The Andrews Collection | Lot 243
1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe
$126,500 USD | Sold
| Fort Worth, Texas
2 May 2015
- Believed to have been sold new in the Dallas area
- Last year of the 930 Turbo; the most sought-after model
- Includes Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
Type 930. 300 bhp, 3,299 cc SOHC horizontally opposed air-cooled six-cylinder engine with a single turbocharger and Bosch electronic fuel injection, G50 five-speed manual transmission, independent front and rear suspension, and ventilated and cross-drilled power disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4 in.
It goes without saying that the 911 Turbo is a highly important automobile for Porsche. Not only was it the first street-legal automobile to feature turbocharging, a technology that had previously only been utilized on race cars, but it also confirmed that the 911 could compete with the higher-horsepower cars produced elsewhere in Europe. Its performance was incredible, as the Turbo boasted a top speed of just over 155 mph and a 0–60 time of 4.9 seconds.
However, like other high-horsepower cars, the Turbo demanded 100 percent from its drivers due to its tendency to oversteer at the limit and the engine’s significant “turbo lag.” The Turbo quickly gained a reputation for being unforgiving in the hands of inexperienced drivers. Nevertheless, customers loved it, and the 911 Turbo proved to be a huge success in both the European and North American markets. As a result, turbocharged variants have been a staple of Porsche models, particularly 911s, ever since.
Enthusiasts often consider the 1989 Turbos to be the best year, as it was the only year that the Turbo was fitted with Porsche’s bulletproof G50 five-speed manual transmission. They also boasted slightly increased performance over the original 3.0-liter models, as their 3.3-liter engine allowed for a 0–60 time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 172 mph. Production of the 930 ceased the following year, and Porsche transitioned to the new Type 964 Turbo in March 1990.
The 1989 911 Turbo in the Andrews Collection is a U.S.-delivery example that is believed to have spent its entire life in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. When delivered, it was finished in Black over a linen leather interior and fitted with an amplifier system, limited slip differential, a shorter gear shift lever, a sport steering wheel with a raised hub, and the highly desirable factory sliding sunroof. The odometer currently shows just over 57,360 miles, all of which are believed to be original and commensurate with the Porsche’s overall condition. It’s also important to note that this 911 Turbo comes complete with a factory-correct set of manuals, a proper tool kit, and its space-saver spare wheel.
Ever since its introduction, the Porsche 911 Turbo has been the performance benchmark for the sports car industry. Nineteen eighty-nine models have always been highly sought after, as they are the final year of what many consider to be the finest generation of 911 Turbos.
The Andrews’s example is ready for whatever its new owner has in store, making it a wonderful acquisition for any enthusiast looking to experience the legendary Turbo.