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3 owners – 3,376 original miles – Time-capsule quality
Built by Porsche’s Sonderwunsch department (Special Wishes Department)
Less than 250 examples built by Werks 1 between 1981 and 1986
Final year built by the special Werks 1 department
MSRP of 172,351.15 Deutschemarks
Ordered in European specification, immediately imported to US in 1987
Special white paint finish over full black leather interior
4-speed manual transmission, 3.3-liter air-cooled turbocharged engine
The word Sonderwunsch has a special meaning to many Porsche fans worldwide, with many gravitating towards cars that have passed through this elusive place. Translated, it means “Special Wishes”, Porsche’s special department where those with the wherewithal could personalize and upgrade to their hearts content. Located across the street from the main Porsche factory, Werks 1 was responsible for a limited number of special cars to wear the Porsche badge, with one type of car in particular that is now known worldwide: the 930 Turbo Flachbau “Slantnose”.
Originally created for a particular client wanting a car that looked similar to Porsche’s mega 935 racecar, it didn’t take long until other clients were requesting the same type of upgrades for their future cars. In addition to the special slantnose, clients could request a number of upgrades both cosmetic and mechanical from the special department, anything from engine upgrades to full leather interiors in the wildest combinations imaginable. These options were not available from Porsche’s normal production assembly line, which is why it was required for the special wishes department to perform the necessary modifications. From 1982 to 1986, less than 250 total examples were built in the special wishes department across the street. Porsche would send a factory car across the road to Sonderwunsch once completed, where the car would then be modified to the client’s wishes. An unlimited choice of options also came with a hefty price tag, where it was not at all surprising that a completed slantnose would almost double the cost of a standard 930 Turbo.
In 1987 Porsche began building Slantnoses on the factory line, taking over the job that the Sonderwunsch originally had and producing these series of cars from 1987 to 1989. Finding an original Slantnose that was built by the Special Wishes department is a rare find, especially those that still retain their originality and period-correct upgrades. Between 1987 and 1989, there were reportedly around 600 slantnoses produced by Porsche’s normal production assembly line, making these original 1982-1986 Special Wishes/Sonderwunsch slantnose cars incredibly rare.
This Porsche 911 Turbo Slantnose was ordered by an American, named William Blincoe. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, he ordered this Turbo Slantnose brand new from Hahn Sportwagen in Stuttgart, Germany. Unique to the Turbo Slantnoses were two different options list, one from the Porsche factory for the “base” car, and another for all of the upgrades performed by Sonderwunsch. The factory car was delivered as a 911 Turbo Coupe, optioned with: Special Color, Interior special color, Special shocks, Heavy duty battery, Limited slip differential, Electric outside mirror, Left sports seat, Right sports seat, Alarm, Front windshield with graduated tint, Electric sunroof, and Leather piping around seat covers. The car, before any upgrades began, had an MSRP of 102,382.86 DM. Once the car went across the street, the real fun began.
Werks 1 not only built the slantnoses, but they were the same place where RSRs, 934s, 935s, 936s, and cars of that caliber were built. Essentially the “race shop” and the skunkworks for Porsche, Werks 1 was where the special and secret projects often took place. Under the special works program, the Turbo received a host of upgrades as specified by William Blincoe. These options included the special 930S slantnose front spoiler with integrated oil cooler (not available on American versions), slantnose body with integrated louvers, Stage 2 engine performance package (which included a larger intercooler, upgraded turbocharger, high performance camshafts, and a 4-pipe exhaust) which boosted power to a conservatively-rated 330hp, upgraded suspension, 3-spoke leather steering wheel, custom center console with instrumentation, electronic digital boost gauge, upgraded leather options, side skirts, rear quarter panel brake cooling ducts, and an upgraded stereo system. For all of these upgrades the cost totaled in at 69,968.29 Deutschemarks (about 70% of the cost of a 930 Turbo), for a total of 172,351.15 Deutschemarks for the entire car!
Not wasting any time after the car was built, the car was reportedly imported to the U.S. on May 4th, 1987 and was declared to meet US highway safety regulations on July 29th, 1987. On May 26th, 2009, the car was purchased by a new owner who kept the car until approximately November of 2013. In March of 2014 the car was serviced at Porsche of Omaha, with a recorded 2,657 miles on the odometer. In March of 2016, the car was purchased by its most recent owner who lived in Los Angeles, California. During his ownership he had the car maintained at Beverly Hills Porsche and drove the car very few miles.
Seeing a true Sonderwunsch car in the flesh is always a spectacle. A rolling example that helps conceptualize the 1980s, the white Slantnose offers a glimpse back into the past. Upon arriving at Canepa, the car was admired for its originality, uniqueness, and overall era-defining looks. Extremely low production paired with the time-capsule quality of this example with only 3,376 original miles, it was the perfect combination of elements that make it a “Canepa car.” Each and every collector car that comes to Canepa is put through and extensive and diligent process called the “Canepa Difference.” This includes a major and comprehensive mechanical inspection where all systems are checked and serviced as necessary. They also receive an award-winning concours-level detailing, a thorough cleaning of each and every surface that ensures that every car is a sight to behold. Finishing off with a foam-pad-only polish to enhance the paint finish, each and every car is a perfect example and a personification of Bruce Canepa’s impeccable attention to detail. For this particular car maintaining its originality was critical, and the factory-applied cosmoline underneath the car remains untouched.
A true Sonderwunsch car is rare example to own let alone see and experience in person. All starting with a special request from a single client spanning into multiple cars to channel the era-defining Porsche 935, the Turbo Slantnose took the opulence of the 80s and turned it up to 11. Now available for its next owner to drive and experience what an era-defining 930 Turbo feels like, there is no finer option than this Flachbau “Slantnose.”