Car Catcher: A Well-Optioned, Mostly Original Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

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Perhaps one of the most easily recognizable versions of the Porsche 911, the 911 Turbo was one of the fastest production cars of its time, with an output of over 250 horsepower thanks to a KKK turbocharger. It’s that turbocharger that helped to give the Turbo its “widowmaker” nickname, as its turbo lag often proved dangerous to inexperienced drivers.

This 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet is finished in Grand Prix White over a specially ordered Lipstick Red interior. Speaking of specially ordered, this 911 was also configured with a few notable options, like heated seats, exterior color-matched wheels, a power convertible top and a limited-slip differential.

The Turbo was originally sold new in Princeton, New Jersey—to the tune of $84,157 (approximately $186,085 in today’s money)—though it reportedly spent most of its life in Florida. It has a reported 72,116 miles on the odometer.

Available through LBI Limited for $105,000, this 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet is also accompanied by tools, manuals, records and the original window sticker.

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Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) MegaDork
2/25/21 4:17 p.m.

I've never understood why anyone would want a turbo cabriolet. If you really want to drive a turbo as it can be driven, you'd want the coupe. 

And really, 911s look pretty bad as cabriolets. At least the Targas have some character. But Targa Turbos are a bad idea too. 

In reply to Woody (Forum Supportum) :

I have no idea what you mean.


californiamilleghia SuperDork
2/25/21 5:10 p.m.

Does anyone make a removable hardtop for a Cabrio ?

There were some around about 20 years ago.......

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) MegaDork
2/25/21 8:22 p.m.

In reply to californiamilleghia :

Porsche made a small handful in the late 80s, but they are extraordinarily rare. 

I think all of the water cooled cabriolets came with a hardtop standard. There have been a couple of them offered for free for anyone who can use one at our PCA meetings, by guys who have sold their car without the top. There's not much of a market for used hardtops, since every car came with one. So unless someone bought a used car without it, or if one got damaged in storage, they're hard to sell.

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) MegaDork
2/25/21 8:51 p.m.

californiamilleghia SuperDork
2/25/21 8:58 p.m.

I bought a later 2004 996 hardtop for $20 at the swap meet one day , 

Worst $20 I ever spent :)    No one wanted it ,  like was said above owners would trade in their cabrios and the dealer did not want the hardtops as they had them too , 

But thats not true for the earlier  cars  and the 996 hardtops do not fit on these 930 cars , 

Call me when you find an early hardtop !

chandler UltimaDork
2/26/21 8:55 a.m.

964 obviously. I just ran that to see and that would have been $19,100 in 1992 dollars. Wow, I saw one trade for 20k in the last year.

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) PowerDork
2/26/21 9:09 a.m.

I like the look of the convertible 911 from this era; the 996's seem to have such large convertible stacks and related area that they look like a hunchback. 

I agree about turbo = get a coupe only. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
2/26/21 1:47 p.m.

In reply to Woody (Forum Supportum) :

I'd imagine that the sort of person that bought a 930 cabriolet new was (unfortunately) more concerned with looking cool than actually driving fast at any sort of track.

I'll agree with you that the coupe is really the best version for serious driving, but I would gladly add a Targa to my garage.

californiamilleghia SuperDork
2/26/21 2:09 p.m.

When did they fix the "BIG" Turbo lag ?

Thats where a lot of lawsuits started !


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