1984 Porsche 911 M491

Collection Car - Not For Sale

Factory Turbo Look M491

This 911 is part of the family. 

The code M491 was an option that had been on Porsche's option list going back to the 70's. Although one could make a call to Porsche, the option was basically an exclusive option for factory race cars or customer cars that had a racing future. In the late 70's early 80's a customer could choose the M491 option as a part of Porsche's Special Wishes program, which was intended for street or race.  In 1984 Porsche officially made the M491 Turbo Look option as part of the street car option list for the North American customers. The 930 (911 Turbo) was not offered to the North American market, so the M491 was in a way a solution for the fact one could not get a US legal 930. The option was roughly a $10,000 option in 1984-89. The car came with the same body, suspension, brakes and interior (less a few turbo related items) as the 930. One basically purchased a 930 less the turbo motor and transmission. For many years, cars with the M491 Turbo Look option had both lovers and haters. Those that loved the option, looked at it as the best of both worlds. A car with the look, handling and braking of a Turbo 930, and without the headache of Turbo maintenance cost. The haters, called the M491 a poser, a fake, an under powered fat 911. These haters were typically 930 owners or big fans of the 930 Turbo. Today, there seems to be less haters and more lovers.