1982 Porsche 930 Turbo – ‘time capsule’
The Porsche 911 story is one of motoring’s finest. The Porsche 901 as it was initially designated was first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, however, when production commenced in 1964 it was sold as a Porsche 911. Interestingly Porsche was forced to change the name of its new car as a result of Peugeot having exclusive rights to car names formed by three numbers with a zero in the middle!
The 911′s trademark was that it was powered by an air cooled engine mounted in the rear. The model evolved over the years, however, Porsche remained true to the 911′s original concept only changing to a water cooled engine with the 996 series in 1998. The 911 excelled as both a road car and as a race car and it is arguably the most successful sports car ever built. Today the 911 lives on and the latest 991 series cars that are manufactured in Stuttgart are as popular as ever.
There were many significant incarnations of the 911 and arguably one of the most important was the introduction of the Porsche Turbo. Whilst Porsche had toyed with turbo charging previously, and indeed used it successfully on their race cars, it wasn’t until the introduction of the Porsche 930 Turbo (also known as the Porsche Turbo or Porsche 911 Turbo in some markets) that turbo charging was available on a Porsche production car.
The Porsche 930 Turbo was first shown at the Paris Motor Show in late 1974 and the car entered production the following year. At the time the car caused an absolute sensation. It was easily distinguishable from the ‘standard’ 911 by its body shape and specifically by its distinctive wide wheel-arches that had to accommodate the ultra low profile Pirelli P7 tyres and of course the large rear spoiler or ‘whale tail’. Powered by a 2996 cc 6 cylinder turbo charged engine delivering 260hp the car was exhilarating to drive and by today’s standards incredibly raw. These early cars are known for their exhilarating acceleration coupled with challenging handling characteristics and extreme turbo lag. The acceleration was neck snapping reaching 0-100 km/hr in just over 5 seconds and the top speed was quoted to be ‘in excess of 250 km/hr’.
At the time the car was recognised in the same company as the Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari Boxer and Aston Martin Vantage as one of THE ‘supercars of the 70′s’.
Porsche made its first significant change to the Turbo in 1978 when the engine capacity was increased to 3299 cc, an intercooler was added and the brakes upgraded. In this guise the car was produced for a decade being ultimately succeeded by the 964 series in 1990.
Oldtimer Australia is privileged to offer for sale this stunning, totally original and unmolested 1982 Porsche Turbo 3.3 Litre.
The car is a factory right hand drive Australian delivery, it is fully matching numbers and is finished in its original colour scheme of guards red (027-9-2) with a tan interior. With just over 61,000km on the clock it is totally original in every regard and drives like a ‘new car’. And yes it has a full service history with books and tools. Just wow . . . there wouldn’t be many like this in the world let alone Australia!
The car was sold new through John Newell Porsche Centre in Darlinghurst, Sydney to a Mr Tony Ianelli who lived in a small country town in rural NSW. Ianelli kept the car for thirty years before selling it in 2012. He was posted overseas in 2010 and had the car in storage and ultimately made the difficult decision to part with his beloved Porsche two years later. The car was taken to a Porsche specialist in Melbourne by its new owner and they went through car from top to bottom. There are invoices on file for $10,000 for this work. At that time the odometer was at 61032 km.
The car’s new owner was coincidentally transferred interstate with work so the Porsche was again laid up in storage and seldom driven over the next four years. The car changed hands in 2016 and it was again recommissioned by the same Porsche specialist in Melbourne. At that time the odometer was 61127 km and in excess of $10,000 was spent recommissioning the car and bringing it to the condition it is today. The car was acquired by Oldtimer Australia in late 2016 for a growing air cooled Porsche collection, however, its new owner has changed direction with his car collection and this wonderful Porsche is now offered for sale.
The best way to describe this car is as a ‘time capsule’. With a genuine and documented 61376 km on the odometer this car is quite something. The paint looks to be extensively original and for its age is in remarkably good condition. It has a high gloss and great depth of colour as you will see from the photographs. It does have a few stone chips on the bonnet and the odd blemish here and there, most of which would have been collected by its country driving from new. The interior is pretty much like being in a ‘new car’ back in 1982! The seats, door cards, carpets, instruments & controls, steering wheel are all in excellent condition. Can you believe it still has that eighties new car Porsche smell . . . incredible!
As you would expect the car runs and drives magnificently. The steering and gear linkages on these older Porsches can get somewhat ‘sloppy’ over time, however, in this car it is as tight as a drum. The engine pulls like a train and the performance is simply breath taking. The car retains its original Porsche radio.
The previous owner opted to fit a set of aftermarket Fuchs wheels and preserve the originals in storage. The original wheels along with the books, tools, miscellaneous Porsche accessories and history file will of course accompany the car.
The original John Newell Porsche Centre sticker still remains on the rear windscreen of the car. This is one for the serious Porsche collector.
- Porsche 930 Turbo
- 61372 km
- 3299 cc