During the end of the 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s, the Porsche Type 935 racer had become quite a revolution. It was one of the most versatile cars one could buy if wanting to go racing, and Porsche would offer the same in many varieties and variants for different races. This made the Type 935 so popular in racing that it was seen everywhere from World Championship for Makes, to endurance races… eventually going on to win the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans overall. Out of the 370 total races that Porsche 935 entered, it won 123. This incredible success gave the Type 935 such great demand, that Porsche started getting plenty of requests to create a road going version of the same. Porsche obliged, and responded back with “flachbau” or flatnose, also known as the slant nose. These cars were created by Porsche’s “sonderwunsch” or “special wish” division, specially handmade and built to order.
The flatnose cars that were built for the road were based on the Porsche 930 of the time while featuring a unique bodywork inspired from the racing 935. It could be easily distinguished from the rest of the Porsche lineup by its slat nose design that featured popup headlights and a large rear spoiler at the back, which too was lifted off the 935. The bonnet featured new louvered steel front fenders that were lowered to hood level. To give the car a more racier stance, the body was wider and had bigger wheels and tyres.
By 1988, a total of 591 “Flachbau” Turbo Coupes were produced for the US, each costing an additional $29,559 above and beyond the $85,000 base cost of the car. These cars featured a 3,164 cc SOHC horizontally opposed six-cylinder, air-cooled engine that was turbocharged to produce a total of 282 horsepower and given Bosch fuel injection and further mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The cars came with front and rear independent suspensions and four wheel ventilated discs.
This particular immaculately kept 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo ‘Slant Nose’ Cabriolet painted in Silver Metallic with a Marine Blue partial leather interior goes on sale at the RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction, set to take place on March 12, 2016.
All images © Drew Shipley for RM Sotheby’s