NFL Legend Walter Payton’s Porsche 930 Turbo is Going to Auction
This is the one sports car that the Super Bowl champ couldn’t part with before his death.
Every turbocharged, air-cooled Porsche is pretty valuable, but the one that Mecum is going to auction off in October has an ownership history that makes it even more special. This 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo was originally purchased by legendary running back Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears. The car has been in the care of Payton’s son Jarrett since his death in 1999 and now it’s available for ownership outside of the Payton family for the first time.
The football hall of famer, who was known as “Sweetness” around the NFL, had taste judging by the tasteful modifications on his old Porsche. Among its mods are an upgraded Ruf interior, a Ruf intercooler, Borla exhaust, an Alpine stereo with Nakamichi speakers and Gotti rims. The most personal touch on the car is the “Sweetness” license plate frame around the “WP” Illinois tag .
The 930 Turbo is a pretty sweet ride on its own. It’s powered by a turbocharged 3.3-liter flat-six engine that makes 265 horsepower linked to a four-speed manual transmission and there were only 1,200 U.S.-spec models produced in 1979. This particular example has only 9,950 original miles on the clock.
Walter Payton bought this car relatively early in his long 13-season career, but he purposely focused on becoming a great running back before treating himself. “This was his first sports car,” Jarrett Payton explained in the Mecum listing. “This was the first big-name sports car that he bought. He bought it in 1979, the year before I was born. He got into the league in ’75, and early on, his main focus was just playing football. That focus helped him become the leading rusher with the most carries those first three years. He worked hard to ensure he had established himself, so when he was getting to the good part of his career when the ‘80s came around, he wanted to treat himself.”
This wasn’t Payton’s only exotic sports car, but it was apparently his favorite. When his health began to decline in the nineties, Payton sold some of his other valuable sports cars including his Ferrari Testarossa, his Lamborghini Countach, and his Nissan 300ZX. But this 930 Turbo is the only one he couldn’t part with and wrote it into his will.