1978 Porsche 911 "Turbo"
Year of manufacture1978
Number of seats2
Group 4 homologation rules, which required 400 road cars to be built, led to the formation of ‘Project 930’ – the legendary 911 Turbo. Production began in April 1975: the Turbo married a KKK turbocharger to the 3.0 litre RSR engine, in road trim a combination that delivered 260bhp for a top speed of 155mph. As impressive as this was, there was more to the Turbo than just top speed, it was also the best equipped 911 and amazingly flexible - hence only four speeds in the gearbox - being capable of racing from a standstill to 100mph in 14 seconds.
Borrowing the flared wheel arches and ‘tea tray’ rear spoiler from the Carrera model, the Turbo made them renowned. Incorporating the most luxurious interior yet seen in a 911, the Turbo featured leather upholstery, air conditioning and electric windows. The Turbo’s engine was enlarged to 3.3 litres for 1978, gaining an inter-cooler in the process; power increased to 300bhp and the top speed of what was the fastest accelerating road car of its day went up to 160mph. More refined and offering better performance than its predecessor, the Turbo sold in the thousands, becoming the definitive sports car of its age.
Supplied new to the UK through Porsche Cars Great Britain and registered in March 1978, Chassis 00395 was finished in G8 Guards Red, with interior options 68 Black leather and a black roof liner (coding 469).
Purchased by the current vendor’s uncle in 1984, and registered RO115, the car was used sparingly for the occasional weekend trip and always garaged until the current vendor purchased it from him in 2003.
With a comprehensive history file dating back to 1984 and MoTs to support the mileage, this cherished example is certainly well presented. The highly original interior is commensurate with the low mileage, and both body transmission and engine are in excellent order.
The clutch was renewed in 2003, and new dyover head bolts were fitted amongst other sensible upgrades (paperwork in the car’s file). Recent expenditure has also included the fitting of a stainless steel exhaust, stainless steel heat exchangers and the engine has been upgraded with hydraulic tappet adjusters.
Not to be confused with the average 930 Turbos available, this rare early 78’ example has history spanning the last three decades of ownership. A wonderful example - offered with low mileage and in the most period colour combination.
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