By 1978, Porsche had the wild idea to mess with what some refer to as perfection and others as, not enough. At the end of ’77 the engineering wing had once again increased the displacement by another .3 liters and for the 1978 model year, the 930 Turbo was delivered with a 3.3L Turbocharged Flat-Six that pumped out 296 HP, a forty hp jump from it’s previous packaging. At this point, the 930 Turbo had already become a worldwide poster car, but not without a few casualties. In 1980, conflicts from newly imposed emissions regulations saw the exit of the 930 Turbo from U.S. and Japanese markets. Now, that’s one story. The other? Too may spouses were ending up ditches, hence the notorious nickname, “The Widow Maker”.
While exiled from two major international markets, the 930 Turbo remained available in it’s 3.3L form in Europe and Canada but in 1985 Porsche was able to reintroduce the car to U.S. and Japanese clientele with a revised exhaust system and an additional oil cooler. With the exception of the new parts installed to meet emissions regulations, the 930 remained very similar to the late ‘70s iteration and in 1989, one more gear changed it all.
Photographed here, our 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolet has gone only 55k miles and is one of only 600 cars produced for the U.S. market in ’89. As mentioned above, the 930 Turbo was only ever sold with a 4-speed, 915 manual gearbox, but in 1989, the 930 received the 5-speed, G50 transmission which had been introduced only three years prior in the 911 Carrera line. This gearbox grew to reign supreme and 1989 would become the only year that a 930 Turbo was offered with a 5-speed gearbox—hence the collectability. Finished in its original and incredibly rare, Graphite Metallic of over a Black interior, this beautiful cabriolet has been tastefully modified by Autosport Designs with a factory 930S front bumper, “Box Rocker Panels”, genuine RUF wheels, a custom intercooler and some interior alterations such as Recaro seats and a bespoke roll-bar. Pushing roughly 450 HP to the rear wheels this collectable “hot-rod” is accompanied by documentation dating back to 1996.
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