Lot 115

2015   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2015

1976 Porsche 930

SOLD $253,000


$220,000 - $260,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

An Undisputed Icon of 1970s Motoring
Fascinating Example of the First-Generation 3-Liter 930
One of Approximately 623 Rest-of-World Models Built for 1976
Finished in Emerald Green Metallic with Turbo Graphics and Tartan Inlays
Original and Unrestored Example Retaining Matching-Numbers Engine

Technical Specs

2,994 CC Type 911/52 SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch K-Jetronic Fuel Injection
Single KKK Turbocharger
260 BHP at 5,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
Fully Independent Suspension with Torsion Bars and Shock Absorbers

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this vehicle will not be sold for use or resale in California or to a non-dealer California resident.

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At the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche unveiled a prototype that piqued the interest of sports car enthusiasts the world over – the 911 Turbo. Influenced by Porsche’s dominant 917/10 and 917/30 Can-Am racers, the turbocharged 911 was unlike any previous road-going Porsche, and it ushered in a new breed of competition cars, including the RSR Turbo, 934, and 935.

The production Turbo, introduced for public sale in 1975, was so different from a standard 911 that Porsche created a new designation for it. Equipped with a three-liter engine and four-speed transaxle, the 930 was visually distinguished by its wide fender fares and an impressive rear spoiler. Unlike previous flagship Porsches, whose emphasis on performance often compromised driver comfort, the 930 was equipped with a long list of standard luxury features. With 260 bhp, a top speed of 155 mph, and an asking price of DM 65,800, the original 930 was advertised as “Exclusive. Explosive. Expensive.”

Between 1975 and 1977, Porsche built approximately 2,800 examples of the original three-liter Turbo before introducing an updated 3.3-liter 930 for the 1978 model year. Now approaching their 40th anniversary, these first-generation 930s – with their non-intercooled engines, 15" Fuchs wheels, and recognizable early features – are highly prized by knowledgeable collectors.

The 930 presented here is among the most exciting examples to come to auction in recent memory, as it is one of as few as 623 rest-of-world examples built for the 1976 model year. Unlike the US-specification three-liter 930s, that were equipped with a detuned 245 hp engine, this car features the 260 hp Type 930/52 engine, introduced in November 1975.

According to Porsche factory records, this 930 was originally finished in the vibrant and very-1970s color scheme of Emerald Green Metallic with Cinnamon leather upholstery and Beige Tartan inlays. As delivered to its first owner, the Porsche was generously equipped with Turbo graphics, a deluxe Blaupunkt Bamberg radio, air-conditioning, sunroof, rear fog light, and Pirelli tires.

Registered with a private owner in upstate New York for the past 30 years, this early production 930 is a most exciting find for Porschephiles. Showing a patina consistent with its 99,660 km (approximately 62,000 miles) odometer reading, this unrestored Turbo is an unusually complete example retaining its matching-numbers engine.

As an unrestored rest-of-world specification 1976 930, this is a highly sought-after classic Porsche. Offered for public sale for the first time, this 930 presents a rare opportunity for forward-thinking collectors to acquire one of the great automotive icons of the 1970s.