Test Your Skill With a Low-Mileage 911 Turbo
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