1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S – Tiptronic S

I will fully admit that I was pretty disappointed when I saw that this 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S was equipped with Tiptronic S rather than a manual transmission. It looked so promising as I made my way through the initial photos, especially once I realized it wasn’t black, but rather a very attractive dark metallic green (specifically Forest Green Metallic). The color combination was right, the condition of the paint looked phenomenal, and the interior looked clean and in really nice shape. And then the gear shift lever stuck out like a sore thumb. Oh well. I still think this 911 is worth featuring and investigating further, in part because I don’t really see the C2S very often with an automatic (more on that below), but also because there may be buyers specifically on the look out for such a combination. Whether by preference or necessity not everyone wants a manual transmission so here we are and this one really is beautiful.

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Carrera S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 60,155 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

For sale is my beautiful and well-loved 1997 Carrera C2S with Tiptronic S transmission. It’s an ultra rare wide-body 993 finished in special-ordered Forest Green over Cashmere interior. It has a clean MD title and clean CarFax. Non-smoker. Always garaged. No accident. The car has 60k documented miles. I am the 4th owner. This C2S shows extremely well. I shudder to even call this a driver. It is a very clean car from the inside out. It was never abused, no rain, and absolutely no salty roads as evidenced by the corrosion/rust free undercarriage.

Link for additional photos:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5r6c5n1pdrt4d3s/AADqcq19ccBccbItldwTUdRga?dl=0

Interior
The interior is easily 9/10. The instruments and dash are clean, and no fading or cracking. The tan carpet is excellent with no stains or dirty spots anywhere (Yes, even the driver side carpeting). The optional draped leather seating is soft and in overall excellent shape. The driver’s seat has minor outboard bolster wear, not unusual after 60k miles of driving pleasure. Two sets of floor mats come with the car- the original tan mats in very good condition, and new black mats should you prefer some darker contrast. Headliner is clean. All electricals are functional as they should. Driver’s door check-strap repaired prior to my ownership- no issues or odd noises. Heat works great and A/C blows cold.

Exterior
The body and paint are in excellent condition. I meticulously performed paint-correction on the car about 1 year ago to address some minor swirling. To this day, the paint still glistens with deep wet clarity you can only achieve with dark paints. I would rate the exterior 8.5 to 9/10. The car has some paint scratches during removal of the old stone guards. This didn’t bother me enough to warrant repainting the rear fenders. The windshield has no stone damage/crack. All glass are as new. This is a no accident car. All panels are original to the car. The front bumper, hood, and fenders were resprayed prior to my ownership for rock chips. Paint match is perfect! Expel clear bra protects the front end from any future chipping. Seals and trim pieces are in excellent condition. This car was obviously garaged and covered its entire life. Both headlight glass lenses are in great shape. Fog lamps like new. Tail lamps look as new. Wheels are factory original 17” Cup 2s with 225/45 fronts and 255/40 rears, with 80% tread depth remaining. All wheels are in excellent condition with no curb marks. Brake pads and rotors are in great shape. All 4 calipers recently refinished to correct some clear coat peeling so commonly seen at this age. The worn out original suspension was replaced with Bilstein HD and H&R spring combo. Front lower control arm bushings replaced with red Walrods. The handling is fantastic!

Undercarriage
The undercarriage is very clean and dent-free. All wheel wells have been scrubbed and dressed. Drain tubes in the front tub are present.

Mechanicals
This C2S runs like a champ, and pulls strongly in every gear. I would not hesitate to drive this car anywhere. No CELs. It idles smoothly and revs easily throughout the rpm range. It burns little, if any oil at all. I confirm this using the dipstick to manually monitor oil level. The last leak-down test performed at 58,800 miles: All Cylinder less than 5% (receipt included). Original heat exchangers, catalytic converter, and mufflers are in excellent condition. All maintenance is up to date. Valve covers are dry. Timing chain covers have minor seep, 1-2 drops after a drive then none after.
* *Comes with a binder full of service receipts from the previous owner up to and including my ownership.

