We’d say yes. And we know what you’re thinking: so it’s been thoroughly restored, that doesn’t make it special. But you’re wrong. This 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo, the latest addition to Bruce Canepa’s magnificent collection, is not restored. It looks this good in original condition!
But being an original 930 is not the only reason we believe this car is the finest of its kind in the world. This Porsche 930 Turbo has a lot of other things going for it. It’s a California car, which in classic car parlance means no rust or any other nasty bodily imperfections; it has a lovely exterior color; it is one of only 1,200 Turbos imported to the U.S.; and best of all, it has covered only 1626 miles since new.
That is astonishing. The reason for this is because the first owner, Ronald Tremper Jr., bought it in 1979 not as a car but – it seems – as an ornament. The longest journey he took in the car was the 256-mile distance from the dealership to his home. The car was then sold to Mopar expert Juilian Steuer of Restorations by Julius in Los Angeles but even he refused to put miles on this baby and sold it with the original Pirelli tires still under it and still in perfect working order.
A 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo is not the nicest thing to drive, thanks to an engine hanging off its very rear-end and no electronic controls, nor a very practical classic car that you can use everyday. But the 930’s unique design has now matured and it is now one of the most sought after of all vintage 911s.
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