The Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

Porsche Experience Center Atlanta
27 October 2018
Lot 165

1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

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$196,000 USD | Sold

United States | Atlanta, Georgia

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Chassis No.
WP0JB0936KS050596
  • Highly original example, still wearing its original paint
  • Desirable 1989 model year with five-speed G50 gearbox
  • Only 26,000 original miles

While Porsche initially began experimenting with turbocharging in the late 1960s in motorsport, a road-legal turbocharged Porsche was not available for street use until 1975, when the 911 Turbo was introduced to the European market. Vastly different from its naturally aspirated cousins, the new 911 Turbo boasted its own internal designation: Type 930. Federalized for U.S. use the following year as the 911 Turbo Carrera, it quickly gained a reputation for wild performance. Claims as the fastest production car in America were quick to materialize as performance was truly impressive: 0–60 mph in 4.9 seconds, the quarter-mile in 13.5 seconds, and a top speed of 156 mph.

Like many models, the Turbo was continually updated over time, with engine displacement moving from 3.0 liters to 3.3 liters by 1986. The following year, Targa and Cabriolet body styles became available for the Turbo, adding open-top motoring for enthusiasts looking for an airier turbocharged thrill.

For many enthusiasts, 1989 is considered to be one of the best years for the 930 Turbo, as it was not only the final year of production for the model (with production transitioning to the 964 Turbo in March 1990), but the only year that it was fitted with Porsche bulletproof G50 five-speed manual transmission and hydraulic clutch. Suspension components were also firmed up to improve responsiveness. Torsion bars at the rear were increased in diameter, while both front and rear anti-roll bars were increased in thickness, and damper settings were made firmer.

Delivered new to Porsche of Bedford, Ohio, on 7 September 1989 as evidenced by its accompanying warranty manual, this 911 Turbo was finished just as it presents today, in sinister Black over a Black leather interior. Furthermore, it is important to note that the car still retains its original owner’s manuals, tool roll, and jack. Having lived a pampered and well-maintained life, it has only been driven for 26,000 original miles since new.

Well regarded as an industry performance benchmark since its introduction, 1989 model year 911 Turbos are highly sought after for the updates over their predecessors and are excellent cars to own and enjoy in all regards.