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1988 Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolet ***SOLD***

5. October, 2015

The development of Porsche’s first turbocharged version of the Model 911 began in 1972. A prototype of the first 911 Turbo was unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in the fall of 1973 to test the market potential of the design. The production version was released at the Paris Auto Show in 1974 and was finally put into production in Europe for the model year 1975 and marketed simply as the “911 Turbo”. The first exports didn’t hit the shores of the US until 1976 and were initially badged as “Turbo Carrera” for a short period of time. Soon the designation was changed to Type 930 and was carried through the remainder of it’s production.

In order to handle the higher power output, the Type 930 was given a suspension revision, larger brakes, larger wheels, wider tires and flared fenders to accomodate the extra beef. A large rear spoiler was added, known familiarly as a “Whale Tail” or a “Tea Tray”, to help create downforce at the rear and push more air through the engine. Lastly, the new susperstar of the Porsche line-up received a stronger 4-speed gearbox.

The Type 930 didn’t receive any significant upgrades until 1978 when the engine size was increased to 3.3 liters and an intercooler was added which bumped up engine output to 300hp. The brakes were also upgraded again, and the spoiler was re-designed and raised slightly to accommodate the addition of the intercooler.

Finally in 1986, the Type 930 was re-introduced to the US and Japanese markets, fitted with a 278hp emission-controlled engine. Coinciding with the reunion of the Porsche Turbo with the American roads was the release of the Targa and Cabriolet versions which were welcomed with both open arms and wallets by Porsche enthusiasts.

Production numbers for the 930 Turbo world wide are estimated at 14,476 units, which by todays figures is minuscule. For the cabriolet less than 3000 total were produced of which approximately 1374 were imported to the U.S. and only 591 were built in 1988.

 

This particular numbers matching 1988 Turbo Cabriolet was purchased new from Auto Plaza Porsche in San Francisco by a dentist who has maintained ownership since. He drove the car here in the Bay Area taking occasional trips to Lake Tahoe and down to Monterey and as the original 89,523 miles will attest loved every mile doing so.

 

The Turbo was special ordered with a Diamond Blue exterior and a Burgundy leather interior. A limited slip differential was chosen along with lumbar support for both driver and passenger front leather seats. The tonneau cover was also ordered to match the convertible top. All books, tools,records, spare key, original window sticker and C.O.O. from Porsche are included.

 

Servicing just performed to the 930 turbo includes a major service, recharge of the A/C system,oil cooler hoses replaced, alternator replaced, re-sealing of the top end of the engine, CV boots replaced and sway bar drop links replaced.

This is a very unique and rare example of Porsche technology and performance of which will never be reproduced.

 

Pre-purchase inspection report and service records available upon request.

 

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