Lot 226: 1980 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe
Much of the Porsche 911�s development had resulted from the factory�s racing programme, and it was the then Group 4 homologation rules, which required 400 road cars to be built, which spurred the development of �Project 930� - the legendary 911 Turbo. In production from April 1975, the Turbo married a KKK turbocharger to the 3.0-litre RSR engine, in road trim a combination that delivered 260bhp for a top speed of 155mph. But the Turbo wasn�t just about top speed, it was also the best-equipped 911 and amazingly flexible - hence only four speeds in the gearbox - being capable of racing from a standstill to 100mph in 14 seconds.
The Turbo�s characteristic flared wheelarches and �tea tray� rear spoiler had already been seen on the Carrera model, while the interior was the most luxurious yet seen in a 911, featuring leather upholstery, air conditioning and electric windows. The Turbo�s engine was enlarged to 3.3 litres for 1978, gaining an inter-cooler in the process; power increased to 300bhp and the top speed of what was the fastest-accelerating road car of its day went up to 160mph. More refined than hitherto yet retaining its high performance edge, the Turbo sold in the thousands, becoming the definitive sports car of its age.
This iconic �Black on Black� Turbo was purchased new by the current owner, top international fashion photographer and director of TV commercials, Jim Lee, and is featured in the July 2007 edition of Porsche Post. A many times Porsche 911 owner, Jim Lee has covered a staggering 288,000 miles in the Turbo since he acquired it in 1980. The Porsche has not been driven for the past 18 months however, and will require two new front wings to pass the MoT test; the engine though, is reported as strong, having been replaced circa 50,000 miles ago, while the fact that the turbo-charger is original is an indication of the care lavished on this car over the years. Offered with Swansea V5 registration document.
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|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£5980|
|Registration number||911 SBH|
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