Sotheby’s has on block a 1981 Porsche 911 Turbo Flat Nose Coupe. These cars are extremely rare, with only 144 being delivered to the US market. The car was designated as M505 for US markets. That rarity came from its origins in the Sonderwunschen, or Porsche’s “special wishes” department. The Flachbau, or flat nose, was an option for a handmade, specialty car. By 1987, Porsche recognized the potential for making greater profits by bringing the flat nose into production.
The car was actually modeled after the Porsche 935 racing car. The conversion features sloped front fenders, retractable headlamps, and air vents for improved air cooling efficiency for the brakes and engine. A 3.3 liter, 282 horsepower turbocharged flat six cylinder engine is paired with a four-speed manual transmission.
Sotheby’s offering also features a sunroof and a limited-slip differential, as well as Fuchs wheels. It was collector owned, so maintenance was well handled and the vehicle only shows 25,000 miles. The Porsche still has its bar code stickers on the doors, hood, and beneath the decklid. The paintwork mimics the Grand Prix White racecar. The interior is Burgundy leather. The Porsche comes with amenities like a multiposition driver seat, a dash-mounted radio, and air conditioning.
With the options, and the rarity of this type of Porsche 911, it’s no wonder that the listing comes in at between US$150,000 and $200,000.