Right Hooker Week: 1996 Mercedes-Benz S280

Back for round 2 for a Mercedes from across the pond: I present to you a little bit of an odd-ball S-Class and at the same time, an infamous one. This is a 1996 S280, a car that North America was never graced with because of it’s rather spartan equipment — if you could even use that term when talking about a S-Class. This W140 is graced with the wonderful Malachite Green paint and even better 18 inch Eltanin wheels. Surprising to me, despite how great everything looks, this S280 is really cheap. How cheap?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Mercedes-Benz S280 on eBay.co.uk

Year: 1996
Model: S280
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 103,000 mi
Price: GBP 2,499 ($3,252 Buy It Now)

Exterior Features
This Mercedes S280 is solid and the general condition of the paint work is great, with the exception of very few age related marks. The wheels are 18″ Mercedes alloys and they all have recently changed, low profile tyres with a good amount of tread depth.

Interior Features
The interior of the S-Class is renouned for its luxury feel and comfort during every journey. This example has lots of features which add to the comfort, including double glazed windows, heated beige leather seats, cruise control, automatic windscreen wipers, electric windows, central locking and centre arm rest. Considering the car was built over 24 years ago, it has more optional extras than most cars do today!

Service History
There are some service receipts and previous MOT certificates present with the vehicle, although the service book has been lost over time. The current MOT has no advisory items on the certificate, and the previous certificate had no advisories either.

More Information
This is a great example of a classic Mercedes, which is still just as much of a pleasure to take out on the road now as when new. The transmission is smooth and the engine is responsive. The car is HPI clear and there are two keys present.

Taking a close look at this W140, you get the M104 2.8 liter inline-6 engine that isn’t under powered per se, but it probably feels a little weak if you are used to driving these with the V8s or even better, the V12. What is interesting to me about this car is that it comes with manual seats. I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a W140 with manual seats, if ever. My guess is that this was one of the things you gave up when you bought the S280. You still get everything else you’d normally see in a W140 with heated seats, automatic climate control, and power everything else. I really love the 18 inch Eltanin wheels that someone added after the fact and they really suit this car well. One more thing is that this car has a S600 grill which is basically a must do modification for any W140.

Like I mentioned in my opening, the S280 has an infamous past in England as it was the car that Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in on August 31, 1997. (Wear your seatbelt, kids!) Although the car she was riding in was actually a left hand drive S280 registered in France, every time I see a S280 it brings back those memories. One of the things I’ve been wondering for a long time is that if Mercedes saw a drop in W140 sales after the accident due to the massive impact it had on the world.

So how cheap is this car? A mere £2,499! (That’s just over $3,250) I’ve bought a lot of Mercedes in this price range over the years and none have come close to how nice this one is. It’s not like this S280 has a ton of miles either with just 103,000. Dollar for dollar, I mean pound for pound, you are getting a ton of car here. Like I mentioned with the C43 AMG, keep it away from the salt and it should stay nice for a long time. But for this cheap, maybe it’s not such a big deal?

– Andrew

1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

I will begin with this question: is the price of this 911 reasonable? I ask because for as long as I can remember the 993 has never really struck me as priced reasonably relative to other 911s. Or, at least, I think it’s fair to say that prices for the 993 never really dropped to the same levels that we have seen with other 911 models. Whether those prices are reasonable then depends on a whole host of other factors. So let’s keep that sense of relative pricing in mind. We all know the reasons for the 993’s pricing: they are the last of the great air-cooled 911s and come in a very sexy package. Porsche also switched to a more mass production method of manufacture with the 996, which gives the 993 a certain level of additional cachet. Naturally collectors have loved them. But when the miles increase and the air-cooled market cools off, then perhaps we start finding more 993s with lower asking prices.

The one we see here, a Midnight Blue 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe with Cashmere Beige interior and 107,100 miles on it, seems to fit that bill priced at $44,900.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe on eBay

Year: 1996
Model: 911 Carrera 4
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 107,100 mi
Price: $44,900 Buy It Now

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1996 PORSCHE 993 C4 “Well serviced, Good Records, Excellent throughout”

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The Porsche 911 is arguably the most recognizable and iconic sports car ever made. Refined from 1965 until the present day, they are highly sought after for their great looks and wonderful performance. The “993” variant, with its position as the last of the air cooled Porsches is perhaps the most collectable of the 911’s. From the humble 911 beginnings, Porsche set about refining each new model over the previous iteration, and the “993” body styled cars strike the almost perfect balance of refinement and rawness. The wonderful level of drivability and feel guarantee that the “993” will always be among the most collectable of all of the Porsche 911’s.

