Mario Andretti’s 1985 Porsche 911 Turbo!

Racing legend Mario Andretti was no stranger to the world of high horsepower, and it will probably come as no surprise to learn that he was the original owner of this fire-breathing, and stunning looking, Porsche 935. If that beautiful blue paint doesn’t capture your imagination, then the 500hp on tap, complete with driver-adjustable turbo boost, certainly should. The Porsche is located in Miami, Florida, and is listed for sale here on eBay. Just for the record, the owner has set a BIN price of $375,000 for the Porsche, but the option is there to make an offer.

This Porsche started life as a 930 but has been pretty heavily updated by both Kremer and by DP Motorsport. The body modifications, which include the slant nose front end, shaved front fenders with air extraction vents, widened rear fenders with inter-cooler air inlets with horizontal strakes, flush fitting side mirrors, extended rocker panel sills, re-sculpted lower rear valence, and large rear tray spoiler, were all completed by DP Motorsport. The car has then been coated in stunning dark blue paint, with gold stripes. A DP Motorsport tag in the door jam states that the car was built for Mario Andretti. All of those lightweight body modifications, when combined with the gold striping and those enormous BBS 3-piece wheels, make for one stunning and tough looking car.

The already potent 930 engine was then pretty heavily breathed upon by Kremer, renowned worldwide for their expertise with Porsche products. The intercooler is a DP Motorsport custom item, but everything else is pure Kremer. That intercooler, when combined with Group B camshafts and a custom K27 turbocharger, produce a rather healthy 500hp. As previously stated, nestling between the seats is a knob which allows the driver to adjust the turbo boost. The engine bay presents really well, and it is amazing to consider that Porsche and Kremer are able to produce so much horsepower from a compact engine in such a confined space. Heat is always going to be the enemy, but this is aided by the location of an enormous engine oil cooler behind that equally enormous front spoiler.

The interior of the Porsche presents virtually faultlessly, and to a large extent, it is very typical of the standard 930 on which this car is based. Leather seat upholstery with power adjustment, typically clear and concise Porsche gauges, power windows, and plush carpeting are all par for the course. What is not typical of a 930 of the era is the fire extinguisher bolted to the passenger side floor, or the aftermarket CD player. That’s small change when compared to the leather-clad Momo wheel, the leather-clad roll bar, or the driver’s side Simpson racing harness. They are all indicators that this is a true driver’s car.

Some people love Porsches, while some people don’t. They are not a car that stirs passion in me, but I have total respect for them. The reliable levels of power that they produce and the way that they so efficiently and effectively utilize that power is just impossible to argue against. Porsche are selling more cars today than at any time in their entire manufacturing history. Wind the clock back 30 years or so, and seeing a Porsche on the road was a bit of a rarity. Today, they are a far more common sight and they don’t usually attract the sort of looks that they used to. This Porsche is an exception. If you owned this particular car, there is no doubt that it would attract more than its fair share of attention wherever it went. I have never harbored a great desire to own a Porsche, but I’d be willing to make an exception for this one!

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Comments

  1. Mh

    I’ll pass. Having a famous owner doesn’t add any value to me. I think the seller is trying to squeeze every cent out of the Andretti name.

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    • AF

      It does add plenty of value in this case..even though it doesn’t for you.

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      • VwbussEd

        @AF, I agree, this one holds lots of plusses, and it’s most likely a one of a kind. In 5 years this may seem like a bargain price.

      • DayDreamBeliever Member

        AF is correct. And that will increase the day he leaves us.
        Think “Steve McQueen’s cars and motorcycles…”
        So if you have any real interest, try contacting Mario himself, to see whether the story/provenance is accurate. He can be reached, if you really want to do that.

        My one very fortunate and unforgettable contact with him, a personal hero of mine, lasted several days in 2015. Mario is one of the most down-to-earth people ever to walk this planet, and he has a great sense of humor, along with a humble and thankful perspective on life.

  2. Dennis Keeley

    A real barn find here….if you barn is behind Buckingham Palace.

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  3. Dick A Member

    Well……….heck !! ONLY $375,000? I am Not interested. That’s not enough money yet. Once the bidding gets over $500,000 I will jump in. A Porsche that cheap would not command any respect and get little attention!

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  4. Scott Tucker

    Is this a factory modified slant nose or was it a kit?

  5. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    ‘ Porsche are selling more cars today than at any time in their entire manufacturing history.’ I believe the reason is, they are selling more SUV’s and crossovers than the 911. Raising total sales.

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    • Chuck

      You mean VWs.

      I drove 911s for thirty plus years. To me, they’ve lost their way.

  6. michael h streuly

    Like the car not the price. Perfect car for blasting thru the santa monica mountains on Mulholland drive.

  7. CanuckCarGuy

    I’m sure it’s a superb car, but far too “Miami Vice” for my taste – reminded me of a rich man’s Macho T/A at first glance.

  8. Joe Mac

    Can they find any more places to label this car with “dp motorsports”?

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  9. Bluetec320 Member

    Considering there have been 356 field finds with trees growing out of them sell for 20K, I don’t think the price is too bad for an Andretti car. Nice pictures too!

  10. Scott

    The slant nose market has really declined. I have a client with a 3500 mile cabriolet. He paid $300k a few years ago and the highest offer he has gotten since is $225k. Unless someone really wants an Andretti car I don’t think it’ll get that much.

  11. wuzjeepnowsaab

    These slant nose cars were ubiquitous in Los Angeles in the 80’s Most that I saw were Guards Red…this looks good in blue. The provenance would have to be proven all the way back to Mario shaking hands with the delivery mule for it to get any offers near this number though

  12. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Unless the car was given to him, I would doubt that Andretti would have paid to have so many “dp motorsports” stickers on the car. I also wonder what the first owner after Andretti paid for the car and who is the one that is attempting to suck blood based on the former owner.

    • Dickie F

      I cannot find the mileage listed? If Mario owned it, he might have just sat in it once?
      Or did he enjoy it so much that he covered ….k in it as a daily driver?

  13. Ike Onick

    Looks just like something an Italian would drive. Probably runs on cheap after-shave. The belts are made from gold chains.

    • John

      Wow. A truly igno- rant.

  14. Michael Lopez

    Get him to sign it and I’d really consider buying it…. other wise, it’s just another beautiful Porsche thats be horrifically overpriced!

  15. bowmad

    Might be worth something if the Andretti Curse is ever broken.

  16. Vintageant

    “Reportedly built for…..” HA!

  17. David Rudziensky

    Can someone help me find the paint code for this color, would look great on my car!
    Thanks

  18. mikestuff

    Trying not to be offensive, not sure I’d ever buy a car from Eddie or Bernard. Maybe Edward or Bernie?

  19. Wrong Way Member

    Interesting!

  20. Danh

    Finally, a car that really gives you the excuse to drive like “Mario Andretti”!

  21. Dave Graham

    Back in the late 80’s I worked at a small Rolls/Bentley dealership in Scottsdale, and during race week at PIR we gave Mario a Bentley Turbo R to drive. When his “Guy” brought it back we found a speeding ticket in the glove box. I should have kept it, probably worth a bunch now!

  22. Ralph

    Who knew Mario Andretti was also a coke dealer?

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