1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S

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.…

1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S … Cabriolet?

1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S … Cabriolet?

Coming across a factory version of a model that doesn’t actually exist is always a lot of fun. At least it is for me as someone who will view this 993 from afar, analyze and read about it, and then write. Were I an actual interested buyer I’d either be very anxious – perhaps because I was already aware of this car’s existence and waiting for a sale – or befuddled as I try to track down all of the necessary verification to support the factory production of such a rarity. But either way there’s plenty to look at. The 993 Carrera S, also known as the C2S, was only produced as a Coupe. It’s a wonderful car; one of my favorite 911 designs Porsche has released. It seems, however, that at least one buyer convinced Porsche to make a Cabriolet and it is that car which we see here. The asking price is astronomical and the mileage is very low. All of which combines to make for a very special 911.

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Year: 1998
Model: 911 Carrera S Cabriolet
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 10,200 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($499,000 Buy It Now)

Absolutely rare example of a 993 „S“ Convertible with turbo body.

Original Porsche factory conversion to turbo body according to special customer request. This model has never been available through the official Porsche sales program.

This Porsche has been ordered new in late 1997 by a gentleman, who had been a Porsche enthusiast for quite a long time. Therefor at that time he already had purchased a significant number of vehicles from Porsche in Stuttgart. Obviously he was able to convince the engineers at the Porsche Exclusive Department to convert his brandnew 993 convertible to a 993 „S“ Cab with a turbo body.

2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Club Coupe

2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Club Coupe

Earlier this week I featured one of Porsche’s classic 911 special editions. This time we’ll turn to one of the modern versions. I’m not sure if we’ve ever featured this edition so it makes for a nice treat. This is a 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Club Coupe, located in Ontario, with just 3,044 miles on it. The condition looks superb and with only 50 such produced it is one of the rarer editions out there. The seller definitely is trying to capitalize on that rarity with an asking price that strikes me as insane, but given that I can’t ever recall seeing one come up for sale I suppose some premium is warranted. Add in the very low miles and surely we have a valuable 911. But this valuable?

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Year: 2006
Model: 911 Carrera S Club Coupe
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 3,044 mi
Price: $230,000 Buy It Now

2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Club Coupe
Number 39 of 50 Produced

Price: $230,000.00 USD

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Year: 2006
Model: 911 Carrera S Club Coupe
Body Style: Coupe
Milage: 3044 Original Miles
Transmission: Manual
Condition: Used, like-new Condition
Location: Ontario, Canada
Exterior Colour: Azurro Blue
Interior Colour: Stone Grey & Black Factory Two Tone Interior
Vin Number: WP0AB29916S745039
Fuel Efficiency Rating – City: 16
Fuel Efficiency Rating – Highway: 24 (Actual rating will vary with driving options, driving habits, etc)

This 2006 Porsche 911 Club Coupe is number 39 out of 50 made.

This car has been stored in a climate controlled glass box that was specifically made in the garage for the car, hidden from sunlight and any elements, stored under its cover and on tire cradles to prevent the original tires uneven tire wear from storage.

1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S

1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Here we turn to what is for me the prettiest model of the 911. Not the best (though it ain’t too shabby!), but the prettiest. With its wider rear adding to its curvier lines all elevated by the taller greenhouse, the 993 Carrera S makes for a very alluring 911. And relative to its successors, who have retained some of the model’s curves if in a flatter form, the 993 remains on the relatively smaller side. When seen today we are reminded that 911s aren’t large cars and while the current models still wouldn’t be considered large that is partly because everything else has gotten bigger as well. The Carrera S puts the 911’s athleticism on full display quite well. Here we have a Arctic Silver Metallic 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S located in Halifax with just 31,530 miles on it.

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Year: 1998
Model: 911 Carrera S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 31,530 mi
Price: $103,900 Buy It Now

1998 Porsche C2S. Two owner Canadian car. 31,530 miles (50,742 kilometers). Arctic Silver Metallic with black interior. Locking differential with ABD, 18” techno wheels with crest; cruise control, factory alarm, sunroof, CDR-210 radio, tools, tire inflator, two keys, all manuals / books.

The car has been rarely used, meticulously maintained and stored in a climate controlled environment since its acquisition by the current owner.

The condition of this car is outstanding. The original paint appears near flawless. The original wheels are unblemished. The interior shows no signs of wear. They don’t get much better than this.

Detailed pictures are available on request.