This 107,000 mile 1996 Porsche C4 coupe is nicely optioned, was recently serviced, and is ready to go. The Midnight Blue exterior and Cashmere interior, show beautifully. The exterior paint is excellent, with only minor wear around the car. The paint has good luster and a deep shine. The Cashmere interior is, likewise, excellent, the leather supple and shows littel wear, and the carpets show well. All electrical and mechanical systems function as they should. She has a well documented service history, and all books. The wheels are in excellent condition, as are the tires. This car was just serviced, is cosmetically and mechanically sound and ready to go. This is a fine example of the Iconic 993 porsche C4, bid with confidence. Please feel free to call at or email with any question you may have.

Of course, 100K miles is higher on a 993 than most we are used to seeing, but when maintained properly these are robust cars so that shouldn’t scare us away too much. It does, however, help account for the seemingly lower price. It is that level of maintenance that will determine how much interest buyers should have in this 993. It is said to be well documented. We aren’t provided proof of that documentation so further inquiries will have to be made in that regard, but the general condition of this 993 looks good and it presents well inside and out. That’s always nice to see and is a good first step. If the documentation checks out, then this could make for a nice driver-quality 993 at what I think is a fairly reasonable price. We don’t see many such cars, but with the air-cooled market not quite what it once seemed, we can hope we see more and more of them.

-Rob

1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

I don’t see a 993TT very often. That is, on the streets, at least. I see them for sale all the time. A week or so ago I was sitting outside enjoying the weather and one drove by. I had forgotten just how stunning these cars could be in the flesh. There is a fluidity to their shape that is best seen when they are on the move. Pictures simply do not do them justice. I sometimes find the standard 993 to be almost boring, or too pretty (I will freely admit this is a stupid criticism), so I get pulled to the earlier 911s with more severe lines. That tends to apply to whether I see them in pictures or on the street. While the Turbo has never really fit within that criticism I have at times thought it was overly elegant compared with a 930.

I have now been returned to sanity.

Here we have a very nice example of these great machines: a Black 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Atlanta, with matching Black interior and 64,613 miles on it. Of particular interest among the options is a nice set of hard-back sport seats.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo on Excellence Magazine

Year: 1996
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 64,613 mi
Price: $134,500

The 911, with the internal design number 993, remains the one true love for many Porsche purists. Being the fourth-generation 911 design and the last 911 equipped with an air-cooled engine, it embodies what many Porsche drivers consider to be the heart of Porsche.

The 993’s integrated bumpers and pleasing design underscore the smooth elegance of its styling, including its new polyellipsoid headlights along with the beautifully sculpted curved flanks of the widebody. The 993 was produced from 1993-1998 and remains highly desirable today.

Launched in 1995, the exceptionally agile and powerful 911 Turbo set a range of new benchmarks in supercar performance. In a June 1995 review, Motor Trend magazine proclaimed, “To beat this Stuttgart screamer into submission requires a force no less wieldy than the million-dollar 627-horsepower V-12 McLaren F1.”

As the last 911 Turbo to have an air-cooled engine, it offered maximum output of 400 hp from a 3.6 liter displacement engine, and featured a notable new “tray-table” fixed rear spoiler. With four fat wheels propelling the car forward, its 0-60 mph time registered a blistering 3.7 seconds, and 0-100 mph ticked by in 5.7 seconds, with the forward progression continuing until the speedometer crossed 180 mph. Beyond brutal acceleration and sheer speed, however, with its larger brakes, the turbo could stop from 60 mph in just 111 feet. It could also pull up to 1.00g on the skidpad.

Among the new features on the 993 Turbo was an electronically controlled viscous coupling all-wheel drive system – something Porsche had not offered on a turbocharged model since the 959 supercar, and a system that greatly improved the active safety and driving dynamics of the Turbo. Twin KKK K16 turbochargers, each featuring integrated wastegates and two charge-air intercoolers offered better response and a more linear power delivery.

As one of 1,297 examples shipped to the United States in 1996, the 911 Turbo represented the ultimate 911 variant in the Porsche model range.

