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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 Targa - 1997

    €69,900 - €90,870 est. (£62,322.84 - £81,019.69 est.) €69,900 - €90,870 est. (£62,322.84 - £81,019.69 est.)
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  • Porsche 993 RS RHD

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    Vehicle Description Engine Capacity: 3746cc Mileage: 30 599 0 to 60: 5.00secs Top Speed: 172Mph BHP: 300 In stock now is this beautiful original Porsche 993 RS in right hand drive. Finished in Polar Silver with grey leather and the larger clubsport spoilers the car has covered just 30599 miles from new and has a beautiful service history. More information to follow.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 30599 mi
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  • Porsche 993 Turbo

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    Vehicle Description Engine Capacity: 3600cc Transmission: 6 Speed Manual Mileage: 19 177 0 to 60: 4.50secs Top Speed: 180Mph BHP: 408 In stock now is this stunning 1995 Porsche 993 Turbo. Finished in Polar Silver with contrasting blue leather the car has covered just 19177 miles from new! Initially delivered in August 1995 by Five Oaks Garage in St Saviour (Porsche Centre Jersey) the car has had 4 owners in total and is in lovely unmolested original condition. Despite the amazingly low mileage the car has a lovely service history comprising 8 services in total: 11/07/96 at 277 miles, Five Oaks Garage Jersey 04/02/98 at 4056 miles, Five Oaks Garage Jersey 10/03/99 at 6351 miles, Five Oaks Garage Jersey 27/04/01 at 10161 miles, Five Oaks Garage Jersey 12/09/03 at 14416 miles, Oakhurst Garage Jersey 07/09/04 at 16348 miles, Oakhurst Garage Jersey 31/10/06 at 18365 miles, Oakhurst Garage Jersey 01/09/09 at 19086 miles, Gantspeed. A superb low mileage example of this sought after aircooled classic.

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 19177 mi
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  • Porsche 993 Carrera 4

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    Vehicle Description Engine Capacity: 3600cc Transmission: 6 Speed Manual Mileage: 94 512 Body Style: Coupe 0 to 60: 5.20secs Top Speed: 172Mph BHP: 285 In stock now this 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera 4 is finished in Iris Blue with contrasting marble grey leather with blue dashboard. First registered in April 1996 by Glenvarigill Porsche in Scotland as a demonstrator the car has now done 94512 miles. Being a later car it benefits from the more powerful Varioram engine rated at 285BHP and of course the four wheel drive system which gives more grip in adverse conditions. The car is fitted with the option of airconditioning. The car has a full documented service history including details of all work and keeper changes from new. The car has been tastefully upgraded with front RS spoiler by GT Panelkraft and Techart rear spoiler, both of which have been professionally colour coded and fitted. In addition RSR silencers from Carnewal give a purposeful growl without droning at higher speeds. An upgraded wheel is fitted (shown in the photos) but the original wheels can also be supplied. The car has had great success in concours conditions, a reflection on its lovely condition. A lovely service h

    • Year: 1996
    • Mileage: 94512 mi
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  • Porsche 993 C2S Tiptronic

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    Vehicle Description Engine Capacity: 3600cc Transmission: 3600cc Mileage: 41 377 Body Style: Turbo Bodied 0 to 60: 5.20secs Top Speed: 172Mph BHP: 285 In stock now is this lovely 993 Carrera S Tiptronic in Ocean Blue. First registered in May 1997 the car has only had 5 registered keepers, of which we were one to take a reg plate off so 4 private owners. In this time the car has only covered 41473 miles. Sadly back in 1999 the car was the subject of an insurance payout having suffered some damage in a bump. This damage was professionally repaired to the highest standards and then the car was inspected by Autolign in Wolverhampton. They gave the car a clean bill of health which saw the classification taken off the car and now it shows on HPI merely as Condition Inspected. We’ve sold the car on previous occasions on each time being absolutely confident in the quality of the car. The result of this past is that the car is now offered for sale roughly 25% cheaper than it would be. We believe in being honest with people and want to draw your attention to this information so you can make an informed decision regarding the car. We’re really picky so if we’re happy to sell the car once more

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 41473 mi
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  • Porsche 993 Turbo Conversion

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    Vehicle Description Mileage: 100 055 Body Style: Narrow bodied coupe BHP: 500 Just arrived in stock is this rare 993. A narrow bodied Carrera originally the car has been upgraded with a 9M / TPC single turbo conversion with 9M Motec management taking power from 272 BHP to 500 BHP!! The conversion was carried out around 10 years ago so is a proven upgrade and runs through Bilstein suspension, a 993 turbo gearbox, 993 turbo brakes and Bilstein suspension The pure looks of a narrow bodied car coupled with the exhilarating performance of a turbo.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 100 mi
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  • Porsche 993 RS Clubsport

