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A Beautiful and Extremely Rare UK Porsche 911 Supersport SOLD (1987)
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A beautiful and extremely rare UK Porsche 911 M491 Supersport Coupe.
Supersport equipment, front and rear aero-dynamic spoilers, flared wheel arches, halogen headlamps, headlamp washers, heavy duty windscreen cleaning system, recoil bumpers, integrated fog lamps, power locks, electric window lifters, power sunroof, oil level gauge, oil temperature, oil pressure, electrically adjustable sports seats, seat heaters, leather trimmed steering wheel, 3 point rear seat belts, cassette holder, velour carpet in luggage compartment. Dealer accessories; Porsche dealer fitted Anti-Theft System.
Offered by Porsche in 1984 as a factory option, the Supersport Edition option code M491, essentially provided the showcase looks of a 930 Turbo, but natural aspiration and more palatable running costs were attractive to some, along with the added rarity. Whilst sharing most features with the turbo, including the wide body, rear aerodynamic ‘tea tray’ spoiler and Turbo brakes, some features of the Supersport including the G50 5-speed gearbox and stiffer suspension were deemed more desirable. The M491 option was particularly popular in the US within the first two years of launch as the 930 Turbo was not available. Just 75 cars were produced for the UK market, 35 of which were coupe bodied.
This beautiful genuine Supersport edition is finished in stunning Porsche Nougat Brown Metallic (code F4FA). The paintwork boasts a lustrous shine being nothing short of breath taking and encapsulates the true magic of the 911 perfectly. All panels are straight and free from damage with only the tiniest of imperfections commensurate with a used but cherished example. All trim sections including the trademark rear wing and aerodynamic front bumper are spotless. The ultimate 1980’s object of desire.
The splendid interior of this 911 Supersport is a delightful throwback to 1980’s supercar glamour. The seats are finished in beautifully clean Linen and Mahogany Leatherette with Linen interior inlays. Matching door cards and tailor-made carpet mats complete the look and the colour scheme dashboard and matching steering wheel resonate with 1980’s exuberance! Only tiny age related veins to the seat leather is visible upon very close inspection. The dashboard and associated switchgear is perfect with all functions and controls operating exactly as Porsche intended. The front luggage compartment still displays the important original factory build sticker under the bonnet which matches that inside the service booklet, and the Porsche ground sheet remains unused along with all other tools. The cockpit of a ground breaking automotive hero.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This air cooled rear mounted engine is the 3,164cc 154KW variant or technically known as the M930/20 Type. Naturally aspirated, a top speed of 152mph and 0-62 time of 6.1 seconds is only marginally slower than the 3.3 930 Turbo. The engine bay is beautifully clean, unmolested and displays factory stickers and markings clearly. More desirable than the unit fitted to the Turbo, the Supersport has the Getrag (model G50) five speed gearbox which is light and direct.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Ultimate forged alloy 16inch Fuchs wheels with unique colour coded Nougat Brown centres correct for the Supersport are taken from the 930 Turbo. The wheels are in outstanding condition with only miniscule surface markings visible upon close scrutiny. Quality matching Continental ContiSport Contact tyres 205/55 ZR16 front and 245/45 ZR16 rear have masses of tread remaining and were fitted new in 2015. Powerful ventilated and perforated discs all round with four piston callipers are standard and taken from the 930 Turbo.
Supplied originally by Parker & Parker Ltd, Official Porsche Centre in Cumbria, this genuine UK M491 Supersport was registered new on 17th February 1987. A Certificate of Authenticity issued by Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited confirms the correct model, colour and specification, including the all-important Supersport Equipment package. The original Porsche leatherette wallet contains all handbooks and guides as well as the service record displaying 21 entries, the first 14 stamps being the supplying dealer Parker & Parker. Thereafter the entries are Porsche specialists with the most recent being 2015 at TWG Sport of Peterborough with less than 2,000 miles covered since. An invoice dated August 2015 for £1,744.98 from The Porsche Centre Cambridge details maintenance work undertaken.
Completing the fantastic history record is a large file of MOT certificates and invoices as well as three sets of keys including the original master. Altogether a beautifully presented, very special and exclusive model of this iconic motoring legend.
MOT February 2018, HPI Clear.
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