London | Lot 121
1989 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3 Targa
£74,750 GBP | Sold
| Kensington, London, United Kingdom
24 October 2019
- One of just 105 Turbo Targas built for non-U.S. markets in 1989
- Believed to be one of just 12 1989 Turbo Targas built to RHD specifications
- Claimed to be one of 50 built to EU specs and 12 with right-hand drive
- Classic Guards Red over a black leather interior combination
Porsche began experimenting with turbochargers in the late 1960s. It wasn’t until 1975, however, when a road-going model, the 911 Turbo, was introduced. Available only for the European market, it was engineered so vastly different than the 911 from which it was derived that it received its own internal designation, the 930.
Power was initially supplied by a blown 3.0-litre flat six with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection mated to a wide-ratio four-speed manual transmission. With the boost set at 11 psi, the 911 produced a then-shocking 260 bhp. Outside, the car was identified by a signature ‘whale tail’ spoiler and massively flared wheel arches with wheels notably larger in the rear than in the front. A beefier chassis, Bilstein gas shocks, and an oil cooler were standard, too.
By 1986 the engine had been upsized to 3.3 litres with 300 bhp. Targa and cabriolet versions became available for 1987, and beginning in October 1988, a five-speed manual transmission with hydraulic clutch was made standard, replacing the heavy-duty four-speed manual used since the model’s inception. Nineteen eighty-nine models featured firmed-up suspension componentry to improve driving response. Rear suspension torsion bars were increased in diameter, front and rear anti-roll bars were increased in thickness, and damper settings were made firmer. A new anti-theft system was built into the car, too.
This is one of only 105 Targas built for the 1989 model year. Adding to both its rarity and desirability, it is claimed to be one of fifty built to EU specs and one of twelve right-hand-drive examples. According to the consignor, it has never been restored and is presented in all-original condition, showing 32,000 miles from new. Finished in the quintessential Porsche colours of Guards Red over a black interior with black Fuchs wheels, this is a lovely 911 that occupies a niche part of Porsche history.