Factory commissioned and first owned by Mansour Ojjeh, Techniques d'Avant Garde,1983 Porsche 911 Type 930/935 Turbo Coupé Chassis no. WPOZZZ93ZDS000817 Engine no. 6700689
Lot 52
1983 Porsche 911 Type 930/935 Turbo Coupé
Chassis no. WPOZZZ93ZDS000817 Engine no. 6700689
Sold for €230,000 (US$ 303,071) inc. premium
Lot Details
Factory commissioned and first owned by Mansour Ojjeh, Techniques d'Avant Garde
1983 Porsche 911 Type 930/935 Turbo Coupé
Chassis no. WPOZZZ93ZDS000817
Engine no. 6700689
'Your unique and historic Porsche was not only one of the exhibition highlights, but also a prime example of the broad scale of individualisation Porsche Exclusive has offered for the past 25 years.'
The foregoing is an extract from Porsche's letter of thanks to the current owner for making available this unique Porsche 911 Turbo, which was the first car built by the factory's 'Porsche Exclusive' division that had been set up to provide bespoke vehicles for VIP customers. And when this particular car was built there were few more important persons in the motor racing world than the man who commissioned it: Mansour Ojjeh of Techniques d'Avant Garde (TAG). Son of a Syrian-born Saudi Arabian entrepreneur and a French mother, Mansour Ojjeh spent much of his childhood in France and was also educated in the USA. TAG, which had been founded by Mansour's father, Akram, first became involved with motor racing as sponsor of the Williams Formula 1 team in 1979. Towards the end of 1981, Mansour Ojjeh was approached by McLaren's Ron Dennis and invited to enter into a partnership with the Woking-based constructor. Ojjeh agreed to finance a new turbocharged F1 engine, the development of which was entrusted to Porsche. TAG's 1.5-litre V6 turbo first raced in 1983 and the following year secured the first of its two consecutive Drivers' World Championships for McLaren, which had exclusive use of this class-leading engine, Nikki Lauda taking the title in 1984 and Alain Prost in '85.

A prolific collector of fine automobiles, Mansour Ojjeh was thus ideally placed to secure for himself from Porsche a specially modified version of the German manufacturer's ultimate road car: the fearsome 911 Turbo.

Group 4 homologation rules, which required 400 road cars to be built, had spurred the development of 'Project 930' - the original 911 Turbo. In production from April 1975, the Turbo married a KKK turbocharger to the 3.0-litre RSR engine, in road trim a combination that delivered 260bhp for a top speed of approximately 246km/h. The Turbo's characteristic flared wheelarches and 'tea tray' rear spoiler had already been seen on the Carrera model, while the interior was the most luxurious yet seen in a 911, featuring leather upholstery, air conditioning and electric windows. The engine was enlarged to 3.3 litres for 1978, gaining an inter-cooler in the process; power increased to 300bhp and the top speed of what was the fastest-accelerating road car of its day went up to around 258km/h.

The 911 Turbo's raison d'être - the racing 935 - had pioneered what would come to be known as the 'slant' or 'flat' nose, and this new look was soon in demand from 911 customers. Kremer Racing offered a conversion and this service as later taken up by the factory's own Customer Department to special order (Sunderwunschen) from 1981, becoming an official option only in 1986. The front wings were steel, incorporating cooling vents and pop-up headlamps (early examples had them in the air dam) while the rears had extra cooling intakes. There were different sills and along with the body modifications came an even more luxurious interior.

For his own special 911 Turbo Mansour Ojjeh opted for the 935-type bodywork and an engine tuned to produce 380PS (375bhp), an increase of some 25% over standard. Maximum torque went up to a tyre-shredding 490Nm (361lb/ft). According to the Porsche specification sheets on file, the result was a top speed of approximately 285km/h and a
0-100km/h time of 5.2 seconds. In addition to the 935-type bodywork, the sheets list the following special equipment: roll bar, automatic harness, Recaro seats, wooden dashboard panelling, central locking, lowered suspension, competition shock absorbers and competition stabilisers. Copies of the car's original factory documentation (on file) refer to it as a 'Porsche 911 Turbo Spezial'. While in Mr Ojjeh's ownership the Porsche featured in a French motoring magazine (copy article on file).

