I like a certain degree of completeness so why not go ahead and bookend things? This Black 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera resides at the other end of the 930 spectrum from the 1989 930 I featured on Monday. It isn’t from the first year of 930 production so this isn’t the perfect comparison, but since it is from one of the first two years when the 930 utilized a 3.0 liter turbocharged engine without an intercooler it still provides a glimpse into the model’s early days.
Looking at them both you could easily mistake one for the other. Their dimensions are the same even if the ’89 has gained a couple hundred pounds so you won’t notice much there. The most obvious difference is the rear spoiler. Porsche modified the 930’s spoiler in ’78 so as to accommodate the new intercooler that would feed air into the larger 3.3 liter engine. It has much more pronounced wings, which has garnered it the name tea tray compared with the whale tail of the 3.0 liter models. The fog lights too are different as they became integrated into the front bumper. We notice the same difference when comparing the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera.
While the outside is quite similar, the differences in the interior are much more apparent and show the evolutionary changes of the 911 in general over this time. We find a similar evolutionary development under the skin. Naturally power increased and with it came larger 4-piston ventilated disc brakes. The 930 now could stop as well as it could go. And, of course, in 1989 Porsche fitted the 930 with the G50 5-speed transmission, the biggest change these cars had seen since their displacement increase in 1978.
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.
This one checks a lot of boxes. I won’t call it perfect and there’s certainly some questions, but the car itself as it presents here should prove quite desirable. Here we have a 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera. I’m not 100% sure on the exact color since we aren’t told what it is, but I think it’s Signal Green. That’s a great start in and of itself since I love these early Turbos and that’s a great color for any Porsche. The interior is a fairly standard black interior, though it is fitted with sport seats. If you’re looking for one of Porsche’s very unique tartan or pascha interiors from this period, then this one won’t fit that bill, but a standard black interior isn’t bad either and everything looks in good shape. I should point out that this 930 has been fully restored; we aren’t looking at an entirely original example, but that restoration looks to have been of high quality. So while this isn’t one of those rare as-it-left-the-factory examples it still shows as an example that will transport you back to the days of its original production. We can only hope it’ll drive as good as it looks.
I have somewhat of an obsession with these cars. There’s obviously a certain degree of obsession that applies to all of us here at GCFSB – whether writers or readers – but I mean this specifically in reference to the 3.0-liter 930. I can’t even really say why that is. I’ve never driven one or sat in one; I’m not sure if I’ve ever even seen one, at least, not any time recently. By all indications from those much more familiar with them than me, the later 3.3-liter 930 is better. It’s more refined, more powerful, and just a generally all around better performer. There also are a lot more of them so prices are much lower for all but the final year model. Yet here I am: show me a ’76 or ’77 930 and I will stop in my tracks to go over the whole thing.
The only thing I can say for sure about this obsession is that I definitely think the earlier whale tail Turbos – rather than those with the tea tray – are better looking. Functional or not, I’ve never really liked the look of the tea tray spoiler, whereas I think the whale tail fits the 930’s lines just about perfectly. The tea tray makes the 930 look clunkier while the whale tail makes it look lighter, which of course it is! If you add the Turbo graphics available at the time, then I’m completely on board. Perhaps someone else will understand this obsession. I don’t know. Either way, here we have another one up for sale and it looks quite good: a Silver Metallic 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera, located in San Diego, with black interior and 40,035 miles on it.
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.
I’ve featured a lot of 930s lately. More to the point: a lot of early 930s, especially the original 3.0-liter models. Before moving on to some other 911s I want to look at one more. This one didn’t make my roundup from the weekend because I mostly was searching for bright and unique colors for that post. This one is black so it wouldn’t have made the cut. But it’s quite unique in its own way so worthy of its own post.
While less unique black on black 911s and 930s have their own appeal and their own cadre of fans. For some buyers nothing other than black will do. When used as the color for a car like the 930 that exterior matches the persona of the car itself. Nothing here is to be trifled with. So the color may be common, but that doesn’t mean there’s little appeal.
This particular example, a 1977 Porsche 930 located in California, appears to have lead a somewhat forgotten life such that it sits now with a mere 18,800 miles on it. At some point in its distant past it was locked away in storage until “found” in 2005. It appears to be mostly original condition and is said to be numbers matching.
Earlier this week I featured a very pretty Emerald Green 1976 Porsche 930. As I then looked around through other auctions I realized it wasn’t the only early 930 currently up for sale in an interesting color. In fact, there were quite a few. It doesn’t make much sense to feature each individually, as much I might like each one. Thus, roundup time!
These aren’t the only early 930s currently for sale, but they are the ones I thought looked the best. They are a fairly diverse group coming in colors both light and dark, vibrant and subdued, and with mileage ranging from the very low (15,054) to somewhat high (115,826). Three of them are Paint-To-Sample and the one that isn’t comes in one of our favorite colors on Porsches from this period. And we even have both engine sizes represented. None of these are boring.
So without further adieu, let’s take a look at these great machines:
We’ve shown a couple of interesting green coupes so far this week and I’d like to add another to the mix. Strictly on color this Emerald Green Metallic 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera looks similar to the Mercedes-AMG GT R Andrew posted yesterday. The similarities mostly stop there, though there is a certain spiritual kinship between the 930 and most any AMG machine. The performance of either can be brutal – in the most positive sense of the term! – with dynamics that require your full attention any time you want to accelerate or brake hard. The technology helping direct the power of course differs markedly as do the levels of refinement. But if you want something you’ve got to grab by the scruff of the neck and then hold on for dear life I’d imagine either one of these could provide those thrills. So if this sort of green is your color, then here’s another option. And it’ll probably even be cheaper! It’s not often I get to say that about any 930, let alone a ’76.
Update 1/7/19: A bit over a year later, this 930 remains for sale. The price has dropped from the original $180,000 ask to $124,888 today.
Minerva is impossible to resist. Among Porsche blues it possesses a combination of brightness and subtlety nearly unmatched for its beauty. It’s a vibrant color, but it’s metallic accents allow it to shine without going the ultra-flashy route of a pastel. In light or dark it just looks great. Others might prefer another of Porsche’s many blues, but for me Minerva is the best.
I’ve featured it quite a few times, both on turbos and standard 911s, but I don’t think I’ve ever featured it on one of the early 3.0-liter 930s. That’s really taking desirable combinations to another level! Here we have a Minerva Blue Metallic 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera, located in New Jersey, with a matching Blue leather interior and 55,423 miles on it.