Lot 207

Monterey 2023

1979 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe


$450,500 USD | Sold

United States | Monterey, California



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  • Remarkably well-preserved example with just 151 mi. on the odometer at the time of cataloging
  • Features matching-numbers engine and transmission
  • One of the final 50 911 Turbos built for the US market in 1979
  • Accompanied by Certificate of Ownership, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, and owner’s manuals
Addendum: Please note that due to California emissions, this vehicle must be sold to a dealer or out-of-state resident.

When the Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera was introduced in 1974—with production beginning in 1975, followed by US deliveries in 1976—it represented something new from the German automaker: its first true production supercar. Although it was immediately identifiable as a 911, the Type 930, as it was internally designated, featured a 3.0-liter flat-six boasting a single KKK turbocharger with K-Jetronic fuel injection. Output was, at 245 horsepower for US-market cars (260 horsepower elsewhere), immense. Weighing less than 2,700 pounds, the 930 could sprint to 60 mph in just over five seconds and easily top 150 mph.

The Turbo name quickly became synonymous with high performance, albeit performance that demanded the talents of an experienced driver: This was a wickedly fast car that could easily punish those who did not approach it with skill and respect. Of course, this only added to its appeal.

Although the 930 served as the homologation basis for Porsche’s fearsome 934 racer, it was no stripped-down track weapon. Turbos were luxuriously equipped, with a long list of standard equipment, including air-conditioning, full leather, rear wiper, headlamp washers, and a stereo. Further options, including a power sunroof, were offered as well.

In 1978, Porsche updated the model with a larger 3.3-liter engine with a stated US-market output of 253 horsepower, an air-to-air intercooler, revised suspension, and new brakes. With the US emissions restrictions tightening once again in 1980, 1979 became the last model year that the Porsche 930 Turbo was specified for the American market for some time to come.

Completed in January 1979, the example on offer belongs to the final 50 cars sent to the United States before the model was pulled from the lineup, and it features a plaque on the dash as well as a Certificate of Ownership from Porsche confirming this fact. Remarkably well-preserved, this 911 Turbo remained under the care of its original owner until 2016, and it shows just 151 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloging. Thanks to this limited use, the Black Metallic exterior and Beige/Tan leather interior have remained in staggeringly original condition. Of note, the car was specified with a limited-slip differential, electric passenger mirror, Sport seats, and an electric sliding roof.

Significantly, the car is documented by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity which confirms the numbers-matching engine and transmission are present. The 911 Turbo will also be accompanied by its owner’s books and the aforementioned Certificate of Ownership. The beneficiary of a recent workshop service, it was found to be in excellent order and on the 20 driven miles for the catalogue photo shoot it performed without fault.

This “Final 50 USA Production,” time-warp condition 911 from the original run of the Type 930 Turbo is undoubtedly amongst the most coveted of Porsches, and its qualities are only enhanced by its incredibly low mileage and a matching-numbers engine and gearbox. In our opinion it is sure to be one of, if not the, finest example extant.