London | Lot 127
1989 Porsche 911 Turbo
£106,400 GBP | Sold
| London, United Kingdom
7 September 2016
- Offered from a private collection of exceptional Porsches
- Highly original throughout; 75,378 kilometres
- The most sought-after model with a G50 gearbox
- Ultimate year for the 930 Turbo
- Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
Type 930. 300 bhp, 3,299 cc SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with a single turbocharger and Bosch electronic fuel injection, five-speed G50 manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel cross-drilled ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,272 mm
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.
Enthusiasts often consider 1989 to be not only the ultimate year, but also the best, as it was the only year that the 930 Turbo was fitted with Porsche’s bulletproof G50 five-speed manual transmission. The cars also boasted slightly increased performance over the original 3.0-litre models, as their 3.3-litre engine allowed for a 0–60 time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 172 mph. Production of the Type 930 ceased the following year, and Porsche transitioned to the new Type 964 Turbo in March 1990.
This menacing black over black 930 was acquired by the owner around 2001. Joining his collection of limited-production modern Porsches, he had the 911 Turbo routinely serviced by Porsche Zentrum Flughafen Stuttgart. Under the previous ownership, the car was also maintained by well-known Porsche dealership Hahn Sportwagen, where the car was first delivered. The original mileage has been noted in the service booklet and supports the owner’s claim that it has only been driven approximately 3,000 kilometres since he purchased it. The odometer currently shows only 75,378 kilometres. In highly original condition throughout, the Porsche presents exceptionally well and still includes its original tool roll and spare tyre in the front compartment, as well as the optional Siemens phone mounted to the centre console. Furthermore, the car comes with an original leather pouch from Hahn Sportwagen with the original service booklet and owner’s manuals, including those for the mobile phone and Blaupunkt radio.
Ever since its introduction, the Porsche 911 Turbo has been the performance benchmark for the sports car industry. The 1989 models have always been highly sought after for their five-speed gearbox. They are also the final year of what many consider to be the finest generation of the iconic Turbo.