Back in the late 70’s, Porsche was busy building a reputation that no-one could take away from them. A reputation built through winning races, especially races that had a heavy slant toward endurance.
What made this impressive was the fact that Porsche was using technology that was not yet widespread or commercially used. Porsche used to bolt turbos to their cars and saw the huge potential that this could give them over a normally aspirated engine.
Enter the widow maker. A name given to the early editions of these Turbo Porsches, where technology had not yet given a particularly usable power delivery. A car that turns from Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde, all dependent on if the turbo is spooled or not. All of this in a car that has all its weight in the rear, while not suffering fools when it comes to ham-fistedness.
Imported as one of two RUF-adorned Porsches to SA, this particular 930 is quite special. It was meant to be used for exhibition and racing purposes.
Modifications at the time included endurance racing lights, different wheels, front bumper with integrated oil cooler, steering wheel, clocks and gauges, exhaust system, a different turbo, and cams. However, as seen on the car now, the seats and steering wheel have been changed to more racing-oriented regalia. It has an uprated charge cooler and twin-plug race heads and coil system.
Having come to FUEL Customs as a less-than clean example, the car was transformed into the gleaming example it now is in the space of just three months, to customer specification. A great example of timeless class and performance can only appreciate through time.
Story by Louw du Toit
Pics by Jay Groat