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.…
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.…
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.
I could be totally off base here, and I will admit that there is some legwork and research to be done, but I think this 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera is priced pretty darn well and could be a really nice value. I’ve featured a few 911 Turbos of late that struck me similarly so perhaps values for even these early Turbos are starting to come down some, but it is certainly worth investigating further. The colors appear to be Copper Brown Metallic over a Cork interior, a very period-correct combination that looks really nice on this 930 and presents well inside and out. We’re told it has been repainted, but the interior is said to be entirely original.
The Grand Prix White 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera we featured back in May is back up for sale this time with the price reduced by $10K. I don’t know if that reduction will be enough to see it sell, but with its sport seats and wider wheels this 930 has a few interesting options added to what is already a very nice car.
The below post originally appeared on our site May 17, 2016:
This 930 has such amazing contrasts and I love it. Granted in 1977 (or even today) a 930 wasn’t exactly a shrinking violet so it’s going to draw attention regardless of what color it is, but still this is pretty much plain ‘ole Silver on the outside. But check out the interior. It is everything and its existence almost seems impossible given the exterior. These are the sorts of options Porsche made available during the ’70s and even if I can admit that they might be tough to love on a regular basis they are still so great to see and a testament to the wilder side of this seemingly staid German marque. So here we have a Silver 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera, located in Los Angeles, showcasing a Red interior with Tartan inserts and only 10,960 miles on it.
This 930 really takes us back to the ’70s. Sitting in Siena Metallic over Tan this 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera shows us where Porsche’s iconic Turbo began. This particular 930 began life as a US market car, but has subsequently found its way to Britain where it still resides. The 930 brought a bit of dramatic flair to the 911 line with its widened rear and whale tail, not to mention the much increased power all still being delivered only to the rear wheels. Porsche had certainly showed this kind of drama in its racing builds and translating those efforts to the street seems to have worked quite well.
I’ve been waiting for this 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera to come back around and am happy it finally has. This 930 was listed at the same time (and by the same seller) as the Ice Green Metallic 930 I featured a month ago and I chose to feature that one since, well, it’s Ice Green Metallic and that’s such a wonderful color. But I’ve had this Grand Prix White example on my mind ever since. The condition is excellent and it looks to be well documented, but what really draws my attention are the specially ordered RSR 8- and 9-inch wheels. That extra width really helps fill in the wheel wells and gives this 930 some additional presence. Other than changing the headlights out for the much better looking H4 units this 930 also has retained its originality. There’s certainly a lot of positives surrounding this early Turbo, but whether it will reach this sort of price may be another matter.