This two-owner, shows 64,613 miles from when it was purchased new from a Porsche dealership in St. Petersburg, FL. The production completion date was 06/11/1996. Documentation for this spectacular Turbo includes all books, full and detailed service records and key sets. The car also comes with the original factory tools, tool bag, jack tools, tow hook, 12V air compressor and spare tire. The certificate of Authenticity from Porsche is also available.

The exterior is Black with a Black Full Leather interior. This car came ordered from the factory with substantial optional equipment including:

Seat Belts in Guards Red
Footwell Lighting
Digital Sound Package
5 Open CD Storage on Console
Porsche Floor Mats – Black
AM / FM Radio w/ CD Player
Gear Box Tunnel and Extended Center Console Covered in Leather
Racing Style Sport Seats w/ Electrical Height Adjustment – Driver’s and Passenger Side
Heated Seats
Porsche Crest Stamped on Headrests
Door Sill Panels in Metal Embossed with Porsche insignia
Oval Stainless Steel Exhaust Pipes
Ornamental Rim Caps with Porsche Crest

The interior quality and in particular the leather seats and bolsters are exceptional, showing like new. All interior buttons and controls are pristine and fully functional.

The Carfax only shows one owner and was purchased Certified Pre Owned in summer of 2001 from Porsche North Orlando at 35,784. This 993 has been owned, carefully driven and maintained by a fastidious Porsche enthusiast. The service history is completely documented with all records. Below are a few service highlights with all normal maintenance attended to, a full detailed report can be provided:

37,190 miles – replaced fan belts, installed alternator pulley upgrade, cleaned throttle body
42,080 miles – replaced struts and suspension
48,000 miles – replaced Air conditioning evaporator
53,275 miles – New hybrid K16/20 Turbochargers installed, engine sealing
54,563 miles – replaced Flywheel Clutch Assembly
57,000 miles – replaced front/rear brakes rotors and pads
59,200 miles – replaced 4 tires
64,057 miles – oil and filter change, performed brake bleed and flush

It is a well documented 993 Twin Turbo that has been unusually cared for and naturally shows a clean vehicle history report. All records are up to date with a recent service.

This 993 checks almost all of the boxes: the condition looks great inside and out, it comes with full documentation of its ownership and service history, and comes equipped with some nice options. Collectors probably would prefer a more unique color combination, though black always has its fans, and the mileage, while perfectly reasonable, isn’t the sort of super-low mileage that really sets buyers’ hearts aflutter. Those “flaws” should be to the benefit of most as this 993 can be driven and enjoyed.

So what about the price? At $134,500 it’s priced somewhat high. Given the overall quality and level of documentation this 993TT should still garner some interest even at that price. I do think it’ll have to come down some, though we’ve certainly seen plenty of 993 Turbos above this. Overall, though, the asking price is workable and this is a really nice looking example.

-Rob

Turquoise Metallic 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

Will I ever warm to the 993 Targa? I will admit that when I see one on the street I like them. But I like them in the same way that I like every other 993: they are a very nice design and look great. This is precisely my problem: the 993 Targa looks just like every other 993. For some (many?) that may be exactly the appeal. For me, it is not because I like the way other Targas stand out and I like the general design aesthetic of the classic Targa. Who knows, perhaps the original Targa design with the roll hoop accentuated would not have looked good on the 993. I just know that I prefer the original, and now current, Targa.

But I am not everyone and even I can admit that the Targa we see here does look really good. Here we have a Turquoise Metallic 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Miami, with Ivory interior and around 81,000 miles on it.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Turquoise Metallic 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa on eBay

Year: 1996
Model: 911 Carrera Targa
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 81,000 mi
Price: $58,500 Buy It Now

1996 Porsche 911 | 993 Targa | 6 Speed /3.6 LITER

Desirable and Rare Turquoise Metallic on IVORY interior

California and Louisiana Owned Targa
No Rust, Dry Undercarriage, Body is Straight and Solid

The 993 generation of the Porsche 911 is mostly referred to as the best and most desirable of the 911 series, not only because of its beauty,
but also because its performance is very good, even by modern standards, and the 993 was “the last complete “modern classic”,
“the 993 was and forever will be that last fresh breath of air that Porsche gave the world; elegance and muscle all in one package.”

The interior and exterior are in beautiful condition, paint shines beautifully with very minor chips from normal use. Almost all original paint besides bumper and hood.
The interior has minimal wear and remains all original as well.

