The Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction | Lot 176
1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera
$151,200 USD | Sold
| Atlanta, Georgia
27 October 2018
- Only 27,700 original miles
- Matching-numbers drivetrain
- The only 3.0 Turbo Carrera produced in Guards Red over Light Red leather
- Long-term single ownership
- Includes original manuals, tools, and documentation
- Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
The Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera was the company’s first true “Supercar.” Introduced in October 1974, it went on sale in the spring of 1975 and deliveries to the U.S. began in 1976.
The “Turbo,” as it became known, offered aggressively flared fenders, wide Fuchs alloy wheels, and an innovative rubber-edged rear “whale-tail” spoiler, and rubber front air dam that greatly reduced lift. Underneath the engine cover lurked an all-alloy three-liter flat-six with a single KKK turbocharger that produced 260 bhp in rest-of-the-world form and still-impressive 245 hp for the U.S. market. A strengthened four-speed manual transaxle with limited-slip sent power to the ground.
Although it was quite expensive when compared to the rest of the Porsche line, the first-generation Turbo was an immediate sales success. Weighing less than 2,700 lbs., the 930 could sprint to 60 mph in just over five seconds and easily top 150 mph, making it the quickest and fastest road car ever produced in Germany. Turbos were luxuriously finished, delivered with a long list of standard equipment including a leather interior, electric windows, air conditioning, tinted glass, dual outside mirrors, rear window wiper, headlamp washers, under-bumper fog lights, and a stereo system. In 1977, the standard Fuchs alloy wheels grew from 15-inch diameter to 16-inches, seven inches wide in front and eight inches wide in the rear, mounted with 205/50 and 225/50 section high-performance tires.
This stunning Guards Red (G8) Turbo Carrera is the 20th from last constructed for the 1977 model year. It was delivered new with an optional power sunroof by Rose Porsche-Audi in Roanoke, Virginia to Mr. Ted Raad, a Colombian gentleman who maintained a vacation home in Key Biscayne, Florida. Mr. Raad had the car’s 1,000-mile service performed at De Maria Porsche-Audi in Miami. When the car was just a year old, its owner exported it to Colombia under diplomatic registration where it became part of his collection. While receiving regular maintenance, it was seldom driven over the next four decades, as its very low recorded mileage testifies. The consignor states that this striking automobile has never seen rain or snow and has never previously been offered for sale.
After purchasing this highly original Type 930 in 2014, the consignor had it partially repainted, with the glass out, using Glasurit Indischrot (Guards Red) paint. The original and unusual Light Red (95) leather upholstery shows only the slightest patina. The factory sunroof works perfectly as does the original Blaupunkt radio. The air conditioning is also said to blow cold. The engine and shifting linkage were overhauled in January 2015 by JFB Porsche in Bogota prior to the car being re-imported to the U.S. in 2017. Shortly thereafter it was serviced by 930 expert Bill Rice Motorsports in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Rice rebuilt the turbocharger and the car was re-tuned. He described this car as being “pampered its whole life. It is one of the best three-liter turbos I’ve ever seen and the only one I’ve seen in this color combo.” New Pilot Sport Michelins were mounted in 2016 with brake pads and brake fluid renewed in late 2017.
Supplied with its original window price sticker ($29,500 plus transportation), factory owner’s manual and warranty booklet, spare tire, compressor, jack, tool roll, a large folio of registration, repair and maintenance records, plus a Certificate of Authenticity, this un-modified, low-mileage Turbo Carrera is ready to provide its next enthusiast owner a thrilling ride. Furthermore, the Turbo Carrera is being offered with a copy of the limited edition book Turbo 3.0 by Ryan Snodgrass.