Early Porsche 930 Roundup

Earlier this week I featured a very pretty Emerald Green 1976 Porsche 930. As I then looked around through other auctions I realized it wasn’t the only early 930 currently up for sale in an interesting color. In fact, there were quite a few. It doesn’t make much sense to feature each individually, as much I might like each one. Thus, roundup time!

These aren’t the only early 930s currently for sale, but they are the ones I thought looked the best. They are a fairly diverse group coming in colors both light and dark, vibrant and subdued, and with mileage ranging from the very low (15,054) to somewhat high (115,826). Three of them are Paint-To-Sample and the one that isn’t comes in one of our favorite colors on Porsches from this period. And we even have both engine sizes represented. None of these are boring.

So without further adieu, let’s take a look at these great machines:

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1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera

We’ve shown a couple of interesting green coupes so far this week and I’d like to add another to the mix. Strictly on color this Emerald Green Metallic 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera looks similar to the Mercedes-AMG GT R Andrew posted yesterday. The similarities mostly stop there, though there is a certain spiritual kinship between the 930 and most any AMG machine. The performance of either can be brutal – in the most positive sense of the term! – with dynamics that require your full attention any time you want to accelerate or brake hard. The technology helping direct the power of course differs markedly as do the levels of refinement. But if you want something you’ve got to grab by the scruff of the neck and then hold on for dear life I’d imagine either one of these could provide those thrills. So if this sort of green is your color, then here’s another option. And it’ll probably even be cheaper! It’s not often I get to say that about any 930, let alone a ’76.

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Minerva Blue Metallic 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera

Minerva is impossible to resist. Among Porsche blues it possesses a combination of brightness and subtlety nearly unmatched for its beauty. It’s a vibrant color, but it’s metallic accents allow it to shine without going the ultra-flashy route of a pastel. In light or dark it just looks great. Others might prefer another of Porsche’s many blues, but for me Minerva is the best.

I’ve featured it quite a few times, both on turbos and standard 911s, but I don’t think I’ve ever featured it on one of the early 3.0-liter 930s. That’s really taking desirable combinations to another level! Here we have a Minerva Blue Metallic 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera, located in New Jersey, with a matching Blue leather interior and 55,423 miles on it.

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1985 Porsche 930

I think we can all appreciate a nice Porsche 930. They don’t even have to be especially rare or uniquely optioned. We want one that’s clean and well cared for because it is that combination of iconic 911 design and attention-grabbing performance that provides the allure. These cars can suit just about any car enthusiast.

I think the one we see here, a Garnet Red Metallic 1985 Porsche 930 with Cork interior, should fit the bill quite well. There aren’t any particularly unique aspects of it that would draw our attention, but the whole package comes together to bring us one that looks just right.

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1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera

This 1976 Porsche 930 strikes me as nearly the antithesis to the Riviera Blue GT4 I featured over the weekend. Whereas the GT4 showcases a wealth of modern technology wrapped in a vibrant hue bringing excitement and vitality to your drive, this 930 brings with it darkness and all of the potentially tricky dynamics of an early 911 Turbo. If you are a fan of the aggressive black visage that certain cars are capable of possessing, then this 930 should suit you in spades. It’s likely fast, loud, and raucous in ways that only older cars can be and certainly will lack the scalpel like precision of an instrument like the GT4. And while the GT4 will turn a lot of heads because of its grace and beauty, this 930 should do the same through the sheer force of its presence. You shan’t look away, for fear of being bitten.

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Tuner Tuesday: 1984 Porsche 930 RUF BTR Conversion

The last two weeks we’ve looked at the wilder side of the Porsche tuner world with cars from Gemballa and RWB. This week we’ll go a little more traditional with the styling and make a return to RUF. RUF likely is the most well known and highly regarded in the Porsche world, so much so that RUF is not just a tuner, but a manufacturer utilizing blank Porsche chassis for its cars. In some ways, RUF is the inverse of RWB. Where RWB goes over the top with styling and leaves the performance mostly alone, RUF keeps the styling changes somewhat minimal (at least from the perspective of how much they depart from a 911 itself) and goes over the top with performance upgrades. Over the years they’ve produced some blistering fast machines capable of competing with the best cars in the world. Even capable of competing with the likes of Porsche’s own 959.

