I featured a Petrol Blue Metallic Targa not too long ago. It was a lovely car, though in need of a little care to bring its paint back to proper form. Here we have a very similar 911 – it wears that same Petrol Blue Metallic exterior and contrasts it with the same Cork interior. It’s also from the same model year, the first year of 911SC production. It is a Coupe rather than a Targa and I’m finding myself liking it quite a bit more. It’s in a little better condition, but I don’t think that’s what is really attracting me.
I am a big fan of the Targa. I’ve made that quite known. Moving beyond its open-top versatility, one of the things I like about the Targa is the contrast the roll hoop provides to the rest of the exterior. I like the look and especially the way it integrates so well with the 911’s lines. For whatever reason I think with Petrol Blue I don’t like it as much. The chrome accents don’t go as well with this color and I think that’s why I find myself more drawn to this Coupe than I did the Targa. Overall, I like this 911SC quite a bit!
An early 930 is always a nice thing to come across. One that comes in a unique color palette is even better! The example we see here requires some sorting out, but let’s get to what we know. This is a Medium Green Metallic 1978 Porsche 930, located in Florida, with a white leather interior and green carpets. It’s said to have only traveled 39,500 miles. As you might note immediately this is a color combination we don’t see very often. The only other one I can recall is Kermit: the 1979 911SC Coupe painted Scirocco Viper Green. There may be others, but probably not many. As a testament to that rarity this one is said to have both a paint-to-sample exterior and a leather-to-sample interior. Rare indeed.
1978 saw the most notable changes made to the 930 over its 13 year run. The original 3.0 turbocharged flat-six was increased to 3.3 liters and an air-to-air intercooler was added. The rear spoiler was modified as well, changing from the whale tail to the tea try, so as to make use of that intercooler. And then a short two years later the 930 was no longer offered in the US market. So there aren’t a lot of them and while the ’78 isn’t typically as valuable and sought after as the earlier 3.0 liter they still do command attention.
I don’t normally prefer to post two cars from the same seller on consecutive days, but this seller has two very different 911s for sale and I like both of them quite a bit and for entirely different reasons. So, here we are. Yesterday’s 964 Turbo showed us a fairly pristine example of the 3.3 liter Turbo. It’s a model I probably don’t pay enough attention to focusing instead on the 930 that preceded it or the later 3.6 liter 964s. It came with a very high price tag.
Here we have something entirely of a different nature. This is a Petrol Blue 1978 Porsche 911SC Targa with Cork interior and 65,500 miles on it. It’s not pristine – though the mileage is fairly low – but the color combination is phenomenal and the added detail provided by the Targa roll hoop enhances the overall look. Compared with the 964, the price should be much more reasonable.
Some of my favorite cars to look at are special builds from manufactures to serve a specific purpose or person. One of those purposes is diplomat cars and all the crazy modifications they receive compared to the normal civilian version. Today, we have an already special 1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 that was modified for Juan Carlos I during his rule as King of Spain. This M100-powered S-Class is fully armored and a rear sunroof was added so he and his wife, Queen Sofía, could stand on the rear seats to wave at people during parades and events. This W116 was also equipped with the customary flag holders on the front fenders and a siren to alert all the mere normal citizens to get out-of-the-way. But now, Juan Carlos I is 80 years-old and while he still gets driven around in a S-Class, he also prefers some faster toys too.
Is it possible that the early 928 is an even more futuristic looking car than the later models? Typically we’d probably consider the inverse where a model evolves and advances as it gets older. The 928 surely did advance and its evolution is clear, but I still think the earlier models look farther ahead than the later models. Some of that surely is down to their look relative to other options available at the time, but I think there’s more to it than that. Their spaceshippyness (that’s definitely not a real word) seems more pronounced. The round-in-the-back and pointy-in-the-front design is more apparent. The interior…well as soon as we take a look inside this one I think that part becomes obvious. It all seems like it’s looking farther into the future and then with its evolution Porsche dialed it back some and smoothed all of the rough edges.
This forward looking design is a testament to Porsche’s ideas and it really makes me wish the model had continued to live on so that we could see where it might have gone next. The Panamera isn’t it.
These were my thoughts as I looked over this 928. It comes from early in the model’s production so it showcases those early design cues and its black-white pascha interior is something few marques would ever consider utilizing outside of the ’70s. This is very much a period-correct 928 and its restoration looks top notch.
