1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

This car grew on me quite quickly. When I first saw it I thought it was a nice enough 993 Coupe. The condition looks good and the mileage is pretty low. As I’ve looked at it more it’s not so much that any of those thoughts have changed, but rather that its overall appearance is much better than I thought. I believe I’ve said a few times before that I find white to be a color that works particularly well on some cars, while on others I don’t like it at all. I have never been able to figure out what makes such a stark difference to me – and I do think this is very much a personal thing.

As you’d probably guess I’m finding white to be particularly nice on the 993 and, of course, on this 993. Some of the 993 Turbos I’ve seen in white are even better! In this case it is the combination of interior and exterior that are really attracting me. This is a Glacier White 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in California, with Cashmere Beige interior and 58,690 miles on it.

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Maritime Blue 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

I’ve passed by this 993 a few times and I’m starting to think that I shouldn’t have. I obviously notice it any time I see it. Maritime Blue, especially on a 993, will do that. It’s a great non-metallic blue and it really grabs your attention. So why ignore it? For starters it is for me the least desirable model: a Carrera 4 Cabriolet. In fairness, it’s a manual transmission so it could be worse, but overall it’s not a model I’d seek out. Second, I hate the wing. Like really hate it.

So the color would draw me in, I’d take notice, see the wing, and move on. However, that’s not entirely fair. There’s a lot of good going on with this 911 and the wing is something that can be changed. So let’s take a look. As I said this is a paint-to-sample Maritime Blue 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. It has only 30,412 miles and the paint is mostly original – both bumpers have been repainted. It also has some interesting options with the rear seat delete, the hi-fi sound package, and 18″ Technology wheels among a few others. There’s more going on here than I initially realized.

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1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Let me start by saying that I do like this 911. I like it quite a bit actually. It’s a Black 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe with Tan interior and 38,769 miles on it. It looks to be in very nice condition, the mileage is low, it appears well cared for, and the colors – while not bold – are a combination I enjoy on almost any car. Even the modifications look to have been carried out well and pretty thoughtfully and the ad states that all of the original parts come with the car. So if you want to revert it to full originality, or just change out a couple of things here and there, then you have that option. I imagine it’s quite nice to drive as well!

All of that is good and I’ll go into some more details below. The problem: price. High asking prices aren’t an uncommon thing in the air-cooled 911 world, but this one just seems so high that I’m not sure what to make of it. You should easily be capable of finding a good 993TT for this money. I do wonder if part of the issue is the recency of the modifications, all stated to have been performed in the last 1K miles. Is the seller simply trying to recoup all of that expense? It’s the only thing that would make sense, but as we know you’re not getting your money back on modifications. So we have a nice looking, but high-priced 911. I feel like I’ve been here before.

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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S

How about we turn our attention to one of Porsche’s prettiest 911 designs? The 993 Carrera S. I suppose from a purely aesthetic point of view I can’t really say it’s any prettier than the Carrera 4S I featured last week, but there’s something about the knowledge that its power only goes to the rear wheels that seems to elevate it even on appearance. Like the C4S these also are very desirable models – probably even more so – and even if this one doesn’t have the crazy low miles of that Speed Yellow C4S there is a lot here to tilt this 911 strongly toward to the collector market.

So what do we have? A Guards Red 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S, located in Connecticut, with Grey leather interior and just 28,912 miles on it. As most will notice immediately it’s not entirely original. The Speedline wheels have been added, along with a radio, and the Turbo tail. While it isn’t specifically stated to be the case, it doesn’t sound like any of the original parts come with the car. That’s too bad, but this otherwise remains a very attractive 993 that should have great appeal.

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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S with 1,096 miles

I’ll admit this post is kind of silly. The universe of interested buyers for this 911 is going to be vanishingly small. It’s very high priced and has so few miles you pretty much can’t allow it to leave the garage. Yet here I am writing it up. It’s been for sale for a little while. I’m not sure if it’s been continuously for sale, but I first came across it two years ago and I feel like I see it now and then. I suppose the problem is that every time I do come across it I’m attracted. I was on the hunt for 993s to feature after coming across a Turbo that immediately reminded me why these 911s are so beautiful and captivating. During that hunt this one popped up again so I went with it.

This is a Speed Yellow 1997 Porsche Carrera 4S, located in New York, with a ridiculously low 1,096 miles on it. It’s also well optioned with hard-back sport seats and factory Aerokit. It is nothing other than stunning.

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

I’m going to move from yesterday’s Cassis Red Carrera, a 911 that I think we can all appreciate and which sits in a somewhat reasonable spot in the market for those currently looking for a classic 911, to this Forest Green Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S. With a price tag above $400K this 911 is one that I think most of us will be able to do little more than admire from a distance. It’s a heck of a car to admire though: 424 hp delivered through a 6-speed manual transmission to all four wheels. Yellow brake calipers, quad exhaust, carbon fiber peppered throughout the interior, and a redesigned rear wing. Your friends definitely would take notice.

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How Low Will It Go?: 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera 2S Andial 3.8

Edit 11/17/2017: After three years with a over $230,000 asking price with the same seller, ask on this neat Andial-modified Carrera S has finally dropped to $149,993. Of note is that in over three years, the picture, description and mileage have never changed. A neat car, but buyers should do some heavy investigation before the deposit. Is this car a sign that the air-cooling market has also struck the 993, or is this just an aberration?

