Auctioned on Saturday, April 4, 2009
Not Sold at a High Bid of $49,500
Porsche’s initial work with turbocharged racing cars in the 1960s led to a turbocharged street version of the 911. Ernst Fuhrmann led development, adapting the technology of the 917/30 Can-Am car to the 3.0-liter flat six from the Carrera RS 3.0. Suspension refinements, larger brakes and a strengthened four-speed gearbox rounded out the package, which included a functional "whale-tail" rear spoiler, wider rear wheels, upgraded tires, and flared rear wheel wells. Simply called the "Turbo", it was released in 1975 with export to the U.S. starting in 1976. Output reached 300 hp (DIN) in 1978, with a displacement increase to 3.3 liters and an air-to-air intercooler. The 930 proved fast but demanding; however, skilled drivers quickly learned how to drive it properly, and to drive the car beyond the limits of most other sports cars.
This very rare 1987 930 Turbo shows just 73,300 original kilometers, 16-inch Fuchs wheels, and an extended leather interior with black hides. This fully certified example also benefits from a major service less than 3,000 kilometers ago, at a cost exceeding $20,000. With legendary performance and a direct link to some of history’s greatest racing cars, this Porsche 930 Turbo will remain a valuable and significant automobile. Writing for Car and Driver, Brock Yates once remarked “it [assures] you of the most potent dose ever of the Porsche essence: fearsome speed and thoroughbred sounds in a back-road dance partner that you will never forget."