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1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera

Sold For $187,000

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 2016

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  • First year US-specification 911 Turbo
  • A very original, numbers-matching example; fewer than 64,000 miles
  • Well-optioned California-delivery car; documented ownership history
  • Factory custom-ordered eight- and nine-inch wide wheels
  • Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

Type 930. 234 bhp, 2,993 cc SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with single turbocharger and Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, four-speed manual transmission, independent front and rear suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4 in.

Porsche’s stunning new top-of-the-line coupe was designed to be its fastest and quickest road car ever, delivering far more power than any of its previous production cars. The Type 930 was a rocket, able to hit 60 mph in 6.0 seconds and approach 160 mph. As intended, the Turbo quickly became an image leader for the company, frequently seen in marketing material such as the much-sought-after showroom poster entitled “Kills Bugs Fast!”

This beautiful U.S.-specification 1976 Turbo Carrera was finished in Grand Prix White with a full Cinnamon leather interior, as specified by the first owner, Ronald M. Resch of Los Angeles, California. The car was ordered on August 27, 1975, and Mr. Resch took delivery of it from Ralph Cutright Porsche-Audi in nearby Santa Monica on February 2, 1976. The Porsche was equipped with standard air conditioning, a limited slip differential, a high-torque starter, and a set of 15-inch, 50-series Pirelli high-performance tires mounted on custom-ordered factory RSR-type eight- and nine-inch-wide Fuchs forged light alloy wheels (now fitted with new Michelin TB5 tires). That original tire selection mandated a slightly different four-speed transmission with a reinforced case, the Type 930/32.

Included on this 930 were tinted glass, electric windows, a power-adjustable heated outside mirror, an electric sunroof, black gravel guard appliqués, and undercoating. As with all Turbos, there is special carpeting with the model name prominently embroidered. This car was also equipped with black anodized exterior trim, a pair of below-the-bumper front fog lights, a rear-mounted rain light, high-pressure headlight washers, a rear-window wiper, cross-drilled and ventilated brake rotors, and a high-end Becker Mexico AM/FM/cassette player with power antenna and four speakers.

Mr. Resch applied for California license plates “930” in 1976; the blue and yellow custom plates remain with the car today. He enjoyed this car until 1997, when it was sold to Grant Boys of Costa Mesa, California. It then passed to Michael Maclaran of Yorba Linda, California, and most recently to the consignor, a noted Porsche collector.

With its odometer reading a mere 63,939 miles at the time of cataloguing, this handsome Turbo Carrera is supplied with its original spare collapsible tire, jack, tool roll, and air compressor (still in its original cardboard box), as well as a factory-supplied traveler’s first-aid kit, a spare rain light, and a set of color-coordinated CoCo mats. A folio containing the car’s original Purchase Order and Bill of Sale, window price sticker, registration papers, manuals, and maintenance receipts dating to 1976 is included. Most recently, the engine was rebuilt by marque experts at Jakob’s Porsche in North Vancouver, Canada. The car was also fitted with a set of period-correct “Turbo” black graphics to offset the original Grand Prix White finish.

We are pleased to offer this well-documented 1976 Turbo Carrera, the 74th of only 530 U.S.-spec Type 930s built for that model year. Early Turbos in excellent, very original, and unmolested condition are few and far between. It would surely make a great addition to any Porsche collection, and its next owner will surely find great satisfaction behind the wheel, especially when the turbo spools up.

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