I have somewhat of an obsession with these cars. There’s obviously a certain degree of obsession that applies to all of us here at GCFSB – whether writers or readers – but I mean this specifically in reference to the 3.0-liter 930. I can’t even really say why that is. I’ve never driven one or sat in one; I’m not sure if I’ve ever even seen one, at least, not any time recently. By all indications from those much more familiar with them than me, the later 3.3-liter 930 is better. It’s more refined, more powerful, and just a generally all around better performer. There also are a lot more of them so prices are much lower for all but the final year model. Yet here I am: show me a ’76 or ’77 930 and I will stop in my tracks to go over the whole thing.
The only thing I can say for sure about this obsession is that I definitely think the earlier whale tail Turbos – rather than those with the tea tray – are better looking. Functional or not, I’ve never really liked the look of the tea tray spoiler, whereas I think the whale tail fits the 930’s lines just about perfectly. The tea tray makes the 930 look clunkier while the whale tail makes it look lighter, which of course it is! If you add the Turbo graphics available at the time, then I’m completely on board. Perhaps someone else will understand this obsession. I don’t know. Either way, here we have another one up for sale and it looks quite good: a Silver Metallic 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera, located in San Diego, with black interior and 40,035 miles on it.
It feels like it’s been a long time since I posted an early 930. Like many early editions of a model there is a rawness to them not replicated by later versions whose evolutionary changes sought to smooth the rough edges. There are a few currently up for sale, but I’ve featured them previously. Meaning they aren’t selling. That might tell us something about the current market for these Porsches and helps explain why more of them are not coming up for sale. But this is the first I’ve seen of this one.
According to the CoA this is a Platinum Metallic 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera with Cinnamon interior and optional sport seats. It now sits with just 35,770 miles on it. The color combination, especially with the contrasting painted Fuchs wheels, really looks outstanding and the overall condition is promising. Given its age it looks to have been very well cared for.
I’ve featured a lot of 930s lately. More to the point: a lot of early 930s, especially the original 3.0-liter models. Before moving on to some other 911s I want to look at one more. This one didn’t make my roundup from the weekend because I mostly was searching for bright and unique colors for that post. This one is black so it wouldn’t have made the cut. But it’s quite unique in its own way so worthy of its own post.
While less unique black on black 911s and 930s have their own appeal and their own cadre of fans. For some buyers nothing other than black will do. When used as the color for a car like the 930 that exterior matches the persona of the car itself. Nothing here is to be trifled with. So the color may be common, but that doesn’t mean there’s little appeal.
This particular example, a 1977 Porsche 930 located in California, appears to have lead a somewhat forgotten life such that it sits now with a mere 18,800 miles on it. At some point in its distant past it was locked away in storage until “found” in 2005. It appears to be mostly original condition and is said to be numbers matching.
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:
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.
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.
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.
I want to jump back into the 930 mix with an example that, to me, is a surprisingly pretty car. Occasionally I find myself really drawn to colors that, were you to show me just a swatch of the color, I wouldn’t normally think would make for a very nice exterior color on any car. This is just such an example, though strangely the color, at least by name, is not entirely unfamiliar to us. Here we have a Platinum Metallic 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera with around 54K miles and a very nice Cork leather interior. The combination is particularly attractive, but I want to focus on that exterior. We saw Platinum Metallic last week on this 911SC Weissach Edition, but that version of the color shows darker, more brown than gold, and I have to say I think this version is the far superior color. In the sun it really pops and while it’s definitely a shade of gold it’s not so ostentatious that we might feel uncomfortable being seen in it. The Cork interior really just completes the package.
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.0 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 54,000 mi
Platinum over a full Cork leather interior. Manufactured in September of 1976. Matching numbers with CoA. Books and tools. Recent $9K service. 54K miles from new.