Even in Silver this is a pretty nice looking 911. The condition appears quite good so that obviously plays a role, but still it’s a color that seems to work well on the 993.…

2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

Almost any time I step away from the air-cooled 911 market to look at another Porsche I experience a brief moment of surprise about the value available. It’s the case even when all I’ve done is look at water-cooled 911s. Granted, the one we see here, a Black 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe with Red leather interior, manual transmission and just 9,715 miles on it, is up for a reserve auction so it is possible the dealer will be asking too much and our sense of value might diminish. But experience tells me that’s rarely the case with the 997 and even if it is I would hardly expect bidding to go crazy. So what we have is a really attractive, and excellent performing, sport coupé that should be attainable for a decent price. This 911 won’t have the value upside of an air-cooled model, but we all need something to actually drive right?

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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Tiptronic

1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Tiptronic

I didn’t entirely intend for this post to run the day after my discussion of automatic- vs. manual-equipped 928s, but it just so happens to have worked out that way. Yet my interest here remains along similar lines and the way we (or perhaps I?) tend to ignore automatic 911s. Granted, with the 911 we’re dealing with a different world than the 928. A manual 928GTS is a rare thing, while an automatic 911 is a rare thing. Also, while the automatic actually may be preferred by 928 owners, with the 911 that’s not the case. But there are owners for whom an automatic does hold appeal so we can’t just totally ignore them. This particular 911, a Slate Gray Metallic 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S with 17,373 miles on it, makes for an interesting test of the market and the ways in which we ignore certain cars:

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Wanna get weird? Let’s get weird – Centro 911 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Wanna get weird? Let’s get weird – Centro 911 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Have you ever looked at the McLaren F1’s centrally mounted seating position and thought to yourself, “Yes, this is what I need for my everyday commute”? Well have no fear because a solution has presented itself under the guise of this otherwise fairly basic 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. The cliche is that a picture is worth a thousand words so I will leave it to the pictures to describe this Carrera’s transformation. I won’t lie, things get a little weird.

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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

I sometimes wonder if I’m too neglectful of newer 911s. I rarely post them (and I think this is a general feature of our site), but the reasons for that are pretty natural: finding newer models in good condition isn’t always that difficult. There are abundant options available and most all will serve a driver’s purposes very well. That said, as we all know there can be great benefits to buying a lightly used car since most show initial depreciation that is quite rapid. If you aren’t picky then you can save a good bit of money. What about if you are picky? While newer models do abound on the second-hand market they aren’t always interesting nor come in an interesting spec, so if you’re looking for just the right combination of features along with a better price the search becomes more arduous. I think the car we see here, a GT Silver 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe with Carrera Red interior and 7-speed manual transmission, checks a lot of these boxes and it is just this sort of modern car that is very worth our time here at GCFSB.

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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S with 3,000 Miles

1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S with 3,000 Miles

I’m hoping this 911 can serve as a data point on market values, but I also suspect eBay is not really the right place for these types of cars so we’ll have to see. As the title states, here we have a Glacier White 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S, located in Florida, with a mere 3K miles on the clock. I’ve across a few ultra-low mileage examples of the 993 Carrera S and Carrera 4S and their asking prices always blow my mind. Here we have one available as a reserve auction so I’m curious where bidding will take it. As we’d expect with such a car the condition looks pretty much as new and while I wouldn’t agree with the seller that the White over Grey color combination is the “most desired,” Glacier White is a nice looking color on the 993 and certainly less common than Grand Prix White. I just wish these pictures showcased it better.

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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S

1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S

For pure beauty of design it is very tough to find a better example of Porsche’s 911 than the 993 Carrera S. There is a way in which the design takes us back to the 911’s predecessor itself, the 356 Coupe, through its curvier nature. The lines are significantly more taut and of course the entire package is more refined, but the hereditary lines are clear. The C2S enhances the entire aesthetic package of the 993 by utilizing the wider rear of the Turbo, but unlike its sibling the C4S and the Turbo itself the rear-drive layout has been retained. It’s a best of both worlds design: the fullness of the rear silhouette packaged with the simplicity and the, preferred by many, dynamics of rear-wheel drive. It is no wonder then that these models have been so highly prized by collectors and 911 aficionados alike. They were the last of the air-cooled 911s and the last of the more upright greenhouse that has gradually diminished beginning with the 996. The example we see here appears in impeccable condition: an Arctic Silver Metallic 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S, located in New York, with just 21,064 miles on it.

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2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S

There is something about this 911 that really is attracting my notice. I can’t put my finger on it, but more so than most 991s I come across this one looks really good. Maybe it’s the color combination – I do really like the interior. Or maybe just the white exterior paint in general, which for whatever reason seems to work for me. I haven’t been a huge fan of the 991 design as it’s become too flat and more or less looks like the Cayman. I realize that’s the reverse of how the two models are typically viewed, with most seeing the Cayman as derivative of the 911, but with the current models the direction seems to have shifted. I’m sure aerodynamically it’s far superior to the more upright appearance of an air-cooled 911, but those specific aerodynamic benefits will rarely be appreciated to any significant degree so I can’t say I care. Design aesthetics aside, the 991 is another step forward in the long evolution of the 911 as one of the best sports coupes on the market. Performance is raised across the board and even if the current 911 isn’t as hard-nosed as it once was it remains a rear-engined driver and that in itself lends it much of its unique character. Plus, what car isn’t as hard-nosed as it once was? So here we have a White 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S, located in Florida, with Nautical Blue leather interior and 57,442 miles on it.

