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Porsche 930: Buying guide and review (1975-1989)

Porsche 930: Buying guide and review (1975-1989) Classic and Performance Car
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If any car can define capitalism’s own decade, surely it’s the Porsche 911 Turbo. In Guards Red. It was the ‘greed is good’ era, when we lived to work, not the other way round, and because we worked hard, we played hard too. Lunch was for wimps and we rewarded our labours with fast cars.
 
As with all clichés, there are flames within the smoke, but the image of every City trader driving to work (wearing red braces, cradling a brick-like mobile phone) in his red 911 Turbo is far-fetched. Fact is, the customer base was broad: City traders yes, but also surgeons, art and antique dealers, PR consultants, real estate brokers, musicians. Elton John’s had gold-plated badges. More a 1980s phenomenon than a London phenomenon.
 
Although Guards Red was a popular colour back then, it was equalled by both black and white in sales figures. Many of Porsche GB’s press shots were taken around London, which is somewhat sexier than the company’s Reading locale. They were of red cars, because they photographed well. And back in the late 1970s, the 911 Turbo was the fastest-accelerating car in the world. There were just a handful in London and their reputation spread gradually during the gimme-gimme era of Thatcherism. Hence the legend. 
 
The Porsche started life in 1963 as a 2.0-litre six-cylinder sports car, gradually gaining engine capacity and girth before being transmogrified in 1974 via the strapping-on of a Kühnle, Kopp and Kausch turbocharger to a 3.0-litre air-cooled flat-six that traced its origins back to the 911RSR – incorporating lessons learnt with the 917/30 Spyder CanAm racer. 
 
Suddenly the 911 was a supercar, the most powerful production Porsche thus far, and the second series-production turbocharged car (pipped by 1973’s BMW 2002 Turbo). Its power and performance were celebrated (and kept on the ground) by an enormous whaletail spoiler that cut aerodynamic lift from 397lb to only 38lb, and a wider track that needed those bulging wheelarches to keep it decent. 
 

Which Porsche 911 Turbo to buy?

 
The 930 was available as a coupe, cabriolet, targa as well as the rare speedster. In 1977, capacity went up from 3.0 to 3.3 litres and an intercooler was positioned under the spoiler, turning ‘whaletail’ into ‘teatray’; power jumped from 260bhp to 300bhp, and there it stayed until the replacement 964 came along at the end of the decade. Even the (strengthened) four-speed gearbox remained in place until 1989. Only the aberrant slant-nosed and be-straked Turbo SE was evidence that engineering-led Porsche was beginning to pander to its marketing teams, but that’s a whole different 1980s story.
 
The end-of-the-line five-speed 930s are the most highly sought after, as well as the slant-nose versions with their pop-up headlights and extra power. Early cars in original condition can also command high prices, as they are far rarer than the 3.3-Litre versions. 

US cars produce slightly less power than their European counterparts due to emissions restrictions in place at the time. The five-speed G50 gearbox was only available in the last year of production, however some cars may have been modified to take this updated transmission.
 

Performance and specs

 
1987 Porsche 930 3.3
Engine 3299cc, 12 valve SOHC flat-six 
Power 296bhp @ 5500rpm 
Torque 318lb ft @ 4000rpm
Top speed 160mph 
0-62mph 5.4seconds 
Fuel consumption 21mpg 
Gearbox Four-speed manual
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Wheelbase 2270mm
Length 4290mm
Width 1775mm
Height 1310mm
Weight 1378kg
 

Common problems

 
• Parts are available from Porsche themselves or a huge number of specialist suppliers. Avoid badly modified or poorly repaired examples as the value in these cars is based heavily in their originality.
 
• The market is booming for these early turbo cars and there are many tatty examples out there demanding top prices so be very thorough when going over a potential purchase unless planning a restoration.
 
• Accident damaged cars are rife, so inspect the body panels and paintwork for signs of badly repaired accident as well as to verify the history of the vehicle.
 
