Market Finds: Test Your Skill With a Low-Mileage 911 Turbo

Test Your Skill With a Low-Mileage 911 Turbo

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
May 7, 2013
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There’s no cooler way to scare yourself silly than behind the wheel of an early 911 Turbo. Big power, big lag, and a big ol’ wing took big talent and even bigger courage to tame—if you’re ready for the challenge, you’d be hard pressed to find another 930 this clean.

A 1979 model with a claimed 27k miles, the seller claims mileage and maintenance records are backed up with extensive documentation. The simple and classic silver-on-black color scheme is perfect, and should be near-flawless due to a recent window-out respray. Pictures aren’t abundant or very well composed, but it definitely looks tasty from what we can see.

As is typical of old 911s, 930s are very reliable by exotic standards, but repairs aren’t cheap. The four-speed boxes fitted to all but the last of these cars are quarry-dump truck robust, and turbos aren’t extremely troublesome provided oil is changed frequently and they aren’t heat-cycle abused. Our only concern over the dependability of this particular example comes from the seller’s own description of it as a “garage queen”—regular exercise is a must for the overall health of any car. No faults are listed, though that doesn’t mean there are none.

The asking price is high mid-market for a 930, but if all checks out mechanically, it could be considered a very good buy for the mileage and condition. There’s no question, prices will rise steadily as time passes, making it a potentially rewarding investment car, provided you’d be able to resist piling on the miles—we’re not sure we’re capable of such restraint.

Circa $60,000 allows access to some very interesting old metal, but the only natural competitors we can think of would be 512BBis and Countachs, both of which sell for at least 40% more for decent examples. More luxurious alternatives include grand touring Merc and BMW coupes like the C126 and E24—our $60k budget could easily allow you to buy a pristine example of each, 500/560SEC and M6 flagships included.

If you’re in the market, though, for something to really test your ability as a driver and get your clutch foot shaking with adrenalin there’s nothing else that will come close for similar money. Oversteer everywhere, whether you’re ready for it or not, is what 930s are all about

Click here to see the listing for this 911.

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Antonio Maldonado
Antonio Maldonado

Truly awesome! Careful! If you boost it in curve, you must have “hands” to keep it on the ground! Is a genuine peace of history

Leucea Alexandru
Leucea Alexandru

Maintenance and taxes are killing the fun that this car has to offer. If money isn’t a problem, Porsche’s Classic division will restore and maintain your vintage Porsche to a showroom appearance, if requested. But if on a budget, things can get rough. In order to own it, one must first afford it. But this applies to every car, doesn’t it? Overall, a timeless shape that will always be a head turner and a joy to whoever owns one.

Michael Kays
Michael Kays

930 vs 993??? IMO for now it’s all about what’s your “fancy” 🙂 then again, you have to give props value wise to the ’79 930, almost 30\% over sticker price 34yrs later…..wonder if the 993 will go for 97k in another 18yrs? Time will tell 🙂

Niklaus Gingro
Niklaus Gingro

[url=”http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Black-911-twin-turbo-all-wheel-drive-6-speed-low-miles-59k-415HP-/221222515869?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item3381e3b49d#ht_53802wt_1196″]Or for basically the same price you could get a 993 Turbo[/url], which IMO is probably one of the best 911s ever made.

Rip Curl
Rip Curl

Seems like an awesome time capsule car however the value would have been diminished by the re-spray regardless of how well it was done. Cars are only original once which is why time warp cars can command a healthy premium.

Jack Gilbert
Jack Gilbert

I have owned two 930’s and one thing a prospective buyer might want to consider is the cost and availability of parts to support one of these cars. Very few manufacturers other than Porsche make these parts. What I discovered is that many of these parts for the 930’s are very scarce and very expensive and I had to rely on salvage parts or rebuilt parts to keep my 930’s running. Even the used parts were expensive and hard to find. These cars are a blast when they are running. The problem is to keep them running.

Ryan Hoyle
Ryan Hoyle

Thanks for the good advice… I’ll have to keep it in mind. Is that the case with other 911’s as well?

Ryan Lopez
Ryan Lopez

bet its Alex Roys car

DOXI
DOXI

How many documents could you collect in 27K miles? A huge folder? 😮 Needless to say, the car is awesome.