“It offers the finest blend of ultimate performance and refinement I have ever come across…” – Paul Frère on the Porsche 911 Turbo.
The Turbo’s characteristic flared wheelarches and ‘tea tray’ rear spoiler had already been seen on the Carrera model while the interior was the most luxurious yet seen in a 911, featuring leather upholstery, air conditioning and electric windows. For 1978 the Turbo’s engine was enlarged to 3.3 litres, gaining an intercooler 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. Due to strong emission regulation in the US, the Turbo was not imported for the US market between 1979 and 1984, but retuned in 1985, now equipped with upgraded Motronic engine management systems. Targa and Cabriolet versions were also introduced.
Still retaining its matching numbers engine, this fantastic Martini racing tribute has been fully restored in 2015 with documented costs in excess of €30,000. In 2006 the car received a number of track modifications including a certified period correct roll cage, fire-extinguisher system, semi-slick tyres, 4-point seat belts, aluminium flywheel, turbo and exhaust system. At this point the car also received an engine rebuild and some modifications such as 530 hp on crankshaft – dyno chart enclosed and 448 hp on the wheels.
More recently in 2016 the Porsche received an engine overhaul alongside attention to its cosmetics. Having recently been serviced, this EU delivery example represents a fantastic opportunity to purchase and on-the-button Martini Tribute example, offered a fraction of the cost one would spend to achieve this result.