Motor starts up and runs perfectly with no smoke minor or oil leaks
Clutch engages and shifts into all 6 gears, pulls hard, and accelerates nicely.
All electronics, including Targa top roof, and interior work as they should.

Comes with All of the Books, Manuals, Spare, Compressor, Records and Tool Kit

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Turquoise Metallic is such a great color and works on a pretty wide variety of cars. It isn’t quite pastel, but it isn’t dark either. It stands out without being ostentatious and its metallic nature really sparkles in the sun. It looks great on this Targa, though I’m not sure this would be my ideal choice for the interior. It provides contrast and reminds us of the many blue/linen combinations we’ve seen on earlier 911 models. But that shift toward the greener end of the spectrum that we see with Turquoise calls for a different shade. I think I’d prefer tan, but even black might be good. I don’t know.

The paint is said to be original with the exception of the bumper and hood. That may suggest an accident so is worth investigating, as will be the case with the rest of its history. Whether this price makes sense will depend largely on what we find there. The price here is similar to the Speed Yellow Coupe I featured earlier this week, except that 993 had far fewer miles. That said the repaint may simply have been from typical dings and whatnot to the front of the car from use (though we should note that the front bumper shows those kind of dings right now). We’ll have to see.

Altogether this is a nice looking Targa with reasonable mileage for its age. The price probably is a bit high, and it may be quite high depending on its history. We’ll have our eye on it to see where this goes.

-Rob

1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

I have a thing for yellow 993s. I like a variety of yellow cars in general, though it doesn’t work well on every car. I also like the 993, though it isn’t my favorite 911. The two taken together work wonderfully and I think of the various yellow 911 models it is the 993 that looks the best. Maybe it’s the shape; maybe it is that the 993 has fewer trim and accent pieces allowing that bright yellow exterior to show more fully. Whatever the particular reason I love it and it provides just what I’m after in a yellow car. The one we see here is a Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Miami, with Black interior and just 24,846 miles on it and it’s up for auction without reserve.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe on eBay

Year: 1996
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 24,846 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Parkhaus1 is pleased to offer this rare 1996 911 Carrera Coupe in Yellow over Black Leather. This 993 presents extremely well with bright paint and a supple dark interior. Not often seen in yellow, this 911 Carrera is a beautiful example of the handmade and aircooled coupe. With complete ownership history and having been currently owned since ’99, this vehicle has been enthusiastically cared for. Major services have been recently performed by Parkhaus1 including engine out for clutch, maintenance and re-seal. All stock, this 6 speed 911 is a fantastic example of a unique specification. Parkhaus1 has inspected this 911 and it is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner.

1996 911 Carrera (Aircooled 993 Chassis)
24k Miles
6 Speed Manual Transmission
Rare Yellow over Black Leather
Lots of Factory Options
18 Inch OEM Porsche 5 Star Wheels (996) -or-
18 Inch OEM Porsche Twist Spoke Wheels (993)
Completely Stock
Major Recent Service
Freshly Sealed Engine
New Clutch
New Ignition System
Newly Rebuilt A/C Control Unit

Factory Options:
329 – Porsche CR-210 Radio
398 – 17 Inch Wheels
437 – 8 Way Power Seat Left
438 – 8 Way Power Seat Rigght
445 – Wheel Caps with Colored Crest
454 – Automatic Speed Control
490 – Sound System
650 – Sunroof
692 – 6 Disc CD Changer
939 – Pleated Leather Rear Seats
982 – Pleated Leather Front Seats

This 993 presents very well with bright paint, dark trims and clean glass. Carfax shows minor accident that was professionally repaired. The black interior is dark with minor wear showing on the driver seat. The car drives awesome with great power and cold A/C. This car is fully sorted and ready for many worry free miles.

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At first I was surprised this 993 wasn’t selling. Given the mileage and that it looks in pretty nice shape the asking price seemed very reasonable. Of course, that always makes me wonder what’s wrong with it and in this case we have a hint: it’s had an accident. Reportedly it was of the minor variety. For some buyers that’s enough to immediately move on to the next car. For others, it might represent an opportunity. For those in the latter camp some digging into the records hopefully will tell us just what sort of accident it was and whether it was indeed minor. If it was minor, then this 993 should be had for a much more reasonable price than most other options. Those interested in long term value may need to look elsewhere, but getting your hands on a low-mileage 993 to use as a driver doesn’t happen too often and that this one comes in one of the desirable pastels makes it all the more appealing.

