We’ve featured a few 930s recently that have all hinted at the sharp increase in value we have begun to see with these early Turbos. Truthfully, some of them have more than hinted at those value increases with asking prices well north of what we are used to seeing for model years other than ’76 and ’89. The example here offers hope that there are still reasonable values to be found, though it comes with the caveat of having seen quite a bit more miles. Those extra miles are ok if the maintenance has been kept up-to-date and the car has been well cared for in other respects as well. But mileage tends to show even on the best examples and this one is no exception. Still, it’s a nice color that’s pretty uncommon for the 930 and presents quite well even with all of those miles. Here we have a 1987 Porsche 930 Coupe with 141,000 miles on it. Though the color combination isn’t stated, I’d guess it’s Venetian Blue Metallic over a contrasting Linen and Blue interior.
I have in many cases hesitated to post cars from this dealer. It isn’t uncommon for sellers, especially many of the dealers, to photoshop their cars so that they look that little bit extra special. This dealer appears to do it to a higher degree than many others and that always makes judging the condition of the car more difficult and generally raises questions. But this one is too pretty to pass by. It’s also not a shade we see very often on these early Turbos. This is a Minerva Blue Metallic 1979 Porsche 930, located in Indiana, with 75,764 miles on it. Going back to those pictures, we are provided with a wide range of detail shots that don’t appear touched up so we do get a good sense of various aspects of the car, including the interior, along with a closer look at that wonderful exterior blue. I always have a soft spot for these shades of blue and on the 930, with its various contrasting black trim pieces, I really find it to be an enticing color. As a ’79 MY 930 this one has the increased displacement and air-to-air intercooler of the 3.3 liter flat-six Porsche fitted in 1978 and also is the last model year in which Porsche would bring the 930 to US shores prior to its 6 year hiatus.
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I still love a Black Porsche 930 Coupe. I will admit it isn’t an exciting color, but a clean black car in good condition still seems to possess something that attracts me even if I can’t quite describe why that is. On the 930, with its bulging aggressive lines and whale tail, I feel that black fits the persona of the car better than almost any other exterior color. I suppose if I really had my druthers, I’d prefer a non-black interior, but that might depend upon the cost difference. That brings us to the car we see here: a Black 1987 Porsche 930 Coupe with Black leather interior and 39,664 miles on it. By 1987 the 930 would be nearing the end of its run and in many ways it had come a long way since the first iterations left the Porsche factory in 1975. There were some weight gains over that time, but Porsche had long ago decided that its Turbo would be a showcase of the civility and refinement possible within a car so capable of exceptional performance. This one still has the 4-speed transmission of its forebears and remains capable of delivering all of the excitement its owners can handle.
Let’s check in on the 930 market, or at least near the top end of the 930 market. The example we see here is a Black 1986 Porsche 930 Coupe, located in Florida, with a Cancan Red leather interior and only 5,938 miles on it. The interior and mileage both point to this as a collector-quality 930 that likely has spent most of its life waiting for just such a moment when it can be put up for sale. Given its asking price, we probably should not expect that situation to change. Collector status aside, 1986 was the first year Porsche returned the 930 to our shores and though emissions requirements still brought about some power losses relative to its European brethren the 930 would have been welcomed wholeheartedly back into the Porsche stable. The menacing rear-drive rear-engine coupe was finally back with us and drivers were once again required to devote full attention to their actions when piloting these wonderful, though touchy, machines.
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Do you like apples? No, this isn’t a Good Will Hunting joke. The color combination on this 1979 Porsche 930 reminds me very much of a green apple. It’s a bit more jolly rancher green than actual green apple green, but still that’s what comes to mind. Is that a good thing? Well, that takes us back to the question at the beginning. It’s definitely unique and I do think I prefer the tan over a black interior, which is probably more common with this sort of exterior color, but I think I’d need to see it in person to really get a good sense of how everything works together. For the 1978 model year Porsche increased the displacement of the 930’s engine from 3.0 liters to 3.3 liters and added an air-to-air intercooler, easily identifiable by the change in profile of the rear spoiler, which gave the 930 a nice bump in power – up 20 hp to 265 hp on US models. Perhaps of most significance here, 1979 was the last year the 930 would be available in the US until it was reintroduced in 1986. That tends to make them in higher demand than some of the later models, though not nearly as much so as the early 3.0 liter models.