The Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction | Lot 198
1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
$207,200 USD | Sold
| Atlanta, Georgia
27 October 2018
- Single ownership for 27 years; only 1,337 miles since new
- Immaculately preserved time-warp example
- Porsche Production Specification certificate
The 930 generation of the Porsche 911 is amongst the most iconic and recognizable of the marque, much in part due to its defining role in 1980s popular culture. The Turbo cabriolet model featured in period MTV music videos, an episode of Miami Vice, and had a star role in the Sam Elliott movie Shakedown. The star credentials were matched by Porsche’s technical improvements to what would be the final incarnation of the 930. The main developments were a hydraulic clutch mated to the new and improved G50 five-speed gearbox plus a new engine management system. The gearbox allowed greater use of the prestigious torque from the 282-bhp turbo-charged engine. It is unlikely this extraordinary example has fully used its potential.
The original Bill of Sale with the car details exactly how it was ordered. Finished in classic Guards Red over Cashmere Beige and Black leather with matching tan carpets, it was shipped to the Porsche dealer Sun West in St. Petersburg, Florida, and first registered in March 1989. Options included an Alpine CD radio mated to a six-speaker audio system with amplifier and a raised steering wheel hub. Standard equipment included a power convertible top, electric seats, and heated mirrors. The last feature is unlikely to have been used as the car remained in Florida with its original owner until April 2016 when it was transported to California.
Today, it remains in exceptionally original condition throughout. The paint still shines beautifully, the forged Fuchs alloy wheels are unblemished, the deep interior carpets remain untouched in protective covering, the space-saver spare tire is unused, and the rubber wing protector around the fuel filler is still in place. The car comes with its original window sticker, books, and tools. In April this year, the car was subject to a major service at Porsche Riverside. Beautifully presented in highly original condition having covered only 1,337 miles from new, it would be difficult to find a more impressive 930 Turbo Cabriolet.