Options
L22E Special-ordered Forest Green Metallic
LG Cashmere partial leather interior w/black dash
CO2 ?
XE9 Dark Burr Maple handbrake lever
X66 Dark Burr Maple Tiptronic selector lever
X70 Stainless steel doorsill w/model insignia
159 Motor Sound Package
249 Tiptronic Transmission
329 Porsche CR-210
437 8-way electric seat, left
454 Auto speed control
490 HiFi Sound system
650 Sunroof
659 On Board Computer (OBC)
692 6-disc CD changer
939 Pleated leather rear seats
982 Pleated leather front seats
00501 ?
09981 Vehicle transfer to VRS for installation of Exclusive parts
09991 Porsche Exclusive Manufacture program

Notable Maintenance & Upgrades
-30k mile service incl. plugs and belts
-New front rotors/pads @53k miles
-Replaced steering wheel horn pad @53k miles
-SAI port clean out @54k miles
-New bonnet and engine lid struts @57k miles
-Engine Leak-down Test @58k miles
-Replaced A/C and Oil Cooler series resistors
-60k mile service incl. all filters @59k miles
-New wires, plugs, caps/rotors, P/S fluid flush @59k miles
-ISV cleaned
-New alternator/fan/A/C belts @59k miles
-Bilstein HD and H&R springs installed @59k miles
-Walrod front lower control arm bushings replaced @59k miles
-Alignment 4-wheel
-Full brake flush with ATE Super Gold @59k miles
-Rear bumper support bars refinished
-Brake calipers refinished
-Tiptronic ATF service incl. rear differential fluid flush @59k
-Latest Oil & Filters (Mobil 1 V-twin 20w50 and Porsche filters) in Jan 2016 @59,408 miles

Negatives
-Driver seat bolster wear
-Paint scratches under new rear fender stone guards
-Minor timing cover seepage

This well-sorted 993 comes complete with both keys, all manuals, air compressor, tool kit, jack, spare tire, and service history/receipts. Don’t underestimate the value of a well-maintained Porsche. No deferred maintenance $$$. This example is one of the best looking wide-body cars out there. I’ve disclosed everything I know, but PPIs highly encouraged. You will not be disappointed!

Purely on appearance this appears to be one of the better kept 911s that I’ve come across. The current owner clearly has put in a good deal of effort to get the paint looking its best and it shows. I’m sure on closer inspection a few flaws will be visible – this is after all a 20-year-old car with 60K miles on it – but it’s tough to ask for too much more unless you’re looking at an ultra-low-mileage garage queen. That isn’t what this C2S is or should be so I’m impressed. The interior shows a little more wear, but still it looks in fine shape too. This 993 also looks to be well maintained and received a decent amount of servicing around 1K miles ago. The seller reports a small amount of oil seepage and like with yesterday’s 911 a PPI should sort out our level of concern. For someone in search of one of the best 911 models, but who requires (or desires) Tiptronic this looks like an excellent candidate to pursue further.

My other area of interest here is price. I’ll admit I really don’t have a good sense of the value of a C2S with Tiptronic S. I almost never see them for sale. I know it’s lower than a comparable manual-equipped C2S, but by how much? Funny enough, this isn’t the only Tiptronic C2S on the market at the moment. I found at least two others! For a model I so rarely see at all to find three with the more rare automatic transmission is itself strange. So I’m curious about where this auction will go. Were I looking for a 993 this wouldn’t be the car for me, but I’m always interested in where the market lies for particular models and this one is no different. Stay tuned!

-Rob

1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Because I primarily write about Porsche 911s I tend to feature a lot of cars with very low mileage. As enthusiasts this understandably frustrates us and many readers. Machines are made to be used, especially such highly capable machines as the 911. The more rare the model the more likely we are to find one with few miles as owners tuck them away preserving them for years in pristine condition. Just look at the 911 Speedster.

I don’t mind seeing these cars; it’s always great to pore over the details of a like-new car that’s more than 30 years old as a way to experience something that I was too young to experience first hand at its inception. Still, cars that have been driven have stories. They have brought joy to their owners, sometimes mixed with frustration, but ultimately they have enlivened the senses and been utilized as their engineers intended. That in itself is interesting and worthwhile.

There are a lot of ways for a car to be rare, and sometimes higher mileage can itself be a rarity. Here we have something pretty rare: an Arctic Silver Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S, located in Los Angeles, with 67,044 miles on it. Granted, even this Turbo S is technically quite low in miles if we think about how many miles per year this figure represents. These things are relative. Nonetheless, this is quite a few more miles than just about every other Turbo S I’ve seen and, as the seller notes, that means you could (should!) actually drive the darn thing. Imagine that!

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo

I always like to see 911s in rare colors and given the depth of the Porsche color spectrum I find plenty of opportunities to talk about those colors. I also am fond of saying that sometimes there is a reason a color, or color combination, is rare. Here we have an example that likely will fit that bill, though much more so in the interior than the exterior. First let’s just take a look at what we’ve got: a paint-to-sample Gold 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Ohio, with two-tone Cashmere and Mocha interior and just 41,000 miles on it.

