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1979 Porsche 911 Turbo

Sold For $231,000

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - MONTEREY 18 - 19 AUGUST 2017

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  • An exceptional, largely original, unrestored 11,000-mile example
  • Finished in its highly desirable original color scheme
  • Desirable options, including sport seats, sunroof, and limited-slip differential
  • Offered with tools, manuals, service receipts, and window sticker
  • One of the lowest-mileage, most original surviving 930 Turbos

Porsche had experimented with turbocharging its racing cars, most notably with the 917/30, but the Type 930 Turbo was the first road-going Porsche to utilize forced induction. The 930 Turbo retained the classic looks of the 911 that enthusiasts had come to know and love, yet it was defined by its unique “whale tail” spoiler, which helped to keep the rear tires planted on the pavement at high speeds. The 911 Turbo boasted a top speed of just over 155 mph, making it one of the fastest cars of its day. Car and Driver magazine recorded a 0–60 sprint in just 4.9 seconds, which is a time that could easily beat most cars produced today.

The example offered here is one of just 806 examples exported to the United States in 1979. It was delivered in Light Blue Metallic, with a California-specification type 930/63 engine, a limited-slip differential, sports seats, and a sliding sunroof, to Dr. Douglas Cardoza of Santa Rosa, California, who would maintain the 911 Turbo for 24 years. The car has had only four further equally conscientious owners, and in 2014 scored 243 out of 250 points in the Preservation class at the Porsche Club of America concours at Monterey Bay and took 2nd in Class at the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue. More recently, its current owner had the engine and transmission rebuilt and their seals replaced by a marque specialist in 2016, as noted in receipts on file, and the interior’s color was changed.

The nearly entirely original blue paint continues to shine beautifully; the 11,000 miles are strongly believed to be original, as is documented by notations in the accompanying service documents from the car’s entire lifetime. Also accompanying the car are original tools and air compressor, as well as owner’s manuals, the original window sticker, and the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.

Few examples of the 930 Turbo have survived in such exceptional original, unrestored condition as this car, which is a certain standout at future concours events with its new owner.

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