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Porsche 993: Buying guide and review (1993-1998)

Porsche 993: Buying guide and review (1993-1998) Classic and Performance Car
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The Porsche 993, launched in 1993, was the first 911 to look as though it had melted in the sun, and the last to be fitted with an air-cooled engine. Until now the 911 had a few ‘hard bits’ – surfaces which weren’t so curvy that it looked as though they were purely a product of the wind tunnel. 
 
Not that this was a bad thing; the integration of the panels – not least of all the bumpers – meant the 993 looked sharper and more modern than any 911 yet. The nose was lower than ever, thanks to a switch from round to poly-ellipsoid headlights. Crucially though, the 911 was as beautifully built as always, and as good to drive as to look at thanks to a newly designed aluminium chassis. 
 
Featuring the classic 911 dashboard and floor-hinged pedals, an upright windscreen plus a cabin that’s more compact than you might expect, the 993 was Porsche’s last take on the truly classic formula. From this point on things would never be the same again, which is why for many, the 993 is more desirable than the cars that came before, as well as those that followed. 
 
All 911s, from 1963 to this afternoon, share a characteristic 911 ‘feel’, but that varies greatly in degree. Bog-standard used Coupés from the late 1970s or 1980s once delivered the goods for sensible money but they might demand some restoration work now. Choosing a 911 is such a very personal matter. Just go for what you really want, get the best straight car you can find and look after it. Reliability is legendary but repairs can be costly. 
 
The 993’s agile feel makes it terrific to drive and good ones can still be had for less than £40,000 – this week, anyway. So what are you waiting for?
 
Which one to buy? 
 
Pinning down the right 993 is a bewildering exercise, as there were rear- or four-wheel drive editions, normally aspirated or turbocharged, automatics and manuals – plus coupé, Targa or Cabriolet bodystyles. And just to confuse things further, Porsche offered a choice of wheels, suspension settings, seat styles plus an array of interior and exterior colour schemes. The Cabrio is 30kg lighter than the coupé and impressively stiff while the Targa weighs 60kg more. But the latter isn’t a proper targa; it just features a large glass sunroof and the monocoque doesn’t age well thanks to the bodyshell flexing. That’s why most fans go for the coupé. 
 
The Turbo got a twin-turbo flat-six plus hollow-spoke aluminium wheels and standard four-wheel drive. Fearsomely fast, some criticised it for being too capable. It’s still the one to go for though, although the regular Carrera or Carrera 4S are quite brilliant too, and much more attainable. 
 
If you want something stupidly fast, expensive and scary, it has to be the 911 GT2, which made even the Turbo look tame. If ever there was a car worthy of the road racer tag, this was it. On a similar level, the hardcore 993 Carrera RS model was a naturally aspirated track-orientated road racer. 
 
But let’s be honest here; there’s no such thing as a slow 993 and while the faster editions will prove to be the most collectible, even a decent Carrera will prove a worthy investment – and it offers plenty of thrills too. 
 
Performance and specs
 
Engine 3600cc, six-cylinder
Power 408bhp @ 5750rpm
Torque 379lb ft @ 4500rpm
Top speed 180mph
0-60mph 4.5sec
Fuel consumption 21mpg
Gearbox Six-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2272mm
Length 4245mm
Width 1735mm
Height 1300mm
Kerb weight 1370kg
 
Common Problems 
 
• The 993 has a fully galvanised bodyshell, but it still isn’t immune from corrosion. As a result you need to inspect the usual places (sills, wheelarches, valances) for signs of bubbling. Significant rust is highly unlikely, but the front boot can rust, especially around the battery. The front and rear windscreen surrounds also need careful inspection (lift the rubber seal) along with the rear chassis legs and the rear bumper support tubes. 
 
• Check that all three VIN codes tally with each other and the one on the logbook. You’ll find one on a label on the offside B-pillar, one on a metal tag just below the fuel tank and one under the nearside lower corner of the windscreen. 
 
• The flat-six is very tough although the turbocharged units tend not to be as long-lived as the normally aspirated powerplants. It’s oil leaks and exhaust smoke that you’re looking for, the latter pointing to worn valve guides – which are costly to fix. 
 
• The six-speed manual gearbox is also very strong, but ham-fisted owners can take their toll and hard-driven cars can be suffering from a worn clutch. So check for slipping and ensure there are no clonks which betray a tired dual-mass flywheel. 
 
• Be wary of Targas and Cabriolets on 18-inch wheels as the ride is crashy. That’s bad enough, but the result is a bodyshell that flexes and leads to much creaking and squeaking over bumps. 
 
