mid-1970s were dark times for the automotive industry, and darker still for
those passionate about high-performance cars. Manufacturers worldwide, struggling
to comply with new emissions and safety regulations, were finding it difficult
to produce cars capable of delivering a satisfying driving experience. With one
or two exceptions—very expensive models built in minute quantities—none did.
The cars produced in these years were at best compromised; most were simply
dreadful. The OPEC oil embargo had just turned everything upside down while
safety and emissions standards were strangling performance and stifling
innovation from manufacturers. It was an atmosphere of complete and utter
despair, as though all had been lost.
- out of nowhere - Porsche dropped a bombshell, announcing a turbocharged
series production supercar that not only met regulatory requirements but also
delivered blistering performance. The 3.0-liter Turbo was an instant sensation,
inspiring enthusiasts from every corner of the world and offered hope that
perhaps there was still a future for performance cars. While other
manufacturers made attempts to build a turbocharged series production car, none
were produced in significant numbers or were commercially viable, other
than BMW with the briefly available 2002 Turbo.
Porsche's 3.0-liter Turbo was that and more…becoming the first successful
turbocharged production car that not only exhibited bulletproof reliability and
satisfied regulators, but also ran like a bat out of hell. Porsche's
Turbo became THE car of the 1970s
and 80s, forever cementing enthusiasm for the Porsche marque among those who
came of age during that era. Having entered the popular lexicon, merely
mentioning the word “turbo” in the decades that followed brought only one
thought to mind: Porsche. The 3.0-liter Turbo is unquestionably the car that
raised public perception and established Porsche as a top-tier manufacturer.
The second Parabolica Press title, Turbo 3.0
continues the theme of being carefully researched using the Porsche archives,
private collections, period documentation and intensive study. In an attempt to
cover everything an owner, restorer or enthusiast would want to know about the
dawn of Porsche's turbocharged supercar, Turbo 3.0 includes a considerable
amount of material never before published: comprehensive discussions of
original options, close-up photos of key details, scenes from factory production,
coverage of special one-off models and period motorsports. This is the
definitive book about Porsche's immortal 3.0-liter Turbo and it is essential
reading for anyone who has ever owned, driven or simply lusted after the first
supercar of the modern era.