Produced between 1975 and 1989, the 930 was more commonly known as the 911 Turbo and represented the pinnacle of the Porsche range throughout its lifetime.
Following a period of experimentation with turbocharging technology with their racing machinery during the late 1960s, Porsche set about the creation of a turbocharged 911 in order to comply with latest FIA homologation rules.
The 930 quickly gained popularity amongst enthusiasts and was the fastest production car sold in Germany.
Our 1989 car comes from the last model year of the series and is a rare UK-delivered example featuring the G50 five-speed transmission.
Chassis number: WP0ZZZ93ZKS000424
Engine: Turbocharged 3.3-litre flat 6-cylinder
Gearbox: 5-speed manual
With manufacturers required to produce 400 cars within a 2-year period to meet homologation regulations for the upcoming 1976 race season, the 930 went into production in 1975, eventually paving the way for the Group 5 935, one of the most successful racers of all time.
Featuring a single KKK turbocharger, the early 930 housed a modified version of the Carrera RS flat-six 3.0-litre engine, adapting the turbo technology first developed for the 917/30 CAN-AM car, revised in 1978 to include an air-to-air intercooler and increased capacity of 3.3-litre, producing 300hp.
Other defining features included the famous ‘whale tail’ rear spoiler to aid both engine cooling and rear downforce, and wider rear arches and wheels for better grip and stability. As power output increased, braking and suspension were also revised, notably changing the weight and thus handling of the car from the earlier 930.
Changing emission laws in Japan and the US, and the arrival of Porsche’s 928 GT model saw development of the 911 Turbo slow throughout the 1980s, although popular Targa and Cabrio versions, as well as emission-controlled examples were introduced.
The 1989 930 would be the first and last of the G-Series range to feature the G50 five-speed gearbox before the model was eventually succeeded by the 964 Turbo in 1991.
Manufactured at the Porsche headquarters in Stuttgart, our 930 was first registered on 31 March 1989, one of only 86 UK-delivered RHD Turbo Coupes of just 112 total worldwide that year.
The original driver’s manual lists factory-fitted options, including heated, adjustable Sports seats, 40% LSD, top-tinted windscreen, sunroof, rear-belts and velour carpets in the trunk.
It has seven owners recorded, with the most recent acquiring the car on 20 August 2002. Then showing a verifiable mileage of just over 62,000, the car has been used sparingly over the past 16 years, with little more than 4,000 miles added since.
Notable maintenance includes the addition of 1-bar boost springs by Porsche specialists, Autofarm whilst the car underwent an engine rebuild, as well as a performance exhaust and new brake discs added at Addspeed in 2002. Original books, including all service stamps from new and MOT’s from the late 1990s are retained, as well as original toolkit.
Now having received a complete bare-metal overhaul and refresh by Heritage AutoWerks at a cost of almost £30,000 in Summer 2018, this top condition, original car is now offered for sale, a fine example of the popular 5-speed variant from the very last year of the 930-era.
Synonymous with the Porsche racing programme, the 911 Turbo has rightly been considered amongst the very best of the company’s road-production range since its launch in 1975 and our 930 from 1989 marks the culmination in development of these earliest cars.
Although only produced across one model year, the introduction of the 5-speed G50 transmission transformed the last of the 930s produced, helping to somewhat tame the powerful, quick and unyielding ‘widowmaker’ into a more driver-friendly prospect, without losing that ‘wilder’ personality that makes the Turbo such a favourite amongst 911 models.
Our rare, UK-delivered example sits both mean and refined, with the familiar flared arches and ‘tea-tray’ tail veiled in the car’s stunning black finish, both inside – complete with tasteful red piping – and out. With very little use over the last 16 years and no evidence of damage or repairs, it represents a very original, unmolested car from the end of Porsche’s first Turbo era, with original engine and gearbox still in excellent working order – a collectable example from a defining period for the marque.