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Porsche’s initial work with turbocharging their racing cars during the late 1960s led to development of a turbocharged street version of the 911. While initially required to comply with FIA homologation requirements, development continued when the rules changed nevertheless. The new Porsche was repositioned as a fully equipped model to lead the 911 series, and to compete directly with the costlier and more exotic vehicles Ferrari and Lamborghini. Ernst Fuhrmann led development, adapting the technology developed for the 917/30 Can-Am car to the 3.0-liter-flat-six the Carrera RS 3.0. Suspension refinements, larger brakes and a strengthened four-speed manual gearbox rounded out the package. A functional whale-tail rear spoiler increased cooling airflow and provided rear downforce. Wider rear wheels with upgraded tires resided within flared wheel wells, considerably increasing grip and stability at speed.
Simply known as the “Turbo,” the new vehicle was released in the spring of 1975 with export to the U.S. commencing in 1976. In 1978, power output reached 300 hp (DIN), with a displacement increase to 3.3 liters and the addition of an air-to-air intercooler. Porsche’s continuous development included slight revisions to the rear spoiler to accommodate the intercooler. Braking was significantly upgraded with units similar in basic design to those of the mighty 917. Porsche’s careful development also ensured that the 930 was a sound basis for its racing vehicles, and led to the highly successful 934 and 935 racing cars, which utterly dominated the most world’s most prestigious endurance races the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s. The 930 proved fast but demanding; however, skilled drivers quickly learned how to drive it properly, and to drive the car well beyond the limits of most other sports cars.
Retaining what is believed to be its eye-arresting original “Grand Prix” white finish and benefitting from a recent major service, this outstanding and very well cared for 1988 Porsche 930 Turbo Coupe also retains its legendary, original and numbers matching 3.3-liter engine in its stock factory form. As a later model year example, it provides easier driving with greatly reduced turbo lag and suspension refinements that tamed – only slightly – the car’s demands. Clean, untouched, and impressive throughout, it is Porsche’s definitive supercar of the era and perennially desirable to true Porsche enthusiasts everywhere. A legendary performer, this Porsche 930 Turbo will certainly remain a valuable and significant automobile and a true cornerstone of any serious Porsche collection.