Porsche built a total of 948 of the Turbo Flatnose 911s from 1981 through 1989. 50 right hand drive cars for the UK market were built from 1985 through 1989. Silverstone Auctions will be selling both the first and last numbered cars from this batch.
This particular car was sent to the Porsche tuner Ruf in Germany, and saw a power increase from the stock 330 hp to a full 450 hp, a formidable number for the day. By comparison, the contemporaneous Porsche 959 supercar produced 441 hp.
The car will be offered for sale during the Porsche Sale 2015 on October 25 by Silverstone Auctions
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Anyone who followed the "World Championship of Makes" (essentially an international championship for long distance Sports Car racing), will remember their surprise at the shape of the new 935 when it first appeared at Mugello in March 1976. Subsequently these "Flatnose" 935s and 936s (in Group 6) were to prove very competitive in the hands of Ickx, Mass and Stommelen and during the next two seasons managed four victories in eight World Championship races and a triumph at Le Mans in each year.
However, Porsche began to worry that all these victories by the works Flatnose cars might alienate the vast number of private clients who were investing their own money in conventionally shaped competition 911s, and decided to restrict their efforts for 1978 to an entry at Le Mans. The distinctive look of the "Flachbau" (literally translated as Low Build) obviously retained its appeal in the minds of their road car customers and from 1981 until early 1989 Porsche 930 buyers could specify their car in this style to special order.
The 911 here is a genuine Factory produced Porsche 930SE, built in April 1989 under the ‘Sonderwunchprogramm' (Special Wishes Programme) and supplied to Roger Clark Porsche in Narborough, Leicestershire in May 1989. The Flachbau cars were essentially normal 930s with the 935-style sloping front end. The body colour is Baltic Blue Metallic and the interior is in Marine Blue leather with Blue and White pinstriped inserts. The Porsche Club of Great Britain has suggested that its late build date in 1989 indicates that it is the last of only 50 RHD UK (C16) specification cars produced.
These cars were equipped with an uprated engine of 330bhp (from 300) mated to the G50, 5-speed gearbox, Dual Exit exhaust and an upgraded interior featuring pockets under both sides of the dashboard, a unique centre console, steering wheel and gear lever knob. It also benefits from a limited slip differential, heated front seats and a sunroof.
This particular car was modified even further by a previous owner who entrusted the car to the legendary Ruf Automobile GmbH. in Pfaffenhausen who managed to find an additional one hundred and twenty horses hiding in there, resulting in an output of an attention focusing, 450bhp. Sadly, Ruf were affected by some damaging floods at a later date destroying a lot of their paper records, so it cannot be confirmed when the conversion was carried out, however after a couple of minutes behind the wheel of this stunning Porsche, the date of conversion may seem a touch academic.
In its current ownership since 2006, this car has covered a believed genuine 32,500 miles, has been maintained regardless of mileage and usage, has been fitted with a new turbocharger, injectors, and brakes etc, and has been serviced annually.