1979 Porsche 930 Turbo
If you are going to own an early 930 it should be something special. This entry into the Canepa Collection – the Personal Favorites of Bruce Canepa is just that. A California car with only 1626 original miles and that is completely original and unrestored. Essentially what you would have seen if you had walked into a Porsche dealership in 1979, except without the disco soundtrack.
One of only 1200 Turbos imported to the US in 1979, this example was first sold by California Porsche/Audi in San Francisco in January of 1980 to Ronald Tremper Jr. of San Luis Obispo, CA. The MSRP for the 930 was $45,270, but Tremper would end up paying $58,500 for the car, almost 25% over sticker. In 2014 money his out the door price of $62,782 would be over $200,000!
Paying over sticker for a Turbo was common, as 1979 was supposed to be the last year that the Turbo would be brought into the US. Also the rear-engine 911 was rumored to be on its way out with the introduction of the 928 and other front-engine Porsches. Buyers and dealers alike were speculating that the car would double in value within a few years.
Tremper was 27 when he purchased the car, and took out the longest loan possible to afford the car. The Turbo would not be paid off until December of 1988. More of a treasured possession than a car, the Turbo lived in his converted garage/office sitting on carpet until he sold the car in 2009. He would only take it out for special occasions, and the occasional drive tallying up only 1275 miles in 30 years. The longest journey it ever took was the 256-mile drive home from the dealership in 1980.
A huge Mopar fan and collector, Tremper would go on to sell the Turbo to Mopar expert Juilian Steuer of Restorations by Julius in Los Angeles, CA who would keep the car in his private collection until recently.
This Turbo has only covered 1626 miles since new, and is in completely original and unrestored condition. Even the period Pirelli P7 tires are like-new. The cherry on top is that the Turbo was accompanied by all of its original sales paperwork, Porsche brochures, insurance forms, payment stubs, and its original California license plates.
We showed the Turbo at the 2014 Porsche Parade Concours, and the 2014 Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue where it won its class, and became the first car to score a perfect 100 points in class. We are confident there is no finer example of a 930 in the world.