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Much of the Porsche 911's development had resulted from the factory's racing programme, and it was the then Group 4 homologation rules, which required 400 road cars to be built, which spurred the development of 'Project 930' - the legendary 911 Turbo. In production from April 1975, the Turbo married a KKK turbocharger to the 3.0-litre RSR engine, in road trim a combination that delivered 260bhp for a top speed of 155mph (250km/h). But the Turbo wasn't just about top speed, it was also the best-equipped 911 and amazingly flexible - hence only four speeds in the gearbox - being capable of racing from a standstill to 100mph (160km/h) in a staggering 14 seconds. The Turbo's characteristic flared wheelarches and 'tea tray' rear spoiler had already been seen on the Carrera model, while the interior was the most luxurious yet seen in a 911, featuring leather upholstery, air conditioning, and electric windows. More refined than hitherto yet retaining its high performance edge, the Turbo sold in the thousands, becoming the definitive sports car of its age.
This matching-numbers Porsche 911 Turbo was delivered new by Raffay in Germany in October 1976. It is one of the first 100 cars of the 1977 model year, finished in 1976 in the rare and wacky colour of Viper Green metallic. This car is not equipped with air conditioning or the standard sliding sunroof (unusually, customers had to specify that the latter should be deleted) and is the only known example that was delivered in the combination of Viper Green with matching interior for this model year. In total, only a few dozen cars were produced for the 1977 model year in Viper Green metallic.
The Porsche moved to the Netherlands in 1993 and after several years of use was taken off the road by the previous owner. It remained unused for 11 years until purchased by the current owner in 2016. The Porsche was then in good original condition; everything was still present, including the original toolkit and tyre compressor.
A professional restoration was immediately commissioned. The body was stripped back to bare metal by hand, revealing that the car was completely damage-free and had never had an accident. It was then professionally restored and re-sprayed in the original colour. Accident-free 3.0-litre 930s are rare, as many drivers were caught out by the car's 'turbo lag', which could make it tricky to drive, especially in the wet. With the Type 930 Turbo's arrival, Porsche started to provide specific driver training. These driving courses still exist.
The engine was completely overhauled and everything that showed wear has been replaced. The chassis likewise has been overhauled together with the brakes and some elements of the electrics. The green interior remains original - even the original Blaupunkt radio is still present, complete with a microphone to record dictation 'en route' that would later be typed up by a secretary. The car is also equipped with the original exhaust and wheels, and has new tyres. It is supplied with the original toolkit; an original maintenance booklet (not filled in); and the original compressor for the tyre pump. An official Porsche Certificate of Authenticity is included also.
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