1985 Porsche 930

For a few brief years (or perhaps an eternity depending upon your perspective), the 911 Turbo was not offered in the US market because of Porsche’s hesitance to meet the US’s more stringent emission requirements. Most of the rest of the world still had the 930 though, some of those have made their way to our shores and we seem to increasingly come across them for sale. For the most part, RoW cars show few differences from what was offered in the US once they returned here. Notable exceptions are the rear bumperettes, which are narrower on RoW cars, and the front headlamps. I always find the US headlamp surrounds to give those cars a little bit of a melancholy look, versus the happier, upbeat, appearance of the RoW cars (if you’ll pardon the anthropomorphizing). All of this brings us to the car featured here: an India Red 1985 Porsche 930, located in Phoenix, that has seen 48,000 miles.

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1985 Porsche 930

There is something mighty sinister about an all-black 911 Turbo under any guise, but especially a black 930. It was already a very aggressive car from the start and with the darkness smoothing out those curves to go along with the black Fuchs and massive tail a black 930 takes on the appearance of something quite menacing. I guess it’s what Darth Vader would drive. That the engine provides for a similar level of menace simply completes the package. The car featured here is a Euro 1985 Porsche 930, located in Florida, with only 37,000 miles on the clock. That this is an imported European 930 doesn’t really mean much in terms of performance, but since the 930 wasn’t available in the US market in 1985 then importation would be the only way to get one to these shores.

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1978 Porsche 930

Most iconic Porsches were only around for a short time, dazzling enthusiasts for a couple of years and then retired. The 930 is the exception. This is in part because it was precisely the model’s longevity that played such a large role in its development of iconic status. Regardless the 930 has captivated the minds of Porschephiles for decades and helped create the legacy of this rear-engine rear-drive sports car. There were few major changes made during its production run, but the most significant came in 1978 when displacement was increased to 3.3 liters and an air-to-air intercooler was integrated into the rear spoiler. As far as values go, any early 930 holds a strong place on the collector market, but for the most part the 3.3-liter turbos are valued similarly to the earlier cars with only 3.0 liters. All are very valuable. Which brings us to the car featured here, a paint-to-sample 1978 Porsche 930, located in Houston, with a mere 44,445 miles.

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1978 Porsche 930

While the Porsche 930 remained relatively the same for its entire 13-year model run, its most significant change came shortly after its release. The initial development to produce a turbocharged version of the 911 used the 3.0 liter flat-six from the Carrera RS 3.0 mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. With nearly 260 hp and quite a bit of turbo lag these were seriously demanding cars to drive, but that did not stop Porsche from quickly deciding to increase displacement and add an air-to-air intercooler. Power was now at 300 hp and even with the whale tale drivers were in a constant battle to keep the rear of the car in line. Porsche now had a 911 with supercar performance, that required an equal level of attention, but that elevated the brand and created the legacy of the 911 Turbo we have all become so familiar with today. The car we see featured here comes from the first year of the revised engine: a Sienna Brown Metallic 1978 Porsche 930, located in Colorado, with 67,365 miles on it.

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1986 Porsche 911 Turbo

1986: For most it may have been just like any other year, but for Porsche fans it was special because it was in that year that the 911 Turbo returned to our shores after an absence of six years (it was also the first year of 959 sales, but that’s a topic for a separate post). Beginning in 1980, Porsche pulled its flagship 911 from the American market because of emissions regulations and their plan for the 928 to succeed the 911 as the marque’s premiere car. Once it became clear that the 911 would, in fact, remain supreme, the necessary money was allocated to produce a turbocharged engine that would meet our emissions standards and the 930 was back! While it was slightly down on power relative to its European counterpart, it still remained more than capable of wagging its tail. The car we have featured here comes to us from that first year of return: a 1986 Meteor Gray Porsche 911 Turbo, located in New York, with Bordeaux leather interior and 77,675 miles.

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1979 Porsche 930

Let’s try this again: the Porsche 930 we posted on Thursday sold right around the time our post went up, so perhaps this one will remain on auction slightly longer. Here we have a Sahara Diamond Metallic 1979 Porsche 930, located in Maryland, with only 30,813 miles (the seller’s statement that the color is Kunstharzlack is incorrect – that just means the paint is a synthetic enamel). A rare and period-correct color such as this one does not come around too often and with such low mileage there is sure to be a lot of attention paid to this particular car.

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1978 Porsche 930

What happened to Guards Red? I know the color still exists, though I think the shade has changed slightly over the years, but I cannot remember the last time I actually saw a red 911 on the road. We have come across, and featured, quite a few Guards Red 911s here at GCFSB as it seems to have been a very popular choice in the ’80s. It is rare, however, that we have featured a modern 911, especially one of the water-cooled models, in Guards Red. It isn’t a subtle shade so I understand why some buyers might hesitate, but it isn’t Signal Orange or Viper Green either. I guess I just find this curious since I see a variety of red cars every day. I bring this up only because I really enjoy the color combination we see here. A Guards Red 1978 Porsche 930 with Tan leather interior. On the exterior, Guards Red contrasts so well with the black trim and wheels of the 930, but then the lighter Tan interior provides a more open, airy, feel that really looks great. This particular 930, located in Idaho, has just under 70K miles and is on auction with no reserve.

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2003 Porsche 911 Turbo

With all of the attention lavished upon the ever-escalating market for air-cooled Porsches, performance values do remain on the market and there are still plenty of buyers looking for their next toy rather than their next investment. It is almost always the case that the easiest place to start for a performance bargain is the 996 Turbo. To be clear, these are not necessarily cheap cars; you aren’t finding a good one for $15K. But, with more than 400 hp being delivered to all four wheels via a 6-speed transmission, the overall performance capabilities of the 996 Turbo are very difficult to beat in terms of bang for your buck. For ultimate performance, buyers should look for one with the factory X50 package, but even a non-X50-equipped Turbo is still very quick. The example featured here is a Seal Gray 2003 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Connecticut, with 46,510 miles on the clock.

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1986 Porsche 911 Turbo

Every time I see one of these cars I remember why I love them. By appearance the 930 is very clearly a car from the ’80s and it should make no apologies for that fact. Every angle provides an interesting perspective that showcases the 911’s iconic shape. Add on an interesting exterior color, such as the White Gold Metallic of the car seen here, and you can linger over its curves for quite some time. This 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo appears to have had a peculiar beginning to its life (more on that below), but after that it seems to have been a well-driven 930, which had an engine rebuild at just over 100K miles performed by Andial.

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1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

Now and then we come across cars that seem destined to set the market for the value of a particular car and we may be looking at just that scenario with the car featured here. This one-owner Midnight Blue 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Florida, with Grey/Midnight Blue leather interior has a mere 3,800 miles on the clock. The 993 in general has been a beloved car since introduction and that rings even more true for the 993 Turbo. Twin-turbocharged, 6-speed manual, perfect lines, the first 911 Turbo to utilize Porsche’s all-wheel-drive system and the last of the air-cooled Turbos, these had it all. To top it off, the value of these cars has been on an ever-increasing ascension that hardly seems like it will slow down anytime soon.

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