-Rob

1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

I will begin with my slight disappointment in this 993. When I first came upon it the lighting in the thumbnail altered the color just enough that I thought it was paint-to-sample Blood Orange. That’s one of my all-time favorite Porsche colors and given the asking price it would have made sense. Alas, it’s Guards Red and not Blood Orange. Oh well. That mild disappointment aside, this is a fantastic example of these air-cooled twin turbos with very low mileage and excellent condition. It also has a set of the hardback sport seats, highly sought after commodities in their own right. Not that a buyer would be likely want to part with them, but still very nice to have!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo on eBay

Year: 1996
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 8,800 mi
Price: $225,000 Buy It Now

Beautiful museum quality collector Porsche. 1996 993 Twin turbo with attractive options and only 8800 original miles. All original paint and panels and perfect mechanical condition. No modifications were ever performed. Guards red over Cashmere leather with hard to find sport seats and factory Pioneer radio option. Window sticker, COA, service records, manuals and both keys. The market is on the way up on these so catch this collector example now.

We’ve seen a few of these ultra-low mileage 993s – some of the turbocharged variety and others either the C2S or C4S – and they always attract a good bit of collector interest. The prices can be a little mind boggling relative to similar cars with higher miles, but such is the world of the last air-cooled 911. Lest we think this price is totally ridiculous a ’97 993TT with just over 1K miles sold for $308K at Gooding and Co.’s Amelia Island auctions last month. There’s certainly a difference in the mileage between this one and that one, but there’s also a substantial difference in price. Your guess is as good as mine regarding whether that makes this 993TT a relatively reasonable value, but there clearly is precedent for this kind of price. We’ll have to see if someone follows through on this one.

-Rob

1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

I’ve never really been a fan of the big wheel craze that has overtaken the automotive world over the last decade or so (Yes, please do get off my lawn). One of the first things I did with my car was downsize the wheels. They were lighter, wider, looked better, and they fit. Perfect. What does this have to do with this 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S? I’m in love with the wheels. They are 19″ inch Ruf wheels and they are certainly larger than stock. They might be the perfect complement to the wider rear of the 993 Carrera 4S. Simple, almost understated, yet so fantastic!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S on eBay

Year: 1996
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 48,822 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLEAN CARFAX REPORT
MINT CONDITION
NO DENTS OR DINGS
ZERO CURB RASH ON WHEELS
NEW CLUTCH AND FLYWHEEL
FULL MAJOR MAINTENANCE JUST PERFORMED
SPARK PLUG REPLACEMENT
VALVE COVERS AND TIMING COVER RESEAL
NEW BELTS
ALL WORK PERFORMED BY NOLASPORT
ORIGINAL BOOKS, MANUALS, RADIO CARD ETC
2 KEYS

JON SCHEURICH
30 YEARS PORSCHE EXPERIENCE
NOLASPORT
PORSCHE SALES AND SERVICE
9700 PALM ST
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70118

LOW MILES !!!

19″ RUF WHEELS WITH NEW TIRES
FACTORY WIDE TURBO BODY
ALL WHEEL DRIVE
FACTORY TURBO BRAKES AND SUSPENSION
FACTORY C2S REAR GRILLE KIT
ALUMINUM GAUGES
ALUMINUM / LEATHER SHIFTER
ALUMINUM / LEATHER BRAKE LEVER

DRIVES GREAT
EVERYTHING WORKS

THIS 993 IS STUNNING !!

That was my first impression of this 993, but there’s plenty else to like as well. The mileage is pretty low and the condition looks quite good. The driver’s seat shows some squishyness from use; the passenger seat looks like it’s rarely been used. Curiously, it has the split rear grille from the Carrera 2S rather than the single grille that was standard on the 4S. I’m not sure whether that was an option from the factory or a later addition. The option codes don’t specifically list it, though 09991 is listed, which would suggest this has some Porsche Exclusive options. Whether that is the grille I cannot be sure.

In general, the only letdown is that we hear little of documentation. It had a recent full service performed by the selling dealer and presumably those documents are available. But was that to take care of a whole host of deferred maintenance or was it fairly standard for its age? Earlier documentation should shed better light on that. And that is where my questions would lie. Is the paint wholly original? Can the mileage be verified? I think we all know the drill. From there we can consider the price, which at the moment is bidding fairly low at $54,600. That should rise quite a bit if everything is in order and I’d expect it to approach $100K without much problem. The (presumed) lack of the original wheels might be a problem for some, but at least right now it looks almost perfect. So I guess every now and then larger wheels are a nice thing.