The one we see the most often is the BTR and that’s just what we have here. However, this is not one of the very rare RUF VIN BTRs, but one of the more common converted examples, which in this case was based off of a 1984 Porsche 930. That’s a nice base with which to begin and with the RUF upgrades you get a car that can make even the prodigious 930 seem tame.

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Year: 1984
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.4 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 35,014 mi
Price: $225,000 Buy It Now

1984 Porsche 930 RUF BTR DOCUMENTED

This remarkable example has remained unrestored and original until today. Only 35k miles and 2 owners since new this 930 is in beautiful condition! Full RUF BTR conversion with letter of authenticity from RUF, this 1984 Porsche 930 is not your average 911 Turbo. Per documentation, it was completed by German car-manufacturer RUF Automobile. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from RUF, this Porsche 911 Turbo received the RUF 17-inch wheels, revised suspension, front spoiler with oil cooler, heavier-duty “dog-leg” 5-speed gearbox, steering wheel with RUF-embossed center pad, and a boost gauge. The engine was also upgraded as a RUF BTR with 374 HP, thanks to 3.4L pistons and cylinders, an intercooler mounted underneath the vented whale-tail rear spoiler, revised camshafts and a 4-pipe exhaust system.

The BTR designation came from “Group B,” “Turbo” and “RUF.” A respected manufacturer and tuner, RUF had a close relationship with the Porsche factory. Its modifications could easily double the cost of a Porsche 911. In the mid-1980s, RUF-built Porsches ranked among the fastest cars in the world. In top-speed tests conducted by “Road & Track,” the RUF Porsches achieved the highest top speed and best reliability records. Blue with black leather Recaro seats, this 1984 Porsche 930 RUF BTR also comes with Simpson competition seat harnesses and its letter from RUF, which includes a list of all modifications from RUF Automobile. All of the interior is remained untouched an original and completely functional.

Recently serviced it performs like an absolute animal, putting about 300 miles on the car recently this 930 is incomparable to any others in its league. The 3.4L engine starts up first crank always with no issues, no leaks or oil consumption. Once on boost it screams to the redline in any gear, the dogleg transmission enters all gears with no grinds or pop out issues. Set at about 0.8 bar it is rated at about 380hp but was variable up to 1.1 bar safely and the output was about 425hp, there was no Porsche in its era or let alone other sports car that could compare to the performance this 930 offered.

35,014 original miles

Turbocharged 3.4L flat 6 engine

RUF BTR engine upgrade:

RUF intercooler

RUF 4-pipe exhaust system

34.41 pistons and cylinders

Ruf camshafts

RUF 17 inch wheels

Ruf Revised suspension

RUF front spoiler with front oil cooler

RUF Dog Leg 5-speed manual gearbox

RUF steering wheel

RUF boost regulation valve

RUF Certificate

Can be viewed in Miami, FL 33126 – Inspections welcomed – Trade in welcomed

I saw this car cross the auction block at Mecum’s Monterey Auctions. High bidding on that day reached $170K and like many of the cars crossing the block – especially some of the higher end Porsches – it did not sell. As we can see from the asking price here, bidders weren’t even all that close. My sense at the time was that $170K was pretty good money for this car. As noted, it’s not a RUF VIN. Those are the cars that command serious money. It is a really nice example of a converted 930 though and there is value in that.

The mileage is quite low at just over 35K and the condition looks really good inside and out. Everything is said to be completely original with regard to the conversion. I imagine it’s level of documentation will be the deciding factor. It does come with a letter from RUF Automobile confirming the conversion, but that is all, or at least it’s all we’re shown here. If it also has a full maintenance history and other historical documentation then perhaps it will achieve this asking price if the sellers are patient. Cars like this are very desirable so it may just be a matter of waiting for the right buyer to come along. Otherwise, the Monterey auction may be as much as this 930 will see.


Moss Green Metallic 1986 Porsche 930 Coupe

At the end of last week I closed with a Marine Blue over Linen 930, a color combination both attractive and rare. Perhaps even more rare than we might first think. I wasn’t sure the value was quite right, but the car itself looked really nice.

Here I will continue along those same lines with another darker metallic exterior that we rarely see. The mileage is a good bit lower and I suspect the price will be a good bit higher. Whether the value again is off remains to be seen, but this 930 itself looks in great shape and will certainly attract attention. This is a Moss Green Metallic 1986 Porsche 930 Coupe, located in St. Louis, with a contrasting dark green and black interior and just 19,810 miles on it.

