What was the first special edition 911? It seems like the chicken and egg argument, if I’m honest. But certainly in the running must be the 1976 911 Signature Edition. Created to commemorate…Ferry Porsche’s signature, apparently….the Signature Edition treatment was applied to just 200 911s, all of which were finished in Platinum Metallic with color-matched wheels over a brown-beige leatherette and tweed interior. The pièce de résistance was the steering wheel, though, replete with Porsche’s signature embossed in the center. These are rare cars to find in the market today, so it was worth taking a look at this 911S Coupe for sale:
Update 12/12/18: This Kremer-modified 930 sold for $173,600.
I honestly don’t know where to even begin with this one. It’s so audacious that I think it’s best just to have a look at it first and then discuss it. But let’s at least lay out the basics: This began as a 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo delivered in Germany. It’s original color was the Ice Green Metallic exterior we see here – presumably sans graphics – with a leather-to-sample green interior. It was sent to Kremer Racing for their 935K package and the end result is the car we see here. I love just about everything about this 930. It’s kind of insane and perfect at the same time and fits very well into the crazy Porsche racers of the ’70s.
This Kremer-modified 930 will be up for auction this Saturday, December 8 as part of RM Sotheby’s Petersen Automotive Museum auctions.
Another model missing from the ‘EAG Legends Collection‘ was undoubtedly the 2002. What really should have been there was another early cutting of the Motorsport division teeth – the 2002 Turbo. Like the 3.0CSL, this was an engineering exercise to flex their muscles. The 2002 Turbo was one of the first turbocharged production cars, and while it was a full decade behind GM’s ‘Jetfire’ turbo V8, it produced nearly as much power as the much larger 3.5 liter V8. Slapping a KKK turbocharger to the Kugelfischer-injected 2.0 M10 yielded 170 horsepower and 180 lb.ft of torque making the 2002 turbo a bit of a giant killer.
With only 1,672 Turbos produced, you’re not likely to come across one today. If you do, you’re also not likely to be able to afford it. So today’s 2002 is, like yesterday, a resto-mod rather than an original. This one takes the equation to 11 though, and adds a dose of “M” dna into this beefed-up E10. Ever wonder where all the S14s from M50/52 swapped M3s went? Well, one went right here:
I feature a lot of Porsches and generally feel I have a pretty good handle on the various 911 models and editions that have been produced. At one point or another I have featured pretty much all of them. There are exceptions, there are always exceptions. Here is one that I did not know existed: a 1976 Porsche 911S Signature Edition. To be honest, I don’t know exactly what the Signature Edition is supposed to commemorate. Or perhaps it isn’t supposed to commemorate anything given that I can’t find anything out about it. It is called the Signature Edition because each of the 200 examples produced has Ferry Porsche’s signature on the steering wheel. Maybe one day he just felt like signing a steering wheel and, behold, the Signature Edition was born.
The details that set apart the Signature Edition aren’t limited to a steering wheel. You got a special Platinum Metallic exterior with color-matched cookie cutter wheels. But the interior is where these 911s really stand out. It’s a tan leatherette with black dash along with tweed seat inserts and door panels. Even that signed wheel was a contrasting tan and black (and also very ugly). With its mix of beiges and browns the Signature Edition is perhaps the most ’70s version of an car I can imagine. I won’t call it a pretty car by any means, but let’s call it period correct. That sounds better.
The former seller of this car has informed us that the listing is not legitimate. A good reminder to always do your homework before bidding!
I don’t typically like to do this – feature two identical models back to back – but I thought this might make for an interesting data point and comparison with the Light Yellow 930 I featured on Wednesday. And let’s be honest this is a very attractive 930 in its own right so it’s worth our attention.
So here we have an Emerald Green Metallic 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera, located in New York, with Cinnamon leather interior and 49,000 miles on it. I actually featured this car around this same time last year and while the pictures are the same I don’t think it actually is in the hands of the same seller. It now is up for auction and the reserve has been met so it should be passing on to a new owner. The curious part of me wonders for how much it will sell. The rest of me just loves the color!
I feature yellow Porsches frequently enough that you might begin to think they were a common color. They aren’t, though there have been periods of time in which we did see them more frequently. In the early years of the 911 they were pretty rare and that brings us to this car: a Light Yellow 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera, located in California, fitted with a Cinnamon leather interior with tartan inserts. Speaking to its rarity this is said to be 1 of only 52 930s produced in Light Yellow in the first two model years, i.e. prior to displacement being increased to 3.3 liters, and of those 52 this is the only one to feature tartan seat inserts. It’s a unique and interesting combination that really speaks to the period in which this 930 was built. Seat inserts have come back into fashion to some degree on the 911, but very few match the tartan inserts we saw in the ’70s. Boring these are not.
Oh and do I need to mention that this 930 comes from perhaps the most desirable model year? Yeah, this one is worth a serious look.
Let’s get weird. I’ll admit, when I see a 911 my first thought has never been, “Alright, now how do we get that off road?” Granted we are nearing three decades since Porsche began offering all-wheel drive on the 911 so I suppose off-roading isn’t that far-fetched a pursuit. But still. The 911 we see here, a 1976 Porsche 911S converted to what the sellers have called ‘Safari’ configuration, doesn’t even have all-wheel drive yet here it is looking fully ready to trek through the savannas of Africa in search of the nearest lion.
Of course, the impetus for a build like this probably didn’t stem from some desire to go on safari in a 911, but rather from Porsche’s own rally exploits in the 911. Those exploits began early in the 911’s life and while rallying hasn’t really been Porsche’s forte they were quite competitive in those early years. I also understand the desire to have a 911 that stands well apart from the crowd. Not all racing is road racing and not all enjoyable driving must occur on smooth roads. For those looking for a 911 to take them to more obscure destinations an off-roader might be just the ticket.
One of our favorite colors over here at GCFSB is Viper Green. Though it’s made a resurgence on recent PTS Porsche 911s, for me it really works the best on the clean lines of 1970s models. But few remember that there were actually two Viper Greens in the 1970s. There was the popular pastel tone most associate with the name, but Volkswagen also launched its Scirocco in the 1970s with a metallic version of the color. Code L96N was ‘Viper Green Metallic’, and it looks equally lovely here on this Type 53 Scirocco as it would when equipped as a Paint To Sample on a 911SC Targa.
But there’s much more to love besides just a color here. If Viper Green Metallic wasn’t rare enough to see on a infrequently seen first generation Scirocco, this particular one is a low mileage survivor with the color-matched Tartan green interior and appears in nearly original condition:
For a color that never seems very common on the roads I do seem to come across a lot of yellow 911s. I like yellow as a car color so that works for me! It’s been available in various forms throughout the 911’s existence and that’s why we tend to see them fairly frequently. Among the respective models they remain pretty rare, but along the entire range we see them often enough. This one, a Talbot Yellow 1976 Porsche 911S Targa with 93,044 miles on it, definitely fits that bill and given the lack of love the mid-year 911s tend to receive it may even end up coming in at a pretty good value. That yellow exterior is contrasted with a Cinnamon interior and it has the cookie-cutter wheels rather than Fuchs.
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.