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Week In Review

Welcome to Week in Review, where we’ll take a look at some of the vehicles featured on GCFSB over the last couple of weeks:

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Convertible Week: 1995 Porsche 993 C4 Cabriolet

Timeless doesn’t begin to describe the looks of the 911 no matter the generation and this 993 is certainly no exception. In the Porsche lineup, the 993 is the sweet spot as far as I’m concerned. The 993 is the highest evolution of the air-cooled cars and the 3.6 liter boxer six pushed the C4 to 60 in 5.7 seconds (5.2 for the C2) and topped out at 168 mph. Not too bad for a six cylinder. The 993 was the last car before the “ugly years” as I like to call them, when Porsche gave the 911 one of the worst face lifts it had ever had. Which ever generation you prefer, this low mileage 993 C4 for sale in Springfield, Missouri is a cool nice weather cruiser.

Year: 1995
Model: 993 C4 Cabriolet
Engine: 3.6 liter flat six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 33,000 mi
Price: $56,900 Buy It Now

1995 Porsche 993 C4 Cabriolet on eBay

 1995 993 “C4″ Cabriolet. Raven black with Porsche black leather. Awesome hand picked example with some super trick options! Only 33K sunny day miles. Shines like black marble. Equipment includes:

3.6 liter 270 bhp motor with hydraulic self adjusting valve lifters
Dual knock sensors
Resonant induction system
Dual exahaust
Vented disc brakes with ABS
Limited slip differential with ABD front and rear stabilizer bars
18″ Technology alloy wheels
Power top and headlight washers
Power steering
Filtered A/C system
Central locking
Alarm system
Full power drivers seat with partial power passenger seat
Metal door sill with crest
Aluminum shifter and brake handle with carbon fiber inlays
Head restraint with Porsche crest
AM/FM CD with Hi Fi sound system speakers
European lowering springs
Gemballa Turbo S aero kit with front integrated spoiler
Vented side skirts and rear spoiler with integrated third brake light and chrome exhaust tips

Wow, what a cool looking car! Corners and looks like a slot car! So much fun it ought to be against the law! Just serviced and passed a 100 point PPI inspection. Just in time for the sun to come out. Buy it! You’ll love it. Money isn’t worth anything unless you spend it. Will trade.

This is a beautiful low mileage car with great mods. Gemballa is one of my favorite Porsche tuners, even though their stuff tends to be on the wild side. That said, I’m not sure where the $56K price tag is coming from. With a top dollar retail value of $45K, I don’t see where the other $10K is coming from. The modifications could add about $5K, but all in all I feel this is a $47,000 car all day long. With less than two days left on the auction, I’ll be curious to see if anyone bites.


7k Mile 2002 Porsche 996 Turbo With Gads of Upgrades

People with money do silly things.  Things like buying a $130k Porsche 996 turbo, spend even more money upgrading it and then they let it sit.  Only puling out of the garage to wash, wax, and tuck it back into the garage.  I am not sure today’s cars are going to have the collectivity of the autos of yore.  It would be tragic to assume they will only to find that the same sense of sentimentality may not exist in 30 years.  Think of all that time behind the wheel that was lost for the fear of getting a ding, scratch, or heaven forbid racking up some miles on your “precious.”

On the flip side it sure is nice when one of these hits the market.

2002 Porsche 996 Turbo:

From the seller –








The 996 cars are my least favorite of the 911 series.  With that I think the Turbo cars are terribly undervalued.  If you are not into attention seeking maneuvers this may not work for you.  Speed Yellow is a very striking hue and with the wheels, wing, and other styling bits the look verges on being over the top.

But the car itself looks to be as new and the $75k buy it now gets you a great deal of performance for the fraction of a comparable new one.  Bidding currently sits at $42k, the reserve has yet to be met


The Big Unit’s Porsche 964 Turbo For Sale

Yeah that sounds weird no matter how I type it.

I have a Randy Johnson story, I am sure 98% of the people in the Pacific Northwest have one.  I was at a record show, you know, the kind of place where smelly people try to unload their rare and out of print LP’s.  It’s like High Fidelity threw up, smells like it to.

