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

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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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Last updated: 25th Oct 2016
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  • Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera

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    Type: Used Year: 1977 Make: Porsche Model: 930 Turbo Carrera Body: Coupe Trans: 4-Speed Manual Stock 930781 Mileage: 15000 Engine Size: 3.0L Ext Color: Gold Int Color: Black Vin: 9307800684

    • Year: 1977
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  • 1979 Porsche 930

    $119,900(£97,994.27) $119,900(£97,994.27)

    The Classic Car Gallery is proud to offer this gorgeous 1979 PORSCHE 930 TURBO. This car is VERY ORIGINAL, and would make a fine addition to any collection. This car, believed to be a 4 owner car (we have ownership history), has been lovingly maintained over the years and remains in wonderful condition. This iconic car is TRIPLE BLACK, and offers stunning cosmetics as well as performance that only a TURBO can offer. The engine was just rebuilt from the crankshaft up by Protosport of Pompton Lakes, NJ, a Porsche marque specialist.The engine has new cylinders, pistons, valves, cams, turbocharger, all seals and a restored correct original exhaust system. The engine runs strong, with good power and torque!! The black paint is gorgeous, with deep shine and luster. The black interior is in great condition, the leather on the sport seats is smooth and buttery, and only minor wear and great patina on the drivers seat bolster. The original leather dash is in wonderful condition, but has some stretching near the passenger side windshield. The quality extends to the original carpets as well. She has her correct “sugar scoop” headlights and periscope headlight washers. The correct, refinished

    • Year: 1979
    • Mileage: 66000 mi
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  • 1986 Porsche 930 Turbo

    $94,500(£77,234.85) $94,500(£77,234.85)

    This 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo (930) is finished in Grand Prix White with Black leather and has LESS than 52k miles. Production Date: September 1985 Sold new on November 11, 1985 at Moffitt Porsche in Bossier City, Louisiana. Engine no. *68G00227* Transmission no. 77G00445 Original color Grand Prix White code 908/P5. COA on File. Shown at the Greenwich Concours in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. Previously owned by a retired Porsche dealership employee. Optional Equipment: - US Emissions - Leather Steering Wheel w/ raised Hub - Alarm System - Power Sunroof - "Monterey" AM/FM stereo w/ Cassette Player Excellent condition throughout. Clean body with no imperfections of any kind. Front valence refinished in 2011. Original unmodified drive-train. Major service completed in March 1988 at 12,501 miles. Major service and clutch replaced in November 1990 at 23,366 miles. Transmission rebuilt at 40,000 miles. Full engine out service completed in July 2015 at 51,712 miles. Included: *pulling the engine, separating the engine and transmission *adjusting the valves *torquing the head *new valve cover gaskets *new rear main seal *new oil lines. *new front crank seal *replace two rear axle boots Equippe

    • Year: 1986
    • Mileage: 51890 mi
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  • 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo

    $89,500(£73,148.35) $89,500(£73,148.35)

    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
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  • 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo

    $97,500(£79,686.75) $97,500(£79,686.75)

    This 1976 Porsche 930 T urbo is a very nice original California car and an excellent driver. S ilver with blue interior and 149k miles. Comes with lots of records. It's a US model with a manufacturing date of October 1975. An fantastic buy for only $97,500.

    • Year: 1976
    • Mileage: 149 mi
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  • 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo

    $149,500(£122,186.35) $149,500(£122,186.35)

    This 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo is an fantastic original car with just 79k miles. Red with tan interior. Comes with lots of records. It runs and drives excellent and shows very well. A very collectible investment for only $149,500.

    • Year: 1976
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  • Porsche 930 Turbo

    £129,900 £129,900

    We are delighted to offer this cherished example of Porsches famous 1980's poster car. Any petrolhead of a certain age will have fond memories of this side on image in guards red, normally adjacent to a young blond playing tennis with an itchy bottom!

    • Year: 1980
    • Mileage: 33373 mi
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  • 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo

    $125,000(£102,162.50) $125,000(£102,162.50)

    1987 Porsche 930 Turbo Coupe VIN WP0JB0932HS050359, engine no. 68H00370 Carmine Red 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

    • Year: 1987
    • Mileage: 62339 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 930 Speedster

    £199,995 £199,995

    The cars condition is truly spectacular, combined with its unrepeatable mileage, RHD specification and stunning originality, this 930 Speedster is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner immediately. Viewings are available at our showroom, which is based just outside London.

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  • 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
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  • Porsche 930 Turbo LM

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 The origins of the Porsche 930 can be traced back to the late 1960s when Porsche began to experiment with turbocharging for their race cars. By 1972 they had developed a turbocharged version of the 911 for homologation purposes and this became the basis of the Porsche 930, which was generally known to the public as the 911 Turbo. The engine for this car was developed by Ernst Fuhrmann who adapted the turbocharging technology originally used in the 917 race cars to produce a 3 litre, 6 cylinder unit that developed almost 260 b.h.p. Harnessing this power was a stronger gearbox, redesigned suspension system, larger brakes and wider rear wheels. Coupled with a new "whale tail" rear spoiler, which helped cool the engine and provide additional downforce, the new 930 was a potent yet highly tractable sports car. As sometimes happens with limited production run cars, particularly those conceived from racing origins, the response from the public was far stronger than expected and the road going version quickly achieved cult status. In response to the strong demand, Porsche expanded the production run and continued to develop the model, with the fi

    • Year: 1978
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