• The suspension has a hard time of things if the car is driven as intended. Wear is likely in the wishbone bushes, top mounts, balljoints and if you’re unlucky the dampers will have seen better days too. Naturally everything is available, but invest in a suspension overhaul and the bills will soon add up. 
 
• All 993 brakes are hugely capable and there’s no need for any upgrades. But cars used only sparingly may be suffering from seized callipers thanks to the pistons sticking. Replacements are available – but expensive. 
 
• The electrics can play up, especially the three heater motors, the window motors and the mechanism for the targa roof. None is cheap to fix. 
 
Model history 
 
1993: The Porsche 993 Carrera coupé is launched, with rear-wheel drive only. 
1994: There’s now a 993 cabriolet and a 4WD Carrera 4. Plus a Tiptronic automatic transmission is now optional on the Carrera. 
1995: The stripped-out Carrera RS appears with a 300bhp Varioram 3.8-litre engine and a 178mph top speed. There’s a track-biased RS Clubsport too (with welded-in cage), a 408bhp Turbo that does 181mph and a 184mph 430bhp GT2. A Targa arrives along with a Carrera 4S with a Turbo body plus beefed-up brakes and suspension. From September all cars get a Varioram engine for a better torque spread, more power and better economy. 
1996: The Carrera 2S debuts with a Turbo body, the 450bhp GT2 Evo is launched and the Turbo gets a stronger transmission. 
1997: The last hurrah before the 996 arrives is the 450bhp Turbo S with lower suspension and a 188mph top speed; just 183 are sold. 
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites 
 
• www.tipec.net
• www.porscheclubgb.com
• rennlist.com
 
Summary and prices
 
Charting the prices of any Porsche 993 is a surprisingly difficult task, considering that values have been moving at phenomenal rate for the last five years or so. Bog standard Carrera 2 models start from around £20,000 in rough condition, rising to more than £60,000 for perfect examples. Expect to get something usable for £35,000-£45,000. The all-wheel drive C4 models are slightly cheaper, topping out at about £50,000. As always, the specification is very important, with manual cars commanding around £7k more than Tiptronic cars.
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  • Porsche 993 Turbo

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    Vehicle Description In stock now is this superb Porsche 993 Turbo. Finished in Arena Red, which was the launch colour for the 993 Turbo, with grey leather the car also features the rare option of a wood interior. It has covered 87519 kilometers from new, the equivalent of just 54382 miles. A 1995 car it was first registered by Stuttgart Auto of Singapore on a C26 South African country code. Option codes are as follows: 454 – Cruise control 513 – Lumbar support, right seat 567 – Top-tinted windscreen 586 – Lumbar support, left seat 602 – High level brake light 650 – Sunroof 939 – Pleated leather rear seats 982 – Pleated leather front seats A lovely service history is present: 13/03/96 at 2251 kms, Stuttgart Auto Singapore (supplying dealer) 05/12/96 at 4665 kms, Stuttgart Auto Singapore 28/07/97 at 6069 kms, Stuttgart Auto Singapore 01/12/98 at 10015 kms, Stuttgart Auto Singapore 14/02/01 at 19485 kms, Giltrap Prestige, Auckland NZ 12/02/02 at 21504 kms, Giltrap Prestige 12/12/02 at 32163 kms, Giltrap Prestige 03/11/03 at 44335 kms, Continental Car Services, Auckland NZ 23/11/05 at 58498 kms, Archibald Motors, Auckland NZ 24/01/07 at 68244 kms, Archibald Motors 27/03/08 at 73311 kms

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 54382 mi
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  • PORSCHE 993 TARGA - ZENITH BLUE 13,000 miles - ZENITH BLUE

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    Information PORSCHE 993 TARGA (ZENITH BLUE METALLIC) - 1996 Manual 13,000 Miles Zenith Blue Metallic Coachwork Grey Leather Interior Sony CD Player Sports Seats Part Electric Seats Rear wiper Electric windows Electric Mirrors Climate Control Tracker System 17" Targa Alloy wheels Full Main dealer Service History Two Former Keeper only. Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 1996
    • Mileage: 13000 mi
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  • 1998 Porsche 993 C2S

    $112,500(£90,315) $112,500(£90,315)

    Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1998 Porsche 993 C2S in Slate Gray Metallic with Classic Gray interior. Tiptronic transmission. 17,373 miles with one Carfax certified owner. Incredibly well equipped from the factory with over $20k in options:- Aero Kit II with F&R Spoilers, Power Seat Package, Lumbar Support (left seat), Motor Sound, Active Brake Differential, 18' Wheels, Storage in Place of Rear Seats, Delete Model Designation, Hi-Fi Sound Pkg, CD Changer, Lumbar support, Full Leather Interior with Supple Leather. The original paint is in excellent condition with only a few small stone chips in the front bumper and a small mark left on the rear quarter panel from bird poop. All factory stickers are in place including the option code sticker under the hood. The interior is superb with no dry or stretched leather. Excellent mechanically with no issues and absolutely superb to drive. Comes with both its original keys, all its books including stamped service book with option code sticker, Lots of service records from new till 2016. Original window sticker, air pump, tools, jack, etc. This is the last of the air cooled 911's in the best model Variant, one owner, l

    • Year: 1998
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  • 1996 Porsche 993 Turbo

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    1996 Porsche 993 Turbo VIN: WP0AC2994TS376332 This special order, Polar Silver Turbo was completed on June 28, 1996, and was delivered to its new owner on August 20, 1996 in Minneapolis, MN. A resident of Fargo, ND, they who would have it regularly serviced at the Porsche dealer over the next few years. It would remain in their possession until 2003 when it was sold with just 21,000 miles. The next owner from Tennessee would keep the car until 2007. The Turbo's last owner from the San Francisco Bay Area in California would purchase the car with around 36,000 miles on the odometer. This owner kept the Turbo as a drivable collectable, and covered only about a thousand miles a year. Since arriving at Canepa the Turbo has been mechanically inspected and serviced. Hand cleaned from the bottom to the top, and then gently polished and waxed, this Turbo presents beautifully. It is a perfect combination of low enough miles to be in fantastic condition, and just enough miles that you won't feel guilty actually enjoying it. Porsche Options: Manufactured from the Exclusive-Programme 445 Wheel rim caps with Porsche Crest 454 Automatic speed control 650 Sunroof 692 Remote CD changer (6-disc) 939

    • Year: 1996
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  • 1995 Porsche 993 Cabriolet

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    1995 Porsche 993 Cabriolet VIN: WP0CA2993SS340290 This highly optioned 993 Cabriolet was purchased on 4/15/94 at Roger Jobs Porsche in Bellingham, WA. for $76,878 by Howard Schultz, who is best known for being the CEO of Starbucks. He would go on to own the car for over 19 years. Originally kept in Seattle, Washington, the car was moved to Schultz's vacation home in the Hamptons, NY in, or around 2004 with only 5,961 miles on odometer. He kept excellent care of the car with maintenance records showing diligent caretaking of the engine, brakes and fuel systems. The Cabriolet was sold in 2013 to a relative in NY. Since arriving at Canepa the car has been thoroughly evaluated, fully mechanically serviced, and has received a new set of Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A extreme performance summer tires. Over 100 hours have been invested in a concours level detail, which has ensured that this low mileage car looks even better than the 12,165 miles would indicate. The last of the air-cooled Porsche Cabriolets, this 993 drop top is ready for the road, or the show lawn.

    • Year: 1995
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  • 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo

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    1997 Porsche 993 Turbo VIN: WP0AC2999VS375888 This Arctic Silver Turbo was ordered through the Porsche Exclusive Program on December 23, 1996. Its first and only owner, is a long time personal friend of Bruce Canepa. He would purchase the car through Park-Porsche of Lawrence, MA and bring it immediately to his home in California. Although he drove it infrequently, he kept the car properly maintained with yearly checks, oil changes, and service. All this is documented in its complete service paperwork since new. He would own the car until it was purchased by Canepa. Since its arrival it has been thoroughly serviced and detailed, and presents as a brand new 993 Turbo.

    • Year: 1997
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  • PORSCHE 993 RS RECREATION 1995 RESERVED

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    guards red, full rs specification interior including door cards and carpets, recaro sports seats, brake air ducts, safety devices roll cage, 18 inch split rim alloys, full harness seat belts in red, kw adjustable suspension, had minimal use since conversion, serviced and maintained by strasse, tracker, full service history- stunning car !

    • Year: 1995
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  • Porsche 993 C4S

    £84,995 £84,995

    Make: Porsche Model: 993 Carrera 4S First Registered: 23/03/1998 (P) Mileage: 51,324 Miles Previous Owners: 7 Engine: 3.6 Ltr Transmission: Manual Paint Colour: Basalt Black Trim Colour: Grey Leather Carpet Colour: Grey Doors: 2 Seats: 4 MOT: May 2017 TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Month Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 1998
    • Mileage: 51324 mi
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  • Porsche 993 GT2

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    In 2008, DK sourced the car from a good client of ours with a large collection of Concours standard cars and supplied it to its most recent custodian. Since then it has covered very limited mileage and remains in superb condition, making this car one of the finest examples we have seen. Accompanied by the original book pack and spare key, tools, UK registration and commendable history file this GT2 is ready to be enjoyed immediately by the next owner and is available for viewing at our showroom based just outside London.

