The Porsche 930, or simply Turbo, would be introduced as a 1975 model at the Paris Auto Show. Later arriving in 1976 to the United States as the Turbo Carrera, executives at Porsches Stuttgart facility were concerned about the ability to sell such an expensive production car. The Turbo Carrera was priced at $26,700, while the next most expensive Porsche was the 911S Targa at just over $16,000. Nevertheless, Porsche continued on with development and planned to only build the 400 required models needed for homologation over a two-year period. Much to Porsches surprise, more than 23,000 Porsche Turbos would be built between 1974 and the end of production in 1989. The 1980 Porsche 930 (the 911 Turbo was known as the Type 930) is an excellent example of these first-generation Turbo classics, and is often seen as important as it marks the year when Porsche was forced to stop exporting to the U.S. and Japanese markets due to new emissions standards. While it is estimated that approximately 80 examples of the 1980 Porsche 930 (built in 1979) were snuck in to the U.S. market, additional examples were often shipped over privately and converted to meet requirements.
Known as gray-market cars, those that were privately imported into the United States should always be checked thoroughly by a competent Porsche mechanic. Specifically, the mechanic should inspect the components or systems affected by conversion, and assure you that this is a car that can be maintained in the future. It is not the conversion itself that should deter you, but the chance for poor workmanship and corner cutting. However, because most of these examples would have been imported during the mid-1980s, many of the problems and bugs should have been sorted out by now. If you are fortunate enough to find a 1980 Porsche 930 that was built in 1979, it should be considered an excellent find. As with all classic Porsche 911 Turbo models, always ask your mechanic to verify engine and chassis numbers against Porsche records to ensure originality, production date, standard equipment and more.
These are just a few of the Buyers Tips for the 1980 Porsche 930, also known as the 1980 Porsche 911 Turbo. To learn more about this highly desired classic or to view models currently available for sale, please feel free to browse the resources of this website at your leisure. Should you have any questions, The Beverly Hills Car Club team would be delighted to hear from you. Contact them today to get started and to be one step closer to finding the Porsche 911 Turbo youve been dreaming of.
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