Porsche initially began experimenting with turbocharging in the late 1960s in motorsport, and naturally, the technology was incorporated into a road-legal production car in 1975 in the form of the 911 Turbo in European and RoW markets and as the Turbo Carrera for North America beginning in 1976. It quickly gained a reputation for wild performance due to the sudden onset of power from the single turbocharger. It quickly claimed the title of the fastest production car in America with truly impressive for its time: 0–60 mph in 4.9 seconds, the quarter-mile in 13.5 seconds, and a top speed of 156 mph.
The 930 Turbo became an icon in the automotive world and was continually updated over the course of its 14-year run. Engine displacement rose from 3.0 liters to 3.3 liters by the end of 1979 by incorporating a new crank, connection rods, cylinders, and oil pump. The 3.3-liter Turbo reached the 300 PS (296 horsepower) mark and 317 ft-lbs of torque- an increase of 40 horsepower and 65 ft-lbs respectively. Mandatory North American emissions equipment sacrificed a small amount of power, the resulting figures wer 282 horsepower and 289 ft-lb of torque. The revised rear spoiler kept the same air resistance but reduced lift for improved traction at the rear wheels at speed, while simultaneously increasing airflow to the intercooler mounted below it. Thicker, cross-drilled front and rear brake rotors allowed for better ventilation and performance in wet conditions.
For many enthusiasts, 1989 is considered to be one of the best years for the 930 Turbo. Not only was it the final year of production for the model, but the only year that it was fitted with the stronger G50 five-speed manual transmission and hydraulic clutch. The Turbo’s suspension components were also revised to improve responsiveness in the corners. The combination of thicker diameter front and rear anti-roll bars, larger diameter torsion bars at the rear, and firmer dampers made for drastically improved handling characteristics.
Beginning in 1987 Targa and Cabriolet body styles became available for the Turbo for those who favored an open-air driving experience. Only 105 five-speed transmission Turbo Targas were produced for 1989, of which just 45 were sent to the U.S. It was ordered new in Grand Prix white with color-matched wheel centers and a Linen and black leather interior with Linen carpeting. It was specified with the optional Limited Slip Differential, a shortened gearshift lever, sport seats with electric adjustment, and the Blaupunkt “Reno” radio with amplifier system. Both inside and out, the Turbo Targa presents in very good condition, save for a small area of minor wear on the top of the driver side seat bolster and on the gear shift knob. A complete engine rebuild was performed by Reno Rennsport in Reno, Nevada in January of 2019 at 37,031 miles. Included with the car are two keys, manuals, tool kit, and compressor
The 930 Turbo models are still an icon in the automotive world, and the Targa body style has been a staple in the 911 lineup since its introduction at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September 1965. Rare, undeniably cool, and the most refined of the Turbo models, this 930 Turbo Targa ticks all the right boxes for us.
One of 45 Turbo Targas delivered to North America in 1989
Steering wheel w/ raised hub
Blaupunkt Radio “Reno”
Limited Slip Differential
Shortened Gear Shift Lever
Wheel Centers in Grand Prix White
Sport Seats with Electric adjustment
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