Porsche had their first foray into ‘special requests’ in 1962 when Alfried K’upp von Bohlen und Halbach, the industrial magnate, specified a rear windscreen wiper on his Porsche 356 В Coupe. From those humble beginnings, the Sonderwunsch programme flourished in the Eighties, developing the famous flatnose packaging before morphing into today’s Exclusive department.
The Porsche 930/935 was the first car built by the special division at Zuffenhausen after being commissioned in 1981 by Mansour Oijeh, the current CEO of Technique d’Avantgarde (TAG Group), the advanced technologies company who previously owned TAG-Heuer watches and later collaborated with Porsche to build the 1.5-litre turbocharged engine that would power McLaren to consecutive F1 world titles in 1984 and 1985.
Oijeh was a prolific car collector. However. Porsche ensured that their creation would stand out among the Saudi Arabian businessman’s throng of vehicles. Based on a standard Porsche 911 Turbo. Zuffenhausen utilised chassis and body parts from the prolific 935 racer (a car homologated for racing thanks to the 930’s production). Painted in Brilliant red. the interior was finished in full Creme Caramel leather, with burl wood trim, and featuring a Clarion stereo system. Underneath the decklid, a modified 934 engine, tuned to provide 409bhp and 490Nm of torque, provided power.
В jilt at a cost of 350.000 deutschmarks (around £146.000) Porsche understood the significance of this particular car writing to the previous owner to say – your unique and historic Porsche is a prime example of the broad scale of individualisation Porsche Exclusive has offered for the past 25 years.