1979 Porsche 911 Turbo
Dr. Joseph Meurer purchased this beautiful Turbo new at Gateway Porsche/Audi in Portland, OR on November 2, 1979. He would keep the car for the next 35 years. During that time he would only drive the car 7,295 miles, all the while keeping extensive records of its care and maintenance. The care included anything the Turbo needed during that time, including fluid changes whether car needed them or not. We have never run across a car with as few miles that has been so fanatically serviced.
The only modifications to the car were made to it when it was delivered by the dealer in 1979. They included the addition of H-1 European headlights and stainless steel headers, which are on the car to this day.
The Turbo has been in the hands of a couple of collectors in the past three years who continued its meticulous service including a full air-conditioning overhaul.
This 1979 model benefits from the significant upgrades made in 1978: enlarging the engine to 3.3 liters; adding an air-to-air intercooler which helped increase power output to 296 hp; the rear 'whale tail' spoiler was re-profiled and raised slightly to make room for the intercooler; and Porsche upgraded the brakes to units similar to those used on the 917 racecar. All of these improvements helped Porsche take the fight to offerings from Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Limited slip differential
Heated outside mirror
Sport seats, left and right
Black roof liner
About the 930
In 1974 Porsche introduced the first production turbocharged 911. Adapting turbo-technology originally developed for the 917 Can-Am cars Porsche created what was internally known as the 930. The body shape is distinctive thanks to wide wheel-arches to accommodate the wide tires, and a large rear spoiler often known as a "whale tail" on the early cars, and "tea-tray" on the later ones. Starting out with a 3.0 L engine with 256 horsepower these early cars are known for their exhilarating acceleration coupled with challenging handling and turbo lag. For 1978, capacity rose to 3.3 liter with 296 horsepower, and an intercooler was added which was placed under the large rear spoiler. 0-60 mph the 930 was clocked at a blazing 5.0 seconds flat, with a top speed of 162 mph. The price for a new 930 in 1979 was close to $40,000, and its performance put it in direct competition with Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Changing emissions regulations forced Porsche to withdraw the 930 from the US in 1980. Their expectation that the 928 would replace the 911 kept them from developing the 930 for the US market. When the 911 remained Porsche's bestseller through the 80s Porsche re-introduced the 930 to the US market in 1986 with an emission-controlled engine producing 278 hp.
In 1976 production figures of the 930 qualified it for FIA Group 4 competition, with the racing version called the Porsche 934. Many participated at Le Mans and other endurance races. The wilder FIA Group 5 version called Porsche 935 evolved from the 2.1 L RSR Turbo of 1974. Fitted with a slope nose, the 600+ hp cars were campaigned in 1976 by the factory, winning the world championship title. Private 935 teams went on to win many races, like Le Mans in 1979, and continued to compete successfully with the car well into the 1980s until the FIA and IMSA rules were changed.