Pick of the Day: 1978 Porsche 930 Turbo in a rare color combination

The 911 supercar was always a favorite, offering massive performance

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The Porsche 930 Turbo is finished in a luscious Medium Green Metallic

Of the first generation of exotic cars, the most reliable and most usable, and the one I had a poster of on my wall while in high school, was the Porsche 930 Turbo. It was the car I most wanted and was to me the ultimate. It was a model derived from Porsche’s racing cars and had the coolest rear spoiler ever.

The Pick of the Day is a stunning 1978 Porsche 930 Turbo finished in Porsche Special Wishes Department paint-to-sample Medium Green Metallic over white leather, a great combination and believed to be the only 1978 model delivered in this color combination, according to the Reno, Nevada, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.


The paint has had some high-quality work done over the years due to fading, the seller adds, but that it was done in correct factory colors and remains in nice condition. Though not documented, the Porsche is also believed to have received an engine-out reseal and fuel-injection-system rebuild a number of years ago. The only interior change is a period set of aftermarket speakers.

This stunning Porsche is offered with a tool kit, factory books, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.  

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What is especially nice about the 1978 Porsche 930 it was the first year that the turbocharged 911 received a factory intercooler as well as proper brakes. An interesting historical fact is that the brake calipers are the same used on the mythic Porsche 917 racing car.

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Another unique thing about these early 930s is that they still use the original 4-speed gearbox, which might sound like a bit of a downgrade burt driving one of these cars will change your mind. First gear runs up to an incredible 55 mph and second tops out at 94. Driving one of these is just as awesomely crazy as it sounds.

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A Porsche 930 turbo from this era has truly respectable performance to this day with a 0-60 time of 5 seconds flat and a top speed of 156 mph. Think of it as a 4-wheeled personal roller coaster, albeit with lots of turbo lag followed by a wild rush of power.

The 930 is Porsche’s first true supercar, and with an asking price of $110,000, this uniquely colored turbo looks to be a great one. Cars like this 930 exemplify Porsche’s famous advertising line, “Porsche, there’s no substitute.” Because in this case, there’s not.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I hope the headlight washers work.
    That would be a deal breaker.

    Haha.

    I am not worthy…..
    (Frankly who is?) 1 of 1’s are just getting harder to find these days…..

  2. This Porsche 930 Turbo is a true Beast , When I lived in California back in the late 1970’s and early 80’s this was the car that was sought after but you had too be have pretty deep pockets to afford one and keep up the maintenance on one .
    This is indeed a very rare color combination and that adds to the value of the car because it came from the factory as is . Someone ordered it from the Porsche dealer and they shipped it from Germany .

    It looks terrific in that Mint Green color with the white interior , I have seen alot of 911, and 930 Turbos , especially when I lived in Southern California while I was in San Bernardino in the Air Force
    Obviously , I could not afford one back in those days but I knew about them and read a lot of car nagazine articles about the 930 Turbo .
    It was a driving mans car , by that I mean you had to know what this car was capable of doing or else
    you could wind up in serious trouble . Back in those days they did not have all those computer controls and traction control devices on cars back then .
    So you had too be a skilled driver to test the limits of this Porsche, the average driver coukd not handle one of these cars…for sure .
    I have an old 2004 BMW 545 i , 6 speed manual , non turbo . But with that big V-8 and 6 gears on the highway it really goes ! But what I am also impressed with is how it handles, and how it brakes ; aside from the power and top end speed . I always feel in control of my Bimmer .

    A 930 Turbo can easily get away from an unskilled driver , someone not familiar with this model Porsche .
    This model is known for that !
    But , I would sure like too own one that is for sure and perhaps go to a driving school for high performance cars so I could learn how to drive it . Thanks for a Great Advertisement and article !
    Ed Callender, Car Enthusiast

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