• Exhaust studs can break, causing exhaust leaks. Evidence of recent replacement is good news, as this is a common.
 
• Worn turbos and injectors are expensive to rebuild, so if possible get a specialist to check these out before committing to a purchase. Minor oil leaks do not necessarily indicate a worn engine, they all leak to some extent.
 
• Correct ignition timing and properly functioning wastegates are important to avoid expensive repairs down the road.
 
• Later Porsche body shells were well galvanised, however rust can still be an issue in areas where repairs have not been carried out correctly. There are also a number of nooks and crannies where leaves and debris can collect causing rot to develop.
 
• Check that the service history is comprehensive and verifiable, that the numbers on the engine and chassis match and verify the mileage if possibly.
 

Model history

 
1975: Porsche 911 Turbo (930) introduced with 260bhp
1978: Upgraded 930 released. Engine capacity increased to 3.3 litres with air-to-air intercooler, power up to 300bhp. Brakes upgraded with minor changes to rear wing and boost gauge added to dashboard instrument binnacle
1980: 930 withdrawn from US market due to new emissions regulations
1981: ‘Slant Nose’ modification made available to customers, entailing revised front headlight treatment with pop-up headlights instead of standard units.
1984: Uprated fuel injection system as well as new exhaust system lower emissions and increase power. Interior receives updated heating system
1986: Additional creature comforts added to spec including heated front seats, central locking and leather lined door trim. Slant Nose modification becomes official option. Named 911 Turbo SE in UK and 930S in US (from 1987-on). Larger turbocharger and intercooler raised power by 30bhp
1987: Move to LE-Jetronic fuel injection system further reduces emissions and 930 is reintroduced to US market
1988: Minor upgrade to brake discs
1989: Final year of 930 Production. Five speed transmission replaces four-speed unit. Uprated speaker system
 

Production numbers

 
Porsche 930 3.0: 2819 units
Porsche 930 3.3: 18,770 units
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites

 
• www.porscheclubgb.com – UK-based Porsche owners club and forums
• www.porscheshop.co.uk – Porsche 911 parts for sale 
 

Summary and prices

 
The 930 earned itself the nickname ‘widow maker’ when it was launched, a moniker perhaps not wholly unjustified. It came from an era where extracting the sort of performance that this car delivers demanded an equal amount of skill and commitment from the driver. The 930 is a true ‘70s supercar, delivering an exhilarating drive with a side order of adrenaline. Investing in one of these cars today starts at £50,000 and can stretch to £100,000 and beyond for showroom condition examples. 
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    Porsche 930

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    Auction Date: 21 Jul 2018
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    • Mileage: 69000 mi
    • Engine size: 3299
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  • Porsche - 930 Turbo- 1978

    €82,451 - €107,186.30 est. (£0 - £0 est.) €82,451 - €107,186.30 est. (£0 - £0 est.)
    Auction Date: 01 Jan 1970
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  • Porsche 930

