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Copper Brown Metallic | Coupé | 4 Speed Manual | 3.0 litre | 196,449 kms | AU$425,995
It is easy to dismiss the 1970’s as a performance-starved era devoid of interesting cars. But In times of an oil crisis and automotive restraint, Porsche showed uncompromising attitude. From its motorsport dominance in virtually every form of international racing, the team at Weissach worked to develop a totally new road car.
Based on a systematic approach, with the first production turbocharged sports car, the world held its breath. The result wasn’t just a fast car, but the fastest and most powerful road car they had ever built. The 911 Turbo.
Internally dubbed Type “930” (derived from its “M930/50” 3.0ltr engine with 260bhp), the 911 Turbo debuted at the 1974 Paris Motor show. Developed initially to assist Porsche’s motorsport homologation of the FIA Group 4 935, Porsche saw the potential for a new customer offering that combined ultimate performance matched with comfort and luxury - and they were right.
The 930 became the scene setter and the original story behind the Turbo. The vehicles power and presence proved to be a sensation at debut. Ironically though, the proto-type show car that captured the world’s attention was built on a standard 911 S with radical body-styling kit from Porsche Style that would resemble the up-and-coming 911 RSR 3.0. The car continued to be used that year for the World Tour and Porsche took orders for the full-blown RSR.
After the tour made its way to Australia, Porsche importer Alan Hamilton not only convinced the factory to fit an RSR 3.0-litre engine to the prototype on order for him to campaign the Australian Sportscar Championship, but also secured 6 of the only 21 RHD production 911 Turbo’s destined for 1975 – testimony to just how strong the Aussie relationship was with the factory.
When the production model arrived, it was nothing short of sensational. It was bold, without being over the top. Perfectly proportioned, just the right amount of exhaust note and an aerodynamic “Whale-Tail” rear wing that not only added downforce and cooling to the engine compartment, but would become the signature for all future Turbo models.
The impressive performance saw a need for the stronger 4-speed transaxle with widely spaced ratio’s to be employed in place of the 5-Speed from the 911. This resulted in a 0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds (more than 90km/h could be found in first gear) and a top speed of more than 250km/h. The world was hooked and the Legend was born.
This original 911 Turbo is the 272nd of just 284 examples for that inaugural year. Built in June 1975, (just two months before the 76-model year) it is believed to be the last of the six 1975 models delivered in Australia.
Supplied new in Melbourne on 31st October 1975, this matching numbered Turbo is complete with original handbooks, tools and jack, along with Vehicle Built Confirmation sheet from Porsche Cars Australia.
Finished in Copper Brown Metallic with Brown Beige interior, the option list included Sports Seats, Sports Steering Wheel and Air-conditioning. With four owners, (the most recent being 2002 to-date), in excellent mechanical condition, presentation and striking colour combination, it is the epitome of Porsche rarity and collectability world-wide.
If Porsche has its legends, then the 911 Turbo is its masterpiece. As the fastest production car in the world, its captivated enthusiasts and pushed the limits of what was possible in a supercar. Porsche had taken the challenge of building an incredible performance model in an era when the powers that be fought against it.
Air-cooled 911’s have seen the most amazing growth over the past few years due their limited production and international appeal. And the RHD 1975 911 Turbo stands amongst the rarest of Turbo production, presents as one of the best Porsche investments. Being 1 of the 6 cars delivered to Australia, and 1 of now 11 original WW RHD production cars believed to be remaining, an opportunity like this come should not be missed. Contact us today.