This is probably one of my favorite Porsche stories of all time since I drove this car while Ken owned it and had several spirited rides in it. I can agree it was one sweet ride!
In the early 90’s I was looking through the auto trader and saw a 930 Slantnose for sale for a reasonable price of $21,000 or so. I finally got ahold of a guy that was fairly desperate. He explained that he needed money and he needed it fast. I can’t remember the details…but it had something to do with a divorce or a speeding ticket or some unfortunate set of circumstances. The owner explained that the car was consigned at a used car dealership an hour away. I negotiated with the owner until he met my request for a sale price of $15,000. The car was actually a 1977 911 that was not wrecked, but made into what might be considered a “tribute” car. It had beautiful guards red paint, a 1989 Turbo Tail, wide turbo flares (fiberglass, not steel), slant fenders, 944 headlights, functional and correct rear ducts, wide Epsilon wheels with the gold mesh style (very 80’s). The car had an awesome 3.0 litre turbo engine with the 911 5spd (instead of the correct 4sp). Black interior that was very nice as well as impressive paint, good tires. It was sweet.
I picked it up from the dealer who was not real happy that I picked it up and bought it underneath him. I would say he probably was rude and mean. Nevertheless, I started it up and was disappointed with the miss it had in the motor. Driving home, I was so bummed. It looked right, but didn’t run right. I was optimistic that it was a tuning issue and not something worse. Based on what I know now about a misfiring engine, I wouldn’t have taken the chance. But back then, ignorance was bliss.
Driving home, it just wouldn’t go. I couldn’t drive that fast, it made little boost and if it weren’t for the fact that the car looked like a million bucks, I would have been crying.
I drove straight to my mechanic. Great guy. Bad reputation. He was a VW guy that worked out of an old gas station. He was the kind of guy that you paid when it was all done no matter how much he told you he needed money for parts. A 2 day job would take two weeks. I’m pretty sure I had to go toe to toe with the guy when he “fixed” the transmission in my Audi and it went out the next week. But he was a mechanic…and this day he proved to be the best mechanic I knew.
I drove the limping Porsche to the shop…had him come out and told him that it wouldn’t run right. He listened to the engine…he had my rev it up. Then he told me to shut it off. He reached in to the far right side of the engine bay, took un unplugged spark plug wire and attached it. I started it up and it ran perfect. I don’t know when I was ever happier (car wise, anyway). I gave him $40 bucks for the 5 minutes, took off and found the boost. Wow! It was amazing. There is nothing like a slantnose…and one with boost is twice as fun.
I have had quite a few “boosted” cars since then with much more power. But that 930 was, by far, my favorite. After driving the car less then a year, I sold it to move on to something else. My loss.