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The first 911 3.0 Turbo appeared back in 1975, in what was intended to be a run of just 500 cars - little did Porsche know that nearly 40 years on they would still be making turbo-charged versions of the model! Using an RS derived 3.0-litre flat-six air-cooled engine with a KKK turbo, a then-mind-blowing 260bhp and 253lb/ft torque was on tap, but only when the engine felt that it had spooled the turbo to sufficient revs to deliver. The effect was legendary, as was the turbo lag, giving the pilots of early cars near heroic status - even if they were constantly picking sprigs of hedge out of the impressive over-size rear spoiler! Internally coded 930/30, they were cars of enormous character and somewhat limited brakes, coming from the much less rapid 911S. 1984 saw the arrival of the 930/66 Turbo, with the car finally reaching maturity in 1989, with 16" wheels and a 5-speed gearbox based on the excellent G50 box with stronger cases and special ratios to cope with the extra torque. Much rarer than the Coupe model, only 320 Turbo Targas were made in total for the European market between 1987 and 1989. Originally supplied in May 1989, by Parker & Parker of Kendal, Cumbria, to first owner - Charles Carter of C&A Carter Ltd for the sum of £58,000. This same car was sold some 18 days later to dealer, William Loughran Ltd, for £100,000. Clearly a product of the crazy 80's classic car boom, the car lasted only 3 hours in the showroom of the aforementioned dealer, before it was sold on again to International Sports Cars Ltd for £110,000 (supporting documentation on file). The car has covered some 116,300 miles with a comprehensive service history comprising 21 stamps to date; the last only 2,000 miles ago in June 2012. The first eight stamps are by main agents, North Hants Porsche, the next 10 by 911 specialists, Two Plus Two of Brierley Hill, and the next two by noted marque experts PCT Porsche of Coventry. There are also many invoices for routine maintenance including a complete new clutch kit at 106,994 miles. According to a document in the history file, this is one of only 25 such cars made in right-hand drive with the G50 5-speed gearbox. The last owner acquired the car from Listers of Worcester in 1997 and used it regularly all year round. In highly original condition throughout, it has the odd cosmetic blemish that you would expect on a car of this age but appears to be a fundamentally sound example that could be easily restored to tip-top condition if desired. The Targa roof fits well and is totally weatherproof. Always garaged when not in use, it comes with a fitted Porsche car cover that it has had from new plus all its original handbooks in the original wallet along with an MOT until February 2016 and V5C registration document.