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Car Tales: Turbo-Charged For Life, Porsche 930 Turbo

‘In 1974 there were new times for the Porsche motor company: the Porsche 911 Turbo had arrived, or the 930 Turbo as it was more customarily known. For the US market however, the Porsche 911 Turbo was not officially marketed until 1976: hence in America this year, 2021, is the official 45th anniversary of the Porsche 930 Turbo!
1975 Porsche 930 Turbo for Sale
‘In fact, the previous year, 1975, the Porsche 930 Turbo had already been on sale in the USA in limited amounts. Now here at Beverly Hills Car Club we have a true piece of automotive history, an iconic 1975 Porsche 930 Turbo for sale with matching numbers and the Certificate of Authenticity included. According to the 930 Turbo 3.0 Liter Registry this car is one of only 20 in the US: 284 Porsche 930 Turbos were produced and sold in 1975 but only that small score came to the United States. This model is for sale in its original color code#027 Guards Red with a black interior.

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‘This rare find comes equipped with a manual transmission, factory electric sunroof, chrome driver’s side mirror, power windows, Fuchs wheels, as well as a spare tire. Not many of these early 930s become available, but when they do, they certainly do not stay on the market for very long. This is a unique opportunity to join a select group to own a piece of what many regard as the purest and most original expression of the 911 Turbo. It had the same owner since 1986 and is mechanically sound.
1975 Porsche 930 Turbo interior
‘Astonishingly, considering so few were sold in this country, I also have another model of this car, with a sunroof delete: so this is even rarer, as the standard model almost always came replete with a sunroof. However, I am not yet selling that car. When the one currently for sale has been bought I will then consider putting it on the market.
‘At the 1974 Paris Motor Show Porsche presented a 911 Turbo prototype, which was also a way to showcase the new 911. Porsche badged the vehicle simply as ‘Turbo’. The car was very well received and the commercial launch was immediately, and correctly, anticipated as a success.
‘The 2.7 engine had been realigned, the displacement increased to 3.0 liters: from July 1975 the 911 Carrera was given a 3.0 liter engine. A number of parts were taken from the Carrera RS 3.0 and a new cylinder head was designed to lower the compression ratio, which was necessary to install a turbo.
‘Porsche began experimenting with turbocharging technology on their race cars during the late 1960s, and in 1972 began development on a turbocharged version of the 911. The first cars were offered under the name Porsche 911 Turbo from spring 1975, while the factory designation was ‘type 930’. These vehicles sold much faster than expected, the first 400 models having found a buyer by the end of 1975; 1000 models was achieved on May 5, 1976.
1975 Porsche 930 Turbo buyer
‘Thus Porsche decided to keep it in the catalog. It even had a top speed of 155 mph, rivaling the Ferrari 308 – no doubt this was the source of the 1976 930 Turbo’s ‘Widowmaker’ sobriquet. You just had to be careful not to engage the turbo in error, when handling the car would became positively juicy and wild. The gearbox, which is only four speeds, pulls very long. Almost 50 mph in first gear; not far from 125 mph in third gear. In fourth gear, the turbo is only signaled above 111 mph.
1975 Porsche 930 Turbo motor
‘In order to process this greater power in the most practical manner, Porsche widened the tracks by 6 cm at the front and 12 cm at the rear. Consequently the necessary fender flares provide the 911 with an even more pugnacious appearance, an impression augmented by the ‘whale tail’ rear spoiler and assorted aerodynamic appendages.
‘Porsche still manufactures a Turbo model. In 1978 Porsche made its first and most significant changes to the 930, enlarging the engine bore by 2 mm to a total displacement of 3,299 cc and adding an air-to-air intercooler. Porsche also upgraded the brakes to units similar to those used on the 917 race car.
1975 Porsche 930 Turbo front end
‘These changes increased the weight of the car, contributing to substantial changes in the handling of the vehicle compared to the earlier 3.0-liter models. However, the nimble and powerful 911 Turbo in its earliest form is much sought after by enthusiasts, who consider it to be the purest and most enjoyable of this long-lived series.
‘The Porsche 930 Turbo that we presently have for sale, a first-year 911 Turbo, represents both the dawn of an era in Porsche history and one of the automaker’s all-time most significant achievements. To think that only 284 of this model were ever made. And here we are 45 years later, celebrating their magnificence.
Wow!
-Alex Manos, Owner
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