Monterey | Lot 330
1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
$179,200 USD | Sold
| Monterey, California
14 August 2021
- Pristine example that benefits from single ownership until 2020
- Guards Red over black leather
- Retains numbers matching engine
- Showing just under 10,830 miles at cataloguing time
- Accompanied by Porsche Production Specifications sheet, factory manual and warranty book in plastic case, and tool kit
The 930 generation of the Porsche 911 is among the most iconic and recognizable of the marque, helped, no doubt, by its defining role in 1980s popular culture. The Turbo Cabriolet model featured in period MTV music videos and an episode of Miami Vice—what could be more Eighties?
Much of the Porsche 911’s development stemmed from the factory’s racing program. The FIA Group 4 homologation rules that required 400 road cars spurred the development of “Project 930,” now known as the legendary 911/930 Turbo. In production from April 1975, the Turbo married a KKK turbocharger to the 3.0-liter Carrera RSR engine, a combination that delivered a substantial increase in power and top speed over the naturally aspirated 911 Carrera. In 1978, the Turbo’s engine was enlarged to 3.3 liters, gaining even more power and an intercooler in the process. Unfortunately, Porsche was forced to withdraw the 930 from North America in 1979, as it did not meet more stringent exhaust emissions standards. But following the development of new electronic engine management, the Turbo returned to the United States in 1984.
Although the Turbo’s flared wheel arches and “whale tail” spoiler had already been seen on the base Carrera, the interior was much more luxurious, featuring leather upholstery, air conditioning, and electric windows. The 911 Turbo Cabriolet, with its power-operated soft top, was introduced for the 1987 model year.
This example benefits from having one owner until 2020. It was manufactured in April 1987, according to the accompanying Porsche Production Specifications sheet. It left the factory finished in Guards Red over a black partial leather interior and was optioned with the electric cabriolet top, Blaupunkt radio with cassette player, alarm system, Dunlop tires, and steering wheel with raised hub.
Upon purchasing the car, the original owner had it sent to noted Porsche specialist Stoddard, in Highland Heights, Ohio, to have boxed rocker panels and brake vents added. With a high degree of workmanship that is typical for the well-known Porsche restorer and fabricator, the modifications blend so seamlessly that they can be hard to distinguish from factory-original.
The odometer shows that the numbers-matching engine has carried the car just 10,830 miles at time of cataloguing, surely making this a highly desirable example. Accompanying the car are the factory manuals and warranty book in a plastic case, a tool kit, spare, and the previously mentioned Porsche Production Specifications sheet.