As early as 1972, Porsche was using turbocharging technology in its race cars, developing incredible 1,100bhp competition monsters for the CanAm Challenge Cup series in North America. That year, the marque took three out of the top four places, followed by five out of the top six the next season. Inevitably, turbocharged road models were soon turning track wins into showroom sales.
Conceived as the flagship of the 911 range, the first Turbo went on sale in 1974. The ‘930’, as it was referred to within Porsche, had a completely reworked 3.0-litre flat-six engine. Before long, the car became infamous for its exhilarating acceleration, challenging handling and extreme turbo lag. That didn’t stop it being a success, however, and buyers clamoured to have the Turbo badge on the back of their 911.
What about the Martini connection? Well, it’s not the first car from Stuttgart to adopt the name, after the drinks brand started sponsoring Porsche race teams in a partnership that proved enormously successful. Martini’s colours were white, red and blue, which is why there are stripes on the outside and bright cabin trim in those shades.
Chassis 53 is a very early 1977 3.0 litre Turbo offered with the rare Martini livery, and is believed to be one of a handful of right-hand-drive 3.0 Martini Turbos remaining worldwide.
Showing a mere 22,000 miles from new, this unique 911 has been with its last owner for 16 years, having been stored for most of the period.
To have the opportunity to buy a genuine 3 litre 911 Turbo is a rare treat, to be offered an actual RHD Martini 3.0 Turbo is unheard of. A truly unique opportunity to purchase an iconic supercar in the livery of the 1970s. Chassis 53 is offered with a service record, UK V5 document and UK MoT to June 2016,