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 41,000 mi
Price: $199,990 Buy It Now

1997 Porsche 911 Turbo
This is a 993 which stands out–Gold on two-tone Cashmere and Mocha. In a sea of Guards Red this is a beacon of sunlight.

Description
41,000 original miles
Extremely nice inside and out
Paint to sample gold metallic
Color to sample two-tone interior
Full leather interior
Factory chrome wheels
All books, manuals, tools
Clean Carfax

Outside, you’ll see crisp gold paint which you won’t find on the color charts–this is a paint-to-sample car. It’s a vibrant gold, with fine metal flake that shimmers outdoors. It flops in the sun from white gold to copper…it has to be seen in person. The chrome factory wheels are excellent, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sports. Lights and lenses are excellent, and the glass is clean.

Here are the options listed on the underhood sticker:
C02 – US Emissions
XK7 – Shift Knob and Boot in Leather
XMA – Leather Headliner
XN1 – Leather Door Package
XN2 – Leather Door handles
XN3 – Side Air Vents in Leather
XN4 – Center Fresh Air in leather
XN7 – Brake Handle in leather
XN9 – Sun Visors in Leather, Lighted Mirror in Right Sunvisor
XP9 – Leather Door Package (speaker grilles) in leather
XV1 – Defroster Trim in Leather
XV2 – Triangular Trim Near Vents in Leather
XW6 – Leather Door Package (finishers) in leather
XW8 – Leather Door Package (armrests) in color
XW9 – Door Sills in Leather
X27 – Mirror Adjuster and Bezel in Leather
X26 – Steering Wheel All Leather Including Airbag Cover
446 – Concave Hub Caps With Colored Crests
454 – Automatic Speed Control
520 – Passenger Compartment Monitoring (alarm)
586 – Lumbar Support, Left Seat
650 – Electrical Sliding Roof
692 – CD Changer
939 – Supple Leather Seat Covers, Rear
982 – Supple Leather Seat Covers ,Front
XMA – Roof, A&B Pillar in Leather
XX1 – Front Floor Mats Embroidered “Porsche”

Inside, the custom two tone interior is amazing. First, it’s very rare–most cars are solid colors. Second, it’s beautiful! Check out the pictures of the seats: No marks. The leather, everywhere, is soft, supple and like new. You’ll also see the original radio in the dash–this is a no modification car. Again, with full leather, this interior is nearly completely covered in hides, from the door sills (with Porsche logos) to the sun visors to the shift pattern on the shift knob. It’s a unique look that was VERY expensive when new.
Under the hood is the incredibly potent twin turbo engine. It runs great, and we’ve done full fluid changes–it simply didn’t need more. Leakdown numbers were less than 5% across all cylinders.

This is the highly unusual 993 Turbo you’ve been waiting for, in great colors, serviced and ready to go, with a full paper trail.

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The interior looks sort of like a Reese’s peanut butter cup explosion. It’s certainly unique and truth be told the exterior makes for probably as good a pairing as possible, but still this is a difficult interior to fall in love with. The exterior metallic Gold resembles shades we’ve seen on 911s from the late-70s and early-80s and it’s attractive on those cars. It’s got quite a bit of sparkle to it. I’ve never come across a color like this on a 993 and the lack of black and chrome trim to provide contrast and accents to the gold doesn’t look quite as good to me as on those earlier 911s. It’s not too bad though overall and certainly something that will stand apart from the crowd. The interior, for better or worse, absolutely will stand out.

Rare 993 Turbos obviously come with pretty high price tags and this one is no different. It’s been pretty well equipped in addition to the rare colors and that serves to raise the asking price even more. No one would confuse this Turbo with one outfitted for track duty as just about every aspect of it skews toward the luxury side, but given Porsche’s deft melding of performance and luxury with the 911 Turbo it isn’t always surprising when that happens. All in all, I don’t think a huge number of buyers will be beating down this seller’s door, but this 911 possesses enough unique qualities that it’s sure to attract attention.

-Rob

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S

For those who are fans of one of Porsche’s lesser seen blues this Zenith Blue Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S makes for a very interesting option. Though you really do need to be a fan of blue because the exterior theme is continued in the interior giving this 911 a fairly monotone, but rare, appearance. As one of the prettier designs the 911 has ever seen this Carrera S looks really good in this color. It’s a little subdued rather than eye-catching like Riveria Blue, but still possesses enough life that you’ll want to pay plenty of attention to it if you see it on the street.

