s a Volkswagen T3 Caravelle that Porsche took and changed a few (most) things underneath. Originally, a VW T3 would have come with either a 1.9-liter flat-four with 89 horsepower (66 kilowatts) or a 2.1-liter flat-four with 110 horsepower (82 kilowatts), which was the most powerful VW-made boxer engine.

Both, however, are dwarfed by the 3.2-liter flat-six engine Porsche took from the 911 and put inside the T3. That one produced 231 horsepower (172 kilowatts) at 5,900 RPM and 209 pound-feet (284 Nm) at 4,800 RPM. This allowed the boxy Porsche to reach a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h) and 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 7.6 seconds. The former T3 also features a Porsche manual transmission to cope with the extra power.

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Engine 3.2-liter flat-six
Power 231 HP @ 5,900 RPM
Torque 209 LB-FT @ 4,800 RPM
0 to 60 mph 7.6 seconds
Top speed 115 mph

The Porsche B32 can be recognized by the new rear diffuser, 16-inch Fuchs wheels, and front splitter. The light-grey exterior color is complemented by a Tan leather interior. The only notable change on the inside is the steering wheel, which like the engine and transmission, comes straight out of the Porsche 911 Carrera

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As for why Porsche created such a thing, the company needed a support vehicle for Paris Dakar that could keep up with the Porsche 959 Group B rally car. Initially, the role was supposed to be taken by a Mercedes G-Wagen, powered by a V-8 derived from the Porsche 928. However, that meant deviating from the brand and effectively outsourcing a vehicle, so the Volkswagen T3 was deemed a better platform.

Including the prototypes, 15 examples of the Porsche B32 were produced. Of those, only seven are said to exist, which is why one of them is currently listed for €364,900 (approx. $384,000 according to 2022 exchange rates). Despite the appearance, it is a genuine Porsche model and even has its own Porsche VIN number.

Source: Mobile.DE

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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