Judas Priest’s ‘Turbo Lover’ Porsche 911 Is Looking For A New Owner


It’s only covered 14,100 miles since leaving the factory in 1985.

Music artists are often just as passionate about cars as music. Just ask self-confessed gearhead and Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay, who has an enviable collection of exotic supercars. Sometimes their love for cars inspires their song writing. David Lee Roth famously dedicated the Van Halen song ‘Panama’ to a car he saw racing in Las Vegas. The song even has a sound clip of him revving his Lamborghini Miura S. Another car that’s famously connected to a rock star is this Porsche 911 Turbo SE that inspired the Judas Priest song ‘Turbo Lover.’

Released as a single in 1986, the song featured on the platinum-selling album ‘Turbo’ released the same year. Younger listeners are more likely to remember it from the 2001 PS2 racing game Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec. Lead singer Glenn Tipton clearly had a penchant for this particular Porsche, which is heading to auction later this month. He first saw it being built at the Stuggart factory during a tour, and it was love at first sight. “We had a tour of the factory at Stuttgart and I was so impressed with the engineering and how meticulous they were when building cars, and I just had to have one,” he said. He collected it from the factory in 1985 while on tour with the band, and has owned it ever since.

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“But I live out in the sticks, and it has to be nice weather to take the Porsche out, so I hardly ever use it. It’s time for it to go to someone who will get some use of it, but it’s going to be very hard to let it go.” He isn’t exaggerating its lack of use. Music commitments meant his prized Porsche has only been driven 14,100 miles since it left the factory in 1985. Powered by a 300-hp air-cooled, turbocharged 3.3 liter engine, Tipton had his 911 Turbo SE finished in a unique Chiffon White paint scheme. Being an SE model, the 911 also featured several enhancements including vented rear wheel arches, sill extensions and soft leather interior trim.

It’s been meticulously maintained too, having been fitted with new fuel injectors as part of a full service, so it should still be capable of some serious speed - just don’t go breaking the law in it. You’ll need to have deep pockets for a chance of owning Judas Priest’s prized Porsche though, as Silverstone Auctions estimates the 911 Turbo SE will fetch between 180,000 GBP and 220,000 GBP ($241,000 and $295,000) when it goes under the hammer on October 21.

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