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Year: 1986
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 19,810 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Call David Humphrey of Aston Martin St. Louis / Cell: 314.600.4562

Or, at the Aston Martin St. Louis Showroom / 636.449.0000 Extension #328

You are viewing a 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe (930) in Moss Green Metallic over Dark Green and Black with just 19,810 miles driven from new.

This stunning 930 Turbo is the genuine article and in its original and factory stock configuration.

It not only looks stunning but it drives exactly as designed, we know of no faults or issues with this car.

With us on consignment from a much valued client of ours, we did re-charge the air conditioning system and mount and balance 4 new Bridgestone Potenza tires for him this August and it hasn’t covered 50 miles since.

It also had the best Ceramic Pro paint treatment applied to the stunning original paintwork at this time (a $2,200 value) which comes with a lifetime warranty.

Obviously, being a very collectible car built way back in March of 1986 we are happy to work with your choice of a Pre-Purchase Inspection provider (if so desired) it may be performed right here at the St. Louis Motorcars Service Center.

I can take your trade, call me with the details.

I can arrange enclosed shipping anywhere within days; call me for your final cost.

Call David Humphrey of Aston Martin St. Louis / Cell: 314.600.4562

I said in my previous post that the ’86-’88 model year 930s stand apart from the ’89 with regard to desirability and value and I think there are some good comparisons we can make between this one and the Marine Blue ’88. Both are attractive and rare color combinations on the 930 and both are fairly low mileage, though this one moves several notches in that direction. With fewer than 20K miles this doesn’t fall into the ultra-low sub-10K category, but it’s still very low and surely enough to attach the sort of premium that we are unlikely to see with those above 50K miles. It’s still not an ’89, but it should rank high among those looking for a nice 930.

Outside of that low mileage the biggest selling point for this 930 as a collectible probably is the interior. A dark green exterior on these mid-80s cars is pretty rare; a matching dark green interior is very rare. At first glance I thought something was amiss with the seating as the colors looked muted, but that was when I assumed the interior was black. Closer inspection revealed it to be a dark green with a few black accents. Given how closely it matches the exterior it does make the overall look a bit monochromatic so I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite, but it does look nice and monochrome or not it is a nice variation on the much more standard blacks and tans of the world.

All in all, this is a very nice looking 930 with really low miles and in seemingly excellent condition. The price surely will be high and at the moment it has received zero bids at its $129K starting point. We’ll have to see whether that changes and how high it actually goes.


1988 Porsche 930 Coupe

I’m going to take a short break from my value shopping to present a 930 that I like quite a bit. It is not a good value. It is, however, a color combination I like a lot and don’t see that often.

Here we have a Marine Blue Metallic 1988 Porsche 930 Coupe, located in Kentucky, with what I believe is a Linen leather interior and 53,285 miles on it. The ad is very short on the details and while I don’t mind a concise ad a 50K mile 930 isn’t really a candidate for such a lack. So there’s legwork to be done on the part of any interested buyer, but it’s a really attractive car.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Porsche 930 Coupe on eBay

Year: 1988
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 53,285 mi
Price: $125,000 Buy It Now

This is a beautiful 1988 Porsche 930 Turbo. Low mileage at 53,285. Runs and drives great. Exterior is a rare marine blau metallic. Interior shows normal wear for its age. This is a very special car and will not last long!

Every time I see a Linen interior I wonder if it’s a complete pain to keep clean. Some of the photos here kind of show the sort of thing that would worry me! Generally speaking this interior looks quite good and in good shape. There don’t appear to be any major problems like tears, scuffs, or cracks in the dash. It looks very clean. But a light colored interior like this will show dirt and imperfections much more than darker colors, even much more than tan, and here we see the evidence of that. Given how close up the pictures appear to be I don’t think it’s the sort of thing we’d get too upset about. It’s just a difficult color to keep clean.

From what we see of the exterior everything looks in fine shape. We don’t have enough pictures to judge accurately, but what we see is fine. Otherwise, we know nothing. {insert GoT reference} And that’s where the problems lie with this asking price. It could be that it’s fully documented and serviced and closer inspection will show that the interior and exterior condition is as good as it seems. If that’s the case, then perhaps $125K could make sense if you absolutely desired the color. But probably not. Not for an ’88.

