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Porsche 930 3.0: reviving an icon

There are few icons greater in the Porsche stratosphere than the 930 3.0. The first 911 supercar, Porsche’s Turbo nomenclature has survived to this day – and it all began in 1974 with that wide-arched and whale-tailed 930.

Today, those early 3.0-litre cars are highly sought-after among collectors as the archetypal Porsche 911 Turbo. Finding one is the biggest task, particularly from the first model year of 1975 when just 274 examples were built for worldwide markets. It is estimated only 20-30 of these original cars exist today.

From there, condition and provenance is key – which is why we believe this example, expertly curated by Mash Motor, to be one of the best examples of early 930 3.0 on the planet. Brilliantly restored (though still retaining original parts including the 930’s thicker carpets) car no. 55 of that original 274 is a special car.

Delivered on March 5th 1975 to Porsche Centre Autorama in Verona, Italy, as an exhibition car, chassis 5700065 was bought by a Swiss customer. It subsequently lived in Austria, owned by the renowned Porsche author, Dr. Georg Konradsheim, before being sold to its current owners who recently completed a painstaking two-year restoration to bring the matching-numbers car back to its original Copper brown hue.

Cover star of our issue 181, chassis 5700065 is one of the best examples of 930 we’ve driven. Below you’ll find a gallery of the car’s thorough restoration back to 100% original specification. This special 930 is now for sale – interested parties should contact Mash Motor.

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Porsche 992 Turbo breaks cover

Total 911’s spies have captured a 992 Turbo prototype in testing, showing for the first time its key visual cues over the rest of the incoming 992 range. Regular readers will note previous mules seen in public have been based on the current 991 car with tacked-on fenders, however this latest signing heralds a major development in pre-production of the car.

As you can see, the prototype in our pictures features a slightly different front end, with the rear end featuring a full-width light as seen on the rest of the 992 prototype range. The car sports even wider fenders, taking the car to nearly two meters in width for the first time, squared-off quad exhausts and, for the first time, a fixed rear wing. Side air-intakes feeding air to the intercoolers remain, though their shape has been disguised under a camouflage wrap deployed by Porsche. Power will once again come form a twin turbocharged flat six with an expected maximum power output of around 600hp.

The new-generation Porsche 992 Carrera is set to be formally revealed at the Paris motorshow in October, with its bigger Turbo brother due for launch in the first quarter of 2019.

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Canford Classics Porsche Pull-In 4 highlights

The last British bank holiday weekend before Christmas brought us perfect weather in which to get out and enjoy our Neunelfers. And, for many 911 enthusiasts situated around the south coast, that included a visit to Canford Classics for their fourth annual Porsche pull-in.

A growing tradition for the August long weekend, Canford’s annual open day promises access all areas to their impressive premises, lots of Porsche metal to gawp at, and at least one hundred like-minded enthusiasts to talk Porsche with for the morning. Hell, even a complimentary bacon bap and cup of tea is thrown in for good measure!

Canford reckon this year’s Porsche pull-in was the best yet, with a record attendance to the barns at Winterbourne Kingston throwing up a great variety of cars old and new, from early 912s right up to a 2017 Targa GTS.

In case you missed it, we’ve posted a selection of pictures below from the day, our shots coming courtesy of the talented young photographer Ryan Jeffery.

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Vintage Photos: 1986 Porsche 944 Turbos at the Factory

It’s the summer of 1985, and Rennlist.com forum member “jerhofer” stumbled upon the first Porsche 944 Turbos (Type 951) at the Audi factory in Neckarsulm while on a trip to Germany. Need we say more? Find more photos of them mixed in with Audis and normal 944s and a link to the full thread on the following page… 8 cylinder engine blocks at the Audi factory.   Find the full thread HERE.

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Thursday Edition of “Vintage Car Photos”. All German, By the Way…

A little Porsche 911 history lined up here, the latest being a 996. Which one would you choose? Ok, if we’re going to play that game the obvious choice is the 964 Carrera RS hiding in there among the more pedestrian models. You’d think they’d compliment it by surrounding it with a 911 Club Sport, a 993 RS and a 996 GT3, and while they’re at it an original 911 S, but we’re getting picky here. That’s just our nature, so be it. 29 more Vintage Car Photos of German descent on the following page…

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