11,000 miles from new
2001 Porsche 911 Turbo Sunroof Coupe
Chassis no. WPOAB 2995 1 S 686540
"The bad news about the new Porsche 911 Turbo is that its owners are probably going to get a lot of speeding tickets. The good news is that if they can afford its $110,000 price, they can probably afford the tickets.", Car and Driver, April 2000
It was Porsche that first saw the real performance benefits of the turbo and crucially made it work properly by fitting a waste gate to allow excess pressure to escape. The production 911 Turbo was launched at the 1974 Paris Motor Show in the teeth of the oil crisis that had helped impose a 60mph blanket speed limit across Germany, which included Porsche's own test track! Known as the 930 Turbo, the car was the brainchild of Porsche boss Ernst Fuhrmann, who stuck to his belief that the car should be a fully-loaded flagship, rather than a stripped-out racer. Producing 260bhp from a 3.0-litre engine and distinguished by a 'whale tail' spoiler, it was nevertheless a fearsome car to drive, famous for its considerable turbo lag and tricky handling balance especially if the turbo started to blow on the exit of a corner, sending a spike of power to the rear wheels.
The arrival of four-wheel drive and twin turbos (with the 993 generation in 1993), plus further technological developments since enabled the 911 Turbo to become perhaps the world's most complete supercar. Easy to manage, hugely secure and stable, yet capable of delivering phenomenal cross-country speed and agility. For the 2001 season, The Turbo was refreshed in 2001, this Fifth Generation was inline with the 996 generation of 911s this being an example of that iteration.
The car was special ordered by Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach, Florida for its new owner, Mark O'Mara of Orlando. O'Mara chose one of the most timeless, subtle and elegant schemes for these cars being Seal Grey Metallic coachwork, with a Graphite Grey full leather interior. With a factory list price of $133,175, its specification included the following options: delete front bumperettes, Tiptronic transmission, navigation, lumber support both left & right seats w/multiple memory position driver seat, BOSE surround sound system, six disc CD autochanger, supple leather front & back, full carbon fiber interior package for the side doors, full front center console, steering wheel & dashboard accents all over, sunroof, metal door sill model insignias & the beautiful Porsche crests on the seats. To this a set of Champion 19" alloy wheels & Pirelli P-Zero tires were added to the ticket, for another $6,000 rounding it up to roughly $140,000 as new.
Averaging out at less than 1,000 miles a year from new, the car has a mere 11,000 on its odometer and its condition reflects that, being extremely clean and reported to run 'fantastically well'.
Today's Porsche Turbo is an incredibly tractable and usable car that is as docile and well behaved as its driver wishes it to be, making it at home on a school run or shopping trip yet ready to play the game when the red mist comes down. This low mileage car comes complete with all its original paperwork including window sticker and has been in regular reliable use in its current ownership.