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.
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.
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.
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.