Hideous 1980 Porsche 911 Turbo Is Hard to Look at – but It Could Be Yours
The original Porsche 911 Turbo was nothing short of a masterpiece, both from a mechanical and a visual perspective. However, during the 1980s, several famous tuning houses were taking these brand-new Porsches and modifying them to extremes. That’s exactly what appears to have happened to the car we’re looking at today.
According to Collecting Cars via Motor1, unusual creation was created by Rinspeed in the 1980s, and it’s called the R69. If it looks like a mashup of several cars from the time period, that’s because it is. This is what happens when you take a 911 and throw it into a blender with a 944.
Is this more than just a modified Porsche 911 Turbo?
Fortunately, this Porsche 911 Turbo’s powertrain remains completely original. That’s a good thing because the 3.3-liter turbo-flat-six that lives over the rear axle was way ahead of its time. Developing just under 300 hp in a car that tipped the scales at less than 3,000 lb resulted in some serious performance. According to Motor1, this resulted in a 0-62 mph time of around 5.4 seconds.
However, we can’t say the same about this Porsche 911 Turbo’s exterior. For starters, this car received what appears to be a slant-nose conversion. In short, this means that the 911’s traditionally round headlights get replaced by ones that pop up.
Looking down the sides reveals that Rinspeed must’ve really liked the Ferrari Testarossa. That’s because the sides of this Porsche more than mimics that iconic 1980s Ferrari. In the rear, we’re looking at a pair of 944 taillights slapped onto a squared-off rear. Thankfully, part of the rear redesign serves to channel air into the air-cooled engine in the rear.
Rinspeed gave it a unique aesthetic back in the 1980s
If you’re wondering why someone would modify a Porsche 911 Turbo in such a strange way, this wasn’t all that unusual for the 1980s. During that time, we saw now-infamous tuners such as Koenig, Gemballa, and DP Motorsport create unique versions of then-new 911s.
However, one of the main differences from these other tuners is that they often boosted performance significantly. Take some of the DP cars, for example. According to Car and Driver, these cars took heavy inspiration from 935 race cars of the time and could reach 60 mph in as little as 4.6 seconds.
In contrast, the Rinspeed car we’re covering today features only a modified exterior. Additionally, this car is officially for sale.
How much will this sell for?
If you want what might be one of the most 1980s cars currently on sale, you’re in luck. That’s because this exact Porsche 911 Turbo is up for sale over at Collecting Cars. The auction ends in around 11 days and is currently at £50,000, or around $68,842. In contrast, a normal 930 of this time period is easily worth over six-figures in great condition.
Frankly, we’d be shocked if this particular example breaks the six-figure mark. However, anything is possible with more than 10 days left to go, even for this ugly duckling.