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“50 years of Porsche 911 Turbo”- Early 911S special exhibition at Techno Classica

26.03.2024 By Richard Lindhorst
“50 years of Porsche 911 Turbo”- Early 911S special exhibition at Techno Classica

The Porsche 911 Turbo has been at the top of the Porsche line-up since 1974. It has since evolved from a widowmaker to a super GT that can do it all. Germany’s biggest Porsche restoration company Early 911S is taking this anniversary as an opportunity to dedicate their entire exhibition stand at the world’s largest classic car trade fair to the Porsche 911 Turbo. At the Techno Classica in Essen (April 3 to 7, 2024), Manfred Hering’s team will be exhibiting an array of Turbo Porsches in Hall 3 at Stand 255 that is probably unrivaled in terms of diversity at a public exhibition. We can show you a few appetizers from the truly incredible list of vehicles in advance. Now it’s time to buckle up, because we’re going on a little journey through five decades of Porsche Turbo.

Manfred Hering is known for his impressive trade fair appearances – “This year we are planning something very special”

In the past, Early 911S has impressed visitors to trade fairs with large displays of classic 911 models in exciting colors. Time and again, the Wuppertal-based company’s trade fair stands are among the most photographed motifs at exhibitions. This was also the case at the 2022 Techno Classica, for example, when Early 911S exhibited a good 50 air-cooled 911s. To mark the fifth anniversary of the Porsche 911 Turbo, Manfred Hering has once again come up with something very special for this year’s classic car show in Essen.

Manfred Hering’s restoration company Early 911S will be represented at Techno Classica Essen 2024 with a special exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 Turbo.

Some of the most exciting Porsche Turbos in existence will be on display at our stand. From all eras, some with an incredible history.

Manfred Hering, Early 911S

Early 911S presents the cornerstones of Porsche’s Turbo history

From April 3 to 7, Early 911S will present almost the entire history of the 911 Turbo. Turbos from all decades and eras will be on show. The stories behind some of the cars are nothing short of incredible. Manfred Hering, for example, has brought together several former press and presentation cars that could easily be in the Porsche Museum. Or a car more than 30 years old in new car condition with a verifiable three-digit mileage. The range and, above all, the “completeness” is simply impressive.

But it is not just limited to the 911: other Porsche models with turbocharged engines will also find their place in Manfred Hering’s “special exhibition”. There will also be a few treats for budding motorsport historians in Hall 3. This much can be revealed: Their history and liveries will immediately make the hearts of racing fans beat faster.

A lot of motorsport know-how was used in the Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche’s Turbo story began in 1974, and today Porsche itself speaks of a courageous step: “Although turbocharged engines were no longer anything out of the ordinary in racing, only one manufacturer had previously dared to produce a road vehicle with a turbo engine. The power cure provided by the supercharger was usually accompanied by a drastically reduced life expectancy of the engine, high sensitivity and particularly capricious handling. In short: the turbo engine was considered untameable.”

Without the 917, the 911 Turbo would probably never have existed.

Hans Mezger

However, Porsche’s engineers got to grips with the problems by regulating the boost pressure via an exhaust gas bypass valve. This technology transfer from racing enabled the turbochargers to be suitably dimensioned to build up sufficient boost pressure even at lower engine speeds. Porsche engine mastermind Hans Mezger and his team thus created a power unit whose performance made the 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo the most powerful German production car of all time with 260 hp.

Early 911S shows Porsche 930 Turbo number 11 – A real all-rounder

The oldest car that Early 911S is showing on the occasion of the Porsche 911 Turbo’s 50th anniversary in Essen is – of course – a Porsche 930 Turbo, the original turbo. And it is even one of the first of them built in 1974. To be more precise, it is the eleventh Porsche 911 Turbo ever made. And it has an extremely eventful history behind it.

Porsche initially used this 930 Turbo, which was originally painted Arrow blue, as a presentation vehicle. As a result, this original Turbo with its license plate S-U 5996 was a very often photographed car back in the day. But its history did not end in a museum or as the private vehicle of a development engineer.

Instead, it has hardly anything in common with its delivery condition. This Porsche 930 Turbo was built to take part in the 1978 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The French team Joël Laplacette entered the car as a 930 Turbo, despite a lot of 934 technology. They qualified 54th out of 64 on the grid, but had to retire after 116 laps due to an accident. It was the last time that a Porsche 930 Turbo competed at Le Mans. The car has since been restored to its former glory, including the classic starting number 65, and even has a current Le Mans Classic nomination.

Early 911S brings Porsche’s first 964 Turbo to Techno Classica Essen

In 1978, the Porsche 930 Turbo was followed by the Porsche 930 Turbo 3.3, with which Porsche reached the magical sound barrier of 300 hp. In economically difficult times for the Stuttgart-based company, an optional power cure, the so-called factory performance upgrade, followed, but Porsche fans had to wait over ten years for a new model. And this is where the second car on Manfred Hering’s Turbo stand comes into play.

