Group 4 homologation rules, which required 400 road cars to be built before F.I.A approval for international racing was granted, led to the creation of ‘Project 930’ – the legendary Porsche 911 Turbo. Production began in April 1975: the Turbo married a KKK turbocharger to the 3.0 litre RSR engine, which in road trim delivered 260bhp and a top speed of 155mph. As impressive as this was, there was more to the Turbo than just top speed. It was also the best equipped 911 produced until that point, amazingly flexible – hence there being only a four speed gearbox – as well as being formidably fast. Indeed, standstill to 100mph was achieved in a mere 14 seconds.
Borrowing the flared wheel arches and ‘tea tray’ rear spoiler from the Carrera model, the Turbo had aggressive looks to match the performance. It also incorporated the most luxurious interior yet seen in a 911, with leather upholstery, air conditioning and electric windows.
One of only 644 Turbos manufactured in 1976 for the European market, this example was delivered new to Porsche Düsseldorf on 1st October of that year. As shown on the car’s original build sheet, #00060 was equipped with a radio ( Option M 422 – Blaupunkt Bamberg ), air conditioning (M 559) and electric sunroof (M 650). Subject of a total restoration several years ago, including a complete engine rebuild,#00060 has also recently benefitted from complete renovation of the interior as well as a new petrol tank, new fuel lines, brakes, wheels, tyres, shock absorbers and exhaust system.
A report from a marque expert, dated June 2016, is available for inspection. This notes that the car retains its original engine and lists the car as “Condition 2+”, with a recommended valuation of € 240,000. Certianly prices of 911 Turbos – and in particular early cars – have risen dramatically in recent years, in line with many other early 911s.
Offered here at a very sensible reserve, this highly desirable, matching numbers early 3.0 Turbo is certainly worthy of further inspection by any serious Porsche collector or enthusiast.