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    Vehicle Description Price: £299,995 Engine Capacity: 3800cc Transmission: 6 Speed Manual Mileage: 24 134 0 to 60: 5.00secs Top Speed: 172Mph BHP: 300 In stock now is this very rare Porsche 993 RS Clubsport. One of a very low number (believed to be just 113) M003 Clubsport variants manufactured the car is finished in Speed Yellow. First registered in June 1995 by Porsche in Stuttgart the car is in stunning original condition with matching numbers. It has covered the equivalent of 24134 miles (its speedo is in KMs and shows 38840) from new. A C00 car (for the German market) it has the following options: 003 – Club Sport Equipment 197 – Stronger battery 451 – Reduced radio preparation 459 – Strut bar 471 – Carrera RS Club Sport rear spoiler 573 – Air conditioner 990 – Seat covers, front, cloth/cloth/leatherette The M003 Clubsport came with a welded in rollcage, no carpets or headlining, Nomex fireproof seats with harnesses and most obviously the bigger spoiler set.

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 24134 mi
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  • Porsche 993 Carrera 4

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    Vehicle Description Engine Capacity: 3600cc Transmission: Manual 0 to 60: 5.20secs Top Speed: 172Mph BHP: 285 In stock now this lovely Porsche 993 Carrera 4 is finished in Iris Blue with contrasting grey leather. First registered in August 1996 on a P registration by JCT600 of Leeds the car has done just 67937 miles since then. Being a later car it is equipped with the more powerful Varioram engine giving 285 BHP over the earlier car’s 272 BHP. The car features aircon (it was optional and not all cars were equipped with it), electric sunroof, windows and mirrors and an upgraded Kenwood CD player (originally it would have been equipped with a cassette player!). Service history is between official Porsche centres and specialists. 10/12/97 at 8950 miles, JCT600 Porsche Centre Bradford 23/11/98 at 14717 miles, JCT600 Porsche Centre Bradford 11/05/00 at 17172 miles, JCT600 Porsche Centre Leeds 09/05/01 at 23289 miles, AFN Porsche Centre West London 20/06/02 at 31617 miles, Chapelgate Porsche Centre Bournemouth 29/05/03 at 37686 miles, Straight Eight New Forest 13/05/04 at 43460 miles, Keylink Systems, Porsche Specialist 10/12/05 at 54047 miles, Paragon 14/12/06 at 62671 miles, GT One 07

    • Year: 1996
    • Mileage: 67937 mi
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  • Porsche 993 Targa | Hollybrook Sports

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    An excellent example of the iconic Porsche 993 C2 Targa, finished in rarely seen arena red with full black leather and choice manual gearbox. The Porsche 993 has now aged remarkably well and has earned the rightful 'Modern classic' status as a usable, everyday modern classic with 285 bhp, and excellent driver feedback. This particular example was first registered on 23rd Jan 1997 through dealership Porsche JCT600 and currently has 116k miles. It is accompanied with its full dealer pack, both keys and will benefit from a fresh service before sale. This 993 is a little bit special, with its unique colour combination and 6 speed manual gearbox. Viewing recommended.

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 116000 mi
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  • Porsche 993 Turbo Conversion

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    Vehicle Description Mileage: 100 055 Body Style: Narrow bodied coupe BHP: 500 Just arrived in stock is this rare 993. A narrow bodied Carrera originally the car has been upgraded with a 9M / TPC single turbo conversion with 9M Motec management taking power from 272 BHP to 500 BHP!! The conversion was carried out around 10 years ago so is a proven upgrade and runs through Bilstein suspension, a 993 turbo gearbox, 993 turbo brakes and Bilstein suspension The pure looks of a narrow bodied car coupled with the exhilarating performance of a turbo.

    • Year: 1964
    • Mileage: 100 mi
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  • Porsche 993 RS RHD

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    Vehicle Description Engine Capacity: 3746cc Mileage: 30 599 0 to 60: 5.00secs Top Speed: 172Mph BHP: 300 In stock now is this beautiful original Porsche 993 RS in right hand drive. Finished in Polar Silver with grey leather and the larger clubsport spoilers the car has covered just 30599 miles from new and has a beautiful service history. More information to follow.

    • Year: 1964
    • Mileage: 30599 mi
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  • Porsche 993 3.8ltr RS Coupe

    £250,000 £250,000

    Make: Porsche Model: 911 993 RS Coupe First Registered: 18/11/1995 (N) Mileage: 53190 kilometres Previous Owners: 2 Engine: 3.8ltr Transmission: Manual Paint Colour: Speed Yellow Trim Colour: Black Leather Carpet Colour: Black Doors: 2 Seats: 2 MOT: TBA TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Month Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 53190 mi
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  • Porsche 993 Cup 993 Cup

