Lot 274 - 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo 330 to Martini Spec
|Odometer reading||75,000 miles|
|Estimate||£48,000 - £62,000|
|Result||Sold - £63,840|
Porsche began experimenting with turbo-charging technology on their racing cars during the late 1960s and in 1972 began development on a turbocharged version of the 911. Porsche originally needed to produce the car in order to comply with homologation regulations and had intended on marketing it as a street legal race vehicle like the 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS. Martini,, on the other hand, the iconic drinks company sponsored motorsport since 1968 and supported Porsche's 917 racing team in the early 1970's culminating in the inevitable link up with Porsche road cars during the 1970's.
In an interview with Philip Raby in a 911 & Porsche World article on the Martini Turbo 2004, he recalls: "The driving experience is to be savoured, 911 Turbos are not about being civilised. As soon as it's clear, I floor the throttle and wait, and wait, and wait. You need a calendar to measure the turbo lag in this car, [but] once the single KKK turbocharger finally kicks in, the car flies urgently forward, propelled by the full might of the 300bhp engine behind my back".
Delivered new in March 1979 by Gordon Ramsay Ltd of Newcastle upon Tyne, this 911 Turbo is presented in very good order throughout and showing a genuine 75,000 miles from new, the vendor states that the car performs fantastically and it is still a challenge to drive and remain within the legal limits. The engine shows signs of tweaking with performance improvement, particularly in light of the visible stainless steel enlarged dual tail pipes and the seats and interior are in very good order. The important thing is that the overall condition, feel and experience of the car are incredible and we personally rate these 3.3 litre Turbos very highly indeed.
The history file shows a service record for this car that includes 11 stamps with the most recent in July 2013 at Purely-9, independent Porsche specialists of Surrey. It is accompanied by a number of past tax discs and a near full complement of MoT test certificates from 1986 to the present day with only a period of four years between 1998 and 2002 missing when the car was registered 'off-road'. The most recent ownership shows that the car has largely remained amongst collections and though has been regularly warmed to temperature, little exercised. That said, the car is kept in very good condition and is offered with a new MoT test certificate valid until July 2017 and has recently been serviced.
If Porsche had produced an actual limited-edition 911 Turbo with Martini livery, there'd be a record of the number made, but because the Martini stripes were only an option (M42, for those in the know) then no one truly knows exactly how many cars were factory equipped with them, This example we believe has been recreated to Martini spec and is not one of the originals however research suggests that around 24 righthand drive Turbos were produced in 1979 and the car here today is believed to be one of them.
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