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The Porsche 911 'Slant Nose'
Not your father's 930 Turbo
The subtitle is a bit tongue-in-cheek because what's left of your father's 930 Turbo belongs to your mother. They didn't call it the 'Widowmaker" for nothing.
Said to be inspired by the 935 race cars of the 1970’s, the slant nose, or Flachbau, became available through Porsche’s Sonder Wunsch Programm (Special Order Program) starting around 1981. And it wasn’t cheap. The upgrade cost almost half as much as the 930 Turbo.
Not only wasn’t it cheap, but it wasn’t exactly beautiful either. I wouldn’t call it ‘ugly’, but it’s not my cup of tea. No one can seem to get the name right either. Is it a 911, a 930, or a 935? Slant nose or flat nose?
The first-generation slant nose had no pop-up headlights. A smooth fiberglass front quarter panel lead to the front valance, with two headlights mounted on each side below the bumper. This generation is often referred to by enthusiasts as the ‘hammerhead’. Approximately 58 cars were built before the second=generation came along and introduced the now famous pop-up headlights and an updated front air dam with driving lights. Optional vents above the pop-up headlights were a nod to the 935 race cars. Though debated, it’s believed some 204 second=generation cars were made.
The final generation saw greater numbers produced. Approximately 630 cars were built for the US market and another 56 for the Rest of World (RoW). About 50 of the RoW cars are in the UK.
CROSSING THE BLOCK
In April of 2023, a1988 Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet with 2,700 original miles and equipped from the factory with M505 flachbau bodywork sold on BaT for $332,000.