I have a friend/acquaintance who has owned his 1978 Porsche 930 from new. He is not only the first and only owner he is the only person that has ever driven his car outside of this mechanic. To him, his 930 is more than a car, it is a labor of love. It would have to be, his stack of maintenance records are thicker than a copy of The Historian and equal a cost greater than the initial purchase price of his car. This was not entirely unexpected and is the sort of commitment that a 930 of this vintage demands. That is why if you are in the market for one of these cars it is important that the car you choose has been owned by someone who understands this.
Kind of like this…
From the seller -
“This is a one owner 49008 miles from new 930 Turbo 1978 .It was delivered new by Niello Porsche to its first and only owner in Reno Nevada in 1978, I have the original invoice in the date franked April 78 envelope. It was converted to Slope nose in the 90′s with a full steel conversion supplied by a company in SoCal, at 40K miles the motor was updated from 3.3 liters to 3.5, an Andial intercooler, variable boost in the cabin, K27 Turbo as well as Hydraulic timing chain tensioners and a VDO boost guage were all installed. The body was done to 930S specs, it has a 930S style front spoiler with Oil Cooler and braided hoses, the gearbox was changed to a 915 5 Speed unit along with a heavy duty RSR clutch. The wheels are 17″ RUF alloys, the interior was also upgraded with a custom made center console in the same leather as the rest of the interior.
With only 49K miles the interior smells like new, the leather is supple and only the dashtop shows any sign of sun damage, it’s warped at the edges. This car was serviced virtually from new and all conversion work was carried out by the same company in Reno, I have all of the invoices and service books, plus the original brochures for the slant nose conversion. Unlike many slope nose cars the headlights have both the dip and full beam in each headlight, the lights in the spoiler are spot lights. There is a super expensive Sony stereo and amp system fitted circa 1995, all tools, jack and even the Porsche supplied gloves are there.”
Neat car, the Ruf wheels, slant nose conversion, big stereo, and RSR clutch are all great upgrades that combined with the well documented history make this a great buying opportunity. Best of luck to the seller.