    £69,000 £69,000

    This striking Porsche 911 Turbo which has been through a restoration is available for a negotiated sale for a price of around £69,000 which is in the middle of our estimate range, making it probably the best valued UK right hand drive 911 Turbo in the country right now. Visit TradeClassics.com to see the full details of the car including videos of it running and over 300 images. EXTERIOR The bodywork and paint is in great condition, with the car having had a windows out restoration in the last 5 years. Important areas like the B pillars/kidney bowls were all attended to, so that the car is now solid and rust free. The Guards Red finish on the paint really shines through and looks stunning. Wheels & Tyres The correct fitment original Fuchs, importantly with 9″ deep-dish on rear, have been fitted to the car. Adam purchased this set at a cost of just under £2,000, as the car had an incorrect smaller set of Fuchs when he purchased the vehicle. They are in great condition as observed in the media. Bodywork The body work on the car is excellent having been restored recently. The only small things to note are a couple of small chips, one on the skuttle and on the OSF wing as shown in the media. The underside is showing signs of over spray that could benefit from a light coat of matt black paint at some point. Paint The finish on the paintwork is very nice. Adam has spent time with care polishing the car and this shows with a lovely deep gloss finish with a great reflection, as visible in the technical photos and videos. The car would benefit further from a professional detailing to really bring out the best of the car. Glass and Trim Glass and trim on the car are in great condition. The rubber window seals as observed in the videos look good, and other areas such as the door handles and window frames look a solid black with no chips etc. The windscreen has been replaced at some point and is in perfect condition. INTERIOR The cabin in this 930 is smart and shows some patina as you would expect from a car over 30 years old. Finished in the original black colour with matching black carpets and red piping on the leather seats. Seats and Carpets The leather seats show signs of patina and are in very good condition, no major issues. The rear seats are in similar condition too. The carpets look to be original but do not show signs off wear. Dashboard The dashboard and dials look really nice on the car and the orange needles on the black dials really pop out. Adam has refreshed the gauges, and this can be seen in both the videos and images of the car, no typical fading of the outer black rings. Steering Wheel / Gear Stick The car has been fitted with a more sportier three spoke steering wheel, and the gear stick is the original stock design. Both show some wear in line with the use of the car. MECHANICS We took the car out on our regular ‘on the road’ run and it performed without a problem, along with starting on the button. Adam put the car into a Porsche specialist in Meriden at the start of May to get the car ready for sale, works included; clutch adjustment, brake caliper refresh, turbo dump valve gasket replacement and general check over. Engine and Gearbox The car looks to have had some significant engine work in the past, potentially during the body restoration, but there is no paperwork to go with this. You will notice that the engine bay is very clean, and the flat-six engine looks to have had new head stud and other ancillaries replaced too, particularly as the engine also sounds very tight. Adam also informs us that the gearbox performs without issues, changing gears with ease. Suspension and Brakes The car has no knocks or rattles coming from the suspension. As mentioned above and in the ‘Meet The Owner’ video, the brake calipers were refreshed recently as they were a little sticky as is typical with the G model Porsches, if they haven’t been used for a while. The Drive The drive was without fault, the 3.3L pulling strong and the turbo kicking in between the 4,000 and 5,000 RPM range (see video). Oil pressures and temperatures all as expected on the drive too, i.e. 1 bar on tick-over / hot and then 3 bar at 3,000 RPM’s, which is normal for turbos versions. Electrics and Other There are no issues with the main electrics, however Adam has mentioned that the wing mirrors and seat actuators need to be attended to and will get them addressed prior to sale completion.

    • Year: 1985
    • Mileage: 110000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.3
    For sale
    £69,000 £69,000
  • Porsche 930 UR-Turbo Coupe 1976

    €179,000(£0) €179,000(£0)

    Porsche 911 930 Ur-Turbo 1976, fully restored This rare Porsche 930 (911) Ur-Turbo was built in 1976. The car is provided with the original ‘Braunkupferdiamant’ (443) paint, beautiful in combination with the black accents and the orignal Fuchs wheels. The car is fully restored. The interior of the Porsche is provided with marvellous new beige leather. The original 6 cyl, 2994 CC boxer engine has 245 HP. Recently there was about € 7.000,- invested in the engine. The engine and manual gearbox are matching numbers, birth certificat is present. This Porsche has only driven 80.000 kms. A really fabulous, unique early Porsche 930 Turbo. Car has Japanese title and mot/tuv. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1976
    For sale
    €179,000(£0) €179,000(£0)
  • 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo

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    1987 Porsche 911 Turbo VIN: WP0JB0936HS050106 The legendary 911 Turbo will always be one of the greatest sportscars in history, and this example is solidly part of that lineage. This Turbo's most recent owner of 17 years has taken excellent care of this documented, low mileage and numbers matching car, having added only 13,000 miles in just under two decades. Records starting in 1996 show that the Turbo was very well serviced and maintained. The most recent owner began his tenure in 2000 by having the 65,000 mile car fully serviced and by having the engine completely rebuilt. Later receipts reveal yearly maintenance and care, and most recently the car receive a new clutch and rear engine seal. Since arriving at Canepa the Turbo has been thoroughly examined, and fully detailed. With the 930 leading the charge of the ever-increasing values of air-cooled Porsches, this car is an excellent entry into that market. If you are looking for the ultimate '80's 911 at a great price point that is ready to drive and be enjoyed, you have found that car. About the 930 3.3 liter turbocharged flat six 282 hp and 278 ft/lbs of torque 0-60 mph 5.0 seconds Top Speed: 157 mph In 1974 Porsche introduced

    • Year: 1987
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  • 1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Cabriolet

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    1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Cabriolet VIN: WP0EB0939KS070102 This factory slantnose cabriolet was first sold on April 8th 1989 at Camelback Porsche in Phoenix, Arizona. It would receive its first service January of 1990 at 1,800 miles. Later that year the car would be sold to its second owner, who has owned the car ever since. Maintenance records show the Cabriolet had only covered 9000 miles by 1997 when it was brought into Scottsdale Porsche for a major service. For its entire life this Turbo has lived the collector car's life, and has only covered another 3,000 miles in the past 20 years. Since arriving at Canepa this beautiful Cabriolet has been thoroughly examined and serviced both mechanically and cosmetically. Every system has been gone through and every fluid changed, from major systems like the engine, transmission, brakes, a/c, and fuel system, all the way down to the headlight washers. Gaskets and seals were replaced to ensure that this low mileage car was tight and road ready, and four new Bridgestone Potenza RE11 tires were fitted. Finally a concours detail was executed, which included a partial disassembly that allowed our detailers to clean and inspect every corner of

    • Year: 1989
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  • 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo

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    1979 Porsche 911 Turbo VIN: 9309800725 Dr. Joseph Meurer purchased this beautiful Turbo new at Gateway Porsche/Audi in Portland, OR on November 2, 1979. He would keep the car for the next 35 years. During that time he would only drive the car 7,295 miles, all the while keeping extensive records of its care and maintenance. The care included anything the Turbo needed during that time, including fluid changes whether car needed them or not. We have never run across a car with as few miles that has been so fanatically serviced. The only modifications to the car were made to it when it was delivered by the dealer in 1979. They included the addition of H-1 European headlights and stainless steel headers, which are on the car to this day. The Turbo has been in the hands of a couple of collectors in the past three years who continued its meticulous service including a full air-conditioning overhaul. This 1979 model benefits from the significant upgrades made in 1978: enlarging the engine to 3.3 liters; adding an air-to-air intercooler which helped increase power output to 296 hp; the rear 'whale tail' spoiler was re-profiled and raised slightly to make room for the intercooler; and Porsch

    • Year: 1979
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  • Porsche 930 Turbo Coupe 1983

    €94,950(£0) €94,950(£0)

    This is a 1983 Porsche 930 (911) Turbo. The car is in very beautiful condition with excellent sutures. The car has the original colour combination Zinn Metallic with a black interior. The 3.3 ltr engine is Matching numbers. In 2007 this engine was revised and has driven 20.000 miles since then. Ofcourse the Porsche Geburtsurkune is present. Car has USA title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1983
    For sale
    €94,950(£0) €94,950(£0)
  • 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera

    $129,500(£0) $129,500(£0)

