The Porsche 930, better known as the 911 Turbo, is a German sports car manufactured between 1975 and 1989.

  • Model: 911 (930) Turbo/coupe

  • Year of manufacture: 1986

  • Manufacturer: Porsche AG

  • Stuttgart

  • Color: light brown metallic

  • Engine: boxer, 6-cylinder

  • Volume/output: 3,299cm³/221kW

  • Transmission: manual, 4 gears

  • Wheels: alloy

  • Interior: brown, leather

  • Number of seats: 4

Porsche 911/930 turbo 1986

State: Completed project – Partial renovation


Mechanically, the 911 was notable for being rear engined and air-cooled. From its inception, the 911 was modified both by private teams and the factory itself for racing, rallying and other types of automotive competition. The original 911 series is often cited as the most successful competition car ever, especially when its variations are included, mainly the powerful 911-derived 935 which won 24 Hours of Le Mans and other major sports cars races outright against prototypes.

In 1974 Porsche introduced the first production turbocharged 911. Although called simply Porsche 911 Turbo in Europe, it was marketed as the Porsche 930 (930 being its internal type number) in North America. 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 producing 260 PS (190 kW; 260 hp), it rose to 3.3 L and 300 PS (220 kW; 300 hp) for 1978. The early cars are known for their exhilarating acceleration coupled with challenging handling characteristics and extreme turbo lag.


The 930 proved very fast but also very demanding to drive, and due to its short wheelbase and rear engine layout, was prone to oversteer and turbo-lag.

Short story

When we learned that this Porsche was being sold in an auction, we decided to travel to the US and join the bidding in person. We somehow managed to find the car we were looking for in this huge, week-long event, and after getting a chance to inspect it, we placed our bid. This 930 had all-original paint, interior, and wheels, as well as a low mileage, so naturally, the competition was huge. To be perfectly honest, the bidding process was nerve-racking.All good stories deserve a happy ending, though, and we’re happy to say that we got the car! 🙂
In our shop, we agreed on a thorough repair plan, and got to work. During our test drive, we found that the transmission wouldn’t switch to certain gears. In the end, the restoration took a lot more work than we initially expected.
So, how did it all turn out? We think the results speak for themselves! Check out the gallery below.