I have spent much of this week focusing on the 993, a 911 that I don’t feature quite as often as many other models even though it has very wide appeal and in many cases significant collector interest. For the most part I have been trying to find examples that fit that collector objective most obviously and I will end the week with one of the more special variants produced: the 993 Turbo S. Like any 911 model with a ‘S’ appended to its name the 993 Turbo S was a more powerful version of the standard Turbo. However, unlike some other S variants it didn’t feature a more spartan interior, presumably because Porsche also was producing the 993 GT2 in order to satisfy those seeking both more power and also lighter weight. Other distinguishing features were the rear-fender vents (as we saw with the 964 3.6 Turbo S), redesigned rear wing, and yellow brake calipers in place of the Turbo’s standard red calipers. With only 182 produced for the 1997MY the Turbo S is definitely a rare car and the one we see here in the always captivating Speed Yellow with only 5,489 miles is likely one of the lowest mileage and, for me, best looking out there.
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The 1993 Porsche 928GTS we featured last September has cropped up for sale once again, the asking price unchanged. Of all the 928s, the market for the GTS is strong, especially when equipped with the manual gearbox. Will this minter of a V8 Porsche find a home this time around?
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The below post originally appeared on our site September 3, 2014:
Yesterday we saw a “Turbo-look” version of the 993 – the Carrera 4S – and today we will look at the full-bodied, full-blooded, twin-turbocharged 993. These cars possessed the performance to match their brawny exterior while also taking on new technologies. Borrowing some cues from their development of the 959, for the first time Porsche fitted twin turbochargers to the 911 Turbo and also a refined version of the all-wheel drive system that had debuted with the 964 Carrera 4. With power now exceeding 400 hp the 911 Turbo was capable of competing with the world’s best, but now came with more manageable dynamics and a power curve that was less prone to sudden bursts as the turbo came up to speed. While some enthusiasts may have yearned for the more hairy chested pre-AWD days, the 911 Turbo had long been a way for Porsche to combine the best of its performance and luxury and these refinements fit that bill perfectly. The 993 was the last of the air-cooled Turbos and for that they have always been beloved. Here we have an Arena Red 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo, for sale at Canepa, with only 9,352 miles on it.
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Narrow body versus wide body, rear-wheel drive versus all-wheel drive. These are the choices Porsche buyers are presented with when considering a 993. While there were no power differences between the standard and S models there were still performance differences as they received revised suspension and in the case of the Carrera 4S, the 993 Turbo’s larger brakes. So whether you care only about performance or aesthetics or, as is most likely, some combination of both there are plenty of choices. While from time to time I will comes across a narrow-body coupe that looks just about perfect, my preference almost always leans towards the wide-body, especially on the 993 where the smoother curves of the car suit that wider rear really, really, well. Here we have one of those wide-body coupes, a Black 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, located in Brooklyn, with Cashmere leather interior and 60,127 miles on it.
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The allure of a Cabriolet is fairly obvious though I do think it is difficult to accurately gauge that appeal until you have spent a warm afternoon enjoying a winding country or mountain road behind the wheel of a fantastic sports car. No doubt, there are negatives to owning a convertible, but there also is a way in which the reality of those near perfect drives easily exceeds whatever preconceived notions we might have had regarding what makes open-top motoring so popular. And right now I want nothing more than to take one of those drives. I have a few variants of the 993 I plan to feature this week, but I will begin with this beautiful, very low-mileage, Cabriolet. Here we have an Aventurine Green Metallic 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in San Diego, with a mere 3,200 miles on it. It’s anybody’s guess how such a wonderful 993 saw so few miles residing in San Diego, but here it sits in pristine condition ready to join someone else’s collection.