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  • Porsche 993 RS

    £244,995 £244,995

    In June 2015, the car was sold and subsequently imported to the United Kingdom. Having been supplied to the current owner by DK this RS is in superb condition. Today this example has covered under 23,400 miles and comes accompanied by its original books, spare wheel and jack and full UK registration. Located in our showrooms just outside London and available to view immediately this must be one of the finest 993 RSs available for sale at this time.

    • Mileage: 23400 mi
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  • 1997 Porsche 993 C4S

    $124,800(£100,189.44) $124,800(£100,189.44)

    1997 Porsche 993 C4S, S/N WP0AA2996VS322345, Arctic Silver with midnight blue leather, 3.6 litre normally aspirated air cooled flat six cylinder engine, 6 speed manual transmission, permanent all wheel drive, factory turbo body, brakes, suspension and 18″ wheels, factory steel sunroof, optional front sport seats, motor sound package, original sound system, original owner’s manuals, maintenance booklet and original window sticker, delivered new February 15, 1997 by Ed Slothus at Ray Catena Porsche, Edison New Jersey, one owner from new.

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 32650 mi
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  • Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet

    £40,995 £40,995

    With a superb maintenance record the car is in excellent mechanical fettle. Lifting the rear lid reveals a wonderfully clean engine bay with all components retaining a youthful appearance. The car has almost always been looked after by Porsche or Porsche specialists and has fifteen stamps in the service book. The most recent service was carried out less than 3k miles ago, at 108,531 miles.

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 111234 mi
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  • PORSCHE 993 C2 COUPE - BLACK METALLIC

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    Information PORSCHE 911 CARRERA COUPE (BLACK) 1994 102,000 Miles Triptronic Marble Grey Leather Interior Sunroof SONY Stereo & CD Player Electric Window Electric Mirror Part Electric Seats Rear Wiper Air Condition 17" Alloy wheels with Coloured crests Full Service History (Just Been Serviced) Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 1994
    • Mileage: 102000 mi
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  • PORSCHE 993 CARRERA 4 TARGA - ARENA RED METALLIC

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    Information 1997 PORSCHE 993 CARRERA 4 TARGA (ARENA RED METALLIC) 6 Speed Manual Varioram Arena Red Metallic Coachwork Marble Grey Leather Interior Sports Seats SONY Radio & CD Changer Electric Windows Electric Mirrors Climate Control Part-Electric Seats Rear Wiper 17” Targa Alloy Wheels Full Service History One owner since 2002 (Three previous owner) It is in stunning condition and has a first class provenance and service history, fully documented with all the original invoices and MOT and spare key and factory handbooks in the original leather folder. Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 64000 mi
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  • Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet 1994

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Porsche 993 Carrera 1994 Cabriolet 3.6i in very good condition 1994 Porsche 993 (911) Carrera convertible. “The last real Porsche” people say, because it is the last model with the aircooled boxer engine. This in Germany delivered example is from the 2nd year of production and is in very beautiful and well maintained condition. New paint in 2013 in the original colour “Guards Red (L80K)” and a new black top. The car has the original 3600 CC 6 cyl boxer engine with 286 hp and 6-gear manual gearbox. Documents of maintenance and history are present. The car became a new timing chain etc 3000 km ago. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1994
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  • PORSCHE 993 TURBO S COUPE - SPEED YELLOW

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    Information PORSCHE 993 TURBO S COUPE MANUAL 1998 One of only 23 ever manufactured 60,000 Miles Only Manual Black Leather Interior with Full Carbon Fibre Trim Litronic Lights Sports Seats with Backrests painted Yellow Heated Seats Electric Mirrors Yellow Dials Porsche CD Radio Head Unit Upgraded Sound System Self Dimming Rear View Mirror Full Factory Specification, with a 15mm lowered suspension) Yellow Seat Belts On board Computer Sunroof Rear wiper Yellow Brake Callipers Aerokit Front Splitter and Rear Spoiler Carbon Fibre Reinforced Suspension Strut 18” Chrome Turbo S Alloy Wheels Full Service History with a recent Official Porsche Major Service Absolutely Immaculate Example. Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 1998
    • Mileage: 60000 mi
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  • PORSCHE 993 TURBO COUPE - ARENA RED METALLIC

