Market Finds: Is Coveting The Slantnose Porsche 911 A Generational Thing?

Is Coveting The Slantnose Porsche 911 A Generational Thing?

By Andrew Golseth
February 1, 2016

Photography Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The ’80s. It’s difficult to think of a time that provided us with more memorable pop culture. The hair. The clothes. The movies. Even the music, which is seemingly getting better with age, is hard not to get nostalgic about. Cars from that era are no exception.

And why not? The generation provided us with a number of iconic designs. A mere mention of ‘the ’80s’ has probably already made you think about the Lamborghini Countach and Ferrari Testarossa. I don’t blame you: it’s hard to think of another pair of cars that suited its generation more perfectly. The Porsche 911 Turbo is also universally regarded as one of the period’s best, but is a standard 930 the most ’80s? No way—but this 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo ‘Slant Nose’ Cabriolet definitely is.

Porsche set the world on fire with the 930 Turbo. Released in 1975, the 930 quickly earned the reputation for incident after several boost-lag induced snap over-steer accidents. Even with the Turbo’s extra widebody housing massive rubber, the stability was still questionable—especially for novice drivers. The love-it-or-hate-it ‘whale tail’ rear spoiler wasn’t just a tacked on styling cue; it was a heat venting traction aid. Still, the tricky powerband proved to be a handful for many.

But hey! Any fame is good fame, right? The boosted Carrera’s notorious character attracted many to showrooms and the car sold rather well considering its $85,000 MSRP—more than $172,000 in today’s coin. Porsche made changes throughout its production to reduce some of the car’s homicidal tendencies, stay compliant with mid-cycle production implemented emission requirements, and to keep the car market fresh.

Starting in 1981, the most expensive option was offered through Porsche’s Sonderwunschprogramm (Special Order Program): the Flachbau—better known as the ‘Slant Nose’. Rumor has it, a Porsche enthusiast and racing sponsor asked the Special Wishes department for a 935 racecar-inspired 930, which the Porsche factory kindly granted. The finished one-off was a hit, and customers demanded a “street 935” factory offering.

Option packages M505 and M506 started at around $29,000 Usd., valuing the option at nearly half the standard Turbo’s asking price! The cost reflected laborious production as the fenders were cut and reshaped by hand at the factory. With louvers trailing the oh-so-’80s flip-up headlights, the wedge clip gave the Porsche an “all-business” look over the standard round lamp face.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, only 948 orders were placed, making the Flachbau 930 one of the most rare and unique 911s to date. Like many rarities, imposters pollute the market, lending authentic originally spec’d Slant Nose cars highly sought-after collectables. This immaculate cabriolet example might be one of the nicest left with less than 9,000 miles accumulated.

Ordered with special Silver Metallic paint over Marine Blue leather, this three-owner numbers-matching 930 drop-top is said to present in near showroom condition. The wider M505 spec anodized Fuchs wheels were finished in silver—a nice change from the two-tone black backing standard look. This Slant Nose was nicely optioned with a Blaupunkt Reno sound system, power seats and windows, heated mirrors, anti-theft security, air-conditioning, limited-slip differential, and more. With so few miles, this unicorn has barely seen outside the stable—it’s probably time to break it in.

The standard 930 Turbo is a masterpiece, but a convertible 930 Slant Nose Turbo earns ‘The Most ’80s Porsche 911 award’. Flip-up headlights? Check. Widebody and ‘whale tail’? Check. Sun-soaking convertible? Check. Exclusivity not even a Countach can match? No question. More dangerous than nose candy? Probably. Grab you Wayfarers and Phil Collins tape—Miami is calling.

– One of 948 Slant Nose Porsches, and 591 Cabriolets
– Three-owner, numbers matching original; less than 9,000 miles since new


~282 horsepower, 3,164 cc SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with a single turbocharger and Bosch electronic fuel injection, four-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4 in.

Vehicle information

Chassis no.: WP0EB0937JS070324
Engine no.: 68J00855
Gearbox no.: 2J11311


Auction house: RM Sotheby’s
Estimate: TBD; offered at no reserve
Price realized:TBD; auction on March 12

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5 years ago

Nothing wrong with a Flachbau but any convertible 911 is a travesty – it tells the world that you plan never to drive the car as it was intended. Crass cars for crass people.

Tony Tenorio
Tony Tenorio
7 years ago

I should have wrote this Porsche design was made by Rick Norris. He had so many celebrity customers that when I saw them come in and out of his shop it was like what ever. Rick’s Father in law Jack Kimoto, had one of the best if not the best body shops in Southern California, Burbank CA, to be exact. Jack, and his Body shop crew made and built and repaired cars like no other body shop. These two made such an amazing team that back in the late 70’s and 80’s no one could match their art.

Tony Tenorio
Tony Tenorio
7 years ago

This Porsche was designed by Rick N Norris, he owned a shop named RPS Automotive in Los Angeles CA, his first shop was on third and La Brea, second shop on La Brea, and third shop was on cotner ave in weat Los Angeles. I had the pleasure to work for Rick and his wonderful Wife Penny. I started as a driver sweeping and picking up parts but when Rick noticed I had a passion for cars he trained me to work on Porsche,Mercedes and BMW. Rick took me in and made me almost into his wi g man at only 19 years of age. God I can say I truly miss working on such beautiful cars and I can say that Rick’s love for Porsche cars and the way he built those engines was just unreal. I still use that same style Rick used when I build an engine. Rick and Penny if you read this I miss you both and love you Guys for taking me and basically accepting me and introducing me to the Porsche world. Truly amazing!

Nicolas Moss
Nicolas Moss
8 years ago

I’m not a Porsche person, but I’ve always enjoyed seeing a slant nose.

Frank Anigbo
8 years ago

I consider myself of the ’80s generation. Then, as now, the Slant Nose looks terribly ill-proportioned, like a grand piano fell on its face and pushed its innards too far southward.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
8 years ago

In light of how many aftermarket versions were [ and still are … ] made …. how many posters and magazine covers both the factory and aftermarket slant noses graced … not to mention the fact that they’re still commanding center stage both in the press as well as at the shows .. Porsche gatherings etc as they are here ?

No … its not a generational thing …. its a good thing … that appeals across the board to both the Gear/PetrolHead as well as the general public . Cause lets face it … even the aftermarket versions [ when done right ] look mighty fine from every angle imaginable .. even to those who don’t like 911’s…. [ yes .. believe me … they really do exist … 😉 ]

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