Slick Top Turbo: Euro-Spec 1980 Porsche 930

One of those hobby cars that can seemingly weather any economic storm is the air-cooled Porsche 930, a fat-fendered turbocharged vixen that quickly earned the nickname “The Widow Maker” for its tricky handling at the limit. They are relatively reliable and have good parts / enthusiast support, making them a popular first-time hobby/investment vehicle, and this example here on eBay features the rare sunroof-delete “slicktop” roof and Casablanca Beige Metallic paint. 

The paint is a major selling point, according to the seller, as it’s a rarely seen paint code and eschews the typical reds and blacks for a coffee-colored exterior with corresponding mocha interior. It’s worn through in spots, as you can see here, such as on the iconic turbo-specific “whaletail” wing. The seller speculates whether this is a true low-mileage car due to the odometer being replaced at time of importation, but the rough cosmetics – including multiple rust spots – leaves little doubt in my mind that the six-figure mileage is correct.

The seller says the previous owner claimed mileage of around 20,000 with no supporting evidence to back that speculation up. The interior shows a heavy amount of wear, with the dash pad surface peeled up and cracking, and most surfaces showing enough cosmetic wear to validate the 79K miles on the odometer. There’s even what looks like some light mold underneath the headlight controls, but I can’t say for sure. The bucket seats are decent, both both show some light stretch marks where the bolsters meet the seat bottom cushion.

Then there’s this: rust popping up in different places, such as the door jambs. Surface rust is visible on most exposed surfaces underneath the car, and the trunk space shows ample surface rust coating the spare wheel and other areas. The seller acknowledges the interior was adversely affected by a worn windshield seal that allowed water to enter the cabin, causing the delamination of the dash. However, the 930’s Florida location and other areas of rust suggests poor storage beyond not being run in decades. The seller is asking $58,500 for this cappuccino 930; is that a fair price for a project like this?

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Comments

  1. Dave Mika

    Oooh – sounds like a super-expensive project!

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  2. ccrvtt

    Plenty Of Rusty Stuff Concealed & Hidden Everywhere.

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  3. Keith Phillips

    Yikes! This car has been for sale for quite a while. Don’t trust that mileage as Porsche did not import the Turbo in 1980. So this car had a kilometers per hour Speedmeter and odometer. It has been swapped out, which is terribly easy and painfully common in the Porsche world. Also, for all the rust that is visible, there is a ton more hidden. These rust from the inside out. It’s also a galvanized body, so if it’s rusting there are some serious problems. Rare color? Not really. It is a Metallic so it was optional, but it is far from rare. How much to restore this? Start at $100,000 and keep writing checks.

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  4. Steve

    That rust is concerning; didn’t they start galvanising the tubs around 1976?

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  5. Gaspumpchas

    CCRvTT, lmao!! Sure looks sweet but for that kind of coin the rust would scare the bejeesus out of me. 300 ponies, I bet this baby could really cruise the autobahn. Good luck to the new owner, he says in the ad- rare=$$$$…

    Cheeers

    GPC

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    • Gnrdude

      The guy is outta his mind at 58K$ For a Car that doesn’t even RUN & has Body issues.

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  6. Steve

    Agree with Gnrdude, looks like $30K to me. I have never seen so must rust on a galvanized car. Must have been driven on very salty roads & never washed done afterwards.I would not even rush down to Miami if it was $30k

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  7. Rodney - GSM

    Is it just me or does that rusty spoiler wing look like a giant dirty Bar-B-Que grill hanging off the back end…..?

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  8. Steve

    If you buy this you’ll be underwater (just like the car has been from the looks of it).

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  9. Chris

    Cant anyone write good copy for an ad?? Were they not paying attention in english class??? Do schools still teach English?? Sorry mini-rant….

  10. Jack Quantrill

    The service record DNA, has disappeared! Many, many miles on this. Check the pedal rubber, If the’re there, they will speak.

  11. JC

    Looks like a flood car to me… no way.

  12. ACZ

    In Miami, FL. This thing was on the beach at high tide.

  13. Fiete T.

    Porsche- the equivalent to German cars what vintage Mopar is in American car circles…

  14. michael h streuly

    Could be a cool car for blasting thru Mulholland drive late at night but not at 58k the guy is dreaming.

  15. max

    there is to be done, it does not look so bad
    Despite this…
    the most beautiful car line

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