We’ve just started stripping this 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 for restoration. The early Turbos are now quite rare machines, so it is great to have the opportunity to work on this remarkably original US example in factory black with options including official Porsche air-conditioning.
Introduced in 1974 for the ’75 model year and internally designated as the 930, the Porsche 911 Turbo is a classic example of how Porsche’s racing success underpinned the progression of its road car range, as it had done with the Carrera 2.7 RS and later 3.0 RS models. Using lessons learned on the Porsche 917/30 racer, which also informed developments on the 911 RSR Turbo race car, Stuttgart’s engineers took a production flat-six engine and turbocharged it to give a huge power increase over standard road cars.
While some new car buyers were not overly happy with certain aspects of 930 model spec (the four-speed transmission would be a major gripe for years to come, for example), boost was king. The car was an instant success and early examples are now avidly sought after by enthusiasts and investors alike.
Later model changes improved braking using 917-derived calipers and added more power with a 3.3-litre engine capacity increase, but the 3-litre models have a captivating feel all of their own. The normally-aspirated Carrera 3.0 may have been quicker to sixty, but no self-respecting Porsche-obsessed schoolboy had a poster of the narrow-body, normally aspirated 911 hanging from his bedroom wall: it was Turbo, or nothing. Drooling schoolboys, curvy bodywork and links to the famous 935 race cars all played their part in creating a legend.
The feeling of driving a truly groundbreaking Porsche that started an iconic model line which continues to this day remains a unique experience. Not to mention that early model effect, which always enhances collector appeal. We’re pleased to welcome this LHD 3.0 930 to our workshops and look forward to restoring its condition and hero status.