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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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.

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.

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!

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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.…

1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S – REVISIT

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The very rare Cobalt Blue Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S we featured back in October remains up for sale. The original auction was bid to $295,100, a figure a good bit below where we’d expect it to sell and far below the seller’s current asking price of $795,000. Given the rare color and other features of this Turbo S a high price is to be expected, but I feel like the more likely result will lie somewhere between those two numbers. That puts us pretty far away from a sale here, but for one of the more interesting examples we’ve come across we can expect that it will garner quite a bit of attention nonetheless.

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The below post originally appeared on our site October 30, 2015:

1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

It’s an all-turbo day for me, and I think this also makes for three straight 911 Turbos I will have featured. We’ve actually been looking at quite a few air-cooled Turbos lately, though a significant portion of those examples have come from the 930. Much of that probably has to do with what attracts my attention most since there are always examples of the 993 and, to a lesser extent, the 964 to choose from, yet the 930 finds its way onto our pages most frequently. Every model deserves its due so for this one we will move to the end of the air-cooled line to look at a very vibrant 993TT. While the 930 captures attention through a nature of almost pure aggression, the 993 elicits excitement through the shapeliness of its curves and the overall beauty of its design. Even the whale tail is more subdued and molded into the 993’s lines such that it seems a natural extension of the rear. Along with those refined lines the 993 also brought with it significant refinements to driveability that go beyond the basic evolutionary steps the 911 Turbo had previously passed through. With twin turbocharging and all-wheel drive helping to both deliver and make use of the 993 Turbo’s prodigious rear-engine power, gone were some of the 930’s more diabolical handling traits. The 911 Turbo had long served as Porsche’s showcase of its ability to produce performance machines that came with few compromises to luxury and refinement and the 993 brought the air-cooled line to its apex.

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

For a car as rare as the 993 Turbo S we do seem to be coming across a decent number of them right now. The one we see here certainly qualifies as one of the more interesting color palettes and even at the insane prices we see for these it should attract a good deal of interest. Here we have a Cobalt Blue Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S, located in Washington, with Midnight Blue leather interior and yellow accents with 17,917 miles on it. The blue on blue look is something I have grown accustomed to seeing on the 911. I’m far less accustom to the yellow accents we see in this interior, which certainly make a bold statement and help break up an otherwise monochromatic appearance to the car as a whole. I’m not sure what sparked the choice of yellow – perhaps it is as simple as matching the brake calipers of the Turbo S – and I’m equally as unsure of what I think about it. Thankfully the use of yellow was fairly restrained. I have no reservations about the exterior color choice: Cobalt Blue simply is fantastic and here on a Turbo S it looks both aggressive and alluring. With 424 hp the Turbo S are fantastically quick cars that bring with them a high level of refinement and luxury. While perhaps lacking some of the insanity of the 964 Turbo S, especially the lightened 3.3 liter version, there is little to find at fault with the 993 and the overall shape is about as good as it gets. This is the final evolution of the air-cooled 911 design and when I look at that shape I quickly understand the disappointment felt by 911 enthusiasts upon the release of the 996.

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1996 Porsche 993 Turbo

For many, the Porsche 993 is the pinnacle of the 911 line. As the last of the air-cooled 911s, it is held in heightened regard by many Porsche enthusiasts. No less important, the styling miscues of the 996 have prompted many potential buyers to bypass those models for the more classically styled 993 (and to a lesser degree the 964). This, of course, has meant that 993 prices have shot up (as an aside, for those who are fans of the 996 styling, there’s great value to be had there). A 993 RS or GT2, assuming you come across one, will set you back a few hundred grand. As for the Turbo, this particular listing might show us where values for these cars currently stand. This 1996 993 Turbo, located in California, has seen less than 21K miles and from all appearances looks very clean.

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Year: 1996
Model: 993 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbo flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 21,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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Up for Auction is a 1996 model Porsche 993 (911) Turbo
Mileage is Documented please see Carfax and Car History reports
Original Paint
No collision or accidents
None Smoker
Stereo Code is on hand
Just completed emissions so Readiness Status is ACTIVE
Bnew Tires front and rear
No dents, no curb damage and no water stains
Complete service history all maintenance was done by Porsche dealers
Complete with 2 remote fob keys, tools, jack, manuals,and service records
Title is on hand and good to go
I can facilitate SHIPPING OR TRUCKING ——-DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL,
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Some 993s I’ve come across seem to leap off the screen; they are stunning cars whose photo albums can be like a black hole for my time.…