Amelia Island

The Ritz-Carlton
10 - 11 March 2017
Lot 283

1989 Porsche 911 Turbo 'Flat Nose' Cabriolet

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$275,000 - $325,000 USD | Not Sold

United States | Amelia Island, Florida

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Chassis No.
WP0EB0934KS070542
  • A true, factory ‘Flat Nose’
  • Delivered new to the United States through the Tourist Shipping Program
  • Just three owners and just under 10,500 miles from new
  • Final year of the K-series 911 Turbos; fitted with the desirable G50 gearbox

Type 930. 282 bhp, 3,299 cc SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with a single turbocharger and Bosch electronic fuel injection, G50 five-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel ventilated and cross-drilled power disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4 in.

A dream car for many since it first hit the road in 1976, Porsche’s first generation of 911 Turbo quickly established itself as the industry benchmark for performance as the fastest production car in the world. With huge flared fenders and a whale-tail rear deck spoiler, it certainly looked the part as well, but was of course also instantly recognizable as both a Porsche and a 911.

One of the more compelling options available to 911 Turbo buyers was the M505 option, which added the “flat nose” (or flachbau) body style conversion, providing a sleek new “935-like” look with lowered and louvered front fenders, flush headlamps, boxed rocker panels, and straked side cooling vents on the radically widened rear quarter panels. Six hundred Turbo cabriolets were built for North America in 1989, with the K-series being the final iteration of that chassis and body before the arrival of the new Type 964 Carrera 2 and 4. However, due to the massive cost of the M505 package, only a handful of these cars would be outfitted as such.

Rather than just pick his new 911 Turbo ‘Flat Nose’ Cabriolet up at the dealership, the first owner of this particular car opted to take delivery through Porsche’s Tourist Shipping Program. The equivalent of today’s European Delivery Program, this allowed customers to pick up their new Porsche directly from the factory in Stuttgart and enjoy it in Europe before shipping it home to America. Completed by the factory in May of 1989, the car was finished in Grand Prix White over Cashmere and in addition to the M505 package (confirmed as factory authentic according to its Certificate of Authenticity), it was outfitted with a shorter gear stick lever, as well as velour carpet and luggage compartments. Rather than ship the car home after taking delivery in Stuttgart, it is believed that the first owner kept the car at his home in Frankfurt instead.

The car remained in its native Germany until 1994, when it was sold to its second owner in California and finally imported to the United States. The Flat Nose remained with that individual in California until late last year, when it was purchased by its third and current owners. Just prior to their purchase, the car had received a full service and remains ready to return to the road. The car has travelled just under 10,500 miles from new and remains in wonderful condition throughout. Furthermore, it is important to note that the car is quite well documented and in addition to a number of service records from throughout its life, also includes its original window sticker, manuals, and warranty book, along with a tool kit, the original spare tire, and a tire compressor.

For those that consider the normal 911 Turbo a little too pedestrian, the ‘Flat Nose’ cabriolet offers all the performance one would expect from one of Porsche’s most radical cars with a whole new look. This 911 Turbo checks all the right boxes; a desirable 1989 model year example equipped with the G50 transmission, considerably low mileage, known ownership, numerous service records, and interesting ownership history to its name, it will not disappoint.