DT: 1978 Porsche 911 Turbo PTS Brocade Red

We are pleased to present this stunning 1978 Porsche 911 Turbo finished in the rare combination of Paint to Sample Brocade Red over a Cork leather interior.  Representing the first generation of intercooled 3.3 L Turbo as well as one of only 461 U.S. spec examples produced the model year, this 1978 930 showcases factory Sport Seats and a number’s matching drivetrain with a factory optioned limited slip differential.  Having been treated to a full glass-out restoration in 2002 under the care of its original owner at a cost of over $45k, this 930 has been kept in pristine condition with only 15k miles driven since.  Accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity as well as a collection of service records and documentation, this exceptional 1978 example is now being offered by its seller in Oregon.

Under the original owner’s care in 2002, this 930 was treated to a full restoration which included a professional glass-out respray in the factory specified Paint to Sample color of Brocade Red.  Most of the body and window seals were replaced during this time and the seller confirms the paint remains in excellent condition with some minor wear, a few small touch ups and an imperfection located near the driver’s side taillight (detailed images are provided in the photo gallery).  This Turbo features widened fenders, a front valance with fog lights and a distinctive “tea tray” rear spoiler which accommodates the intercooler debuted for the 1978 model year.  H-5 headlights have been added, and factory Fuchs wheels are retained which come dressed in Michelin Pilot Sport AS3 tires from 2016 bearing approximately 700 miles of use.

The Cork leather interior was also refurbished during the time of the restoration with reupholstered factory Sport Seats and a new headliner.  The original manual Sport Seats were swapped out in favor of power operated factory Sport Seats from a later model 911 under previous ownership. An upgraded Nakamichi stereo was also installed during the restoration in addition to a Diamond Audio amplifier and an integrated K40 radar detector and laser jammer at a cost of $15k.  The air conditioning has been recently refreshed and the seller confirms all gauges and accessories to be in good working order.

Marking the first year of the intercooled 3.3 L motor, this 930 carries its original turbocharged flat-six engine which is rated at 265 HP from the factory.  The rear wheels are driven by way of a rebuilt and number matching 4-speed manual transmission with a factory optioned limited slip differential.  In 2002 with 113k showing on the odometer, the engine was completely rebuilt during the restoration. According to the seller, approximately 15k miles have been added since.  Performance upgrades include a K27-7200 turbocharger, C-2 cams, GHL headers and a polished front strut brace. All routine maintenance has been kept up to date with noteworthy recent service items including new OEM vacuum lines and a brake fluid flush as well as a valve adjustment performed within the last 600 miles.  This 930 is reported to be in exemplary running order with a collection of service records and a California smog certificate which is transferrable until October of 2020.

The sale of this Turbo will include 2 keys, 1 valet key, service records and a clean Oregon title as well as the original books, toolkit, air pump, jack and spare tire.  This stunning 1978 example offers an incredible opportunity for any air-cooled Porsche enthusiast in search of a classic 911 Turbo.

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Comments (39)

  • JR930 (seller) 5 days, 2 hoursago

    @ChrisF1 @JNasty With all due respect to your sources, I've had appraisers and restorers who follow the market and seen this car in person tell me this is a $100k car all day long. You can take a gamble on a 60-90k mile driver 930 for $75k, but the thinking man is going to see the $50k minimum maintenance hump and time off the road in the shop over the next 5-10 years. When you look at it that way, this one as a relative bargain at $95k. Like I said before, pay now for a good one, or pay a LOT more later. My old man has been in the collector car biz his whole life, and his advice to me was always "buy the best one you can afford". The entry-level bargains are never a good deal in the long run.

  • JNasty (registered bidder) 6 days, 3 hoursago

    @ChrisF1 - with you. BAT has 100K 930s going in the low $70ks. Now, that is not restored this well, but they are honest slightly modded solid drivers. So, yeah, kick on $10K for the condition. $90K buys you a lot less 930 miles on BAT.

  • ChrisF1 (registered bidder) 6 days, 3 hoursago

    @JNasty +1. Love the car but I've been watching the market for the past 6 months or so and have consulted several collector friends who own them. All said $80-85K car for the "right" buyer. There's a lot of 930's out there currently. Pretty sure there'd be a similar result on BaT and there's a bit of frenzied pricing there. To the seller, GLWS.

  • JNasty (registered bidder) 1 week, 4 daysago

    @JR930 - hopefully, no offense taken. It's a good car, a really nice one, I'd be lucky to own it. But, and I've been there myself, the top of market collector money just doesn't come for 130K cars, no matter how nice. There are A LOT of 3.3 turbos out there. The "money" can be picky. As a multi-time 930 owner, I probably track these sales more than any other model. It's not 2015/16 anymore. After selling my 86 at the peak, I arbed back in a few years ago on another 86 for $80K w/ 78K miles on it that was in a rare color combo, was sorted and that the owner had PAID $109K for in 2015. That said, they seem to be creeping back up over the last year. The top bid plus 5% gets the buyer price to VERY near that $90K offer spoke of. Good luck!