We encounter this situation frequently with the 930. An ’89 is extremely desirable because it’s the only year these came with a 5-speed manual. It also happens to be the final year of this icon’s production. So high prices can be supported. But you can find plenty of ’86-’88 930s for below $100K so it takes the perfect combination of options, very low mileage, and documentation for prices above $100K to make sense. I think the mileage is too high for that to happen here and we have no idea about the documentation. I really like the color though!


Baltic Blue 1989 Porsche 930 Coupe

This is how I like to see a car presented. Especially when the asking price is fairly high. The text provides details on the seller’s ownership, the current mechanical state of the car, and any details that most buyers would be interested to know. That is followed by a large array of pictures showing both exterior and interior from a distance and then close up. We get the details and we get the full view. Could we ask for more? Of course we could, but there is enough here that any interested buyer will have the necessary information to feel like further investigation will be worthwhile. Or, if you wanted to jump right in, I think you’d probably feel pretty confident in doing so after little more than a phone call to the seller.

So let’s look at what we have: a Baltic Blue Metallic 1989 Porsche 930 Coupe, located in Texas, with Cashmere Beige interior and just 35,313 miles on it. I do not need to tell you how desirable an ’89 930 is and finding one in this condition and with this mileage just raises the bar even more. Oh, and the color is pretty rare too!

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Year: 1989
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 35,313 mi
Price: $155,000 Buy It Now

1989 Porsche 911 930 Turbo Coupe – Baltic Blue – 35k Miles – Dozens of Photos

This beautiful 1989 Porsche 930 is part of a 60+ car private collection in Austin, Texas.

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I acquired this 930 in 2012 from Park Place LTD in Bellevue, WA. I had been looking for a 930 for more than a year – specifically a 1989 car with the 5-speed G50 transmission – and I knew the second I saw this car that I’d be bringing it home to Texas. Park Place had been servicing the car for years and had previously sold the car to its current owner in 2005 so they were very familiar with the car. It had recently come back to them on consignment and, according to them, the car was a “Microsoft car”. A quick Google search reveals the previous owner to be in the tech industry, with homes in Palo Alto, CA and Camano Island, WA, and Park Place has a long history of selling exotic cars to Microsoft executives, so I believe this to be true.

Until my purchase, the car had always been a Pacific Northwest car and when I acquired it the odometer showed 34,059 original miles. Under my care the car has seen limited but regular use and today the mileage stands at 35,313 miles. Both the car’s West Coast ownership history and mileage can be verified by its Carfax report, a copy of which is available to interested parties.

The car is stunning in its factory Baltic Blue over Cashmere color scheme and is mechanically 100% sorted with more than $10,000 in recent work performed by Bob Jones of Jones Autowerks in San Antonio, TX. The car is factory stock with the exception of an upgraded K27 Turbo and a Nakamich in-dash CD player. The Porsche COA shows the car was optioned from the factory with a Limited Slip Differential, Electric Sliding Sunroof, CD-2 Compact Disc Player, an Amplifier System, and the U.S. Standard Emissions package.

While I am an avid car-guy, I’m not a dealer. This car is part of my personal collection and under my care it received regular and meticulous service as does every car I own. It is offered for sale today only because I own dozens of vintage Porsches, with more on the way, and I need to make some room. In my opinion, this car is one of the finest ’89 Turbos available anywhere. I would not hesitate to drive this car across the country tomorrow. Along the way, I’d stop by a few tracks just for fun and I’d do my best to find and enter a local car show (which I would win). The car is just that good.

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The car starts, stops and drives exactly as you would expect from a car of this quality. The clutch is strong, the car brakes easily and in a straight line, and it runs cool with excellent oil pressure even in the 100+ degree, Texas summer heat. It accelerates with authority courtesy of its legendary, turbocharged motor and the G50 transmission shifts flawlessly making this car truly a joy to drive. The engine and transmission are, of course, numbers matching and original to the car.

After seeing the car for sale at Park Place, I schedule a PPI (pre-purchase inspection) with Chris’s German Auto Service, one of the most respected Porsche specialists on the West Coast. The results of that inspection showed the car to be an excellent, low-mileage example but also showed an issue with the engine. Specifically, the leakdown test showed excessive leakdown on cylinder #3. I was disappointed (obviously) but when I spoke with Chris about the results he told me, “This is one of the best ’89 turbos I’ve seen. If I was you, I wouldn’t want to lose it”. And he was right.