Questions concerning this 930 have to begin with the rear deck lid. It’s almost spectacularly wrong: wrong tail, the script should be Turbo Carrera, and the paint mostly appears to be peeling away. Really I have no idea what it’s doing on the car, but I’d like to know. Presumably, the original is long gone and that is unfortunate, but I’d at least be curious to know the situation with the paint on the one we see here. The paint on the rest of the car looks great. Was the whole car repainted, then the original lid was lost and this one stuck on in its current shape? Or was this one piece never repainted at all when the rest of the car was? Assuming, of course, that the rest of the car has been repainted, which we are not told. Maybe it’s had an accident and a proper tail and lid couldn’t be found. I don’t know, but I imagine getting to the bottom of that will lead us along the path to a variety of other questions.
Outside of that issue the rest of this 930 looks great inside and out. We don’t get a lot of information about its originality, but it’s said to be matching numbers, the mileage is low, and there looks to be some documentation though hardly full documentation. The asking price appears to have taken much of this account as it is on the more reasonable side for one of these 3.0 liter Turbos. How reasonable – how much it will have to come down – will be determined by the answers to our questions and just how well documented it turns out to be. We have a workable starting point though for a 930 that looks a lot better in pictures than I’d have expected if told its color.
I post this car knowing full well it must have some sort of problematic history attached to it, but I’ve yet to be able to figure out of what that history consists. Or perhaps the problem simply is that its history has proved too difficult to trace? Either way, this paint-to-sample Salmon Metallic 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera has been for sale for too long at what should be a reasonable price for there not to be something going on in its past that has dissuaded buyers from pursuing it. That it’s currently for sale by a dismantler, while somewhat curious, isn’t of significant concern to me at the moment since I’ve seen this car for sale through other sellers. It was even on auction back in 2015 at the Mecum Anaheim auctions and bid higher than the asking price here so someone was once interested enough. So what’s the situation?
Model: 911 Turbo Carrera
Engine: 3.0 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 73,093 mi
Price: $139,999.95 Buy It Now
Here is a original Porsche 930 1976 3.0L Turbo in a rare paint to match Salmon Metallic.
Just over 73000 miles, runs and drives with no issues.
COA in hand. Original radio,tools, and AC compressor will be included.
Inspections are more than welcomed.
Feel free to call or email us at,
Los Angeles Dismantler
9819 Glenoaks Bvld
Sun Valley CA 91352
Of course, everything here will come down to what price makes sense. This 930 was originally listed at $150K and that has now dropped to $140K so the seller clearly is willing to negotiate, though how much they’re willing to drop is something we’ll have to see. A full inspection is in need, but this Turbo is said to run with no issues. Other than lacking a little cleaniness here and there it looks in good shape. Not great, but good enough to know that a proper detailing should easily correct those problems. The seats pretty clearly look to have been reupholstered and it is safe to assume it’s been repainted. I suppose the worst case scenario is significant accident history or flood damage, but again this is where we’re in the dark and it’s where an inspection should provide clues.
I suppose the point here is that many of the more nefarious problems may not be present with this 930. Given that so many of the high prices we see are dictated by the collector market, then a 930 with little collector appeal – and given its time on market that seems to be the case here – should come in well under those high prices. Granted, someone simply on the market for a 930 definitely can find one cheaper by looking at the 1986-1988 model years. There are plenty of those available under $100K. But these early examples, especially the ’76, are much more difficult to come by and for the buyer who truly desires one the necessary legwork could be very worthwhile. This is a rare and interesting example of the 3.0-liter Turbo and maybe it still has plenty of life left in it. And who knows maybe it too can be had for under $100K.
Colors I’ve never come across will always draw extra attention. On an early 930, I know I’m hooked. So what do we have here? It’s a 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera in paint-to-sample Gazelle Metallic with a nice looking and contrasting Dark Brown leather interior. The CoA hasn’t been provided here so we lack that verification, but the rarity of the color seems hard to doubt. And, really, what better way to paint a sports car than as a gazelle? Avoid the lions and you’re sure to make spirited progress! Like the Copper Brown Metallic 930 we saw last week the colors here are very much a period-correct combination, and in this case perhaps even more so. Yet each also possesses enough charm to help it excel even outside of its original vintage. This one is not quite gold, not quite brown. It is not quite like any other color I’ve seen.