  • JR930 (seller) 1 week, 4 daysago

    @JNasty Not many comps out there for a car with only 15K on a restoration that is fully up to date on service. I was offered $90K a couple years ago by a Porsche restorer, and that was before I dropped $10K in putting the smog equipment back on it to pass CA emissions, improving originality, and having a shop go through it with a fine tooth comb. It's one of those deals where you pay now to get a good one or pay later once you got a deal on a fixer. With that said, the market always speaks.

  • JNasty (registered bidder) 1 week, 5 daysago

    $95K isn't the price for a repainted car w/ 130K miles. Can't find a post bubble comp to support it. Hell, I sold one for $125K in Q3 of 2015, but 1) it's not Q3 2015 anymore and 2) mine had a thick stack of Andial invoices who are the grail of P-car shops. High bid of $82K + 5% should have gotten this done.

  • JR930 (seller) 1 week, 5 daysago

    Thanks to all the bidders and viewers. Happy motoring!

  • mtgYACHt 1 week, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $82,500

  • JR930 (seller) 1 week, 5 daysago

    Bid with confidence! This is a great car.

  • portashmond33 1 week, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $81,930

  • turnkey911 1 week, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $80,000

  • friedricejim 1 week, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $76,000

  • turnkey911 1 week, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $75,000

  • mtgYACHt 1 week, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $65,000

  • stmallgrp 1 week, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $63,500

  • pierrefra 1 week, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $61,500

  • ChrisF1 1 week, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $61,000

  • friedricejim 1 week, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $60,000

  • ChrisF1 1 week, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $59,000

  • MSheehan 1 week, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $57,000

  • JR930 (seller) 1 week, 5 daysago

    @pierrefra Yes, but the buyer will need to arrange shipping details, paperwork, and have the car picked up by the transporter in Jacksonville, Oregon. Buyer must pay for the car in full before pick up.

  • pierrefra (registered bidder) 1 week, 5 daysago

    @JR930
    Hello,
    Would you assist the buyer for any shipping out of USA? via a shipping company, destination France.
    Thanks
    Pierre.

  • JR930 (seller) 1 week, 6 daysago

    Acceleration video: https://youtu.be/Uw3pbvZN-Eo

  • JR930 (seller) 2 weeksago

    @speed4meporsche The speedo was reset upon the original owner's request during the restoration. My guess is it was done to help keep track of major service intervals on the fresh engine, such as the 15K valve adjustments.

  • speed4meporsche (registered bidder) 2 weeksago

    @JR930 Do you know why the speedo was changed out? You stated the original owner ran it to 113k miles and then refurbishment took place . Why not leave the original speedo?

  • JR930 (seller) 2 weeks, 2 daysago

    Walk around video: https://youtu.be/jT2zNTsgwlM

  • PCARMARKET 2 weeks, 3 daysago

    Video content has been added to the listing

  • JR930 (seller) 2 weeks, 4 daysago

    @ChrisF1 Absolutely! Feel free to reach out. Aaron is the owner at Aaron's Autowerks and knows the car well.

  • ChrisF1 (registered bidder) 2 weeks, 4 daysago

    JR930: Are you ok with reaching out to Aaron's Autowerks to get their take on the car?

  • ChrisF1 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $55,000

  • JR930 (seller) 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    @JNasty The power adjustments work properly on both the driver and passenger seats. The seat heaters do not appear to be working on either side. First time I tried it.

  • JNasty (registered bidder) 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    @JR930 - heat, adjustments, etc work w/ the seat swap?

  • moezilla 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $53,000

  • paisturbo 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $25,000

  • Colonel_Trimble 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $20,000

  • JR930 (seller) 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    @JNasty The car is in Southern Oregon near the CA border. I drove it down to the closest smog location for a test on July 3rd. The CA smog certificate is valid for 90 days, so it's transferrable until October 1st.

  • JNasty (registered bidder) 2 weeks, 6 daysago

    @JR930 - is the car in OR or CA? Did you drive it down to smog and back to OR or???

  • Caymanorcarrera 2 weeks, 6 daysago

    Wow.....looks like a really nice '78 930 in a very distinct color.

  • JR930 (seller) 2 weeks, 6 daysago

    Thanks for checking out my auction. As the typical perfectionist Porsche owner, you can be assured that this 930 turbo drives as good as it looks. It was maintained at the best Porsche repair shop in my area, where I had a PPI done in July to ensure everything was in order before sale (photos of PPI and receipts in gallery). This is a no excuses car that you can confidently drive home. I am looking forward to your comments and questions.

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DT: 1978 Porsche 911 Turbo PTS Brocade Red
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