Lot #9: 1978 Porsche 930
An amazingly preserved, well cared for and original black with cork Turbo
- "1 of 1" 930 Turbo produced in Black over Cork livery with sunroof delete
- Incredibly original and well maintained with just 20,000 documented original miles
- 1 of only as few as 451 examples of the 930 produced for U.S. sale in 1978
- Just two owners from new; the first for 36 years; original CA "blue plate" car
- First-year 3.3-litre model with intercooler and 917-type disc brakes
- Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and all books, tools, accessories from new
Incredibly well preserved, lifelong California "blue plate" car with just 20,000 documented original miles and two owners from new - the first for 36 years. Matching numbers "1 of 1" car produced in Black over Tan with sunroof delete. Late-production, original U.S.-market example of the very rare and vastly improved 1978 Porsche 930 "Turbo." Accompanied by Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and every insurance card, registration sticker, and receipt from new.
Specifications: 3,299 CC air-cooled SOHC flat 6-cylinder engine, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, single KKK turbocharger and air-to-air intercooler, 265 hp at 5,500 rpm, four-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel ventilated hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4"
Revered since introduction at the October 1974 Paris Show and best-known to legions of sports-car enthusiasts as simply the "Turbo," Porsche's legendary 911-based 930 was the road-going expression of Porsche's dominant racing program of the early 1970s and the company's renewed commitment to the 911 following the retirement of the monstrous 917 by the early 1970s. Based on, but sufficiently different from the normally-aspirated 911 road cars to warrant a new model designation, the 930 was released for sale during spring 1975 with U.S. exports commencing in 1976. The 930 was the most expensive Porsche road model when new at a premium of more than $10,500 over the price of the 911S Targa. While production of only 400 Turbos was envisaged over two years by Porsche's most optimistic forecasts, sales were strong with more than 23,341 930s built in total through 1989. The 930 also formed the basis for the all-conquering 935 Turbo, which scored a succession of outright victories through 1984 including six wins at Daytona, six at Sebring, and the overall win at Le Mans in 1979.
The first-generation 930 received its first major upgrades for 1978, using the proven technologies derived from Porsche's RSR 934 and 935 racing programs including an engine-displacement increase to 3.3 liters, upgraded engine cooling, and the addition of an air-to-air intercooler, which reduced turbo lag and allowed higher engine compression for greatly enhanced performance with more predictable power delivery. While European models now produced 300 rated horsepower, smog-compliant U.S. models still delivered 265 ponies, most importantly with far better reliability than the earlier "hand grenade" 1976-1977 Turbo. The visually shocking but functional "whale tail" rear spoiler was massaged for improved aerodynamics and provided increased space and airflow for the 930's new intercooler. Larger disc brakes, derived from those of Porsche's mighty 917/30 Can-Am car, included ventilated, cross-drilled rotors and four-piston calipers for huge stopping power to match the car's incredible speed and acceleration. Easily performing well beyond the limits of many other cars, the 'Turbo' demanded the very best of its drivers and delivered the substance to back up its formidable image. The first-generation 930 was officially imported to the United States only through 1979 and these vehicles are identified by their VIN plates with the "930" prefix, as opposed to the re-introduced U.S.-market cars sold from 1984 to 1989 with their "WPO" VIN prefixes. Now, four decades after its debut, the 930 remains a pure and unqualified object of automotive desire for truly committed driving enthusiasts - and smart collectors. This example is undoubtedly one of the very finest available anywhere.
While already rare as one of the 1,257 "L Series" examples of the 930 Turbo built for 1978, this example is one of as few as 451 original U.S.-market cars built and it is the only one factory-finished in Black over Tan livery with the sunroof deleted. A late-production example, this 930 is car number 438 from those few cars built for, and sold in, the United States for 1978, the lowest-production year of these potent legends. Never before offered for public sale, this 930 was recently sold by private treaty from the original owner's Estate to a local Californian PCA Member, Porsche judge, and collector. A lifelong California vehicle, it still sports its original "blue plate" and remains factory-correct throughout with only 20,000 original and fully documented miles. From the original and blemish-free Fuchs alloy wheels, and even the factory-correct USA-compliant ride height, this 930 is a benchmark of correctness and originality.
To say the original owner of 36 years was fanatical about his care for this Turbo is a severe understatement. He avoided car washes, instead choosing to wash and wax it each month before taking it out for a drive. He was also a fastidious record-keeper, with the Turbo accompanied by virtually every receipt imaginable from his long tenure, including fuel receipts. Importantly, he also retained every smog certificate, authenticating the regular use and mileage of this car through the years. The 930 also comes with every insurance and registration card, plus every annual registration sticker, which was carefully peeled off and retained before a new one was applied. Every service receipt is also included, with documents organized and contained within separate binders. This very special 930 also includes a Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche, plus all warranty and service manuals and books. The full tool kit, jack and spare wheel and tire are all pristine and unused. Even the unused factory air compressor remains inside the original packing material. Yet another fascinating original item is the Consignor's finding of a slightly faded piece of paper under the driver's side carpeting, which lists the "800438" VIN suffix, its 7 Juli (July) 1978 production date, and even the location of the vehicle where it was parked at Porsche's old Stuttgart factory holding lot after it rolled off the production line!
In summary, the offering of this outstanding and incredibly well-preserved 930 Turbo, from the vastly improved 1978 production year, represents a truly unique opportunity to acquire one of the finest Porsche 930 Turbos anywhere. As a singular "1 of 1" car with its colors and sunroof delete, documented 20,000 original miles, and long-term, single-owner care for the first 36 years of its lifetime, this 1978 Porsche 930 simply "ticks all the boxes" and marks an opportunity that will likely not be repeated.