Portola Hotel & Spa
19 - 20 August 2016
Lot 105

1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera


$275,000 USD | Sold

United States | Monterey, California



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  • A superb all-original example of an early, well-optioned Type 930
  • Less than 17,000 original miles; rare “Black Watch” tartan interior
  • Featured in Excellence magazine, December 2015
  • Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

Type 930. 245 bhp, 2,993 cc SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with a single turbocharger and Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, four-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4 in.

Addendum: Please note that due to California emissions, this vehicle must be purchased by a dealer or out-of-state resident.

In recent years, Porsche’s first-generation Type 930 Turbos (1975–1977) have become much sought-after by collectors. Much lighter and more visceral than their modern counterparts, these Turbo Carreras (as they were first dubbed in the United States) were genuinely exciting automobiles. Exaggerated fender flares and a large rear deck spoiler announced that the Turbo Carrera was no ordinary 911. The Turbo’s performance matched its looks; the turbocharged three-liter air-cooled engine delivered its power through a strengthened four-speed manual gearbox, and many were equipped with an optional limited-slip differential. These early Type 930s could accelerate to 60 mph in six seconds and top 155 mph.

There would be only 727 North American-specification Turbos built and sold for model year 1977. Its factory-issued Certificate of Authenticity notes that this stunning example left the factory in December 1976. Wearing Silver Metallic (Z2) paint with a black leather interior and Black Watch Tartan seat inserts, it was luxuriously equipped for the United States market, including tinted glass, electric windows, air conditioning, power-adjustable and heated outside mirrors, high-pressure headlight washers, and a rear window wiper. Additional options included Sports seats, a 40-percent limited-slip differential, electric sunroof, Blaupunkt stereo, and Pirelli high-performance tires.

The Turbo Carrera was shipped to Don McGill Porsche–Audi in Houston, Texas, where it was sold on 18 February 1977 to a Thomas Purtill of Houston, whose name is recorded in its Warranty Book. Based on service invoices that accompany this car, its next documented owner was a highly regarded Midwestern performance car collector who appears to have acquired the car in September of 2006. He immediately sent the car to Willow Automotive Service of Chicago for inspection and servicing. The Porsche returned to Willow Automotive Service for additional services in November of 2007 and June of 2008—with the odometer reading just 16,017 miles—and then returned to storage. Eventually, this lightly used 911 Turbo was offered for sale and acquired by well-known northern California collector Bruce Canepa, thence being sold to the consignor, himself a well-known 930 Turbo enthusiast. The Porsche was also subsequently featured in the December 2015 issue of Excellence magazine.

Today, this magnificent 1977 Turbo Carrera shows just 16,698 original miles. Its original Silver Metallic paint is offset by black gravel guard appliqués and wide 16-inch Fuchs light-alloy wheels, shod with new tires, with painted center caps. It is supplied with its original tool roll, jack, spare tire, air compressor, and factory Owner’s Manual and Warranty Book in a maroon vinyl slipcase.

The original 911 Turbo is an icon of Porsche ingenuity and design, and it has truly stood the test of time, as it is considered by many to be one of the most important Porsche models ever produced. This all-original example would make a great addition to any Porsche collection, and its next owner will surely find great satisfaction behind the wheel, especially when the turbo spools up.