Turbo Carreras were very well equipped from the factory and due to the exclusivity of the first production year they were typically highly optioned as well. Chassis number 477 is no different as it was ordered with a limited slip differential, passenger side door mirror, deletion of the rear stone guards, a black headliner, and an electric sliding sunroof. The carpet is specified as Black, but according to Ryan Snodgrass’ seminal book Turbo 3.0, Black carpet in this early year was, in fact, still supplied “Midnight” a very dark blue velour carpet with both black and dark blue fibers. Finally, this example was equipped with 15 inch Fuchs wheels and Pirelli CN36 tires.
Distributed through VWoA South Central (San Antonio, TX), this example of Porsche’s first supercar was delivered to Joe Heishman’s Porsche Audi, Inc. of Arlington, Virginia. As noted in the Warranty & Maintenance handbook, the first owner was Edward J. Farrell of Hyattsville, Maryland via the Standard Leasing Corporation with delivery and initial inspection noted on 17 September 1976.
At a later point, it is said that the Turbo Carrera was purchased by Glenn Hall, joining his Cookeville, Tennessee collection in 2003. In 2015 research indicates that this Type 930 was sold to a collector who is said to have committed to substantial mechanical and cosmetic restorative work. Mechanical work included a complete engine reseal and clutch replacement. The undercarriage of the car was detailed (unibody, drivetrain, and suspension), and the interior received a new dashboard and Black Watch Tartan front seat inserts.
In 2020 the car was purchased by an extensive Porsche collector who engaged the 911 experts at Werks I Inc. of Sea Cliff, New York for significant maintenance and improvements, with invoices totaling approximately $43,000. While there, the car received an engine out service with a transmission disassembly and rebuild, replacing worn components with adjustments. While the engine was out it received a new rear main seal, a new engine compartment seal, and various sundry items during reinstallation, including refinished Fuchs wheels and new rear tires. While in for service, the car also received a new ignition lock and turn signal switch.
Today, the earliest versions of Porsche’s first supercar are among the most highly collected Turbo variants and it’s easy to see why. Its non-intercooled early turbo tail is among the most elegant Porsche wings ever designed, especially with its early “Turbo Carrera” badging. The fabric interior appointments of the era are classic. And of course, it is the early Type 930 that is most related to its racing brethren—the Type 934 and 935. With an indicated 66,239 miles and retaining its original engine, manuals, toolkit, and featuring over $43,000 in recent servicing, this Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera’s performance is evident and ready to enjoy and represents an exceptional first-year example of Porsche’s first supercar.