Anyone who followed the “World Championship of Makes” (essentially an international championship for long-distance Sports Car racing), will remember their surprise at the shape of the new 935 when it first appeared at Mugello in March 1976. Subsequently, these ‘Flachbau’ or ‘Flatnose’ 935s and 936s were to prove very competitive in the hands of drivers such as Ickx, Mass, and Stommelen and during the next two seasons managed four victories in eight World Championship races and a triumph at Le Mans in each year.
However, Porsche began to worry that all these victories by the works Flatnose cars might alienate the vast number of private clients who were investing their own money in conventionally shaped competition 911s, and decided to restrict their efforts for 1978 to an entry at Le Mans. The distinctive look of the ‘Flachbau’ (literally translated as Low Build) obviously retained its appeal in the minds of their road car customers and from 1985 until early 1989, UK Porsche 930 buyers could specify their car in this style to special order.
As confirmed by a letter from Porsche Cars GB Ltd, this 930 Turbo is a genuine right-hand drive, factory flatnose built in October 1986 under the ‘Sonderwunchprogramm’ (Special Wishes Programme). From the 948 cars produced between 1983 and 1989, this is one of the 49 right-hand drive examples manufactured.
The 911 was originally ordered through a dealer in Switzerland in 1986 and was initially bound for a client in South Africa. He changed his mind and wanted to buy a Lamborghini and, as it happened, the person who eventually became the first owner had just taken delivery of a Lamborghini to the correct specification in the UK. In his search for an appropriate car, the dealer in Switzerland contacted him and asked if it might be for sale, and strangely (he had only just got it) it was, so a deal was agreed and he drove his Lamborghini all the way to Switzerland. Sitting in the corner of the dealer’s showroom, looking very glamorous, was this bright red Porsche which at the time was unregistered. He fell in love with the car, an exchange was arranged, the Porsche was shipped to the UK and the Lamborghini went to South Africa.
Finished in Guards Red with a Red-piped Cream leather interior and fitted with the correct colour-coded Fuchs wheels, the car appears to have been well maintained over the years. Factory options from new include a sun-roof, electric sports seats and a top-tinted, Securiflex windscreen. It remains fitted with its original, matching-numbers engine and has covered just 69,711 miles. Since July 2016, it has resided in a significant private collection and, in current custodianship, over £12,000 has been spent in total at Porsche Centre Wilmslow with the relevant invoices in the car’s history file. It’s supplied with an MOT test certificate, a copy of the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and a letter from Porsche GB confirming that this is an original ‘Flatnose’ model.
This very special car is a blue-chip icon of its era and represents an exciting opportunity for any lover of the Porsche marque.