1975 Porsche 911 Turbo Continues To Tick Away After 725,000 Miles

Although many Porsche 911s sit in garages for most of their lives, the 1975 Porsche 911 Turbo owned by Canadian Bill MacEachern is different. In fact, it has over 725,000 miles (1.165 million km) under its belt.

MacEachern took delivery of the German sports car in May 1976 and before long, he was bitten by the racing bug and undertook multiple cross-continent trips to attend races in Florida, Georgia, New England, California and everywhere else in between.

Throughout the next 30 years, MacEachern drove the 911 Turbo on a daily basis until it was hit by an SUV in 2009 when it had 528,165 miles (850,000 km) on the clock. Despite damage to the axle shaft, suspension arm and fender, the enthusiastic owner ensured it was repaired immediately and continued a 30-hour drive to Monterey.

In 2012, the fabled 621,371 mile (1,000,000 km) mark was reached. Speaking to 911 Magazine, MacEachern said “The car clicked over its one-millionth kilometer on the way to the famous swap meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania and we had a little celebration with champagne toasts when I got back to Toronto.”

Now with 725,000 miles (1,165,937 km) under its belt, MacEachern still gets a massive thrill driving it.

“The 930 was just such an amazing watershed machine. Porsche Turbos have set new standards of excellence as both racing machines and high-performance road machines. And they’re still a one-of-a-kind thrill to own and drive today,” he says.

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  • bloody SUVs

    • TheHake

      So it would have been ok if a saloon hit it?

  • Blade t

    Good to see someone rack some miles on a porsche….wonder how times the engine has been rebuilt….

    • I assume none, otherwise he could not claim the mileage, or am I wrong?

      • eb110americana

        Most cars like this have had the engine rebuilt several times. As long as the chassis is the same, and probably the engine block, it’s still considered the same car. If it really was never opened up for a rebuild, I can pretty much guaranty that it would run like total crap at a quarter million miles. You have to replace things like bearings and rings, otherwise the tolerances just get too far out of spec with normal wear. Also, based off the quality of the paint, which would be in shreds after that many freeway miles, it looks to get regular attention to keep things “like new.”

        • Robert Brown

          What if all the engines moving parts had been treated with Slick 50,when he purchased the car.Then there is a guarantee of no wear,according to the companies 40 odd year claim.

  • ediotsavant

    Something doesn’t add up. His license plate is BYVT 048, which is just a year or two ago. Is the guy pictured the original owner?

    • ??

      • Ad_J

        I’m assuming the ediotsavant is from the province of Ontario, or is at least Canadian. I myself am from Toronto, Ontario.

        Obviously, one can get an idea of when a car may have been purchased/registered, based on the number series of the licence plate (or tag) At this current time, in Ontario, we’re now in the “C” series of alphanumeric combinations. (CXXX ###) “BYVT ###” would make one assume that he either bought or licenced it around 2 years ago.

        But assuming he is the original owner, he may have just chosen to buy new plates or something like that.

      • ediotsavant

        The license plate was issued a couple years ago. How do I know? Because I live in Toronto. Current plates now start with C.

        • Bo Hanan

          Oh, whatever Linus!

    • Derek Jackson

      did it occur to you the guy might have moved…

      • ediotsavant

        Did you not read this part?
        In 2012, the fabled 621,371 mile (1,000,000 km) mark was reached. Speaking to 911 Magazine, MacEachern said “The car clicked over its one-millionth kilometer on the way to the famous swap meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania and we had a little celebration with champagne toasts when I got back to Toronto”

    • MJ

      The story says he bought it in May of 76.

  • GOOD FOR HIM. CARS ARE MEANT TO BE DRIVEN UNLIKE THE CLOWNS WHO BUY CARS ONLY TO GARAGE THEM.

  • BobV12

    How much $$$ thrown in it?

  • casho2015

    What a legend!

  • el brago

    The license plate was issued a couple years ago. How do I know? Because I live in Toronto. Current plates now start with C.

  • Vassilis

    Legend!

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Love the fact he never sold it and drove it so long.

  • LouInPA

    I have a picture of this car in the paddock at Watkins Glen, NY racetrack in 2014. I liked the center lug wheels and funny bumper sticker on rear window. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7ebe9df0f1edf607bf368bb6f2c12595f99cc2be6bd8eb248c9fb7903e99d934.jpg

  • Paul Harford

    With a good eye towards service and maintenance I’m not at all surprised this man has logged all those miles. My question would be over that period of time, what refinements and upgrades has he seen fit to employ under the hood? In the early daze of ‘turbos’ I found it addictive to enhance my ’76 during the many, many years of my time with that car!

  • Derick Pelletier

    Forgive me if I’m wrong but… Didn’t the Porsche speeos only carry 5 digits on that style speedo? There was another style that had the actual tenth mile digit but I’m almost certain this gauge should only have 5. If so that would mean it only has 75k miles. Also if you look closely the 9 looks slightly counter sunk which in most cases indicates it’s a tenths number. I sense photo shop.

    • Dennis James

      We forgive you.