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Carrera S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 50,704 mi
Price: $91,900 Buy It Now

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 2S
Finished in Zenith Blue Metallic with Blue leather interior
6-Speed manual transmission
Just 50,704 miles

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I actually have featured this 911 once before. It was a couple years ago and on offer from a different seller so it seemed worthwhile to revisit with this listing. Not much has changed since that first sale with only a couple hundred miles having been added to the odometer. Everything else presents mostly the same. Like before it’s not entirely original as this 911 has a set of yellow Turbo S brake calipers along with the 993 Turbo tail. That really brings a turbo-look appearance to this C2S as the tail pairs with the wide turbo rear. It looks great, but of course those who prefer the non-whale tail appearance of the wide-body Carrera S might be slightly disappointed. The seller hasn’t provided us much in the way of details so it might be worth looking back at the previous feature and its ad to help fill in some gaps. All in all a sexy looking 911 and one that is pretty rare given its combination of model and color.

-Rob

Feature Listing: 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

Given the significant love shown to the 993 in general, and especially the 993 twin-turbo, it might seem strange that I would have to be brought around on them. Yet, that’s exactly the case. Don’t get me wrong, I need no convincing that these are phenomenal machines and their status as the last of the air-cooled 911s brings with them obvious additional layers of allure. But I was a kid in the ’80s so it is the ’80s 911s and the ’80s 930s that really tug at my heart. In the case of the 930, they aren’t sexy cars; they attract by a seeming brute force. In that regard, the 993 almost seemed too pretty. The all-wheel drive and twin-turbocharging features further served to tame the beast. The wildness seemed…not gone, but tamped down.

If I’m honest, when I see a standard 993 these feelings largely remain. They’re very pretty, but my mind still drifts back to the classic 911 or, with increasing regularity, to the 964. The Turbo is different. I’ve been brought around. The wide rear and massive tail pair well with the 993’s curves to produce something that is indeed pretty, but also clearly not to be trifled with. I kind of don’t know what took me so long to figure this out, but I’m glad to present this low-mileage example in the classic colors of black and tan: a Black Metallic 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo with Cashmere leather interior and just 28K miles on it.

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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

At its current price I really don’t think this Arctic Silver Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is going to sell. I also realize that’s a somewhat strange way to begin a post. The reason I’ve chosen to feature this 911 is because I think it looks superb, if not in the most exciting color combination. The mileage is low, though not absurdly so, and it appears to be in original condition. The problem really only is the price. That isn’t a small problem, but with some patience perhaps that price comes down a bit and then you may be left with a very nice looking 993 that you can enjoy with less worry about the miles affecting its value. That in itself is a lovely thing.

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 58,450 mi
Price: Auction

Truly beautiful, very clean California car. 1997 993 with 58,500 original miles. Arctic Silver Metallic with Classic Grey supple leather interior. Aluminum and chrome dials, shifter and brake handle. Wide turbo body. Always garaged, no collision history. All stock Porsche options such as Litronic headlights, power seats, dimming rear view mirror, titanium brake calipers, premium stereo with 10 speakers, door insignias, and more. Maintenance receipts, manual and original window sticker. Still smells new. Last of the air-cooled and hand-built Porsches.

Options:09991 Manufactured from Exclusive Program437 Comfort seat left438 Comfort seat right454 Automatic speed control490 Hi-Fi sound system601 Litronic Headlights650 Sunroof659 Onboard computer688 Radio cd C DR210939 Soft leather rear982 Supple Leather Seats/TrimC02Catalytic converterX52Console CD Storage for 5 DiscsX54Oval Chrome Exhaust PipesX70Metal Door Sill InsigniaX71Aluminum Instrument DialsX97Alum/leather shift knobX98Alum/leather parking break handleXE3993: Dimming rear view mirror

The Carrera 4S made its debut as part of the 993 line, thus making it the only time the model was available as an air-cooled 911. With its Turbo bodywork (sans rear wing), suspension, brakes, and wheels it effectively was a naturally aspirated version of the 993 Turbo. In that regard it recalled the M491 package made available for the 3.2 Carrera, though now with all-wheel drive, just like the Turbo itself. The widebody Carrera 4 we saw with the 964 served as a preview of sorts, but really it’s the 993 that brought everything together. The wider rear looks great on the 993 in general giving the C4S great appeal. While not as rare as its rear-drive sibling, the Carrera 2S, the Carrera 4S remains pretty sought after and certainly will come with a higher purchase price than a standard Carrera 4. As I said, this one looks in very nice shape with still quite reasonable mileage so really there’s just the matter of that selling price. Bring that down and the total package becomes quite desirable.