Any how, my buddy who we will call John (cause that is his name) is looking at obscure Led Zeppelin albums when I hear him raising his voice.  It sounded something like “I don’t care who you are if you don’t give me some space I will knock you out!”  I cleaned this up but you get the idea.

Turns out Randy Johnson was as cantankerous and nasty in life as he was on the diamond.  But hey, he got his 300th win in a Giants uniform so he can’t be all bad.

1991 Porsche 964 Turbo:

From the seller –

“1991 Porsche 964 Turbo Gemballa Upgrades. 25k Miles!!!


Formally owned by Sy Young winning pitcher Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks.  This is the real thing !! Just like the poster you had above your bed when you where a kid  This car has always been adult owned, never raced, and never, never  smoked in!!  It was sold at Barrett Jackson Auction announcing prior ownership by Randy Johnson.  Also verified history with Porsche archives.  This is a one of a kind, rare automobile in excellent condition and was always garaged or showroom kept.  It recently spent three  years as a show piece on a dealership showroom.

Exterior Upgrades

1. Gemballa Avalanche conversion front end.

2. Gemballa Quarter Panel intakes.

3. Gemablla Side Skirts.

4. RSR Carbon fiber Spoiler.

5. HRE 3 Piece chrome 18″ wheels with like new tires.

Interior Upgrades

1. Gemballa Design Recaro Racing Seats with backs painted to match exterior

2. Gemballa gauges red with red trim.

3. Gemballa door panels.

4. Gemballa door sills

5. Carbon fiber back trim for gauges, shifter, and hand break.

6. Precision Power Stereo System valued at $11,000

7. K40 Built in Radar Detector.


1. Gemballa Exhaust System

OPTON 220- limited slip differenttial


The suspension and engine are completely stock.  This car was never raced and is super clean .  The car was stolen from its previous owner and paid off by the insurance company and later was found.  This will show up on the car fax report.  I do not have any more information about previous owners other than Randy Johnson and personal info listed .  Please view the last photo.  If you are not happy with this car after bidding on ebay  then I wont hold you to it . I will assist with all domestic or international shipping .”

I don’t want to nitpick, but, if the car was purchased by an insurance company it will have a salvage title.  Maybe not in PA but these things have a tendency to rear their ugly little heads at the most inopportune times.  Also, it’s Cy Young and brakes, OK I am done.

This car is not my cup of tea but it may appeal to a certain buyer.  Outside of that pesky title issue it looks to be well sorted and in good shape.  The $39k starting bid is a dream, subtract $10k and it may get some play.

Either way it is neat to see a 964 turbo with all these period correct Gemballa bits.  MC Hammer would approve.



Custom 1995 993 Turbo Cab

The Porsche 993.  The last of the air-cooled 911s and many believe the last of the “true” 911s.  I’ve never owned a 993, never driven one, but I have gotten a few rides in them and talked to a lot of people who have owned them.

Today a good 993 will fetch more than a 996 in similar condition and there are plenty of reasons for that.  The first few that come to mind are: the M64 engine, it’s far prettier than its successor and the driving experience is far greater than that of a 996/997.   I’d love to sit here and write and write about the 993 because like many, I believe it’s one of the best Porsches ever created.  But that’s not what I’m here to do; I’m here to show you this 993 Turbo Cab that I found on eBay.

This is NOT one of the extremely rare factory 993 Turbo Cabs that Porsche built 14 of in 1995 with the single-turbo engine from the 964 Turbo 3.6.

This 933 cab features a custom built Prototech/Protomotive twin turbo engine racking up over $27K in receipts. The owner claims turbo lag is non-existent with the Protomotive system and that there’s more torque compared to the factory 993 turbo.  The engine and the long list of upgrades have only seen 4,000 miles or less.  I’d be interested to learn a little more about the actual engine build.

At $67,790, this is not a cheap 993 by any means.  But I imagine a legit 993 turbo cab would cost 5 time this asking price and to build one to these standards would cost close to $100K.


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