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1987 Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolet

  • 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolet
  • The 1987 Frankfurt IAA Motor Show car
  • 43,000 miles from new
  • Unique ‘one-off’ colour specification

Porsche had been experimenting with turbocharging on their race cars since the late 1960’s. The first competitive use of turbocharging was in the iconic 911 Turbo Carrera RSR used in 1974. Changes in homologation rules for both Group 4 and 5 meant that at least 400 production examples needed to be built and as a result the 911 Turbo was born. Although a 911, the car has always been known by its internal code of 930.

When launched in 1975 the car used the 3.0 litre Flat-Six from the Carrera RS 3.0 with a single KKK turbocharger. Power was 256bhp at 5,500rpm, a significant increase over the standard 911. The Porsche 930 Turbo quickly became one of the most iconic of the 911 lineage and set the benchmark for all other supercars that came after it. With the lightweight air-cooled engine, low centre of mass and wide stance the car was perfectly set-up for both road and track. In 1978 a number of significant changes were made to the model, the biggest of which was an increase in displacement to 3.3 litres and the installation of an air-to-air intercooler, this boosted power to 296 bhp with another power increase in 1984 to 330bhp! Production continued until 1989 when the G-Series 911 was replaced by the 964. Although further 911 Turbo models were produced, the original can never be replaced; being the direct link back to some of history’s greatest racing cars, the Porsche 930 Turbo will remain a valuable and incredibly significant automobile.

This Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolet being offered for sale by The Classic Motor Hub is a very special car indeed. On the 31st August 1987 this 911 Turbo Cabriolet was removed from the production line and delivered to a special division within Porsche to prepare it for the 1987 Frankfurt IAA Motor Show. Porsche were revealing the concept for their new 911 Speedster and wanted to make a real statement in terms of the stand, not only showing off the new Speedster but their range of cars in a range of very special ‘one-off’ colours. An original factory brochure from the show accompanies the car and shows the stand layout. The white Speedster was placed in the middle with a white Indy car and 944 Turbo Cup at one end of the stand and the other 9 production cars fanning around the rest of the stand. A 911 Turbo Flatnose Cabriolet, 911 Carrera and a 944 Turbo were finished in a light mauve/dark pink, a 911 Carrera Targa, 944S and a 928S in Electric Blue and finally a 924S, 928S and this 911 Turbo Cabriolet in a stunning light gold. Correspondence with Porsche confirms that it was the Motor Show car and the Certificate of Authenticity shows both the exterior colour and interior colours as ‘Custom Colour to Sample’. The optional extras show it came highly specced with a car cover, heated seats, heavy duty battery, sport seats with electric height adjustment, electric hood latch operation and interval alarm.

What happened to the car after the show is unknown but the car was bought at some point in Germany by a Dr. Gerd Helmers, a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine who had a residence in Wales. In 1999, Dr. Helmers drove the Porsche over to Wales and parked the car in the garage where it was stored for 13 years. In 2012, the current owner was introduced to the car through Porsche specialist Alan Drayson of Canford Classics.

The car has covered just over 43,000 miles from new and was in excellent rust-free condition but years of storage meant it wasn’t cosmetically perfect and the decision was taken to return the car to the pristine condition it was in at the 1987 Frankfurt condition. The work included stripping and exposing the shell, and a strip down and inspection of the engine and gearbox. Official Porsche parts were used wherever needed. The original seats have been restored to as new condition and the hood, which was badly stained and fatigued, was replaced using original material. Finally, the car was resprayed using paint that had been carefully matched to the original colour.

The extensive history file includes original invoices for all the work completed as well as its original tools, spare wheel, jack and an original Porsche compressor. The car is UK registered, has been kept in a climate-controlled environment and has been serviced regularly irrespective of the few miles recently completed. The car was featured in Porsche Fahrer in their August 2014 edition as well as GT Porsche Magazine December 2015 edition.

This is not only an opportunity to acquire an iconic Porsche in a unique colour but a genuine Factory Motor Show car. If history is anything to go by, it is these sorts of cars that reside at the top of the collectors market in terms of desirability and future value. The Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolet is in our showroom at The Classic Motor Hub and is available for immediate inspection.

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