Lot 221

1979 Porsche 911 Turbo


$390,000 USD | Sold

United States | Phoenix, Arizona



Chassis No.
  • Showing a mere 34 original miles
  • Believed to be one of the “Final 50” delivered to the U.S. for 1979
  • Two private owners; 36 years of care by a respected world-class collector
  • Fully serviced in 2016; documented with original window sticker and service invoice
  • A remarkable and exquisitely preserved example of a bona fide Stuttgart collectible

With the U.S. emissions restrictions tightening once again in 1980, 1979 became the last model year that the Porsche 930 was specified for the American market for some time to come. Recognizing this, the American VW distribution arm earmarked the last 50 cars delivered to U.S. owners, often commemorating them with special plaques and certificates. The so-called “Final 50,” largely those that occupied chassis nos. 1151 through 1200 and produced late in 1979, have since become a source of great obsession for Turbo enthusiasts, often considered the cream of the crop.

Chassis no. 1187 is a phenomenal example of these “Final 50” cars, displaying extremely low mileage and fastidious care by just two private owners. According to an original window sticker, the 911 Turbo was optioned with a limited-slip differential, heated outside mirror, and an electric sliding sunroof, and it was finished in black over a black leather interior with black headliner. Completing assembly in November 1979, the Porsche was retailed through Bud Ward Volkswagen of College Station, Texas (the home of Texas A&M University), and was purchased by a respected collector based in Hong Kong who recognized the merit of owning one of the last U.S.-delivered 911 Turbos.

The original owner retained possession for a remarkable 36 years while optimally storing the Porsche before it briefly passed to an Ohio-based collector. Currently displaying just 34 original miles, the 911 was treated to a round of service in 2016 that has renewed the un-driven car to showroom condition. This highly desirable ’79 Turbo is accompanied by its unopened original toolkit and all manuals. Perhaps the lowest-mileage of the “Final 50” U.S.-delivered Turbos, this 911 would make a fantastic candidate for presentation at major Porsche events and concours d’elegance as a bona fide Stuttgart collectible.