1975 was the first year of the 911 Turbo and the first of Porsche’s true production supercars. By bringing the turbocharging technology pulled directly from their racing program, Porsche put themselves firmly at the forefront of the supercar market. Aesthetically, its aggressive stance and bodywork alluded to the level of performance which would come to define the word Turbo for generations to follow. Wide fender flares with beefier wheels and tires, a plastic front splitter, and the telltale “whale tail” rear spoiler ensured it was clear that it was no ordinary 911. The 3.0-liter engine paired with the 11.5 psi of boost pressure from the single KKK turbocharger brought power to an impressive 260 horsepower at 5,500 rpms- good for a zero to sixty time of approximately six seconds and a top speed of 160 mph. At the time, it was not only the fastest production car Porsche had ever produced, it was the fastest production car of any manufacturer around the globe.
Road Scholars restoration specialist and 930 expert Brian Gremchuk shares the story of the two very special ’75 Turbos he completed restoring this year and the process of bringing the two back to their former glory.