I negotiated a discount on the price, shipped the car to Texas, and hoped for the best.

When the car arrived back home, I immediately brought it to Bob Jones at Jones Autowerks in San Antonio, TX. If you’re from Texas, or anywhere near, then you probably know who Bob is. Suffice to say that Bob is universally recognized as one the finest Porsche mechanics in the country. I asked Bob to go through the car, treat it as if he owned it, and to cut no corners. More than 2 months and $13,000 later, Bob gave my car back to me in perfect running condition. The work he performed included new Mahle pistons, rod bearings, rocker arms, new valves, recutting valve seats, a regrind of the camshaft, a new clutch, and more. I also asked Bob about replacing the K27 turbo with a stock unit which he disagreed with (“It’s a better turbo. Why make the car worse?”). He did go through the complete system for me, disassembled the wastegate and replaced the diaphragm, and machined the pressure pipe and turbo housing for a perfect assembly. A copy of the final invoice from Jones Autowerks showing the details of the work performed is available to interested parties.

Recently (less than 100 miles ago) the car was brought to Steve Henry at Eagle Racing where he performed a 4-wheel alignment and installed a brand new set of Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R Tires.

The end result? Everything you would imagine. And more. This mechanical condition of the car will not disappoint.

Please note: The air conditioning is blowing “cool-ish” at best and has not been charged in years. I generally drive the car in the fall/winter months so I haven’t bothered to look at it (a common excuse when you own more than 60 cars). The new owner should assume the AC system will require service.

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From every angle, the car presents beautifully in its original color of Baltic Blue (paint code LM5P). The finish is glossy and smooth with no dents or significant scratches or dings, just the slightest patina in the form of a handful of minor rock chips and the like. If you’ve ever heard good cars described as “10-footers” and great cars described as “5-footers” then this car is a 1-footer.

When I bought the car, I believed the paint to be 100% original and the consignment inspection report reads “paint appears to be all original”. I recently measured the paint with a meter and I now believe that the car may have had some paint work performed in the past as my meter readings exceeded 10 mils. Regardless, the paint is excellent and you wouldn’t suspect the paint is anything other than original if I didn’t tell you. I have been completely through the car and it shows absolutely no evidence of any prior damage. The gaps are perfect and the Carfax is clean. If there has been paint work, it was most likely due to rock chips or other cosmetic issues.

The glass on the car is excellent and all original with the exception of the front windshield which showed some light road rash so I had it replaced with correct, German Sigla glass ordered from the dealer.

The trim, seals, emblems, and lenses are all as-new. The wheels are beautiful showing only the slightest patina.

Best of all, the Baltic Blue really sets this car apart. Only a small number of 930’s were produced in this color and you’ll most likely never see another. This car creates a scene wherever it goes and the photos truly do not do this car justice.

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The interior of this 930 is absolutely beautiful and exactly what you’d expect from a low-mileage, investment grade car. Upholstered in Cashmere leather, with dark blue contrasts including the dash and headliner, the effect is a beautiful compliment to the Baltic Blue exterior. All spects of the interior, including the carpets, seats, dash, doors and headliner, are in outstanding condition resembling more a car that is 27 months old as opposed to 27 years.

The interior is 100% original and unaltered with the exception of a Nakamichi in dash CD player chosen both for its incredible fidelity as well as its understated good looks. The original CD-2 stereo will also be provided to the new owner.

I’ve taken the time to provide multiple, close-up photos of the interior from every angle. Please examine them closely and pay attention to the details. Yes, the big things like the seats, and door panels all look excellent. But look even more closely at the small things. The interior details of this car are among the best I’ve ever seen and will exceed your expectations.

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For me, finding the right home for this 930 is as important as getting the best price. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss this car in more detail, please feel free to contact me. In-person inspections and test-drives are welcomed and encouraged but please do so before clicking “Buy It Now” or committing to a purchase.

I have a clear and correct Texas title for this vehicle in my possession. Transportation and delivery of this vehicle is the responsibility of the purchaser. I’ll happily assist in any way I can. I’ll accept payment by wire transfer, cash or certified cashier’s check. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon agreeing to purchase with the balance due within 3 business days.

With last weekend’s auctions all pointing to a continued diminishment of the air-cooled 911 market this doesn’t seem like the best time to sell an ’89 930, but I guess circumstances have forced the issue for this seller. All things considered the asking price here isn’t too bad, though it certainly is high. Everything needs a starting point though.

