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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

    $56,500(£44,075.65) $56,500(£44,075.65)

    We recently acquired a low mileage (51,700), 2-owner 1996 Carrera Cabriolet in Black Metallic with a Grey/black partial leather interior. Porsche developed the 993 to replace the 964 who’s production ended in December of 1993 with 993 production starting January 1994. The 993 was a completely new car, only carrying over the roof and deck lid of the 964. By 1996 Porsche had ironed out the kinks and introduced some improvements, most notably Varioram. First developed for the 993 Carrera RS’s M64/20 engine to improve low/mid range torque, Variorum was now standard on all 993 Carrera’s. The naturally aspirated 3.6 liter engine boasts 272 horsepower with that classic air-cooled flat six thrum. This is a very nicely optioned Carrera. Leaving the factory with the following options; Black Metallic Paint (Z8),Porsche Floor Mats, Sports Package 6-speed plus PASM (P04), Aerokit package (P08), Power Comfort Seats w/Driver Memory (P15), 17” Cayman wheel, Rim Caps (4) w/Porsche Crest, Sound Package Plus and Porsche Windstop (deflector). The current owner bought the car from Porsche Newport Beach and is an active member of the Porsche community and collector here in Orange County. He has owned the car for the past 7 years and his only reason for selling is that he recently bought a 98’ 993 and needs room in his garage. We think this speaks highly to the appeal of these later air cooled Porsches. This car, with only two previous owners has been cared for meticulously and spent its entire life in Southern California. The car has been serviced regularly since new with the most recent service less than 1,000 miles ago. This service included; spark plugs, pollen filters, belts, filters, fluids, distributor caps/rotors and SAI service. The chain box gaskets were also replaced

    • Year: 1996
    • Mileage: 51700 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
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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 C2

    £39,995 £39,995

    Just arrived! Porsche 993 C2 Tip, more info to follow.. Paul Stephens - Sudbury Road, Little Maplestead, Halstead, Essex, CO9 2SE | Telephone: +44(0)1440 714884 Registered in England, no 4706673. VAT No 831040871

    • Year: 1994
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  • Porsche 993 Turbo

    £134,995 £134,995

    Just arrived! Porsche 993 Turbo finished in Polar silver with Classic grey leather interior. More info to follow... Paul Stephens - Sudbury Road, Little Maplestead, Halstead, Essex, CO9 2SE | Telephone: +44(0)1440 714884 Registered in England, no 4706673. VAT No 831040871

    • Year: 1996
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  • Porsche 993 Targa

    £56,995 £56,995

    The 993 series finds itself well placed in the 911 spectrum, encapsulating the unmistakable magic and unique feel of the air cooled whilst offering a modern yet involving driving experience. Three years after the 993 was released a new variant was introduced in the shape of the targa, a tradition that Porsche have adhered to since the early 70's. Differing from the early targas the 993 was fitted with a retractable glass roof and shade to prevent any greenhouse effect. This system was a complete redesign, as previous models had a removable roof section and a wide B-pillar functioning as a roll bar. This new concept allowed the targa variant to retain the classic side-on profile of the coupe whilst providing an exhilarating open topped driving experience on those days that allow you to! This fine example has covered only 62,908 miles from new, complimented by a full Porsche/Specialist service history with 18 stamps in the book. Finished in the striking Arena Red Metallic, paint code L84S. This 993 Targa was originally supplied new by Dick Lovett in Swindon on the 2nd of December 1996. This car is ready for immediate enjoyment, so please contact us today to avoid disappointment. Paul

    • Year: 1996
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  • Porsche 993 C2S

    £84,995 £84,995

    The Carrera S models were launched for the 1996 model year and featured the powerful 285bhp Varioram engine, wide body of the Turbo model together with a lowered chassis which gave them a very aggressive stance. The 993 C2S is arguably the most desirable of the normally aspirated 993’s with its driving experience more pure than the C4S. This is due to it weighing 25kg less allowing it to be marginally quicker over a standing kilometre, nimbler on the road and features lighter steering that gives a more communicative feel at the helm. The original 911 was rear engined and rear wheel drive with a manual gearbox, so it is fitting for this Porsche to stay true to its heritage by being the last air cooled version produced in a specification as originally intended. This example was first delivered on the 24th March 1997 via Evans Halshaw and is finished in Ocean Blue metallic with Marble Grey interior. It has covered just 57,000 miles with 3 former keepers. A desirable specification car with desirable 18” wheels and sports seats that is available to purchase today. Option codes 235 - Porsche approved tyres Bridgestone N2 or Pirelli N2 373 - Left Sport Seat w/ Power Height Adjuster 374 -

