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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

    £250,000 £250,000

    The Porsche 993 GT2 Recreation. The real 993 GT2 will cost you over £1m. RM Sotheby’s has sold a 1995 Porsche 911 GT2 at its London auction for a record £1.8m Porsche 993 GT2 Specifications based on Carrera 4 shell (1994) in Polar Silver

    • Year: 1994
    • Mileage: 57000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
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    £250,000 £250,000
    RJ RJ
    07554911911 View contact number
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  • 1997 Porsche 993 Supercup

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    1997 Porsche 993 Supercup Originally sold new to compete in a Brazilian version of the European Supercup series. The Brazilian series never happened and the car was subsequently imported into the U.S. 1999 with very few miles on it. This is important since the car was not put through the harsh rigors of the notoriously rough European series. Rather, by comparison, it has led a pampered life. Raced over the next number of years by two privateers mostly in PCA Club races. The car is in excellent condition and it ready to race. Specs are: 3.8 Liter race motor, factory roll cage, centerlock wheel hubs, central air jacks, aluminum & lexan parts, shorter gears, racing clutch, racing suspension, brakes and ABS. Asking $295,000.00

    • Year: 1997
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  • Porsche 993 Turbo Coupe

    £149,950 £149,950

    During the late 60s and early 70s began development on a turbocharged version of the 911. Porsche originally needed to produce the car in order to comply with homologation regulations and had intended on marketing it as a street legal race vehicle like the 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS. When the homologation rules changed, Porsche continued to develop the car anyway, deciding to make it a fully equipped variant of the 911 that would top the model range and give Porsche a more direct competitor to vehicles from Ferrari and Lamborghini. Following the hugely successful 930 Turbo, Porsche released the 993 Turbo coupe in 1995.This would be the last of their air cooled cars. It featured a new turbocharged 3.6 litre twin turbo air to air intercooled engine, which produced 408bhp giving blistering performance with a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5secs and onto a top speed of 180mph. The 993 was the first Porsche Turbo with all wheel drive and held the tittle of “The worlds fastest production car from 0-60 mph and back to a standstill” achieving this in a shade over 7 secs equaling the legendary performance of their 959 supercar. The 993 generation of the 911 is often referred to as the best and most desir

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    £149,950 £149,950
  • Porsche 993 Turbo

    £139,950 £139,950

    HOME STOCK EMAIL Registered June 1995 50,500 Miles Full Service History 3.6L Twin Turbo - 408BHP Manual Transmission Right Hand Drive UK Car Comprehensive Service History Finished in Polar Silver Bordeaux Full Leather Sunroof 18" Turbo Alloy Wheels £139,950 Submitting Form... The server encountered an error. Form received. Submit FURTHER INFORMATION FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS VEHICLE PLEASE COMPLETE THE ABOVE FORM. ALTERNATIVELY, EMAIL OR CALL OUR SALES TEAM USING THE DETAILS BELOW: SALES@SUPERVETTURA.COM T. +44(0)1344 620072 M. +44(0)7541 888310 FACEBOOK /SuperVettura TWITTER @SuperVettura INSTAGRAM /SuperVettura

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 50500 mi
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    £139,950 £139,950
  • 1997 Porsche 993 C2S

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    1997 Porsche 911 C2S VIN: WP0AA2998US322993 First sold by Bill Jacobs Motorsport Inc. on July 18th, 1997. This C2S was ordered through the Porsche Exclusive-Programme, adding some special touches to this already special variant of the 993. This 911 also has its original maintenance booklet with service stamps dating back to 1997 with a service at least once every two years, and with recent maintenance history paperwork. When the car arrived at Canepa we treated the C2S to an extensive concours level detail; cleaning and detailing the 993 from the bottom up, inside and out, until it looked as if it just rolled off the assembly line in Stuttgart. It also received a full mechanical inspection just in case the next owner is inspired to put some miles on this time capsule car. Nothing looks more stunning than black on black on a 993, especially the 356-inspired rear engine grille that is exclusive to C2Ss. This special 993 C2S comes with its original books, jack, tools, compressor and original window sticker. Whether to be kept as a future collectable, or to be enjoyed as a daily driver the C2S is ready for the road. Porsche Options: Limited Slip Differential Automatic Braking Different