-Rob

1998 Porsche 911 Targa

I’ve always had a thing for green cars. This is especially the case when we are shopping in the darker side of the color spectrum. As we move lighter and brighter my preferences shift much more towards the blues and away from the greens. But as an alternative to black, a dark green car does the trick for me and that’s exactly what we have here today. A Forest Green Metallic 1998 Porsche 911 Targa, located in Brooklyn, with a Cashmere leather interior and 79,705 miles on it. I’ve said before that I strongly prefer these dark green exteriors to be paired with a lighter tan interior and that contrast certainly shows well here. It’s a very earthy contrast blending both light and dark, but without the significant starkness we find with black and tan. Some will prefer an all-black interior, and I think that would look pretty good as well, but for me the contrast we see here works better.

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Year: 1998
Model: 911 Targa
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 79,705 mi
Price: $67,900 Buy It Now

1998 Porsche 911 Targa 122 produced in 1998
79,705 miles
Rare green on beige color
Clean CarFax
Car is in amazing condition inside and out
Interior is literally brand new
Car was recently service and has no issues at all with anything in the car, everything works
Targa roof was perfected in 1998
Extremely rare example for 1998
Any further questions call Matt 718 986 9436

As most are aware, Porsche made significant changes to the Targa design for the 993. No longer would we see the removable center panel and fixed roll hoop. In its place was a large retractable glass panel. This provided a similar sense of openness to the cockpit as the previous design, but without the need for removing and stowing the top any time you decided you wanted that open air sense. The new design also maintained the overall look of the 993’s lines to a greater degree than earlier Targas. However, as convenient as that sliding panel was for the driver it was also prone to malfunction. Porsche is said to have fixed that issue for the 98MY. I will leave it to those with much more familiarity with these models themselves to confirm whether that is truly the case, but this seller’s statement isn’t the only place I’ve seen mention of this fix. If it’s accurate, then that does fix one of the bigger issues with the 993 Targa.

As with the Targa top, this 993 is said to be in excellent mechanical condition with everything in proper working order. Obviously, that will need to be verified, but this certainly doesn’t have the look of a car that has been abused. The mileage is quite reasonable, though we couldn’t call it low all things considered. That mileage will make this asking price a little tough, but it’s not a bad starting place from which to work. The color palette, along with it being a Targa, will limit the market somewhat for this one, but for those who are fans of those aspects then this looks like a promising 993.

-Rob

1997 Porsche 911 Targa

As someone who is not typically a fan of white cars in general I must admit that the color looks really great on this 993. This is a Glacier White 1997 Porsche 911 Targa, located in Alabama, with Midnight Blue interior and 37,937 miles on it. I’ve come across this color combination before and it is one that I like, but I don’t recall it looking this good! It is a fitting pairing that creates an icy appearance through its combination of a dark blue with bright white. This particular example looks in excellent condition and while the 993 Targa has never been my favorite design I can definitely see the appeal in this application. Though with a starting bid set at $62K, the asking price appears to be pretty high so we’ll have to see whether it can sell.

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Targa
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 37,937 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

This is a super fine example of a glass top Targa produced very near the end of the air cooled Porsche era.

Note the rare factory option “paint to body” white Cup wheels.

It is in pristine condition in almost every detail; ready for a showroom, a collection, a Concours or a fast drive in the country.

Low Milage: 37,937
Exterior Color: Glacier White
Interior Color: Midnight Blue
Transmission: 6 speed manual
2 wheel drive

Just completed the 30,000 service. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity included.

This 993 came with a decent option list and everything looks to be in original condition. The highlight of the list is probably the Glacier White painted 17″ Cup wheels. I don’t know that having the wheels painted the body color would have been my preference, but they do look good here and a set of Cup wheels in general is always a nice thing to have. On the negative side, we aren’t told much about this 993’s history so some investigation will be necessary in that regard. Also, the front looks slightly off to me. Perhaps that’s just a trick of the camera angle, but it doesn’t look to line up as well as it should. That would be another potential area of inquiry, though as I said it could just be the angle and everything could be fine.

I’ve seen a few 993 Targas in a rare color and with low miles come up now and again and their asking price tends to be pretty high, but they struggle to sell. That’s not too terribly surprising all things considered and we’ll have to see if this one follows suit. It appears to be a really nice example and that exterior is extremely attractive. Will it be enough to reach this seller’s price?

-Rob

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.

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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”

VIN: WP0AA2995TS32572

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.

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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