The Ojjeh 911 Turbo was next owned by one David Clark in London and later passed into the ownership of John Mecom Jr, the famous American millionaire car-collector and one-time motor racing team owner (see Texas Certificate of Title dated March 2000 on file). It was purchased and shipped back to Europe by the current vendor in May 2004. Un-restored but maintained in first class condition, this unique and historic Porsche 911 Turbo is worthy of the closest inspection.

« Votre Porsche, à la fois unique et historique, a non seulement été l'un des clous de l'exposition, mais a aussi été l'exemple type du large éventail de personnalisation qu'offre Porsche Exclusive depuis 25 ans. »
Il s'agit d'un extrait de la lettre de remerciement au propriétaire actuel de la voiture pour avoir prêté sa Porsche 911 Turbo unique, la première voiture construite par la division Porsche Exclusive, créée pour construire des voitures sur mesure pour les personnalités. Et lorsque cette voiture-là fut construite, il y avait peu de personnalités plus importantes dans le monde de la compétition automobile que celui qui l'avait commandée, Mansour Ojjeh de Technique d'Avant-Garde (TAG). Fils d'un entrepreneur d'Arabie saoudite né en Syrie et d'une mère française, Mansour Ojjeha a passé la majeure partie de son enfance en France et a fait ses études aux États-Unis. TAG, fondé par le père de Mansour, Akram, fut impliqué pour la première fois dans la compétition automobile en tant que sponsor de l'écurie de Formule 1 Williams, en 1979. Vers la fin de 1981, Mansour Ojjeh fut approché par Ron Dennis de McLaren et invité à devenir partenaire du constructeur de Woking. Ojjeh tomba d'accord pour financer un nouveau moteur suralimenté de F1 dont le développement fut confié à Porsche. Le V6 1,5 litre de TAG fit sa première course en 1983 et assura le premier de ses deux titres de champion du monde des conducteurs l'année suivante à McLaren qui avait l'exclusivité de ce moteur de premier ordre, Nikki Lauda remportant le titre en 1984 et Alain Prost en 1985. Collectionneur prolifique de voitures de caractère, Mansour Ojjeh était le client idéal pour se faire construire par Porsche une version spécialement modifiée du modèle ultime du constructeur allemand, la redoutable 911 Turbo. Pour sa 911 Turbo spéciale, il choisit la carrosserie de la 935 et un moteur préparé de 375 ch, 25% plus puissant que le modèle de série, avec un couple maximum de 490 Nm, propre à déchirer les pneus. Selon les fiches techniques de Porsche qui figurent au dossier, la vitesse de pointe était d'environ 285 km/h et le 0 à 100 km/h était abattu en 5,2 secondes. En plus de la carrosserie de 935, les fiches mentionnent les équipements spéciaux suivants : un arceau, un harnais automatique, des sièges Recaro, un tableau de bord en bois, un verrouillage central, des suspensions abaissées, des amortisseurs et des stabilisateurs de compétition. Des copies de la documentation originale d'usine font référence à une « Porsche 911 Turbo Spezial ». En la possession de Mansour Ojjeh, la voiture fit l'objet d'un article dans un magazine français (un exemplaire est joint au dossier).

La 911 Turbo d'Ojjeh passa ensuite aux mains de David Clark à Londres et plus tard devint la propriété de John Mecom Junior, le fameux milliardaire américain, collectionneur de voitures et propriétaire un temps d'une écurie de course (voir le certificat de propriété du Texas daté de mars 2000 au dossier). Elle fut achetée et renvoyée en Europe par le vendeur en mai 2004. Non restaurée, mais entretenue dans un état de première classe, cette Porsche 911 Turbo unique et historique mérite la plus grande attention.
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