Unique Cars - - PORSCHE -

Long-time col­lec­tor, racer and owner of high-end car-stor­age house Makulu in Mel­bourne, Clive Mas­sell, ad­mits a Porsche 930 was on his bucket list. “When I was a lit­tle boy, dream­ing of the most ma­cho car in the world, I promised my­self I’d al­ways like to own one,” he says.

The whole turbo pro­duc­tion stream was more the prod­uct of ac­ci­dent than strat­egy. Af­ter some spec­tac­u­lar suc­cess with turbo en­gines in CanAm and sports cars, the com­pany de­cided a ho­molo­ga­tion ver­sion of the 911 would broaden its op­por­tu­ni­ties on the track. ‘So maybe we’ll build 400 or so,’ was the think­ing. That was the early 70s, and they’re still pump­ing them out.

How­ever the early cars, the 3.0 lt boxer six es claim­ing a heady 193 kW, were a huge com­mer­cial suc­cess for the com­pany, which found it­self sell­ing a few thou­sand road cars in fairly short order. They were hideously ex­pen­sive (think around $40,000 in 1975) and no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult to drive fast. And live. The is­sue was sig­nif­i­cant turbo lag, com­bined with that rear ward weight bias, which meant a less than to­tally fo­cussed ap­proach to a turn was likely to end in tears.

Clive’ scar is the sec­ond it­er­a­tion, the 3.3 lt claim­ing 221 kW, built from 1978. They were a lit­tle more re­fined, but still a hand­ful .“Even in this con­fig­u­ra­tion they are dif­fi­cult cars to drive ,” he says.

“They’ re not for lit­tle boys. There’ s no trac­tion con­trol–it’ s an all or noth­ing car. The turbo lag is still quite sig­nif­i­cant and, once you’ re com­mit­ted, you just have to hang in there.

“If there’ s any hes­i­ta­tion, or if you back off, it will turn you around be­fore you can blink. I find them sen­sa­tional to own. They’ re very de­mand­ing, you have to be fo­cussed and con­cen­trat­ing. You can’t ease up for two min­utes.”

Just 2873 of the first-g en (1975-77) cars were built and there’s no doubt a fair num­ber have dis­ap­peared. Prices, as a con­se­quence, are sky-high.

The sec­ond gen, like t his car (1978-89), were more nu­mer­ous at 18,716.

Ac­cord­ing to Clive ,“Porsche turbo val­ues have been this huge see-saw, at some point they’ re the flavour of the month and then they seem to take a dip. And they come back again. Although the val­ues have dipped a lit­tle a good car like this will still achieve $220-240 kin un­mo­lested lo­cally-de­liv­ered right-hand drive.

“If you’ re in the mar­ket, the golden rule is to try and get a good one. From my ex­pe­ri­ence it’s bet­ter to pay a bit more and know what you’ re get­ting .”

And then, maybe, get some coach­ing on how to drive it !

TOP It started out as an ho­molo­ga­tion spe­cial and ended up as a top-seller for Porsche.

RIGHT Clive Mas­sell dreamed of own­ing a 930.

TOP That’s one hell of a shape – there’s noth­ing else like it.

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