Up For Auction: 1978 Porsche 911 Turbo

This is the first in a weekly series that includes the best luxury cars around the world currently up for auction. 

When the Porsche 911 Turbo hit the market in the late ’70s, it carried one particular mission – to be the most capable sports car on the planet. Certainly, Porsche’s first supercar did that and so much more. Over 40 years later, this vehicle is still presented as one of the most enjoyable and thrilling little experiences available to motoring enthusiasts.

With a classic 3.3 litre, flat-six engine, Porsche 911 Turbo buyers of the day were keen to leave the many additional trappings Porsche provides with its cars behind in favour of extra maneuverability and less weight. The original buyer of this vehicle chose to eliminate the sunroof in order to increase performance. This resulted in a stiffer roof and body and would mean less flex during hard turns.

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This Porsche 911 Turbo was originally bought in Boulder, Colorado and was equipped with the Sports Seats and Pirelli tyres that buyers were accustomed to. The ‘triple-black’ colour detail is a thing of minimalist beauty, showing what Porsche can do in all the right lights. The size and power of the vehicle also made it an ideal racing car for the time, although the current consigner states it has no known racing history. This past under-appreciation is again noted with the incredibly low driving distance of just 33, 125 miles (about 53, 300 km).


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The original owner held the car for almost 20 years before selling it in 1997. In total, this Porsche 911 Turbo has passed through the hands of five different owners, all of whom have kept it in the superb condition you see here. The aesthetics, such as the interior and the paint have been relatively untouched but are in undeniably pristine condition, with no report of past breakages. However, the mechanical components have been described as having a ‘complete’ overhaul in 2011. The tyres were also replaced in 2013 and the car has been recently serviced.

This particularly rare, ‘triple-black’, sun-roofless one of kind Porshe 911 Turbo comes with a Porsche Production Specifications certificate, owner’s manual, correct spare tyre, and a handy piece of documentation detailing the last 20 years of its life.

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The 1978 Porsche 911 Turbo will be auctioned off on the 9th of March, 2019 on Amelia’s Island. RM Sotheby’s expect a selling price between $135,000 – $155,000 USD.

Photography by Alex Stuart, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.


Jay is a writer and content producer for The Versatile Gent.