The condition of this 930 is fantastic. It looks great throughout and in every regard is what we’d expect from a collector car owned by an avid collector. It sounds like it received a fairly extensive service upon purchase five years ago and has covered only about 1K miles under its current ownership. So the mechanical condition should be good. The only area where we could quibble is with available documentation. We aren’t provided any among the many pictures and other than maintenance performed while he owned it, we aren’t told much about its previous ownership history or service records. I think that is the area that will determine where we ultimately value this 930. If there’s plenty of documentation, including much of the original documentation, then I could see this price making a lot of sense. It’s an ’89 in wonderful condition and in a rare color. There’s a lot of value to be had with that sort of car. But without documentation I’m not so sure. It’s still a great example and highly desirable, but in an uncertain market it might hang around for a while.


Feature Listing: 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

At the end of my post yesterday of a Carrera Targa Supersport I mentioned that the asking price was such that you could pretty easily find yourself an actual Porsche 930 in very nice condition for less money. Lo and behold we just so happened to receive this 930 for a feature and I think it does a pretty good job of demonstrating what I discussed with the Targa Supersport. I fully admit it’s an apples to oranges comparison (different market, different model, different mileage, etc.), it just struck me as nice and timely.

Anyway, let’s get to it:

Here we have a Grand Prix White 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet with 64,500 miles on it. An ’89 930 always gets our attention. As the only year the 930 came equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission these are incredibly desirable and when one is in good condition it’s always worth further investigation. This one even has a very subtle and unique attribute: Porsche script cloth seat inserts. The first I’ve seen!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet at Auto Kennel

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Turbo Cabriolet
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 64,500 mi
Price: $124,990

1989 Porsche 930 911 Turbo Cabriolet
G50/50 5-Speed Gearbox/Limited Slip Diff.

1 of 600 Built for North America

Past PCA President Owner

1-Owner for 23-Years
Stock #0827

VIN: WP0EB0938KS070124

ENG# 68K00178 (930/68)

Numbers Matching

64,500 Original Miles

Grand Prix White on Blue Leather & Porsche Cloth with Dark Blue Top
5-speed G50/50 Manual Transmission
Clean and Clear Arizona Title
No Accidents/Mostly Original Paint
2-Southwest Owners from New
Past PCA President Owned
Clean AutoCheck Background Report
Porsche Certificate of Authenticity (COA)
Offered at $124,990
More and more enthusiasts are beginning to see not only what wonderful cars the 930s are to drive, but also how important they are to the history of the 911. These Turbos were built between 1975 and 1989. The last year was a shorter production as Porsche was already introducing the new 964 body. As a result, only a handful of last-year 930s were built for North America. Only 600 cabriolets were actually delivered to the U.S out of 824 built in total for the globe. Plus, it was the only year 930 to get the all-new G50/50 5-speed gearbox. These two factors are making the 1989 Porsche Turbos among the most desirable.

This Porsche was built in August of 1988 and sold new by Beverly Hills Porsche on May 26th, 1989. Although these last year 930s were well equipped as standard, the following additional options were ordered:

Custom cloth seat inserts with “Porsche” embroidered
Blaupunkt Reno Radio
Limited Slip Differential (40%)
The total MSRP was nearly $73,000 (approximately $146,000 in today’s dollars).

The first owner serviced the car regularly at the local Porsche dealer until selling it to the current owner in 1994 with around 28k-miles. The current owner has been a long time active PCA member and served on our local OCR (Orange Coast Region) board for over 10-years including the role as President. In the late 90’s, he ended up moving to Arizona and the car has been carefully garaged there ever since. Most of the miles are from PCA events including national Parades. Over the years, this owner has serviced the car regularly and it has never needed any major work. Highlights of services over the years include:

Rebuild A/C system including new lines and compressor
Restore factory wheels with polished lips (by Al Reed)
New soft-top (by the Porsche dealer)
Replaced ignition control unit
Furthermore, we just had our local specialist go through the whole car, inspect it, and perform the following services:

Rebuild warm up regulator
Rebuild fuel distributor
Rebuild fuel pressure regulator
Remove and clean fuel tank and system
Replace hood and decklid shocks
Service A/C system (charge/check for leaks)
New factory horn
Check/fix all interior and exterior lights
General inspection
New correct OEM size Bridgestone tires
Adjust/service power top
New spark plugs
New injectors
Rebuild slide valve
Finally, a leakdown test was performed and the results were excellent (percentages off of 100%):

1) 4% 2) 4% 3) 3% 4) 6% 5) 3% 6) 4%

Our local specialist found this 930 to be in very nice, dry, and original condition. The bottom was dry with no oil leaking from the normal spots. The turbo system was also dry. Furthermore, there were no signs of abuse or damage.