-Rob

The Porsche 911 Cabriolet – An Air-Cooled Chronology

I don’t know what exactly has lead to my decision to feature Porsche’s various air-cooled Cabriolets. I suppose it was a confluence of circumstances. During one unseasonably warm February weekend, I found myself sitting outside enjoying a beverage and the warm sunshine. As one does. A very pretty 3.2 Carrera Cabriolet drove by. The condition looked very good and it was one of those subtle but interesting color combinations. The exterior was some shade of metallic grey and it had a nicely contrasting green interior. Perhaps the exterior was Granite Green Metallic; I’m not really sure, but it was nice looking. It was a perfect afternoon for enjoying such a car.

Then I started coming across some interesting 911 Cabriolets for sale. After a couple of them I wondered if I could find one from each air-cooled model. I was successful and a post was born. I’ll say from the outset these aren’t from the value part of the 911 spectrum; interesting enough they are all priced within a few thousand dollars of one another. None is inexpensive, but all look in very good shape and promise enjoyable drop-top motoring. We’ll look at them chronologically starting with the first 911 Cabriolet Porsche produced: this Guards Red 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet, located in Illinois, with just 19,016 miles on it.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet on Excellence Magazine

Year: 1983
Model: 911SC Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 19,016 mi
Price: $69,000

19,016 miles; 1 family ownership; Last year of the 911 SC; First year of the 911 Cabriolet (only 5337 made); Numbers-matching collector car; Guards Red original paint; Meter confirms factory specifications; Full black leather interior; Black leather sport seats; Heated & tinted windshield; Blaupunkt Monterey AM/FM/Cassette radio; Factory alarm
Black top – excellent; rear window – perfect; 16” Fuchs alloys – excellent; Yokohama tires; 3.0 liter engine; 180 hp, 5-speed 915 trans; All tools, air pump, jack, etc.; All books, manuals, touch-up paint, etc.; Window sticker & original dealer paperwork; No winters, no rain, no bad roads; 19,016 mile time capsule; No modifications since new.

Typically I wouldn’t think a 911SC would have much chance of selling at this asking price. This is very nearly the highest asking price of the four cars we’ll see here. But the 911SC Cabriolet is a different animal. As both a first year and one-year-only model there is extra appeal over and above most other SCs we come across. Add to that the very low mileage, original paint and sport seats and we have a very appealing 911. It’s a fairly standard color combination and I think that’s the only thing that will hold the price down some, but everything looks great. Obviously, this wouldn’t be the best option for actually enjoying some top-down miles, but as an excellent example of the first 911 Cabriolet it’s a nice option.

Let’s now step forward a few years to the last of the classic 911 Cabriolets with this Linen Grey Metallic 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in New York, with Burgundy interior and a low 31,249 miles on it.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 31,249 mi
Price: $64,995 Buy It Now

This is a 1989 Porsche 911 Cabriolet with 31249 original miles.This car is in exceptional condition and has been well serviced. Car was recently serviced at well known Porsche specialist Rennwerke LTD. in September of 2015 ( 31090), new oil, filters, battery, 4 new tires, all new brakes front and back. Car had a new clutch installed at 27000 miles. Car comes with original owners manual and service booklet and service records. Car runs exceptionally well and is one of the best G50 examples we have seen. For more details call 631-283-8819

You might not believe, but this is the lowest priced of the four. Again we have a pretty low mileage Cabriolet that presents very well. While a much less traditional color combination this Linen Metallic over Burgundy combo works quite well and reminds me a lot of the Cabriolet that passed me on that sunny day. There’s always debate among buyers of the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera about which to get; the differences between the models are minimal though with this final-year model you’re at least getting the most refined of the bunch: a bit more power than with the SC and with the more stout – though heavier – G50 5-speed manual. Both models are great and both of these look to be fine examples, though both come with pretty high prices.

