Weekly Treasure: 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabrio Slant Nose

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There's a group of cars that belong to a special "just because" category, built by automakers as a display of their capabilities at the time. Porsche has indulged in such projects for decades and one of the most recognizable models that has remained highly desirable ever since it arrived is the Porsche 911 Slant Nose, or "Flaubau" in German. The name describes it perfectly.

Instead of the traditional 911 round and exposed headlights, there are folding units. Not only did this deviate from 911 design tradition, but altered the side profile's appearance in a way that immediately caught the eye of brand loyalists. As is typically the case with Porsche, there's a motorsport origin to this.

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Back in the early 1980s, German motorsports team Kremer Racing began offering conversion kits for the 930 Turbo, the original 911 Turbo. These kits included revised bodywork inspired by the 935 racing car. The co-owner of TAG Heuer, Mansour Ojjeh, liked what the team was doing so much that he commissioned Porsche to build a street-legal version of the 935. Ojjeh was definitely on to something because other wealthy owners wanted one too, so Porsche made the easy decision to offer the slant nose as a factory option.

Every example required handcrafting because the front fenders needed to be altered. Porsche was a much smaller automaker at the time and limited resources only allowed it to build a limited number - and command a premium price of $29,000 over the standard 930.

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All came powered by a turbocharged and intercooled 3.3-liter flat-six rated at 282 horsepower and 287 lb-ft of torque and paired to a four-speed manual (upgraded to five gears for 1989). Most examples were coupes and fewer were convertibles. This is one of them.

Up for auction on Bring A Trailer is this numbers-matching, Grand Prix White over Linen leather 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Slant Nose with just 26,000 miles on the clock. The current owner added only 2,000 of those miles since purchasing it in 2014. With its forged 16-inch Fuchs wheels, Bilstein shocks, and Porsche-branded calipers, this Slant Nose has already reached $105k in bidding, which is still below its original sticker price of $120,224. Expect the final price to easily surpass it by the time the auction concludes on May 24.

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