    • Year: 1997
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  • 1997 Porsche 993 Cabrio

    $44,500(£0) $44,500(£0)

    This 1997 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet is in Guards Red with Cashmere Beige leather and has just turned 55K miles. In 1993 Porsche introduced what is regarded by many as the most beautiful 911 of all: the Type 993. Over the years the 911 had received many aerodynamic and safety-inspired add-ons, diluting the purity of the original form; the Type 993's arrival marked a return to basic principles, being recognizably a 911 but one in which all functions had been harmoniously integrated in a truly outstanding example of modern automotive styling. The car offered here is a 1997 993 Cabriolet. Sold new in St. Petersburg, Florida on November 25,1997. Finished in the classic Porsche color of Guards Red over beige leather. Original paint. Clear Carfax Report (posted.) Mechanically, the car is as good as it looks, having covered only 55,049 miles from new. Recent (March 2017) service includes new front struts, brakes pads front and rear, drive belts and fluids. (Cost of $2907.34) The suspension and steering are all excellent and all electrical systems work as designed including cold AC. The red paint is excellent with even color consistency over the entire car as only original paint typically c

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 55049 mi
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    $44,500(£0) $44,500(£0)
  • Porsche 993 Cabrio

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    to the vehicle overview Porsche 993 Cabrio Year 1995 Colour schwarz metallic Leather grün PS 272 Hubraum 3600 Kilometerstand 85941 - delivered new to Germany - fully documented history - orig. 85951 Kilometer - lot of works options - full leather price 75.000,- Get in contact

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 53283 mi
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    Movendi
    0049 211 7888 016 View contact number
    Movendi
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  • 1996 Porsche 993 RS

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    1 of 1,014 produced of the last air-cooled lightweight RS Porsches. This RS is was ordered new in Germany (C00) with air-conditioning, electric windows and the small spoiler option. It has covered approximately 62,000 miles and has a full history file including the original Fahrzeugbrief. Factory specification: Factory options:

    • Year: 1996
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  • 1995 Porsche 993 C4 Coupe

    $72,500(£0) $72,500(£0)

    Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1995 Porsche 993 C4 6 Speed Coupe in Aventurine with Black interior. 27,205 miles with clean Carfax. 1st owner in Kent Washington from '95 to '04, 2nd owner in Arizona '04 to 2016. 2nd owner drove 5000 miles in 12 years. Perfect body with superb paint - few marks on driver's door and a couple of chips on front and rear bumpers. Superb interior with no issues, un-cracked dash, soft un re-dyed seats, good roof liner, door panels and carpets. Mechanically superb - just checked and serviced. Drives superbly. A few sensible mods:- Performance chip, eibach shocks lowering the car 1 1/4 '' shock tower strut brace and Alpine CD/radio. New Bridgestone Potenza S-04's all round. Jack, tools, air pump, owner's manual, some receipts and two keys. Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 310-827-8665 today to schedule your test drive.

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    $72,500(£0) $72,500(£0)
  • 1995 Porsche 993 Cabriolet

    $48,500(£0) $48,500(£0)

    Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1995 Porsche 993 Tiptronic Cabriolet in Aventurine with Tan interior and Black top. 54,607 miles with clean Carfax. Nicely optioned with 17'' wheels, sports steering wheel, supple leather seats, Rootwood shifter, etc. Excellent body with superb paint. Option code sticker under the hood. No dings or scratches. Fantastic interior. No cracks on the dash, soft un-redyed seats, good door panels and carpets. Absolutely superb mechanically and a delight to drive. We've just spent over $1,800 our cost on a thorough check out and service, see below. No smoke on start up, lots of power, transmission shifts very nicely. Excellent brakes and steering. Eight service stamps up to 50,485 miles in the maintenance book. Comes with its books (warranty book has option code sticker), jack, tools, both keys, etc. Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 310-827-8665 today to schedule your test drive.

