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The First Ever Porche 911 Turbo Prototype

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On: Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 10:06AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


The First Ever Porche 911 Turbo Prototype

For those who attended this year’s 15th annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in Connecticut, the exhibit featuring rare, elegantly designed classic automobiles, many may have walked right by the Porche 911 Turbo that was on display without giving it a second look. That is, if they hadn’t stopped long enough to notice that this specific Porsche was unique from all others, the very first 911 to sport turbocharged power.

it was not just any classic 2-door coupe that Porsche made in the 70s—it was, in fact, the very first prototype of a factory turbocharged Porsche 911 road-ready car ever made.

Murry Smith, the present owner, has quite an impressive story to tell about the history of this specific car, starting with how the car began as a regular 911 S company car driven by Helmuth Bott, chief engineer of Porche at the time. Then it was awarded first place in the Porsche genetics lottery and got entered into an experimental program to be the very first road-ready Porsche to get a turbo engine. It was also the very first Porsche to be designed with the famous wide-body style and whale tail.

The original Porsche prototype became well known as the 911 Turbo display car for motor shows in cities such as Paris, Frankfurt, and Tokyo. Then, after a factory RSR conversion, it was raced by Aussie Porche importer Alan Hamilton during the mid-70s.

In order to fully understand the evolution of Porsche, one would have to go back to the historical point when this 911 Turbo was built back in the early 70s. People said this was the wrong car at the wrong time, because money and oil were in short supply, but Porsche launched the super sports car concept in spite of it. The car, with its powerful output of 260 hp and 343 NM torque, could travel from zero to sixty in just 5.5 seconds.

Throughout its lifetime, this original prototype of the 911 was modified many times by private teams and by the factory itself for racing, rallying, and other forms of automotive competition. It was among the most successful competitive cars in automotive history. In the mid 1970s, the 911 RSRs won major world championship sports car races such as Targa Florio, Daytona, Sebring, and Nürburgring.

Smith’s story is of a car that was designed before its time, and for those who were fortunate enough to see it in person at this year’s Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, near Fairfield County, Conecticut, they say that the sound of the original Porsche’s air-cooled engine “sounded like God on speakerphone.”

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