Perhaps one of the more nebulous models to emerge from Porsche’s Sonderwunsch (Special Wishes) Department, the 911 Turbo Slantnose has recently received more than a second glance from those Porsche enthusiasts and collectors who have come to revere the model not only for its racing department looks but its rarity and hand-built construction. Some of the confusion stems from the special wishes nature, the customization process of these cars, and myriad changes that featured in early 1981-1986 models. By 1987, due to customer demand, a new option appeared on PCNA price lists: M505. This new Slantnose option order code cleared up much confusion in not only the secretive ordering process but the associated costs ($23,826) as well.
In true Porsche fashion, the M505 Slantnose option is more than just a styling exercise. Extra air vents were added above the front wheels to allow the high-pressure air to escape and reduce front-end lift at high speeds. The Turbo’s rocker panels were also widened, and cooling ducts were added in front of the rear wheels helping cool the engine oil and rear brakes. A 911 Turbo is a desirable car, yet the M505 Slantnose option is the most significant motorsport-inspired upgrade of the Turbo era, adding another level of desirability and hand-built exclusivity to an already highly collectible car.
Sold through Bill Cook Porsche of Farmington Hills, Michigan on 6 July 1987 this 911 Turbo not only sports the near $24,000 Slantnose package but a limited-slip differential, alarm, and a sunroof as well. Finished in non-metallic Black (700) over a Black leather (LE) interior it, according to its CARFAX, likely remained in Illinois until at least 1991 with 6,645 it was serviced at a Porsche dealer in Springfield, Illinois of the 3rd of September Later in 1991 it moved to the Houston, Texas area. CARFAX entries detail registrations, light service work, and inspections while in Houston. Most notably, the mileage recorded for these entries shows a slow, but steady accumulation of mileage from 6,653 miles when it was brought to Texas in approximately 1991 to 2019, by which time it had accrued 10,437 miles. Clearly a special 911 Turbo by this point, a car that had been used sparingly had gradually become a highly collectible automotive icon, representing the apex 1980s automotive culture. In fact, because the 911 Turbo Slantnose was “everywhere” in the 80s, and covered extensively in automotive press, it’s a common thought that production numbers are much higher than they truly are. A period document from Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) counts this as one of just 144 911 Turbo Slantnose Coupes sold in the United States in 1987.
Today this factory Slantnose coupe shows just 10,520 miles and remains in the exceptional condition one would expect of such a low-mileage supercar and includes a toolkit, air pump, trunk-mounted spare, jack, owner’s manual with service book and a fresh service in advance of the Monterey Jet Center auction. With its handmade motorsport-inspired bodywork and factory performance parts, high retail price, and rarity, factory built M505 optioned Slantnoses remain tremendously desirable in the collector car world.
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