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    Information PORSCHE 993 TURBO COUPE MANUAL (ARENA RED METALLIC) (1995) 36,000 Miles 6 Speed Manual Arena Red Metallic Full Grey Leather Interior (Ruffled Seats Inserts) Part Wooden Steering Wheel Full Wood Package Electric Front Seats Electric Sunroof Air Conditioning Becker CD player with Bluetooth Upgrade Speakers and Amplifier On Board Computer Full Hands Free Becker Telephone Package 18" Porsche Turbo Alloy Wheels Full Porsche Service History Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 36000 mi
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  • PORSCHE 993 TARGA TIP ARCTIC SILVER - ARCTIC SILVER METALLIC

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    Information PORSCHE 993 TARGA TIPTRONIC S (ARCTIC SILVER METALLIC) - 1997 Varioram Tiptronic S 90,000 Miles Arctic Silver Metallic Black Leather Interior Sports Seats Alpine Radio and CD Changer Partly Electric Seats Electric Mirrors Electric Mirrors Climate Control Rear Wiper 17" Alloy Wheel Full Service History Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 90000 mi
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  • PORSCHE 993 C2 COUPE - BLACK METALLIC

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    Information PORSCHE 993 CARRERA COUPE (BLACK METALLIC) - 1994 6 Speed Manual 93,000 Miles Black Metallic Coachwork Grey Leather Interior Alpine Radio & CD Changer Sunroof Climate Control Telephone Module Rear wiper 17" Alloy Wheels Fully Documented Service History Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 1994
    • Mileage: 93000 mi
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  • PORSCHE 993 C2 COUPE - POLAR SILVER METALLIC

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    Information PORSCHE 911 (993) CARRERA COUPE TIPTRONIC - 1995 Tiptronic 102,000 Miles Polar Silver Coachwork Metropole Blue Leather Interior Cruise Control SONY CD Changer Sunroof Part Electric Seats Electric Mirrors Electric Windows Rear Wiper 17" Alloy wheels Full Service History Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 1994
    • Mileage: 102000 mi
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  • PORSCHE 993 CARRERA CABRIOLET TIP - IRIS BLUE

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    Information PORSCHE 993 CARRERA CABRIOLET TIPTRONIC - 1994 Tiptronic 92,000 Miles Iris Blue Coachwork Metropole Blue Leather Kenwood CD Changer Climate Control Partly Electric Seats Electric Windows Electric Mirrors 18" Alloy wheels Full Service History Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 1994
    • Mileage: 92000 mi
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  • PORSCHE 993 TURBO COUPE - ZENITH BLUE METALLIC

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    Information PORSCHE 993 TURBO COUPE MANUAL (ZENITH BLUE METALLIC) - 1997 79,000 Miles Manual Zenith Blue Metallic Coachwork Beige Leather Interior Sunroof Sports Seats Fully Electric Seats Alphine Radio Player Rear Wiper Climate Control 18" Turbo Alloys Full Service History Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 79000 mi
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  • PORSCHE 993 CARRERA COUPE - BLACK METALLIC

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    Information PORSCHE 993 CARRERA COUPE (BLACK METALLIC) - 1994 Tiptronic Gearbox 84,000 Miles Black Metallic Coachwork Grey Leather Interior Alpine Radio & CD Changer Sunroof Climate Control Telephone Module Rear wiper 17" Alloy Wheels Fully Documented Service History Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 1994
    • Mileage: 84000 mi
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  • PORSCHE 993 CARRERA CABRIOLET - IRIS BLUE

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    Information PORSCHE 911 CARRERA CABRIOLET MANUAL (IRIS BLUE) - 1995 Manual 108,000 miles Iris Blue Coachwork Marble Grey Leather Interior Sports Seats Semi-Electric Seats Electric Windows Electric Mirrors 18" Turbo Alloys Full Porsche Service History. Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 108000 mi
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  • Porsche 993 C4S

    £82,995 £82,995

    Immaculate Porsche 993 C4S. Great colour combination of Polar Silver with Blue Leather Interior. Fully electric sports seats, Tinted Windscreen, Sunroof and 3rd Brake Light. C16 Car.

    • Year: 1996
    • Mileage: 59964 mi
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  • Porsche 993 Carrera S

    £79,995 £79,995

    Pristine condition 993 Carrera S. Options include Air conditioning, third brake light, electric sports seats, sunroof, 18" hollow spoke Turbo S Alloys, motor sound package, C16 UK car, Oval stainless stainless steel tailpipes, Alu-look instruments with chrome rings, Aluminium shift knob, Aluminium parking lever, rear wiper, top tint screen. All factory options from new.

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 86481 mi
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