Porsche has by no means been one to shrink back from making uncommon fashions. We’re speaking fashions the place lower than 10 have been produced, just like the 964 Turbo Cabriolet and the 993 Speedster. Amongst these rarities is a specific Porsche that wasn’t truly a Porsche in any respect: the VW T3 B32. It doesn’t appear to be a Porsche, it’s not badged as a Porsche, however it should positively sound, like a Porsche.
In 1986, Porsche was fielding two 959s within the Paris Dakar Rally pushed by two groups: René Metge partnered with Dominique Lemoyne in a single, and Jacky Ickx with Claude Brasseur within the different. And whereas these 959s had been engineered to be off-road beasts, able to dealing with the hardest rally on the earth, they had been nonetheless fast. With a 2.8-liter 400 horsepower flat-6, not a lot might sustain with them, together with assist automobiles. Porsche did have a 3rd 959 readily available, which was thought of to be used as a assist car, however the crew wanted one thing each greater and quick.
One thing else Porsche had readily available was a VW T3 van. Sadly, they had been hilariously sluggish, and couldn’t sustain with the fast-paced nature of the race, the place like each race, each minute counts. So quite than search for one other car or attempt to make do with what that they had, Porsche engineers set to do what any gearhead would do and modded the T3 vans to work with their wants.
Whereas normal T3s had been accessible with an array of engines, starting from 1.6-liter flat fours and I4’s all the way in which as much as a 2.6-liter I5, they had been all sluggish. So quite than mod the present engine, Porsche took a 288 hp flat-six from a 911 3.2 Carrera and dropped it within the engine bay. Engineers then mated that flat six with a Porsche transmission that routed energy to the rear wheels. And since this was meant to maintain up with rally racing, engineers additionally gave the T3 a singular suspension setup and larger brakes. It was mentioned to have a high velocity of solely 116 mph, however in actuality, it was round 135 mph.
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Whereas somebody shortly glancing at a VW T3 B32 won’t have the ability to inform it other than an everyday T3, Porsche did just a few issues to differentiate it. There have been bigger 16-inch wheels with Fuchs rims, further aspect vents to chill the larger engine, entrance and rear skirts, and a bigger exhaust.
Inside there was a full leather-based inside, a Porsche badge on the steering wheel, and auxiliary gauges beneath the middle console, behind the shifter.
Whereas it’s not recognized whether or not or not this factor ever had any manufacturing intent, it’s believed that simply seven examples of the T3 B32 had been ever made. Whereas it wasn’t publicly offered, some ended up in non-public arms, particular clients who had a relationship with Porsche. Just a few of those even have Porsche VINs. And a few can be found for sale.
The instance you see above is one that’s listed on the market at a Porsche seller: Porsche Centrum Gelderland. It’s presently listed at €364,900, which with the present change charges to the U.S. greenback, that’s over $375,700. It’s in want of a little bit of restoration as there’s some put on right here and there, however apart from that it seems nice. While the years have given us Porsche SUVs and a sedan, we could by no means see something like a Porsche van once more.