Group 4 homologation rules, which required 400 road cars to be built, led to the formation of ‘Project 930’ – the legendary 911 Turbo. Production began in April 1975: the Turbo married a KKK turbocharger to the 3.0 litre RSR engine, in road trim a combination that delivered 260bhp for 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 and amazingly flexible – hence only four speeds in the gearbox – being capable of racing from a standstill to 100mph in 14 seconds.
Borrowing the flared wheel arches and ‘tea tray’ rear spoiler from the Carrera model, the Turbo made them renowned. Incorporating the most luxurious interior yet seen in a 911, the Turbo featured leather upholstery, air conditioning and electric windows. The Turbo’s engine was enlarged to 3.3 litres for 1978, gaining an inter-cooler in the process; power increased to 300bhp and the top speed of what was the fastest accelerating road car of its day went up to 160mph. More refined and offering better performance than its predecessor, the Turbo sold in the thousands, becoming the definitive sports car of its age.
This exceptionally presented Turbo has been the subject of an extensive restoration. In 2014 the engine was rebuilt at the cost of approximately £7,000 with the car barely covering 300 miles since. Recent work entailed removing the engine, running gear, suspension and stripping the entire underside of the vehicle down to bare metal, including all chassis and wheel arches; and re-painting. The suspension and sub-frame, while removed, was painstakingly restored piece by piece over a period of 5 months. The wheels have also been refurbished and the interior has benefitted from a re-trim at this time too. In all the vendor tells us that nearly £30,000 has been spent on this stunning car which deserves to be seen and would be an enviable addition to any collection.
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