In the 1970’s, Porsche was unstoppable on the international driving circuit, dominating virtually every race. They were on another level, one so high the FIA tried to stop them through safety and emission regulations.
What resulted was a car that would be the fastest and most powerful automobile Porsche had ever built.
Internally dubbed the Type 930, the Turbo, as it simply became known as, featured a 3-liter air-cooled 6-cylinder engine boosted by a KKK turbocharger. The engine clocks an impressive 260 brake horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 253 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm, benchmarks at the time. The 0–60 sprints took about six seconds flat, and maximum speed approached a healthy 160 mph, which was everything car enthusiasts were hoping for.
The Turbo’s body isn’t your average 911 one; its front fenders and rear quarter-panels were drastically flared to accommodate new 15-inch-diameter Fuchs forged aluminum road wheels. The rear “whale-tail” spoiler added down-force, and a separate intake grille supplies cooling air to the engine compartment.
This 1975 Porsche 911 Turbo, available through RM Auctions, the vehicle has been amazingly restored (only the interior and a few parts under the hood have been replaced). With only 20 kilometers recorded since its completion, this first-year 911 Turbo represents both the dawn of an era in Porsche history, and one of the automaker’s all-time most significant achievements.