Porsche 930 3.0 v 991 Turbo with Magnus Walker
Many memorable events happened in 1975. The Vietnam War officially ended, a young Muhammad Ali defeated Joe Frazier in Manila, and the 911 Turbo was introduced to the buying public.
Showcased one year earlier in 1974 at the Paris Motor Show, the Turbo was born out of motorsport necessity, and much like the contemporary race cars of the time, 930s were famed for their punchy force-induced motor and hair-raising power delivery.
When the 930 launched, fuel prices had rocketed by nearly 70 per cent in the UK, and Porsche went against the global consensus by introducing their pioneering high-performance model.
Needless to say, the world fell in love with the turbocharged 911: sales of the 930 in whale-tailed and then teatray-winged form reached 20,000 units in 14 years of production, with posters of the supercar adorning countless bedroom walls around the globe well beyond its production span.
One such fanatic of the 930, a man who is perhaps more familiar with the first Turbo than most, is Magnus Walker. Total 911’s regular Living the Legend columnist and self-styled Urban Outlaw is one of the most knowledgeable Porsche fans you’ll come across, with a Porsche collection including five early Turbos.
This gives Magnus a unique perspective on the latest-generation Turbo in 991 form: as a Porsche obsessive from a young age and a die-hard air-cooled advocate, Magnus could well be the 991 Turbo’s toughest critic.
Before our road test in downtown Los Angeles, Magnus tells us: “My love affair with the 911 began in 1977 when I was ten years old. I saw a Turbo model in Martini Racing livery at London’s Earls Court Motor Show, and fell for the blown arches and aggressive look.”
Years later, and with a string of 930s to his name, how would Magnus feel about the driving experience of the latest 911 Turbo compared to the original 930?
To read more of our 930 3.0 v 991 Turbo head-to-head, including Magnus’ take on the Turbo’s legacy, pick up a copy of Total 911 issue 122 in store now. Alternatively, order it online or download it for immediate access.