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    $48,500(£0) $48,500(£0)
  • 1995 Porsche 993 C2 Coupe

    $59,500(£0) $59,500(£0)

    Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1995 Porsche 993 Coupe in Black with Tan interior. 41,282 miles with a clean CARFAX. Lived in Nevada for last 17 plus years. Good paint with o dings or scratches. All stickers in place, including option code sticker under the hood. Very good interior. Roof liner, door panels and carpets are excellent. Mechanically superb. Just has a major check out and service at a cost of over $3300. Comes with its tools and jack. Last owner misplaced the books and spare key. Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 310-827-8665 today to schedule your test drive.

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    $59,500(£0) $59,500(£0)
  • 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 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 C4S COUPE 3.8L MANUAL-1996 - POLAR SILVER METALLIC

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    Information 1996 PORSCHE 993 C4S COUPE 3.8 Litre MANUAL – Special Factory Order This is a very rare example and is a special order version from the factory. We understand only approximately four where ever manufactured. This 993 Carrera C4S has a more powerful engine version than the standard 3.6 Verioram engine. Instead it has a 3.8 litre 300 hp (221 kW) :this was offered as a build-to-order by the factory for a very small number of 993's. Manual 37,000 Miles Polar Silver Metallic Midnight Blue Leather Interior JVC CD Player Bluetooth Fully Electric Seats Rear wiper Electric windows Electric Mirrors Sunroof 18" Alloy wheels Full Service History Five Former Keepers only. Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 1996
    • Mileage: 37000 mi
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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 Carrera 4 1995 black

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    In 1994 the Porsche 964 was replaced by the new line of 993's. The 993 offered not only big technical improvement, but also visually. It had much more flared wheelarches and a smoother front and rear bumper design, an enlarged retractable rear wing and teardrop mirrors. Originally the 993 was available in a coupe and cabriolet version. In 1995 the Carrera S, 4, 4S and Turbo followed. The following year saw the introduction of the Targa model. The 993 marked the end of an era for Porsche, since it was the last air cooled model they ever produced. The latest 911's, like the 993 and 964 are often referred to as the best and most desirable of the 911 series, because their performance is very good, even by modern standards, and the 993 was the last complete 'modern classic'. The 993 is elegance and muscle all in one package. The 993 was replaced by the Porsche 996. This represented a dramatic change for Porsche. As many enthusiasts agree, the 993 is one of the sweetest spots in the 911's half-century of existence. Great Porsche 993 Carrera 4 manual in black. 173.000 KM with full service history. Original service book. Delivered new to Porsche Stuttgart in Germany on 16-01-1995, C00 car.

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    VSOC
    +31 0252 218 980 View contact number
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  • 1995 Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet

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    This particular 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet shows why the 993 is still so revered by Porschephiles the world over. Blessed with the striking looks that took Porsche showrooms by storm two decades ago, this machine passed its emissions testing in June 2017. The 3.6L 270 HP flat 6-cylinder engine recently underwent a valve-cover gasket servicing and is backed by a 6-speed manual transmission that proved its mettle over time by becoming one of the favorite gearboxes to ever grace a Porsche. Stopping power in a performance sports car like the 911 is critically important, and these brakes were recently serviced. This canyon carver rolls on newer Bridgestone Potenza Sport tires wrapping optional 17-inch, 5-spoke Cup II wheels complete with Porsche-crest center caps. The shimmering metallic Polar Silver paint is well complemented by an interior of Classic Gray and a newer Metropol Blue cloth soft top that lends this machine a unique Germanic appearance that manages to appeal to all the right senses. This Porsche 911 is further equipped with heated seats, a wind screen, power windows, Porsche floor mats, cruise control, automatic air conditioning, leather-wrapped steering wheel, hea

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 70147 mi
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  • PORSCHE 993 C4 CABRIOLET 1997

    £54,995 £54,995

    zenith blue metallic, black electric hood, dark grey leather interior, 17 inch cup alloys, engine lid hoop spoiler, air conditioning, becker Indianapolis pro with navigation, cd player, hands free telephone system and ipod connection, rsr sports exhaust silencers with sport tail pipes, front brake air ducts with fog lights, previously supplied by strasse, serviced and maintained by strasse for the last 14 years, a truly

    • Year: 1997
    For sale
    £54,995 £54,995