Almost S: 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo X50 Sonderwunsch/Exclusive

As they had with the 964 Turbo, Porsche continued the ultra-exclusive Turbo S package on the actually new 993 Turbo. With 430 horsepower pumped through two turbos to all four wheels, these were not as outrageous as the GT2, but plenty fast and luxurious to make up for it. Big yellow Brembos, a revised aerokit and flank vents that were a nod to the prior generation all helped to distinguish these cars. And with only 345 produced originally, from the get-go these were big dollar collectables. Of course, Porsche made a splash recently when it made a special brand-new one-off 993 Turbo S, ultimately selling it for a touch over $3,100,000.

So I’ll introduce this post by saying that this car is not one of the original Turbo S models. However, if anything, it’s a bit more interesting and even more exclusive. This car started life as a normal 993 Turbo, but was sent through the Porsche Special Wishes/Exclusive department (production coincided with rebranding of the Special Wishes Department to Porsche Exclusive) and given the bulk of the Turbo S details with a few GT2 bits thrown in for good measure. Further, it was then draped in a Paint To Sample color, Ocean Blue Metallic. The main difference between this car and a S is the rear spoiler and badges, which remained standard 993 Turbo items. In many ways, this car is the spiritual successor to the 911 Turbo S 3.6 ‘Package’ I just looked at, and it’s equally exclusive at a claimed one of two produced:

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1988 Porsche 930 Slantnose Sonderwunsch

In an era when cars look more and more alike, enthusiasts with the means will always seek out a way to have something unique that is tailored to their tastes. Case in point, the Porsche “Sonderwunsch” program, which is currently known as Porsche Exclusive. This program offers buyers the opportunity to specify options and configurations not normally seen in the standard Porsche lineup, such as the famous 964 Speedster Widebody, a particular body or interior color to sample, or in the case of this 930 Turbo for sale in San Francisco, the Flachbau, or Slantnose option.

My fellow contributor Brian and I look back on the 1980s with fond memories from time to time and this 930 Slantnose pretty much epitomizes the era, in the same way the Testarossa did for Ferrari and the Countach did for Lamborghini. Finished in Grand Prix White with Fuchs wheels to match, it doesn’t get much more over the top than this.

1988 Porsche 930 Turbo Slantnose on eBay

GP White over Black 4-speed, 3.3 Turbo, upgraded turbocharger, Ruf intercooler, $103k MSRP. This is a factory M505 steel slantnose coupe and is 1 of 271 total cars built in 1988. Options include: steering wheel with raised hub, Heated seat left and right, LSD, GP White Fuchs, left seat lumbar support, velour luggage compartment, supple leather. $13k of recent maintenance including new clutch, engine reseal. Speedline multi-piece 18″ wheels are available separately for $5,500.

Like many 911s, values for the 930 Turbo have been strong over the years, and for those with the Slantnose option, even more so. It’s fairly rare that I see a high mileage Slantnose, as those who bought these cars typically had a stable of toys to choose from. For a 24 year old car then, the 40,000 miles covered is typical for one of these sports cars. If this were a 930 without the Slantnose, we might be looking at a $40,000 to $60,000 car, depending on mileage and provenance. At $70,000, this seems to be in the ballpark for what a Slantnose is worth, as I’ve seen a few come about in the $50,000 range and some edging close to six figures.

-Paul