1979 Porsche 930 Turbo

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1979 was the last year for the Porsche 930 Turbo in the United States. Encroaching emission regulations kept the turbocharged Porsche absent from both the United States and Japan, and it was not made available again until 1986.

Significant changes had been made in 1978, which made its absence that much more unfortunate. The engine had been increased from 3 liter to 3.3 liter, and an air-to-air intercooler had been been added. These changes bumped output from the previous 270 hp to a full 300 hp, which were very impressive numbers for that era. Brakes similar to those used on the 917 race car were also added.

This particular car is a unusually well-preserved car, with only 64 miles original miles, and having spent its life in a climate controlled garage since leaving the dealership.

This car will be sold by Mecum Auctions in Monterey, California on August 18-20, 2016, right before the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 21.

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Engine 3.3 liter flat-6 Weight --
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HP 300 hp HP/Weight --
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(from Mecum Auctions Press Release)

  • 64 original miles
  • Unrestored
  • Produced for the U.S. Market
  • Kept in climate controlled storage since new
  • Factory sports seats
  • Electric sliding sunroof
  • 4-speed transmission
  • Original tires
  • Comprehensive mechanical service preformed July 2016
  • Original unused tool kit and battery

This amazing 1979 Porsche 930 is the ultimate time capsule with only 64 original miles. That’s right, 64 original miles. Kept in a climate controlled garage since new, this car presents in showroom condition. The signs of showroom fresh are everywhere and capture all of your senses: the black exterior paint has the correct Porsche factory applied texture and sheen, there is a rich aroma originating from the full leather interior, the black anodized finish on the window trim and wheel centers is flawless and devoid of any trace of fade or discoloration, the windows are crystal clear, the high ride stance of the car clearly attests to the absence of suspension settlement due to driving and the doors shut with a Teutonic feel of solidity. In 1979, Porsche made the surprising announcement that the 930 Turbo would be absent from the American market effective model year 1980. The year 1979 was a frenzied one for the 930 Turbo with captive buyers paying a hefty premium over sticker price to own what appeared to be the last year example of this great car. Although the 930 Turbo would eventually return to the United States in 1986, it is the early years of the 930 Turbo—model years 1976-1979—that have experienced the highest upswing in the marketplace. The 1979 model year was also the beneficiary of a multitude of improvements implemented in 1978 which included a larger 3.3 liter engine, an intercooler, 917 brakes, and 16-inch wheels. This particular Porsche 930 Turbo presents beautifully in the classic color combination of black on black and has been optioned with the highly desirable factory sports seats, dark center anodized Fuchs alloy wheels and an electric sunroof. This car is an absolute benchmark of originality and comes complete with all factory issued books, tool kit and jack. Collectors will be hard pressed to ever find another 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo with double-digit miles.