Lot 184 - 1986 Porsche 911/930 Turbo Flatnose
|Odometer reading||69,711 miles|
|Estimate||£115,000 - £140,000|
Anyone who followed the 'World Championship of Makes' (essentially an international championship for long distance sports car racing), will remember their surprise at the shape of the new 935 when it first appeared at Mugello in March 1976. Subsequently these 'Flatnose' 935s and 936s (in Group 6) were to prove very competitive in the hands of Ickx, Mass and Stommelen and, during the next two seasons, managed four victories in eight World Championship races and a triumph at Le Mans in each year. However, Porsche began to worry that all these victories by the work's Flatnose cars might alienate the vast number of private clients who were investing their own money in conventionally shaped competition 911s and decided to restrict their efforts for 1978 to an entry at Le Mans. The distinctive look of the 'Flachbau' (literally translated as Low Build) obviously retained its appeal in the minds of their road car customers and from 1981 until early 1989, Porsche 930 buyers could specify their car in this style to special order. The Turbo's characteristic flared wheel arches and 'tea tray' rear spoiler had already been seen on the Carrera model while the interior was the most luxurious yet in a 911 featuring leather upholstery, air conditioning and electric windows. For 1978, the Turbo's engine was enlarged to 3.3 litres, gaining an inter-cooler in the process; power increased to 300bhp and the top speed of what was the fastest-accelerating road car of its day went up to 160mph.
This Porsche 911 Turbo is a genuine righthand drive, factory Porsche 930 built in October 1986 under the 'Sonderwunchprogramm' (Special Wishes Programme) which has been confirmed in a letter from Porsche Cars GB Ltd. These special Porches were built to celebrate the racing heritage of the 935 (Moby Dick) Le Mans cars from the 1980's. From the 948 cars produced between 1983 and 1989, this is one of the 49 righthand drive examples, of which, even fewer were delivered new in Guards Red. This Porsche was ordered via a dealer in Switzerland in 1986, bound for a client in South Africa. He changed his mind and wanted to buy a Lamborghini and, as it happened, the person who became the first owner had just taken delivery of a Lamborghini to the correct specification in the UK; the dealer in Switzerland contacted him and asked if it was for sale, it was, so he took the Lamborghini to Switzerland and fell in love with the Porsche sitting in the showroom, which at the time was unregistered. An exchange was arranged, the Porsche was shipped to the UK and the Lamborghini went to South Africa. The car has four owners listed but in reality it is a one owner car from new as it was registered to the first owner, then his two companies and then to his son, Edward. Despite this, it has stayed in his possession all of its life and is offered with its original registration number D294 ALR. The car was maintained in its early life by Swinford Motors Porsche dealer (Stourbridge), then by Wildcat Racing (Birmingham) during the mid-90s and, subsequently, by Porscheshop between 2000 and 2015. The vendor has had confirmation from these companies and is trying to obtain copies of invoices. In 2002, the front lower spoiler valance was replaced due to delaminating and is the only non original body panel on the vehicle; it is however an identical replacement to the original part. As you would expect with a cherished one owner car, the car is in excellent condition throughout. The car's original matching numbers engine has covered just 69,700 miles. Mechanically, the car is in very good condition; recently over £10,000 has been spent with a Porsche specialist who have replaced the camshafts, the oil feed tubes, fitted a new ignition system and carried out a service. Finished in Guards Red with cream piped in red leather interior and fitted with the correct colour-coded Fuchs wheels, this largely original 930 Turbo is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate, a copy of the Porsche certificate of authenticity and the letter from Porsche GB confirming that this is an original Flachbau. This is a very rare opportunity to purchase an icon from the 1980's which, for collectors around the world, has become one of the most sought after Porsche's 911 to own.
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