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    993 Super Cup Outstanding restored and ready to go for track days or racing. Recently having substantial renovation works carried out to both the engine and the gearbox to make them back to perfect and original configuration, all these works on both engine and gearbox are fully documented and were carried out by Porsche Reading in their Motorsport Department. On engine build completion the motor was bench tested by ourselves before re installing back into the chassis by Porsche Reading. Car can be viewed at any time by appointment at our facility. 421 Gasoline Alley Westcott Venture Park Westcott Buckinghamshire HP18 0XB United Kingdom

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  • Porsche 993 GT2 Evo

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    PORSCHE RACE CAR 993 GT2 Chassis Number WPOZZZ99ZTS394074 Built By Factory 03/97 Engine # 61T20712 Original for chassis Raced 1997 24hour LeMans Car #77 - Jarier / Chereau / Leconte Suzuka Japan 6th FIA GT Goueslard / Chereau / Laconte Zhuhal China 8th FIA GT Malcher / Goueslard GTR Jarama 98 5th Pareja / Chereau Raced 1998 24hour LeMans Car #60 Jarier / Rosenblad / Donovan FFSA GT 3rd Place Goueslard / Sourd Raced 1999 24hour LeMans Chereau / Goueslard / Yver Car is in the condition shown in photos taken at Autosport show 03 / 04 Car has just had fitted new carbon rear arch extensions and rear bumper, some spares Engine has approx 12 hours on it [not verified on logging] Astratech Data logging. Fuel cell replaced 03 [ATL] as was seat and belts / extinguisher. Test can be arranged Purchase pays all related costs and 5% of reserve price if sale is not concluded. Car Now Restored back in to its original 1997 Livery Engine Rebuilt and un-used other than Dyno test and Porsche Filming at Silverstone View YouTube Video Gearbox Rebuilt including new CWP 421 Gasoline Alley Westcott Venture Park Westcott Buckinghamshire HP18 0XB United Kingdom

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  • Porsche 993 Carrera RHD

    £54,995 £54,995

    Make: Porsche Model: 993 Carrera First Registered: 01/03/1995 Mileage: 25,295 Miles Owners: 1 Engine: 3.6 ltr Transmission: Automatic Paint Colour: Aventurine Green Trim Colour: Black Leather Carpet Colour: Black Doors: 2 Seats: 2+2 MOT: 12 Months TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Months Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 25295 mi
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  • 1995 Porsche 993 GT2 EVO Race Car

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    993 GT2 with period Race History in ADAC GT, BPR and FIA GT Championship Chassis W09POT212SDM13002 1995 Built by Mamerow Automobiltechnik in Germany. Raced in 1995 ADAC GT Championship with Oliver Mayer and Mike Hezemans Raced in 1996 BPR with Karl Augustin, Horst Felbemayr, Alfred Gramsel, Ernst Gschwender, Stefan Roitmayer and Johannes Huber Raced in 1997 FIA GT Championship with Karl Augustin, Horst Felbemayr, Stefano Buttiero, Frank Schmickler, Hans-Jörg Hofer and Stefan Roitmayer. Mentionned in the John Starkey Book - The Racing Porsches - from R to GT2 - The car was used for show purposes and track days since 1998. Comprehensively restored in 2002-2003 and updated to the latest GT2 period specs. Engine has only 6 hours since restoration. Dyno tested with 671 HP and 915 Nm of Torque in July 2014. The car is now fully serviced with new FIA Fuel Tank and ready to drive or race on the button. Equiped with a silencer in order to match the 105 DB noise requirements for most of the tracks today. Swiss Form 13.20 (Swiss Tax paid) EUR 395'000 http://www.grabersportgarage.ch/1995-porsche-993-gt2-evo-race-car.html Swiss Tax paid

    • Year: 1995
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  • 1998 Porsche 993 C2S

    $99,500(£81,321.35) $99,500(£81,321.35)

    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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  • PORSCHE 993 RS RECREATION 1995

    £40,995 £40,995

    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

    €49,993(£44,573.76) €49,993(£44,573.76)

    Beautiful Porsche 993 in Polar Silver Metallic with many options and documentation. Original Dutch EU delivery. Full history known. Comes with the following options: - Tiptronic 4 speed with buttons on the steering wheel - 17 inch original cup wheels - Polar Silver Metallic paint - Airconditioning - Airbags - Leather sport seats electronically adjustable - Sports steering wheel - Rear window wiper - Headlamp washer - Power steering - Remote central door locking - Electric windows - Fog lights - Radio - CD player with 6 CD's Full dealer service history. 163.000 km Comes with all original books and documentation, many service invoices. On Dutch EU registration. Please contact us to make an appointment to view this Porsche 911 in our showroom in Bilthoven, The Netherlands.

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 163500 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
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  • Porsche LHD 993 C2S Tip

    £72,900 £72,900

    JZM are proud to present this beautifully prepared LHD 993 C2S Tiptronic in rare guard red. This vehicle is an original panel car with 90% of the paintwork also factory original. It was truly a delight to inspect and flew through our rigorous pre-sales inspection with ease.

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 62137 mi
    For sale
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