Introducing the Classic Porsche 911 Turbo Concept Revealed at the 1973 Frankfurt Auto Show

The year was 1973, and Porsche made waves at the Frankfurt auto show with the announcement of a new high-powered 911. This new model would be equipped with a turbocharged flat-6 engine, setting the stage for what would eventually become the iconic 930-generation 911 Turbo.

The unveiling of this new concept car was met with much excitement and anticipation. The concept, which has since been meticulously restored by its current owner, featured a mock turbocharging system made from wood and painted to resemble metal. Despite not having a working turbocharged engine at the time, this 911 concept was groundbreaking in many ways.

Based on a 1973 911 S chassis, the concept featured the wider body of the later production 911 Turbo, a prominent rear wing, and larger-diameter Fuchs-style wheels. The hand-painted “Turbo” script on the car’s flanks further emphasized its high-performance nature.

After its initial debut, the concept car continued to make appearances at various shows and served as a development mule for race car components. It eventually found its way into the hands of racing driver and Porsche importer Alan Hamilton in 1975. Since then, it has changed owners multiple times and currently resides in Europe.

While this concept car is not considered the first 911 Turbo, that title belongs to a separate narrow-body car delivered to Louise Piëch in 1973, it still holds a special place in Porsche’s history. The upcoming public appearance of this iconic concept at an event in the U.K. promises to showcase its enduring legacy in the world of high-performance sports cars.

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