© Porsche AG & Early 911S

This Porsche 964 Turbo 3.3 painted in Amethyst Metallic has a great secret. Originally it was a 1989 Porsche 964 Carrera 2, which at first glance does not sound like a dream for purists. However, what subsequently became of the car at the Porsche factory makes it all the more interesting. After extensive conversion work, the former Carrera 2 left the factory in November 1989 as the first ever Porsche 964 Turbo.

Like Porsche’s 11th 930 Turbo, the first 964 Turbo lived its life as a launch and press car. Like the winged monster Mercedes-Benz 190 Evo II, it was presented to the world public at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland in 1990. Since then, the first Porsche 964 Turbo has undergone a number of modifications. Today, the former prototype has a performance upgrade, a revised suspension and 964 Turbo S side panels. Porsche’s first 964 Turbo can be inspected in detail in Essen and is even for sale! So if you want to secure a real piece of Porsche history…

Besides the first there is also a virtually brand-new Porsche 964 Turbo 3.3 on the Early 911S stand

Museum-worthy time capsules are the stuff that real collectors’ dreams are made of. Such vehicles in new car condition and with at best only delivery mileage on the clock regularly achieve record results at auctions. Manfred Hering also has just the thing in Hall 3 for interested parties who want to add a virtually new Turbo to their first Porsche 964 Turbo, for example.

Because at Early 911S’ stand in Essen there will be a Porsche 964 Turbo 3.3 with a proven mileage of just 574 km. This Guards red Turbo with black leather interior looks as if we had traveled back to 1991 and just rolled it off the transporter in front of a Porsche Center. The stickers on the rear lights and even the protective covers on the steering wheel and seats are still there. An opportunity like this doesn’t come along very often.

There are many unique cars out there and I have seen a lot of them, but I have rarely seen such an untouched specimen!

Manfred Hering, Early 911S

A dream in Wimbledon green inside and out: the Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6

The Paris Motor Show was at its absolute peak in 1992. The organizers counted over 1.1 million visitors. Even though the newly presented Renault Twingo was the center of attention, Porsche delighted sports car fans with a new top-of-the-range model. The Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 was a huge step for the brand. While the 964 Turbo 3.3 was still marginally weaker than its predecessor with the factory power upgrade, Porsche went all out with the new 3.6 liter engine. With 40 hp and 80 Nm more than its predecessor, the Turbo 3.6 made a significant leap forward.

This new model also stood out due to its paint scheme. Porsche presented the 964 Turbo 3.6 at the Paris Motor Show in a very daring combination. Its paintwork shone in the turquoise shade of Wimbledon green. It stands on the beautiful three-piece Speedline rims and has other color accents to offer in addition to the eye-catching paint.

Because even the interior welcomes you in Wimbledon green. It’s a bit surreal when you open the door. The carpets, seats and even the leather dashboard are turquoise. This combination is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is certainly an absolute eye-catcher. And this car from Manfred Hering’s collection will also be on display at Techno Classica 2024!

50 years of the Porsche 911 Turbo - Special exhibition Early 911S - Techno Classica Essen 2024

Another Genesis – S-PR 139 – Porsche 993 Turbo Coupé

After the Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 became a legend through its appearance in the Bad Boys movie alone, Porsche launched another model for eternity with the 993 Turbo. Its design is one of the most beautiful ever to leave the Zuffenhausen factory halls. As the last air-cooled Porsche 911 Turbo, it also has a very special aura and historical significance.

Now imagine standing in front of one of the launch cars of this model series. Perhaps even the first ever road-legal Porsche 993 Turbo. Yes, Manfred Hering has exactly this car with him in Essen. And most Porsche fans have probably already seen this turbo 911 in some publication or other.

The Arena Red presentation car with Rubicon Grey interior had plenty of high-profile appearances. It became famous in the Porsche magazine Christophorus, Auto, Motor und Sport, Sport Auto and even on television’s “Wetten, dass”. After extensive restoration at Early 911S, the car is back as good as new and also for sale.

There are still a few surprises in store for visitors to Early 911S at the Techno Classica

The four press cars and the virtually brand-new 964 are an extremely impressive quintet in themselves. However – we can say this much in advance – this is just the tip of the iceberg. We have already had a look at Manfred Hering’s entire list of vehicles for Techno Classica Essen 2024. There are some absolute bangers waiting for visitors. In addition to the road-legal turbos, there are also GT cars and classic racing cars to marvel at.

A visit to the Techno Classica in Essen is therefore highly recommended! Just to find out what surprises are still waiting for us. In total, there will be around 40 different Turbo Porsches from all generations, all eras and all model series. One of only 14 Porsche 968 Turbo S will also be on display. You can already find some of the exhibits here on Elferspot:

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