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In the early '70s, Porsche had designs on racing a turbocharged version of the 911, in support of which they planned to create a homologation special along the lines of the Carrera 2.7 RS. A change in the rules negated the need to sell a precise number of street legal race vehicles, but the company decided to continue with the project anyway - the Porsche 911 Turbo or 930 was born. The 930 was introduced at the Paris Motor Show of 1974 and produced from 1975 to 1989, during which time it was the fastest production car available on the German market. It was based around the Carrera RS 3.0, the engine from which was modified courtesy of turbo technology originally developed for the 917/30 CAN-AM cars. Initially, power output was 260bhp but from 1978 it was increased to 300bhp by raising the engine capacity to 3.3-litres. To accommodate the extra performance over the RS 3.0, the 930 sported revised suspension, larger brakes and a robust, four-speed gearbox. In order to help deliver the power to the road, a 'whale tail' rear spoiler was fitted and a wider rear wheel/tyre package was squeezed under specially flared arches. Adding this level of power to the already oversteer-prone handling of the 911 created a car that was not for the faint hearted. In skilled hands, however, a 930 will show a clean pair of heels to most rivals.

The right-hand drive 1980 example offered is finished in copper bronze metallic complemented by tan/biscuit half leather trim. It remained in the same ownership for the first 25 years of its life and in 1985 was apparently shipped back to Stuttgart and upgraded to the spec of the LE. The work evidently included an engine overhaul, the fitting of a larger intercooler, 935 front spoiler with oil cooler, revised exhaust with N/S wastegate and modified rear skirt - the related invoices are in the history file, with English translation. The owner describes the supercar as being in "very good" condition with regard to its engine, electrical equipment, interior trim and bodywork, while he rates the gearbox and paintwork as "good" and "excellent" respectively. It is MOT'd until November.

Image and description kindly supplied by H&H Classic Auctions

Porsche 1980 911 Turbo

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