1989 Porsche 911 "Turbo"
Year of manufacture1989
1989 Porsche 911 Turbo LE Coupé
Registration no. G471 SGO
Chassis no. WP0ZZZ93ZKS000803
Much of the Porsche 911's development had resulted from the factory's racing programme, and it was the then Group 4 homologation rules, which required 400 road cars to be built, which spurred the development of 'Project 930' - the legendary 911 Turbo. In production from 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. But the Turbo wasn't just about 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.
The Turbo's characteristic flared wheelarches and 'tea tray' rear spoiler had already been seen on the Carrera model, while the interior was the most luxurious yet seen in a 911, featuring 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 than hitherto yet retaining its high performance edge, the Turbo sold in the thousands, becoming the definitive sports car of its age.
When Porsche revealed that the original 911 would be replaced by the new Type 964 in 1990, it was announced that a special, limited-edition 'LE' batch of 50 Turbos would be built, incorporating as standard features that previously had been available only as factory optional extras. These included rear wheel air intakes, side skirts and a front spoiler, creating a look reminiscent of the Type 935 Le Mans sports racers. A Getrag five-speed gearbox was already standard on the Turbo, to which the LE version added a limited slip differential and an extra 30bhp, making it the most powerful variant built to date.
This right-hand drive Porsche 911 Turbo LE was first owned by a Mr Richard Hanreck and has belonged to the current vendor since September 2004. The car comes with a V5C document, an old-style logbook, MoT certificates, instruction manuals and its service booklet; the latter stamped on nine occasions, the last in February 2008 at 9,779 miles. The current odometer reading is 10,468 miles and this stunning Porsche is described by the private vendor as in excellent condition throughout.