Petrolicious Heads Down Under For This 1978 Porsche 930: Video
The thing with families that love cars is that these machines often gets passed down from one generation to another. Whether it’s a run-down 1972 Ford Pinto or an immaculate 1978 Porsche 930, the sentimental value isn’t solely placed on the car itself, but rather no the familial ties that bind it.
His father loved Porsches and that love transferred to Deryck at a very young age. So just before his uncle passed on, he gave the keys to his 930 to his nephew, knowing that it would be in good hands. As this episode of Petrolicious shows us, and he’s taken good care of the turbocharged coupe to the point that it still looks as it did when first arriving in Australia. Deryck knows the value of the 930, not just for himself and his family, but for its place as one of the last remaining 930s in the country today. Only 28 of these ever made it Down Under, and it’s a sure bet that Deryck’s 930 is one of the last ones to remain in working condition.
The story of the 930 itself is a fascinating one considering that it was launched at a time when technology hadn’t caught up with man’s desire for fast and powerful cars. The 930 is both of that, but it was, and presumably still is, a handful to drive. It’s got no power steering or any electronic aids, and it’s also susceptible to turbo lag. That makes it unsuitable to drive for novices who don’t understand the sensation of delayed power. It’s no surprise that the Porsche 930 has earned the moniker “Widowmaker.”
Fortunately, Deryck knows all of this and has adapted well to the driving conditions set forth by his Porsche. His son has even developed his own affinity for the car and everything Porsche. In a lot of ways, this is the circle of life in full effect. One day, Deryck wants to pass down the 930 to his son, just like what his uncle did for him.
Before he passed away in 1980, Steve McQueen ordered the above-pictured 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera, and now, the car will be auctioned off at the Mecum Auctions during the upcoming Monterey Car Week in August. The car features a slew of special custom touches as executed by the legendary actor/racer/all-around badass McQueen, and is expected to cross the block for well over a million dollars.
As anyone familiar with McQueen will tell you, no vehicle in the man’s extensive collection of machinery could be seen as “run-of-the-mill,” and such is the case with this 930 Turbo. The exterior is painted in a special-order Slate Gray, while the engine is an early production, non-intercooled 3.0-liter unit, making for what’s considered to be one of the more rare and pure iterations available. Grip is assisted thanks to positraction in the rear.
Also included is a sunroof and dual side mirrors, while the interior is draped in black and is equipped with sport seats. McQueen swapped out the old wheels in favor of +1 rollers measuring 8 inches up front and 9 inches in the back. There’s also a switch on the dash to kill the rear lights in the event of a high-speed chase down Mulholland Drive. Did I mention McQueen was a badass?
“The car is rich in history. This is the last of the McQueen cars, really,” says McQueen’s son, Chad.
A portion of the proceeds at auction will be donated to The Boys Republic, a non-profit treatment community for troubled youth based out of Chino, California. McQueen was a 1946 alumnus of the organization and attributes it with being the one place that turned his life around.
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Introduced for the 1976 racing season, the Porsche 934/935 was the factory-racing version of the Porsche 911 Turbo. Mainly prepared for FIA Group 5 rules, a liberal silhouette formula from 1976 to 1982, the 935 is also known for racing in the IMSA GT championship and the DRM series. The 935 went on to win no less than 123 races through 1986, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1,000 km Nurburgring, becoming one of the most successful Porsches ever created.
The Porsche 935 can still be seen on the track throughout the United States and Europe in historic racing events. Still a crowd-pleaser, as it has always been, one of the only 31 935s ever built is about to cross the block during an auction event hosted by Mecum in August 2014. A rare occurrence for such a prestigious race car, one that classic race car collectors are likely looking forward to.
What you’re looking at is a 1976 Porsche 934/935 dressed in 1981 Daytona livery and upgraded to twin-turbo specifications. It’s lightning-fast, light as a feather, and ready to storm the track. Unfortunately, this is a vehicle we can’t borrow for a test drive, but we’re more than happy to review it 38 years after leaving the Porsche factory.
Click past the jump to read more about the 1976 Porsche 934/935 IMSA El Salvador.
The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany holds many of the automaker’s treasures. The likes of which we won’t see any where in the world. One of them is Louise Piëch’s 911 Turbo, which was given to her as a birthday present. And the above video puts this car in the spotlight.
Who is Louise Piëch, and why is her 911 Turbo in the Museum?
First of all, Louise Piëch is the daughter of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche. She is also the mother of current Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piëch, making her a pretty big deal inside Porsche’s world.
So why is her 911 Turbo so special? It’s because that specific 911 Turbo is considered the very first example of the model.
It was produced in 1973, one year before Porsche officially released the 911 Turbo. The 911 Turbo has since become the crown jewel of a lineup that has no shortage of awesomeness.
This video is the story of the first 911 Turbo, a car that ironically didn’t have a Turbo badge because Piëch apparently didn’t want to draw any attention to it. She also didn’t like anything obstructing her natural view of the environment; so at her behest, Porsche didn’t add tint on the car’s windows.
One thing she didn’t mind about the 911 Turbo was the power, as its 3.0-liter engine packed a healthy 260 horsepower. On top of that, the first 911 Turbo has quite the reputation for being rather challenging to handle, thanks to the slow spool and instant-on power once the turbocharger gets moving.
When it comes to 1970s road racing events, there was Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, then everybody else. One of these fine examples is heading off to auction on Saturday May 12th in Monaco, via RM Auctions. This example up for sale is the 1976 Porsche 934 Turbo RSR FIA GR/4 chassis No. 930.670.0540.
The 1976 Porsche 934 Turbo RSR FIA GR/4 was one of the most important years in road racing series, as in the years following, each of the large road-racing series implemented rule changes that would eliminate these cars being road legal. This 1976 Porsche is one of the last examples of a road-legal racecar, which means you can title it and drive it on any city street.
This model is also important, as its chassis number shows that this was the final model of 31 built of this type. This not only makes it a rare beast, but also a collectable one, being the final production model. The
only more desirable chassis would be the first one built.
Despite the fact that this model Porsche was racing against non-road-legal models, it still pulled off some impressive races. By far its biggest success was its 4th overall finish in the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans. This makes it no surprise that this car also won many overall class championships between 1976 and 1977.
Want to own a true racing legend that was the last road-legal and top-level race-ready Porsche ever built? This is your model.
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When the now famous Porsche 935 came out in the 1970’s, it sported a new front design which eliminated the 911’s round headlights, thus forming a totally flat hood, or "slant nose" (or slope nose). After market companies quickly got a hold of this design and began converting regular 911s to the slant nose form. It wasn’t until the mid 1980’s that the Porsche factory began offering the Slant Nose body option to the 911 Carrera or 930 Turbo. You could get just about every combination: the Carrera Slant Nose, in Coupe, Targa, or Cabriolet form, or the 930S, meaning Turbo Slant Nose, which came in all three body forms as well.
The 930 (usually pronounced nine-thirty) was a sports car built by Porsche, 930 actually being the "Type Number" for the pre-964 generation 911 Turbo produced between 1975 and 1989. It was Porsche’s top-of-the-range model for its entire production duration and at the time of its introduction was the fastest production car available in Germany.