1985 PORSCHE 911 CABRIOLET FACTORY M491 TURBO-LOOK for sale. Motorcar Classics is pleased to present this rare 1985 Porsche 911 Turbo-Look Cabriolet with the factory M491 option. Featured in Black with Black leather, it is estimated to be one of approximately 113 imported in 1985. In 1980, due to US emission regulations the 930 Turbo was pulled from the North American market and it didnt return until 1986. This left a huge hole for any driver in North America that wanted the aggressive looks and increased performance of the Turbo. The aftermarket tuners jumped on this and started turning the 3.2 Carreras into turbo-look cars. The quality of the body work ranged from frighteningly bad bondo jobs to conversions so good they were almost indistinguishable from factory produced 930s. But even with the good ones it was hard and very expensive to go deeper than wide fenders and spaced wheels and tires. The 930s had a very different suspension setup to take full advantage of the wide-body, bigger brakes, bigger wheels, etc. and to replicate this was a massive undertaking. But people did it to varying degrees of success.
Porsche woke up to the fact that they were losing money to the tuner market and in 1984 they began offering the M491 option on the 3.2 Carrera. It remained an option on the 3.2 from 84 to 89. The 87-89 models also have the G50 transmission just like the standard Carreras. Finally, direct from the Porsche factory, you could order your normally aspirated Carrera with just about everything the Turbo had, minus the actual turbo of course. This wasnt just a Carrera with stretched fenders. It included: The wide-body - turbo whale tail - turbo wrap-around chin spoiler - turbo suspension - turbo brakes with 285 mm cross-drilled discs and four-piston aluminum calipers - wheels and tires - All resulting in a slight weight increase but a noticeable handling improvement over the standard Carrera.
The M491 option didnt come cheap. This wasnt like deciding whether or not to splurge on the electric seats or the sport steering wheel. Prices for the M491 option ranged from $10K to $15K extra depending on the year. The high cost kept orders and production numbers low, making these genuine M491 equipped models very special, very rare and increasingly a good investment. The M491 Carreras were highly desirable as track cars given the Turbo handling paired up with the bulletproof 3.2 engine and they were somewhat overlooked until recently as collectables. Our car has covered 80k miles and remains largely original. It is in robust mechanical health and drives superbly. This is a wonderful opportunity for the enthusiast seeking a rare variation of a classic air-cooled Porsche to drive and enjoy.