The Gray Ghost: McQueen's Porsche 930

The master creative partnership of James Lipman and John Glynn is at it again, this time with Steve McQueen’s Porsche 911 Turbo as its subject. As per usual, the photos – and this particular car (that color! those wheels!) – are enough to make one’s mouth water. The words flesh out the rest of the experience.

Glynn, setting the scene:

As we leave the track, we narrowly escape a speeding ticket from a ranger patrolling the state park that surrounds the motorsports facility. “Steve would have loved that,” notes Regalia. “A speeding ticket at Laguna Seca!”

Once you put your foot down, this turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-6 spools up delightfully, though it’s not as almighty as we’re expecting. The 1976 Porsche Turbo didn’t feature a boost gauge and probably the single turbocharger’s 11.5-psi output wouldn’t impress us anyway, since we’re only talking about 234 hp here. The 930 was really only a monster because it made 77 hp more than a standard 911 of the time.

As we rumble back to the parking lot at the end of our drive, Chad McQueen — Steve’s son — is on hand to say hello. “When I was 15, I got caught borrowing this car for a ride around the neighborhood,” recalls Chad. “I got my ass kicked for that one, but it was worth it!”

More words and images over at Inside Line

~ by velofinds on September 21, 2010.

3 Responses to “The Gray Ghost: McQueen's Porsche 930”

  1. I love these old 911’s.
    In a time when we are besieged with speed limits, obsessed with emissions and fuel efficiency, you can always have fun in an old Porsche.

  2. Thanks for the mention, brother. It was a great car to play with for an afternoon and Jamie’s pics are heroic – as always. I didn’t write that middle paragraph though, that is some genius sub-editor at Edmunds taking liberties with my text. C’est la vie!

  3. good to hear from you, john! thanks for checking in.

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