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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S

1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S

I had my eye on a few of the larger auctions during the past few weeks and noticed an interesting trend that seemed especially prevalent among higher-end Porsches: they were almost all selling for a good bit below the auction house’s estimates. Granted those estimates may have been off, but in a few cases the selling prices were definitely lower than I would have expected. Early 930s were the most common in that regard so we’ll definitely have to keep an eye on where those are as we go forward. At the Gooding and Co. auction this trend wasn’t limited to Porsches as it seemed nearly everything was selling below their estimates, which itself could suggest a general financial tightening. The one possible exception was the 993. Not every 993 sold reached the high estimates of the auction houses – though a few certainly did – but many of them were showing much better than their counterparts from throughout the air-cooled 911 line. All is this is to say that it appears the 993 is still going strong. The one we see here is exactly the sort that could follow that trend of maintaining strong values – even though, if we’re honest, the asking price here is too high. Here we have a Black 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S, located in California, with the factory aerokit and just 19,714 miles on it.

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2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

Naturally in my quest for better value among 911 models I began to turn to the 997. Last week that lead me to a ’05 Carrera S Cabriolet that showed plenty of promise. As mentioned in that post, the potential for IMS issues is elevated with that year of the 997 so this week we’ll look at one built just a year later, but which shows equal overall promise. This should also give us a sense of the possible value differences between the two model years, which I suppose we could think of as the price you pay for peace of mind. Here we have a Lapis Blue Metallic 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe, located in North Carolina, with Sand Beige interior and 47,855 miles on it. As I’ve stated previously, the prices for these early 997s kind of snuck up on me. I spend a lot of time wading in the ever deepening waters of the air-cooled 911 market and when I suddenly turned my attention to these modern examples I was blown away at what your money might get. With the 997, later model years still seem to command much higher values – they are after all still pretty new – but for these earlier model years the prices aren’t too bad and you’re getting a lot of car for your money. Their styling is, to my eye, a bit conservative, but their relationship to the 911s of yore is clear and I don’t think anyone will confuse them with some other model.

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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S

It isn’t hard at all to see the appeal of the 993 and why values barely seem to have ever waned. That these were the last of the air-cooled 911s is well known and carries with it ton of cachet. But it is its aesthetic qualities that carry the day even more as they represent an easily identifiable evolution of the design from the 911’s debut in the mid-60s. That the design of the 996, which followed upon the 993, has been so derided has only served to further enhance the already stellar reputation of the 993 itself. It is almost as if there is a sense that the 911’s evolution ceased with the 993; the 996 is viewed as a separate species that has branched off from the original and its genetic traits, while enabling the model to survive in renewed form, are actually deemed less desirable. All of this comes together to build an icon. While all examples of the 993 are in high demand it is the wide-body designs that really force buyers to submit to temptation. Of all the air-cooled 911s the 993 wears the wider rear better than any other. Most of the others look good, but the 993 looks completed. The wider rear fills out its curves better than on previous models and it all comes together in a package that is both aggressive and beautiful. There really is a lot to love. The example we see here is a Zenith Blue Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S, located in Connecticut, with Blue leather interior and 50,500 miles on it.

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2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

I’ve been on a little bit of a convertible kick this week – probably just wistfully imagining summer weather before winter fully arrives. Why not continue the trend with this Black on Black 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, located in Florida, with 52,526 miles on it and the very desirable 6-speed manual transmission. The 997 sits in a really nice spot on the market these days, especially when considering these earlier examples. Porsche listened to many of the complaints regarding the 996’s design, particularly with regard to the headlights, and with the 997 we have a shape that is unmistakably a 911 when viewed from any angle. Admittedly, the 997 is not as curvy and sexy as the 993; on the 997 the lines have been smoothed and refined, but even if it doesn’t have the pure beauty of the 993 we’re a long way from the classic design. That’s not a knock on the classic design, but next to these modern 911s it is clear from which era each came. Add to the refined shape a 3.8 liter flat-six delivering 355 hp through a 6-speed transmission and you get a potent mix of performance and allure, but all for a price that is much lower. I would suspect given its asking price that this Carrera S would likely sell for less than the ’87 Carrera Cabriolet I featured on Monday. There are very good reasons for those price differences, but if you’re looking to drive the darn thing then the bang for your buck here is undeniable.

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