Turbo #1 was given to Louise Piëch, the granddaughter of company founder Ferdinand Porsche, for her 70th birthday on August 29th, 1974. She knew she would use the coupe on a regular basis so she asked the factory to remove the “Turbo” emblem on the deck lid in order to keep a low profile, and she ordered the car without tinted front windows. Porsche explains the reason for that is because Piëch would often drive out to the Alps with a canvas and paint the landscape from behind the wheel of her 911.
Beautifully preserved with a little over 30,000 kilometers (about 18,000 miles) on the clock, the very first 911 Turbo is powered by a 3.0-liter flat-six engine tuned to send about 260 horsepower to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission. That’s not a lot by today’s standards — especially when you consider the newest 911 Turbo boasts 540 horsepower — but it was downright impressive during the 1970s, and it allowed the 911 to reach a top speed of 155 mph.
The very first Turbo is finished in metallic silver with red and blue tartan upholstery and red carpet; in other words, it could pass as a regular 930 Turbo when viewed from a distance. However, passengers were reminded they weren’t riding in a run-of-the-mill 911 by a plaque engraved with Piëch’s initials and “Turbo Porsche N° 1, Stuttgart – Zuffenhausen, 29. Aug. 1974” that’s affixed glove box lid.