This 930 is in excellent condition and typical for a low-mile, 2-owner, Southwest Porsche. The paint appears to be mostly original and verified with a paint meter. There is (undetectable to the naked eye) some blending on the front right fender, which shows on the paint meter. However, the car has been inspected and there are no signs of accidents or other repairs. The doors, hood, and deck lid are all wearing their original VIN decals as well as the original option decal under the hood (see pics). There are minimal signs of use as the owner used a car bra when traveling (included). There are two faint door dings in the right rear fender (see pics) and are barely detectible. All the glass is original (including the windshield) and in great shape. All the light lenses are nice with no cracks. The original factory Fuchs have been refinished/polished and are wearing new Bridgestone tires. The brakes have just under half-life remaining. All of the exterior lights function properly.

The interior is equally as nice. The original leather/cloth seats are in excellent condition with minimal signs of wear. The rare Porsche text fabric is in great shape with no rips. There is one small tear on one of the rear seat backs (see pic). The dash is perfect and has no cracks or warping. The door panels and carpet look fresh with no stains or warping either. The soft top was recently replaced by the Porsche dealer and looks near new with a clear rear window, perfect headliner, and no tears or rips. It is a full automatic power top and functions properly. All the gauges function properly. There was an older aftermarket radio system in the car that didn’t work, so we had it professionally removed and a factory delete plate installed. The original Blaupunkt radio broke over 20-years ago and is not available. The A/C system has recently been serviced and blows ice cold. All the rest of the buttons and switches work properly.

This 930 cab drives fantastic. The mechanic and I have done extended drives in it and found it to be operating perfectly. It starts easily and holds an even idle. The boost comes on strong with excellent pull. The boost gauge reads .2 bar off, but the system was tested with a manual gauge and it is putting out the factory .8 bar. The brakes feel fantastic with great initial bite and no fading. The 5-speed shifts smoothly with no grinding or clutch slip. The shift bushings will need to be replaced soon though. The parking brake also needs adjustment. This 930 cab would be welcome on any PCA concours lawn as well as being at home on long distant vintage touring events.

This Turbo comes with its original owner’s manuals, space saver spare tire, jack, Certificate of Authenticity, car bra, tonneau cover, and recent service receipts.

When I first saw these seats I thought something was wrong. They looked faded. Then I realized they were cloth. Then I thought the cloth had stripes or lines in it (but not intentionally). Nope, that’s Porsche script. Of course, all of this is made clear in the ad text, but I tend to start with the photos. The point of all of that is that I’ve never seen this seat design before. Porsche is known for making available a wide array of options. Add this one to the list. These seats certainly are rare. How much any individual person might care about that rarity I’m sure will vary, but we must factor it in to any analysis. Of equal importance, those seats look in great shape! Even though 65K miles isn’t a lot for a car of this age it is enough for wear to begin to show if the seats aren’t shown good care. As for flaws: there is a small tear in the seat back of one of the rear seats. The original radio also is missing and currently replaced by a delete panel. That’s too bad, but otherwise the rest looks good. With the exterior we find a similar situation. Everything looks clean and correct and well cared for. The subtle contrast of the dark blue top works well with the Grand Prix White paint.

Overall this 930 presents nicely. It isn’t one of those 930s we see spec’d with a ton of options, but the cloth Porsche script seats do make for a bit of a conversation starter. It’s a two-owner car with current ownership extending back to 1994 by a former PCA president. Added to that, it sounds like it comes with a good bit of documentation. That’s the sort of stuff we like to hear and it fits the condition in which we find the car. With an asking price near $125K this 930 certainly is not inexpensive, but when we combine the condition with the rare seats and the one-year-only 5-speed transmission you can start to see how the price makes some sense.

For those who might have an interest in something with a bit more of a vintage feel to it, Auto Kennel also has a very pretty Signal Red 1964 Porsche 356SC Coupe for sale. Check it out!