1988 Porsche 930 Cabriolet Slantnose

I’m going to take a break from “regular” Porsches to go to the full length of excess, at least with regard to road cars. Here we have a 1988 Porsche 930 Cabriolet with the factory Slantnose option and a mere 9,100 miles on it. By itself it’s nearly a preposterous looking car and while stunning it’s not likely to be a car most would call beautiful. Add to that already rare and interesting design a specially ordered Midnight Blue leather interior with contrasting Red piping along with a burled wood dash and you have a car that’s full of contradictions. It’s both sophisticated and garish. Powerful and dynamically befuddling, but capable of relaxed top-down cruising with the wind in your hair and sun on your face. There are few cars in Porsche’s history more polarizing than a 930 Slantnose, with the Cabriolet raising that bar even further. But they are extremely rare and desirable nonetheless and near impossible to find in this condition.

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1987 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe

Porsche’s 935-derived Slantnose option, made available throughout most of the ’80s, remains a polarizing design among 911 enthusiasts. Because it alters the iconic profile of the 911, through the removal of its forward-pointing head lamps, some have always felt it was a detraction rather than enhancement. Yet, because it replaced that shape with the equally iconic front of the 935 racer the Slantnose does lend an added dose of aggression and purpose to what was already a notable design. It pushes the limits of what we consider over-the-top and epitomizes the excesses we saw in ’80s design. I happen to be a big fan of the design – at least on the Coupe. It is audacious, there is no doubt about that, but if there was ever a car to benefit from an audacious design the 930 fits that mold as well as any other. The second-hand market has found them extremely attractive as well as they tend to garner premiums over a similar condition non-Slatnose 930. The example here is a very striking Grand Prix White 1987 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe, located in California, with Bordeaux interior and only 24K miles on it.

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1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe

Say you want a certain level of audacity in your driving machine, but not too much. You’d like to retain a measure of apparent civility. What are you to do? Well, here’s one possible option: a Silver Metallic 1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe with a scant 17,800 miles on it. There really aren’t many cars with a more audacious appearance than a 930 Slantnose, at least when viewed through the lens of ’80s excess. Hood vents? Check. Side grills? Check. Enormous spoiler? Check. Crazy performance? Check. These pretty much have it all, which should be no surprise given where that slantnose shape was derived. The 935 always was insane. Yet this one sits in a very understated, but still appealing, Silver Metallic paint that tries its best to subdue the rest of the car. Completely obscuring those lines isn’t possible, but attention is surely diverted, even if only a little.

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1988 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe

It feels like it has been a while since I featured a Slantnose. For pure audacity it is one of my favorite designs from Porsche and epitomizes the ’80s style excesses that compliment the 930 so well. The Slantnose isn’t to everyone’s liking as it diverges from one of the 911’s primary design cues, the two forward-pointing round headlamps that immediately signal to any knowledgeable observer exactly what car is approaching. In the case of the Slantnose Porsche reached back to its design of the 935 racer for its inspiration and the design certainly lends an extra degree of aggressiveness to the already aggressive lines of the 930 itself. In Coupe form I absolutely love them; Cabriolets and Targas I am less enamored. But in this case, we have a coupe! A Guards Red 1988 Porsche 930 Slantnose, located in Atlanta, with 33,780 miles on it.

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Tuner Tuesday: 1986 Ruf BTR Slantnose

One of the great things about this blog is that we keep a pretty good inventory of rare cars written up, so that when one looks familiar we can go back and check it out. This doesn’t always work, as occasionally we forget that we’ve written one up, such as the S6 Avant I managed to write up twice. However, both of today’s tuner cars appeared on these pages before in one form or another, and I managed to track both down. Later we’ll look at an Alpina B11 3.5 that was seen here five years ago, but with 332 made it was still a bit surprising that the same one popped up for sale. When it came to today’s Ruf BTR Slantnose – one of only five made – I was sure we’d seen it before, and I was somewhat right…

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1983 Porsche 930 Slantnose

Porsche’s Sonderwunsch-programm (Special Wishes or now Porsche Exclusive) has been around for some time with the aim of providing its customers with opportunities to create unique color and trim combinations that allow their cars to stand apart from a standard model. Most commonly we see these features in the interior or as paint-to-sample exterior colors. The car we see here, a 1983 Porsche 930 Slantnose located in California, appears to have gone for the entire catalog with upgrades to the interior, a paint-to-sample exterior, along with the Slantnose option first made available in 1981. This 930 also was fitted with the power kit, which raised power to 331 hp, though sadly the engine has seen some modifications and those pieces are no longer fitted. The seller states that many of the original power kit components are included in the sale. It is obviously quite rare to come across any Special Wishes 911, but it is even more rare to find an early 930 Slantnose, especially here in the States where the car was not available until 1986. Engine modifications aside, this is a fantastic looking 930 that absolutely stands apart from other examples of its day.

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1987 Porsche 930 Slantnose

This car provides a nice contrast with yesterday’s Ruf BTR. While the Ruf wasn’t completely original, and thus a bit less expensive than we might expect, it still provides captivating performance that any standard 930 would struggle to replicate. It also was quite a bit cheaper than the car we see here. Each illustrates the unique variety available in the ’80s when it seemed as if automotive excess was really beginning to hit its stride. The Slantnose, derived from the Porsche 935 racer, was offered as a factory option for the 930 through Porsche’s Sonderwunsch Programm beginning in 1981. They have developed a very love/hate following among current enthusiasts, but their strength on the market seems fairly secure. As the 930 in general continues to rise in value, these rare variants lead the way commanding significant premiums over the standard model.

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1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe – REVISIT

The 1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe we featured in early October is back up for sale with a $10K reduction in its price, now listed at $189,999.99. The Slantnose 911s do not appeal to everyone, but as a symbol of ’80s flair and excess they are rarely topped. Even with significant collector appeal it will be interesting to see if the market for one of these has reached these heights.

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1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Slantnose – REVISIT

The 930 Slantnose we featured back in July is back on offer. Even though it originally failed to sale it has been relisted with a slightly higher price of $99,990.00, a peculiarity that makes some sense given the market for these cars over the past few months, though it’s still somewhat strange.

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1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe

The poster car: we all had them on our wall when growing up. Rarely subtle, these were cars that stunned you visually and were almost always very fast. At least, that was my wall. The most common poster in the ’80s was probably the Countach, which still today looks insane. The Countach, however, was insane. Porsche’s road-going version of Countach excessiveness was the 930 Slantnose, but because it was based off of the very streetable 911 it lacked much of the insanity of the Countach. The appearance of the 930 itself was hardly subtle and in the guise of the Slantnose all hints of subtlety went out the window. Unsurprisingly, given the iconic nature of the 911’s front end, not everyone is a fan of the Slantnose, but their rarity makes them quite highly prized by collectors. The example here is a Guards Red 1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe, located in California, with Tan interior and only 28,115 miles.

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