It’s been only a few weeks since I looked back at a super black DP935 that popped up for sale again with no changes but a hefty price increase. Well, today there is another DP modified car; this time, a claimed 1 of 1 Targa model built from a 1988 911. One of the criticisms of the black DP was that because of many changes over it’s life, it was effectively a highly modified turbo with a DP body kit. Today’s car suffers from the same fate, in a way – though it’s much more original. Bought in Germany and delivered to DP Motorsports, this Targa got the full external DP kit and some gorgeous BBS magnesium race wheels as well as a lowered suspension – but critically, no engine modifications seem to have made their way into this car. Afterwards, the interior was modified into the red/black combination that it currently sits in. With very few miles, this may be one of the more unique period-correct pieces in Porsche tuning history available right now:
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Darth Vader, your car has arrived. One of my favorite cars that I wrote up for “Tuner Tuesday” was the crazy all-black DP935 back in August. The car has moved sellers and is now available on Ebay. A reserve auction this time around, the opening bid price has climbed with reserve still on from the original $109,500 to $124,900. While there are much better photos of the car this time around, nothing else appears to have changed making those some pretty pricey pictures. Still, this is a fun car to look at, so enjoy the darkness!
The below post originally appeared on our site August 27, 2013:
In the world of tuners of the 1980s, there were bonkers cars like the Treser Quattro Roadster we featured last week, and then there were the seriously bonkers cars. What separated them was a level of taste, power and money. Design Performance Motorsport, better known as DP Motorsport, was one of the home of some of the most outrageous street cars available in the 1980s. Starting with their racing connections at Kremer and Porsche, they helped to develop the bodywork for the 935 silhouette cars with their radical slant noses – an interpretation of the rules that took advantage of a lack of specification for where the headlights needed to be located. This resulted in not only a more aerodynamic nose on the car, but one that was capable of generating downforce – something that the 935 took full advantage of.
DP saw the opportunity to bring this loophole to the public roads, and did so with the DP935. Not only looking the part, the modified motors pumped out a then astonishing 400 horsepower and the ridiculously wide rubber helped transfer that to the road. The ridiculous looks were accompanied by some ridiculous pricing, and as a result not many were made. However, a few did make it to the U.S. and somehow escaped all of the government seizures of drug-cartel car collections. Today’s example is one of the DP935 Series 2, intended for the U.S. and missing the signature 935 front bumper with integrated headlights, instead adopting a more factory slantnose look:
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 27,500 mi
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo DP935 at RPM Sports Cars
Black/black, 27,500 mi, very rare US version 935 DP stage II street model based on a 1986 US model 911 Turbo, twin plug 412 HP Deman Motorsport engine with dyno sheet, K29 turbo, rare 5-speed, brand new Zuffenhaus 17-inch “Fuchs” wheels powder coated black, Bilstein coilover suspension with Brembo GTP brakes, fuel cell, DP intercooler, oil cooler and race exhaust, DP seats, white gauges and piping, RUF steering wheel, special center console, fresh major service with engine and transmission reseal by Rennsport/Mike Callas, immaculate condition, $109,500
An interesting counterpoint to the understated Rufs, the DP 935s don’t seem to hold the same value. As DP 935s go, however, this car is about as understated as they come. While some may prefer the wild stripes and massive nose that accompanied most of the DP cars, this all black model looks great without them and flies low on the radar. The 17” wheel upgrade is tastefully done even for black wheels, and fills out the fenders more than the crazy 15” stock that originally came on these cars. Those original 15”x11” wheels are neat to look at, but try buying tires for them now! Going to 17” opens up some good tire options and are more practical, as well as giving the car a slightly less clownish appearance.
The Deman motor is welcome addition as they’re well known for building solid products, and although out of place the Ruf steering wheel looks nice. As a DP935 build then, this car has lost a lot of its originality but makes up for it with some tasteful resto-modifiction. It is neat that it was originally a 930, since some of the DP cars were built on a regular 911 chassis. The price point is sure high, but in comparison to the Ruf motored car at $100,000, this may seem like a better deal. Still, it’s possible to get into a very clean 930 for half of this amount, and my feeling is that the rarity and appeal of the DP935 build isn’t strong enough to justify the higher price tag, even if it does look pretty menacing.
What are the freaking chances? Last week I posted a ’77 DP 935, a beautiful car that is unbelievably rare. Lo and behold another has hit the market no more than a week later. This one is a 1984 Euro 935 with a targa roof.
From the seller -
“YOU ARE BIDDING ON A TRULY UNIQUE AND RARE PORSCHE. UP FOR SALE IS A “REAL” DP MOTORSPORT PORSCHE 935 TARGA. THIS VEHICLE IS A 1984 EURO MODEL.