    1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera s/n 9306800427, Engine no. *6860440* Anthracite Metallic with Black Leather Interior When the Porsche 930 Turbo was unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in 1974, it was nothing short of earth-shattering, instantly becoming the performance leader of the 911 line. After massive success pioneering the use of turbochargers during the first half of the 1970s, both in Can Am with the 917 and for road racing in the 911, Porsche had proven it could bring a reliable and capable turbocharged road car to market. By 1975 the 930 came to market, making it the fastest production car available in Germany. In 1976 the first production 930 was sold in North America, with the very early units featuring ‘Turbo Carrera’ emblems on the engine lid. The combined performance and luxury made the 930 one of the most desirable and expensive Porsches ever sold. Contemporary press gushed about the effortless acceleration, coupled with deceptive composure - an attribute that seemed positively alien in a period when few drivers had experienced turbocharged cars. The car's massive performance, by contemporary standards, made it a genuine contender for supercar status. For the first time,

    • Year: 1976
    • Mileage: 66845 mi
    For sale
    $129,500(£0) $129,500(£0)
  • Porsche 930 turbo coupe 1976

    €249,950(£0) €249,950(£0)

    Porsche 930 Turbo 1976 Ur-Turbo, 2 owners, originally delivered in Germany This very impressive Porsche 930 Turbo was delivered in 1976 in Germany and has had only 2 owners since then. The car has Silber Grün Metallic paint with Fuchs wheels, a fabulous combination. This Porsche also has a perfect functioning electronis sunroof. Recently the original Matching Numbers engine was fully revised and that’s why this Porsche drives perfect. The impressive sound of the 290 HP engine is a pleasure for every car fan. The interior has green leather and is in fully original and very good condition. This perfect driving Porsche 930 Turbo is a unique car for fans. Car has German title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1976
    For sale
    €249,950(£0) €249,950(£0)
  • 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo

    $82,500(£0) $82,500(£0)

    1979 Porsche 930 Turbo s/n 9309800323, engine no. 6891118 Salmon Metallic with Black Leather Interior Although the Porsche Turbo is now a natural fixture in the consciousness of car buffs because it is such an iconic car, it was genuinely earth-shattering when it emerged in the mid 1970s. After massive success pioneering the use of turbochargers during the first half of the 1970s in the 917 Can Am and 911-based sports cars, Porsche had the knowhow to bring a reliable and capable turbocharged road car to market. The 930 was hugely impressive when new, and contemporary road testers gushed about its effortless ability to gain speed with deceptive composure, an attribute that seemed positively alien in a period when few drivers had experienced turbocharged cars. And indeed the car's massive performance by contemporary standards made it a genuine contender for supercar status, placing Porsche in a different category than it had previously occupied in the eyes of performance car junkies for the first time. In many ways, the production 930 was diametrically opposed to Porsche’s previous high performance 911, the Carrera RS. Where the RS of just a few years earlier was a raw and elemental

    • Year: 1979
    • Mileage: 103341 mi
    For sale
    $82,500(£0) $82,500(£0)
  • 1983 Porsche 930 Turbo

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    (SOLD) Like its forebears, the 1983 Porsche 930 Turbo was forged in the heat of real world competition and refined around the world on the open road. Despite its reputation as a furious performer, the 930 Turbo behaves as gently around town as any 911-based Porsche, answering the driver’s moderate input with entirely predictable results. But almost no enthusiast who samples the 930’s charms can resist testing its capabilities, and the result is a literal full-body rush as the boost gauge heads skyward and the 3.3L flat-6 boxer engine zooms past 4,000 RPM toward the 5,500 RPM redline. But the 930 Turbo is about more than its powerplant, as one will discover with joy when easing into a winding curve or applying the Turbo’s massive 4-wheel disc brakes. And as anyone who has experienced the Turbo from behind the wheel can attest, there is the additional pleasure of piloting a car that commands the instant attention and admiration of all who see it. If any car makes a statement about its occupants, the 930 Turbo is It, perhaps especially when finished in this example’s brilliant Guards Red. One of 1,015 built to German specification and showing just 33,454 miles, it has all the elements

    • Year: 1983
    • Mileage: 33400 mi
    For sale
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