Survivor: 1979 Porsche 930

The subject for today’s Survivor is this all original 1979 Porsche 930 with only 15,624 miles from new. It had remained in one family it’s whole life until it’s recent sale and still possesses all of it’s original paperwork and equipment, down to it’s silly federally mandated 85 mph speedometer that the U.S. required at the time. We have no idea what the government was thinking back then, maybe that it would be less tempting to drive fast if the it looked pinned at 85? Whatever the case, that didn’t stop most 911 Turbos from being tossed off the road backwards because of drop throttle oversteer caused by the pendulum effect in full swing (pun intended), a fate that this one fortunately escaped. Come take a closer look at this museum piece with us on the following page as we check this particular car out and touch upon the subject of their current value, amongst other related rantings…
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When new, the original owner of this vehicle payed $15,000 over MSRP for the opportunity to own the black on black 3.3 liter 300 hp turbo 4 speed Porsche exotic, and who would blame him?
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We like the cut of his and his grandson’s jib, as they were both custodians to this car’s originality throughout the years and only swapped out the weak U.S. headlights for Euro Hella H4’s and changed the rear lenses to orange Euro spec as well.
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Thankfully they didn’t go so far as to drill holes in the front fenders for Euro turn signals too or change the big rear bumpers for smaller units. We actually prefer them, as they remind us of two big boxing gloves that would punch the shit out of anyone thinking of pulling up too close behind, a nice menacing benefit to have when parking too.
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We are amazed at how this 930 has somehow lived 35 years without any performance modifications, which are so abundantly commonplace for the model. These cars love mods, and a few suspension and engine tweaks surely would have made the car much more enjoyable to drive had the original owners performed them, possibly even leading to 3 times the current car’s mileage had they been done. We don’t see anything wrong with that, as long as they are tasteful.
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Elephant Racing or period Andial suspension pieces, along with some of their more discreet engine tweaks too and you could have an absolute blast with the thing on twisty mountain roads without fear of going off backwards, not to mention lowering it a little for a better overall look.
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Best to keep all of the original bolt on’s to swap back onto it if/when time to sell, as it seems that the market is cherishing non-modified unmolested stock cars at the moment, which is easy to understand considering all of the tasteless stuff that is out there.
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This particular example recently sold for what has got to be a new market high at $189,000. Similar cars that may have not had all of this one’s provenance (but extremely close to) have sold for up to $150,000ish, which is currently being discussed in a very interesting 13 page and counting thread about the 911 Turbo/930 marketplace on Pelicanparts.com (http://forums.pelicanparts.com/911-930-turbo-super-charging-forum/777746-notable-recent-sales.html). It’s worth a skim through at least, if not a full read.
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We are apparently not the only ones who are huge fans of these cars, which only recently have started escalating in value riding on the coat tails of the astronomical market prices of early long hoods. We predict that the less loved 964 is next to go up if this market actually proves not to be a bubble. After all, 964’s are currently the most affordable and evolved of the 911 series that still share the basic shape of the originals, and have hard working air conditioning and some creature comforts, albeit at a weight penalty, of course. RS America or Targa with Euro RS performance mods, anyone?
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In any case, whoever ended up with this car got an extremely excellent museum-worthy example. Besides the aforementioned tasteful bolt on mods, the only other thing we would do to this one would probably be to try and source some uber rare factory sport seats from the same era, although finding any that would match this one’s shape might be impossible, at best.
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Other than that, replacing the head unit with something more period correct would be nice and then we would be spending the rest of our time mastering keeping the revs high and late apexing, driving the car as originally intended. This one’s a keeper, so damn the mileage concerns and drive it like you stole it!
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