    • Year: 1997
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  • Porsche 993 Carrera RHD

    £69,995 £69,995

    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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  • PORSCHE 993 CARRERA TARGA - ARENA RED METALLIC

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    Information 1997 PORSCHE 993 CARRERA 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 TARGA - 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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  • PORSCHE 993 CARRERA S COUPE - BLACK METALLIC

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    Information PORSCHE 993 CARRERA 2 S COUPE TIPTRONIC (BLACK METALLIC) - 1996 Tiptronic 19,000 Miles Black Metallic Black Leather Interior Part Electric Seats Rear wiper Electric windows Electric Mirrors White Dials Sunroof 18" Alloy wheels Full Service History Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 19000 mi
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  • PORSCHE 993 TARGA TIPTRONIC - 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 Turbo

    £129,995 £129,995

    Presented in great condition, this 1995 RHD Porsche 911 (993) Turbo 6 speed (402 BHP) is UK supplied with polar silver body and full black leather interior. Factory options include 18’’ technology hollow-spoke alloy wheels with red brake calipers, central locking system, alarm, air conditioning, hard back seats and electric steel sunroof. This vehicle has 14 service book stamps, invoices for works and has only covered 37,000 miles.

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 37000 mi
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  • Porsche 993 Turbo Cabriolet

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    Today this unique example has covered under 9,150 Miles from new and presents superbly having recently been detailed by our master detailer. Accompanied by its leather book pouch, books and history file this Cabriolet Turbo is ready to be used and enjoyed immediately with viewings available at our showrooms just outside London.

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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. 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
    For sale
  • Porsche 993

    £150,000 £150,000

    Porsche 911 3.6 993 Turbo AWD The First Keeper Acquired The Car From H.R Owen Porsche In August 1997 And Since This Point The Car Has Only Had Two Further Keepers, With The Last Being An Official Member Of The Porsche GB Owners Club, Who Took Charge Of This Remarkable Car In December 1998. Arctic Silver Metallic, The Exceptional Provenance Is Continued With An Extensive History File, Which Will Include A Detailed Log Of Past MOT History, A Porsche Certificate Of Authenticity And Historical Past Service Records Listed At 3056, 9222, 11751, 14002, 21443, 26849, 29406 & 30639 Miles. Finished In Arctic Silver Metallic With The Desirable Marble Grey Soft Ruffled Leather Seats Detailed With Light Grey Twin Needle Stitch Work, A Dramatic Black Dash That Wraps Around The Exquisite Cabin And Dove Grey Carpet Mats, With The Rear Seat Carpet Backs Embossed With The Signature Turbo Emblem. The Factory Build Card Includes 18" Turbo Technology Alloy Wheels Which All Sit On Branded Tyres, Twin Oval Polished Exhaust Tip, Four Spoke Black Leather Bound Porsche Embossed Steering Wheel, Porsche Embossed Red Brake Calipers, The Signature Turbo Rear Boot Spoiler, Top Tinted Windscreen, The Optional Third Brake Light, Xenon Headlights With Power Wash Function, Metal Electric Sunroof, Black Leather Head Lining, Rear Wash Wipe, Electric Front Seat Adjust With Electric Lumbar Function, Six Speed Manual Box, Porsche Trip Computer, Electric Windows & Mirrors, Air Conditioning, Sony CDX-C585OR Radio Head Unit, The Original Factory Build Sticker Under The Bonnet, Remote Central Locking With Alarm And So Much More. A Now Rare Find, So For Further Details, Then Please Contact Either Jonathan Or Mark On 01623 622627 - £150,000

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 30780 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
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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 C2 COUPE MANUAL - POLAR SILVER METALLIC

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    Information PORSCHE 993 CARRERA COUPE MANUAL (POLAR SILVER METALLIC)-1995 Manual 58,000 Miles Polar Silver Metallic Black Leather Interior Sunroof Sports Seats Part Electric seats Electric Windows Electric Mirrors Sony CD Changer Rear Wiper Climate control 18" Alloy wheels Full Service History Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 58000 mi
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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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  • 1997 Porsche 993 C4S

    $118,800(£92,675.88) $118,800(£92,675.88)

    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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