Wow, I am so torn by this 911. I genuinely really, really, like it. But it has some issues, most notably the price. Let’s get to those later though. First, it just looks stunning. This is one of the more attractive 911SC Coupes I’ve come across even if its colors – Grand Prix White over Cork – are not necessarily those I would typically clamor for. The two come together beautifully though and the overall condition of the entire package looks very good. Neither the interior nor the paint are original – one of those issues I mentioned – but both look well done by their respective restorers. It sounds like it comes with a large number of records dating back to its inception and the mileage sits in a very reasonable place: not so low that you worry over adding additional mileage, but not very high either. For those seeking a lighter-hued 911SC I think this first-year model would make for a great choice.
Yesterday’s Scirocco is a reminder of the original Volkswagen project for a sporty car based upon pedestrian internals. That project was EA425, and as Volkswagen shifted away from rear-drive platforms towards the new, efficient and cheap to manufacture front-drive arrangement, Porsche continued to develop the prototype. Released nearly in conjunction with the new Golf and Scirocco, the 924 was the first to introduce the world to a water-cooled, transaxle Porsche in late 1975. Yet as they’ve done with so many other models and though the affordable and efficient 924 was a relative hit out of the marks, immediately Porsche began offering special limited models to tick the price up and spur sales.
The result was that effectively every model year early on got its own special model. Today I’ve got two of the early examples; the 1977 Martini World Championship edition and the 1978 Limited Edition model. While neither have much in terms of performance gain, either is an affordable entry-level classic:
Edit 11/28/2017 – though it reportedly sold for $17,700 this car has been relisted at $17,495 HERE – $2,000 more than the original listing’s Buy It Now option.
Normally I write fairly verbose introductions, covering the history of a particular model or some interesting tidbit about its history. Sometimes they’re my personal connections to the cars. I’m sure on more than one occasion you’ve wished I’d just shut up a bit so that you can get to the car. Today’s that day, because the presentation and condition of this 1978 Volkswagen Scirocco are so staggering I was literally left mouth agape looking through the photo reel. Enjoy:
There aren’t too many period-correct tuned Volkswagens that we get to see. Those that do turn up are usually home-brewed, and consequently usually aren’t built to a high standard.
Today’s is something special, though.
Finding a clean first generation Scirocco is difficult enough. This one also happens to be one of the limited Champagne Edition cars, though you’d not know it unless I told you so, because so little of the original outside of the silhouette remains. From top to bottom, this Scirocco has been through a whirlwind of changes. But this car is far from a garage project, as some of the more legendary VW tuners in the U.S. had their hands on it since it was close to new. This car was the original test bed for the Santa Clara speed shop New Dimensions, and features some of the best items you could source. New Dimensions bought the production rights and experience of Callaway Turbo Systems in the mid 1980s, and continued to offer turbocharging for Volkswagens into the early 2000s. The result, after a painstaking period of rebuilding it, is a nearly flawless execution and one of the best tuned VW 2-doors out there:
This Porsche 930 has two very unique features about it and I suspect just how much people care about each will be pretty divergent. Ultimately, a sale likely will be predicated on that rare individual who prizes both unique features fairly highly. The first “feature” should be obvious from the title. This 930 is said to have originally belonged to Peter Gregg, former Porsche racing driver and founder of Brumos Racing. Brumos has had a long and distinguished history with Porsche and Gregg himself was a distinguished driver in the ’70s. For some these are merely fun facts that add little value to the car. For others, they are the kind of facts that change a car from something that looks pretty nice to something that’s special. A collector’s piece.
The second unique feature is of the more typical variety, but a very rare version: the interior of this 930 is leather-to-sample with Dr. Fuhrmann seats. Fuhrmann seats are extremely rare in a 930. They’re also really strange looking, but ultimately it is their rarity that will win the day here. Combined these two features make for one very special 930. At least if you care about these things.
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 25,965 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
This 930 Turbo is so rare! It was previously owned by Peter Gregg, the founder of Brumos Porsche. The car was awarded to Gregg after winning the 1978 24 Hours of Daytona, and acquired by Auto Palace in 2015 from a private collection. The exterior of the 930 Turbo is Grand Prix White the interior is a leather-to-sample, with the rare factory Dr. Fuhrmann Interior and Seat option. Extensive service records are present for the vehicle.