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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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Year: 1978
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 69,000 mi
Price: Auction

This is a beautiful 1978 Porsche 930 Turbo

* Red/Tan
* Runs great!
* Garaged, and extremely well cared for leather, dash, carpets, etc.
* Tools and books included

I invite everyone to enjoy the photos provided, but remind you that all bids are considered contracts, so only serious offers please. I can help with shipping if you need it. Just give me your zip code for a quote. Also I will take into consideration offers and I will end the auction early for the right price.

I hope you have enjoyed these photos and my description.

Please excuse the apparent color change in the next few photos. My camera and the sun were dueling one another. The actual color of the car is a beautiful Porsche red.
If I can be of any more assistance please feel free to call or email me with your questions/concerns. This really is an incredibly clean and beautiful car, and has always been serviced locally. Just makes it that much more desireable whether you’re a collector, or just someone looking to own a beautiful piece of Porsche history.


The seller has been short with the description, but by all indications everything is in good order. This car certainly presents very well and if that can be backed up with some maintenance history and a good PPI, then this should make for an excellent investment. 1978 was the first year Porsche used the 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6 in the 930 and for the most part that engine changed little over the course of the model’s life. All-in-all a great looking example of the 911 Turbo and with bidding currently at $25,300 there may be some value to be found here.



  1. audemars
    audemars May 1, 2014

    This car was given away and sold for $28,100. A total bargain.
    I don’t think the seller knew what he/she had.
    It would have easily sold in the high $50’s

  2. Rob
    Rob May 1, 2014

    I think the seller may have ended the auction because it sold locally. There should have been a few days left on it, but who knows? $28,100 would be an absolute steal!

  3. JFA
    JFA May 1, 2014

    I can say without the slightest hesitation this car sold early, and for several times more than the $28k. I had a go at it…the seller and he had it signed, sealed and delivered prior to the auction ending and me throwing my hat in the ring. The days of air cooled turbos at reasonable prices are long over…even ones with clueless sellers or those stashed away in the hinterlands. ’78s and ‘9s are cracking $100k.

  4. Ed
    Ed May 2, 2014

    I’m always a day late and a dollar short. I had the chance to buy a late 70s/early 80s (grey market) 930 not too long ago and low 30s was the average price. As always I figured they wouldn’t climb too much. I was wrong (again).

  5. Rob
    Rob May 2, 2014

    I’m not surprised this sold early. When I first came across it and began to write it up, my immediate thought was, “I better get this posted soon because I don’t think there’s any chance it makes it through the entire auction.” While I love seeing these cars on auction with no reserve, with the market what it is there’s little chance that any serious buyer is going to wade through the bidding process. It would seem far simpler to negotiate with the seller directly and see if you can snag the car before the bidding gets too high.

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