The now legendary Porsche Turbo, like many of the developments of the 911, was born out of the factory’s racing programme. Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Group 4 homologation rules necessitated the production of a certain number of road-going examples. That is, if Porsche wanted to continue dominating the highest levels of road racing, they were required to offer a certain number of production examples to the public.
Porsche had experimented with turbocharging its racing cars, most notably with the 917/30, but the 930 Turbo was the first road-going Porsche to utilise forced induction. The model retained the classic looks of the 911 that enthusiasts had come to know and love, yet it was defined by its unique “whale tail” spoiler, which helped to keep the rear wheels planted to the road at high speeds.
The 911 Turbo boasted a top speed of just over 250 km/h, making it one of the fastest cars of its day. Car and Driver recorded a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 4.9 seconds, a time still respectable among modern day supercars. For 1978, the Turbo’s engine capacity was increased to 3.3-litres, gaining an intercooler in the process that helped boost the mill’s output to 300 horsepower. These performance upgrades bumped the fearsome 930’s top speed to a reported 260 km/h.
Sold new via Baden Auto of Freiburg on 18 January 1978, this German-market 911 Turbo is presented in the quintessential Porsche colour of Grand Prix White. It features blue leather trim and displays 99,352 kilometres on its odometer at the time of cataloguing. Riding on factory-correct 16-inch Fuchs alloy wheels wrapped in Ventus Sport tyres, the car is powered by a non-original 3.3-litre turbocharged engine.
With its timeless looks and long-lasting appeal, the 930 Turbo appeared on bedroom posters for many. For the winning bidder of this attractive Porsche, those aspirational poster dreams could soon be realised.
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