The 993 is, without a doubt, one of the more desirable 911s in the range of cars that span several generations. Enthusiasts agree, having quickly pushed prices up on these models over prior generations like the Carrera 3.2 and 964. In fact, it doesn’t ever seem like prices on these cars came down much – as soon as the 996 arrived, faithful flocked towards the older models, snapping them up. Especially sought are the Carrera 4S and Turbo models – but there are some really rare gems hidden that pop up from time to time. Obviously, the ultra-rare Turbo S, Carrera RS and GT2 models are a great example – quite rare indeed. I’ve also previously written up an even more rare Andial Twin-Plug Twin-Turbo, one of the reported 19 assembled by the noted factory approved race tuner. Today’s car, like that car, mixes some of the styles of the rare cars that we didn’t get or didn’t see many of. The base is the already semi-rare Carrera 2S; like the 4S, the body shell was shared with the Turbo, but unlike the all-wheel drive variant, the Turbo’s upgraded brakes didn’t carry over. To solve that, the owner of this car turned to Andial – with a host of exterior upgrades to make it look like a Turbo S and a host of RS-spec 3.8 upgrades to make it go well, this is one tidy package – and exceedingly rare:

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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S

There are plenty of times when I feel like I feature too many very expensive 911s. The problem, of course, is the 911 isn’t a terribly inexpensive car to start with so even the pricing is somewhat relative. But really it’s just that many of these high-priced examples are very hard to pass up. Guess where this one falls? I couldn’t pass it up.

We’re sticking with the theme of interesting colors that we’ve been running with across the site this week and here we have one of Porsche’s most interesting darker shades. This is a Vesuvio Metallic 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S, located in Cleveland, with a mere 4,848 miles on it. So we have a Carrera S – one of the most desirable 993 models – in a very rare and striking color with ridiculously low mileage. That’s not all. It also came well optioned with sport seats, sport suspension, and the factory aerokit (along with a few other options). The total package makes for an extremely rare 993 and one that should attract tons of attention.

What’s not to love? It’s $170K. That’s A LOT!

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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

I promise I have not purposely sought out another white 911. It just so happens that this one possesses a few worthwhile attributes, looks good, and happens to be white. What we’re looking at is a Snow White 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in California, with Tan (Cashmere?) interior and 129,000 miles on it.

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Vesuvio Metallic 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Vesuvio Metallic: another in a line of Porsche colors seen so rarely that I can never remember whether I have actually come across it before. The name perhaps comes from the volcano of similar name. I’m not actually sure, but the color certainly looks volcanic in a deep yet sparkling charcoal with hints of purple. It’s a tough color to pin down as evidenced by the pictures here. In the shade the dark grey dominates and you might be forgiven for not recognizing the purple tones. In the sun, sadly not really shown here, the purple shines through bringing some vibrancy to all of that darkness. I like colors that shift and change with the light and this is a pretty rare one.

Here we see it covering the exterior of one of the all time great 911 models: a 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S, located in Miami, with 72,053 miles on it.

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Year: 1998
Model: 911 Carrera S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 72,053 mi
Price: $104,900 Buy It Now

We are proud to offer this extremely rare 1998 Porsche Carrera S finished in its original Vesuvio metallic.

Only 24 of these rare examples ever made since new, this is the rarest 993 available on the market and the rarest 993 coupe variant in existence.

The Vesuvio Metallic paint is the most unique color offered from Porsche Exclusive Dpt that was not paint to sample. This Dark purple has a breath taking tone under different shades of light and included matte silver accents throughout the car. The paint is all original and untouched as the rest of the car still remains. Paint is in extremely good condition and shows as it if had half the mileage, only a couple of rock chips on hood. Interior remains all original and almost perfect for its age with the exception of a McIntosh head unit. Everything is in working order including very cold AC.

This particular example is a documented 1 owner car and spent its life in California until 2015 until previous owner relocated to NC and remained there until just recently. Extensive and full service history since day 1, Last major service completed 2015 at a cost of $6K… since then just regular maintenance. Starts up perfectly every time, no smoke or unusual noises. Performs like new, transmission and clutch are perfect as well.

Original window sticker and purchase order with receipt of original deposit with exclusive options such as Aero Package II and Turbo twist alloys. All Books, tools, 2 sets of keys, and other odds and end are included in sale.

Inspections welcomed, trade ins welcomed. Car can be viwed in Miami, FL 33126.

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I am generally a big fan of the factory aero kit on the 993. It extends the lines enough to draw the eye and lengthen the shape of the car. It doesn’t have the iconic 911 whale tail, but the wing still looks in its proper place. All of that is true with this 993. But then I see a 911 like this one and I start to wonder if I’m crazy! I think I could manage to live with either one.

Perhaps the only thing I don’t care for with this C2S is the asking price. The C2S is a very desirable model, and this is a fine looking example that is single owner, is said to come with a fully documented service history, and comes in a rare color with some desirable options. But $115K is a lot to ask for a 993 with 72K miles. Granted, that it has those miles is a good thing for many. It’s still very reasonable mileage and also enough that additional miles shouldn’t hurt its value. It can be driven and enjoyed just as Porsche intended. But with that should come a reduction in value and this asking price doesn’t seem to be taking that into account.

This isn’t a unique problem to this car or even to the 911, though sellers have at times seemed slow to adjust to the air-cooled market, which I do understand. Still this is a really nice looking and unique 911 and I think it should (eventually) make a new owner quite happy.

-Rob