I drove this one briefly during the fall in Los Angeles, but it made a big impression. We all know that early air-cooled Porsche 911s from the 1970s through the '90s are among the most intoxicating, coveted cars on the road today; the air-cooled 930 Turbos are some of the most iconic, desirable, and collectible of the lot, especially the first-generation three-liter ones from 1975 to 1977.
Magnus Walker's silver 1976 930 is one such car. It has the proper flares, the statement rear-wing, the blonde-tan leather interior, and the signature Porsche flat-six engine—and it has the driving personality to back them up. The short wheelbase, four-speed manual, and rear engine all make for a car that feels thisclose to the road at all times.
Early versions could hit 60mph in under five seconds, which was considerable for their time. This model felt considerably faster. From the moment I slipped behind the wheel, it never let up. Sure, the 930 has the reputation of being a widow-maker—those who fail to anticipate the massive turbo boost when it kicks in are doomed to overcorrect behind the wheel and end up spinning, or worse. (That's also why this car is so rare: Many of the ones made from '75 to '77 were crashed and wrecked, or upgraded and junked in favor of the bigger engine that came out in the following years.) But if you can handle it, that powerful turbo boost is addictive; the 930 has more personality in just its shifter than most other cars overall, even with all the upgrades and extras.
What makes this one even greater is the fact that it was the first production 930 sold in the U.S. On Hemmings, it runs from $100,000 to $300,000. If you’re lucky, you can find them on BringaTrailer for less than that. As for Walker's own? Its exclusiveness, unique build, and provenance make it worth more than most. He says he's not selling.