1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

Porsche street cars had a very strong reputation for excellent durability-Turbos broke that rule


In order to compete against bigger-engined rivals, Porsche homologated the type 934 race car in 1974 and embarked on an entirely new phase in race car development. As word spread about the incredible performance, the initial run of 500 cars disappeared like Houdini. They made another 800 that year, yet didn’t satisfy the demand.

Porsche transferred the lessons learned from their turbocharged race engine to a 3-liter, heavily reinforced version of the light-alloy flat six, and inadvertently discovered they could sell lots of cars in the supercar league.
It was introduced to the U.S. as the Turbo Carrera in 1976 and was up-rated in 1978 to a 3.3-liter intercooled monster that could do 0-60 in five seconds with a top speed of 165 mph. From 1978 on it was called simply the Turbo, but emission control requirements forced it to leave the U.S. market after 1979.

Europeans continued to enjoy the car, and so did American buyers by way of the gray market. It took a while for the factory to realize that the flagship front-engined, water-cooled 928 was not the car U.S. Porsche enthusiasts wanted. In 1986, the Turbo was reintroduced into the American market and sold more than 1,400 copies.
It was much the same package as before, although the emission controls applied to the U.S. version made it a bit slower than the 1979 Turbo. That didn’t seem to matter, as there were few cars that could outrun a Turbo in 1986. Not much has changed 20 years later.
This 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe was a U.S.-delivery model, purchased new in Columbus, Ohio, with special order coral paint, an interior trimmed in oxblood leather, and fully optioned with factory alarm system, AM/FM Blaupunkt, CD player, air conditioning, cruise control, power locks, mirrors, seats, windows, rear window defroster, and tinted glass. The car was later sold to a Colorado resident and was a part of his private collection for many years.
It has just had a full inspection and service completed by 9 Lives Racing of Denver and has no known mechanical flaws. It is in immaculate condition with not a chip or dent to be found, and is complete with tools, books, and records from new. This Porsche is very near the top of the supercar league, and will be willing to take you wherever you want to go.

Jim Schrager

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Jim wrote for the 356 Registry and SCM for over a decade, was a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama (the magazine of the Porsche Club of America), and wrote for Excellence and the Porsche Market Letter. He has written two popular books on vintage Porsches: Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356; and Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Early Porsche 911. He owns about 20 vintage Porsches, which he attempts to keep on the road through all kinds of weather. He is a clinical professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he teaches a popular course on strategy. He actively races his family’s 41-foot sailboat with his two boys on Lake Michigan.

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