1979 Porsche 930 Turbo

Desert Oasis Collection

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At a Glance
  • Seller
  • dennco
  • Location
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Vehicle Make/Model
  • Porsche 930
  • Vin No.
  • 9309800759
  • Exterior
  • Guards Red
  • Interior
  • Cork Leather
  • Mileage
  • 64,000 miles
  • Engine
  • 3,299cc SOHC Flat 6-cylinder engine
  • Engine No.
  • 6891240
  • Transaxle
  • 4-speed manual transaxle
  • Suspension
  • 4-wheel independent suspension
  • Brakes
  • 4-wheel disc brakes

1979 Porsche 930 Turbo

An Era defining sports car: the type 930, Porsche 911 Turbo. A car which beautifully joined the technical brilliance of the latest Carreras with the visceral excitement of a less pampered generation of vehicle. 

Porsche began experimenting with turbo technology as early as the late 1960s and began development of a turbocharged version of the 911 in 1972. Ferry Porsche handed development of the vehicle over to Ernst Fuhrmann who adapted the turbo-technology, originally developed for the 917/30 Penske/ Donohue CAN-AM car, to the 3.0-liter flat-six from the Carrera RS 3.0. Porsche badged the vehicle simply as "Turbo" (although early U.S. units were badged as "Turbo Carrera") and debuted it at the Paris Auto Show in October 1974 before putting it on sale in the spring of 1975; export to the United States began in 1976. The car’s release created a lot of fanfare. Porsche street cars of the past were known for their handling and driving characteristics rather than their raw power output: this new vehicle, the type-930 changed that. 

The 930 proved very fast. It boasted a top speed slightly over 155mph and reached 60 from a standstill in less than 5.0 seconds. Car & Driver would describe the car as one that, “pretty much established its own rules and has called its own shots since Day One. By comparison, other cars seem to pop out of the muzzle like a cork on a string, but the Turbo is truly shot out of a gun”. Although an incredibly fast car it proved very demanding. Its short wheelbase and rear engine layout left it prone to oversteer and the large turbo plagued the car with significant turbo-lag. The 930 quickly gained the reputation for being unforgiving in the hands of inexperienced drivers. Nevertheless, customers loved it. 

The 1978 model year brought with it very meaningful updates. Of them the most substantial being bigger brakes, based on those from the 917, the introduction of an intercooler (which allowed for the compression ratio to be raised to 7.0:1) and a larger flat-six motor, now 3.3-liters producing 265bhp. Although little changed the following year, 1979 was the last year the 930 was offered in North America. Porsche felt the U.S. government’s strict new emissions standards which required a catalytic converter would rob the engine of meaningful power. The last of the 930s arrived in America in late December 1979. Of these fifty of the last cars had dash plaques to commemorate them. 

One of the fastest, most raw and iconic-looking cars available in its day, the 930 has rightfully earned its place as a motoring legend. The experience behind the wheel of a car like this is sure to provide you the closest thing to a time machine, to an era without electronic aids like ABS and stability control. This 930 represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a stress-free and excellent driving collectable. 


Finished in perhaps the marque’s most iconic color is this Guards Red over Cork, 930. This example, finished in July of 1979, remains in nice condition throughout with a believed original, 64,000 miles on the odometer.  The paint shows evidence of different eras of red upon the closest of inspections which creates for a welcoming patina.


The Cork interior is in excellent condition. The leather trimmings found on the dash, sport seats and door panels present without discoloration or cracks. The Blaupunkt stereo is period correct as is the keypad, nearby the ignition, for the car’s c.1980 Clifford security system.

Engine and Drive Train

The owner acquired the car in 2016 and has run it frequently. Without much in the way of history when purchased, the car has since been well sorted and is mechanically in sound order. When testing the car, we noted the shifter is smooth and the power delivery is linear. Receipts on file cover the last 4 years of mechanical refurbishments.

Trunk and Storage Compartment

Containing the spare tire, and original tools, the grey carpet lined trunk appears in excellent original condition. The VIN tag on the inside of the lid is in excellent readable condition. The interior light functions as new.

Documentation and Spares

The original tools and spare are in the car. A file with the receipts from service performed under the current ownership will be included with the sale. 


This 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo is currently available for viewing in Las Vegas, Nevada. Interested parties must arrange a viewing appointment through the “Schedule a Viewing” button on the listing.

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1979 Porsche 930 Turbo

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1979 Porsche 930 Turbo