THE VIN IS: W09ZZZ235E0Z03003
THESE CARS WERE BUILT BY EKKEHARD ZIMMERMANN WITH KREMER TO LOOK LIKE THE PORSCHE 935 RACE CARS THAT DOMINATED THE RACING CIRCUITS IN THE 80S. THIS IS A REAL DP WITH A REAL DP VIN TAG. IT HAS A FULL DP KREMER BODY KIT, DP/ BBS WHEELS, DP SUSPENSION, DP ADJUSTABLE BOOST CONTROL, DP INTERIOR W/ POWER HEATED RECAROS, DP FIVE SPEED TRANSMISSION, AND MUCH MUCH MORE. THIS CAR HAS HAD OVER $44k SPENT ON IT IN THE LAST YEAR TO MAKE IT ALMOST NEW. WE HAVE ALL THE PAPERWORK TO DOCUMENT RECENT SERVICE AS WELL AS EPA / DOT WHEN IT CAME INTO THE US. TOO MANY ITEMS HAVE BEEN REBUILT OR REPLACED BUT TO NAME A FEW:
NEW MOTOR ( CYLINDER AND PISTON SET, CAMS, SEALS, CHAINS, BELTS, TURBO, HOSES, POWER COATING, ETC…) NEW RUBBER ( WINDOW AND WIND SHEILD SEALS, REAR GLASS SEAL, BUSHINGS, HOSES, BOOTS, COVERS, ETC..) NEW ELECTRICAL MOTORS (WINDOWS, ANTENNA, MIRRORS, SEATS, ETC…). NEW INTERIOR ( SEATS RECOND, NEW PARCEL SHELF, HVAC REDONE AND AIR AND HEAT WORK WELL. CUSTOM STEREO, NEW TIRES: PIRELLI 345/35ZR15 REAR, 225/50ZR/15 FRONT, NEW PAINT JOB, ALL GASKETS, SEALS, BOLTS, CLAMPS, HOSES, EXHAUST, ETC.. ARE AIRCRAFT QUALITY AND SHOW QUALITY.
THIS CAR IS TRULY AMAZING TO DRIVE. THE KREMER BODY IS LIGHTER THAN STOCK DUE TO CARBON KEVLAR AND COMPOSITE CONSTRUCTION. THE MOTOR IS DE-TUNED TO ABOUT 360HP. THE ORIGINAL OWNER HAD IT BOOSTED TO 450HP AT THE WHEELS AND IT KEPT BURNING UP THE PISTONS. ITS SET UP FOR EVERYDAY DRIVING BUT STILL VERY VERY FAST! IT SOUNDS LIKE A RACE CAR.
ONCE AGAIN, EVERYTHING WORKS. THE ONLY THING NOT WORKING IS THE BOOST KNOB. IT WAS DISCONNECTED.”
The DP cars are not known for being understated but it is amazing how much more over the top this ’84 car looks compared to the ’77 we posted last week. The racing heritage is more clear in this car which makes me wonder why you would build one with a targa top? These tops lessen rigidity and add weight in extra support needed to offset them, two things that are not synonymous with racing.
Either way interest in this car is high, it has been bid up to $48k with six days remaining. The reserve has yet to be met which makes me wonder how much more it will fetch than the $58k asking price of the ’77 car. This car has over $44k in documented work over the past year which makes me think the reserve could be close to $60k.
I will be watching this auction closely and will report back.
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Right about now I am recovering from building my daughter’s motorized Mercedes G-Wagen while hydrating with some of this stuff. Christmas is really all about the kids isn’t it?
Take a look at this beauty. This car is the embodiment of the 80′s with its louvers, wide hips, and gaudy accents. Like Zubaz pants, MC Hammer, and mullets this car manages the rare trick of being both ugly and a thing of beauty at the same time.
From the seller -
“Very Rare 1977 Porsche DP 935 Turbo, Black exterior with full black leather interior. Only has 32,727 miles. The Porsche DP 935 Turbo’s were very rare and exclusive models in the 70′s and 80′s. They would cost up to three times the cost of a regular 930 turbo. Some of the performance and cosmetic features as on this car were wider front and rear fenders, slant nose front end with pop up headlights, larger wheels and tires, larger rear tail, lightweight front and rear bumpers, brake cooling ducts, racing mirrors, upgraded suspension, higher horsepower turbo engine, front mounted oil cooler, high flow duel outlet stainless sport exhaust, and the list goes on. This car just had a full photo documented engine out service which included some of the following and many “while you are there” items: New clutch assembly (pressure plate, disc, throw out bearing, pilot bearing, helper spring, cable), new front and rear engine main seals, valve adjustment, spark plugs, cap and rotor, plug wires, new starter and ring gear, new cv joints and boots, new K27 Turbo, rebuilt turbo waste gate, new belts, new rear HD Bilstein shocks, updated hydraulic timing chain tensioners, updated finned valve covers, new various hoses and switches that are prone to leaking, new upgraded a/c compressor and drier, new a/c lines front to back of car and more… Some of the options on the car are full leather interior, sport seats, Blaupunkt stereo system, a/c, power windows, and electric sunroof. Since it is a used vehicle it is being sold as is where is no warranty expressed or implied. The car in in excellent condition inside and out. I have owned the vehicle for approx 15 years and have never driven it in rain. Runs and drives great. All the gauges, windows, lights etc work as they should.”
Sure it is garish, to me, it is a thing of beauty. The engine out service is a nice selling point as well. As the DP cars go, this one is as nice I have seen in some time. Now all we need it $59k to bring this little turbo home. It may be a tough sell in the dead of winter but it is nice to find a DP car this nice out in the wild.
My best to you and yours.