From here we’ll see quite a few more changes with the final two models. The 964 was a near full redesign of the classic 911 and the 993 itself move on quite significantly from the 964. Changes came quick and fast. For the 964 we have another Guards Red example, though this time with a Tan interior and a few more miles at 54,186.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 1994
Model: 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 54,186 mi
Price: $69,684 Buy It Now

1994 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Red Metallic Exterior over Tan Interior

I’m usually indifferent to the 964 Cabriolet, but this one really grabbed me and I found it very striking. That’s the good part! The bad: of the four cars here this one is the most obviously over priced, especially given that we are offered no description to provide even a modicum of detail to understand its history or condition. It does look very good and as another final-year model there’s certainly appeal, but for this price it needs to be about perfect and documented. Perhaps the documents exist. I don’t know, but I’m going to move on to the 993.

For me this one is the most interesting of the bunch. I think it’s easily the most sensibly priced and the most interesting color combination. I wouldn’t normally go after this sort of color, but here I think it works: a Grand Prix White 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in New York, with Chestnut Brown interior and a low 29,164 miles on it.

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Year: 1996
Model: 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 29,164 mi
Price: $67,900

1996 PORSCHE CARRERA CABRIOLET for sale.

Motorcar Classics is proud to present this beautifully original 1996 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet featured in L908 Grand Prix White with BM Chestnut Brown leather interior and matching Chestnut Brown convertible top and boot cover. This Porsche has been cherished by its local second owner since 1999 and has covered only 29,464 miles. This superb Carrera has the 6-speed manual gearbox and it has never been damaged, modified or restored. The original porsche AM/FM/CD stereo is still in place.

The 993 is Porsches internal designation for the version of the Porsche 911 model manufactured and sold in model years 1995-1998. The 993 is not just the last air-cooled 911, but also the last of the hand built 911s. The 993 is often called the best and most desirable of the 911 series, not only because of its beauty, but also because its performance is very good, even by modern standards. The book “Porsche 993 – Essential Companion” refers to these cars as the “King of Porsche,” and it is widely acknowledged as “The purists’ Holy Grail.”

This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase an investment-grade example of the last air-cooled Porsche model in arguably one of the prettiest color combinations.

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My biggest quibble with this 993 is that it looks like it might have gotten caught in the rain with the top down as the passenger seat looks at bit mottled. This can happen with a Cabriolet, but in this case the leather doesn’t appear to have come away unscathed. Perhaps there’s something going on with the lighting. Otherwise, this Cabriolet looks great and I do think the more elegant shape of the 993 in general provides a nice canvas for a refined top-down sports coupe. As the very last of the air-cooled models there’s obvious appeal and I think this one is priced such that buyers will still feel comfortable putting additional mileage on it. It’s current owner has had it for a while so hopefully it will even come well documented. If that’s the case, then this looks like the winner.

I don’t know if I’d necessarily consider myself a convertible guy. I do own one, but I bought it because I wanted something light weight, rear drive, and with a manual transmission. That the roof came down just happened to be part of the package. I do enjoy those top-down drives though. The senses are fully stimulated and while sacrifices to rigidity certainly can make it a little less sporting the overall experience definitely doesn’t lack for purity. The 911 will be no different. It may not be your track machine, but there are plenty of other drives to be taken.

-Rob

Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 911 GT2

Few Porsches capture the imagination and turn heads like the 911 GT2. And among the various iterations of the GT2, the 993 GT2 is the most coveted. While engineering and technological progress naturally have rendered later models more powerful and sophisticated performers, the raw prowess of the original car remains the benchmark. Serving as both the first 911 GT2 put into production as well as the last and only air-cooled GT2 produced, the 993 brings with it the kind of rarity that rapidly elevates prices. Add in that it represented the highest performance among production 911s of its day and you’ve pretty much checked all of the boxes a collector could desire. The example we see here, a Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 having traveled around 33K kilometers during its life, will be up for auction next Friday at RM Sotheby’s auctions in Phoenix.

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Double Take: 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

Could it be that there might actually be some value to be found on the 993 Turbo market? It has seemed like an impossible dream for a while as prices continued to elevate, but as I look around now I’m starting to wonder if there’s been a shift. Granted, we’re still not talking about inexpensive cars; after all north of six figures remains the norm. But we’re getting closer to crossing that magic barrier. I first had an inkling of this last summer when I featured this 911 Turbo and thought all things considered the price wasn’t bad. It wasn’t cheap, but it felt like prices had moved down a step. I didn’t think too much of it at the time, but I think now we need to give them a little more attention. The two we’re going to look at here aren’t the only two Turbos on the market right now, but they’re two that stood out to me the most. I’ll begin with the cheaper of the pair: a Black over Tan 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo with 80,533 miles on it located in Denver.

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