Among the craziness of the used car market in the past two years is what has been happening with the 993 Porsche 911 Turbo models. For a long stretch there, you could grab a nice example for somewhere between $100,000 to $135,000. For that amount I think it was well worth the price of entry. It is an unmistakable design, enough pep and power to keep up with modern exotics, and not a total disaster to own like some of the mid-1990s cars that hail from Italy. Now, in 2002, if you want a nice 993 Turbo…oh boy.
This 1996 up for sale in Tennessee is reportedly a one-owner car finished in the sleek Polar Silver Metallic. It has just over 51,000 miles and a fresh engine-out service that ran almost $28,000. I suppose you could say a $28,000 repair bill was worth it when you see this asking price.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo on eBay
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 51,214 mi
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
Up for sale is this authentic 1-owner 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo with just 51k original miles. This 993 Turbo was sold new right here in Nashville at Thoroughbred Motorcars. The owner has always had the car maintained by Thoroughbred, and then by Porsche of Nashville when Thoroughbred was sold to a large dealer group. Finished in Polar Silver over Black supple leather, this Turbo comes with both original keys, books, window sticker, tool kit, and all service records. Please review the extensive collection of photos and videos in the listing. We did our very best to show the car honestly. This is an original, unrestored car with very few flaws. One major item to note is this car just received a $27,822 engine-out service at Porsche of Nashville 50 miles ago. Yes, you read that right…..$27,822! The owner really wanted the car to be as mechanically perfect as possible for whoever ends up with his cherished car, so he took it to Porsche and asked them to perform repairs as they saw fit. Some of the bigger items included having the turbos rebuilt, secondary air pump replaced, and near every vacuum hose, gasket, and seal on the motor without splitting the case. (RO’s available for serious buyers) Regarding the paint, the car is all original with the only exception being the driver’s rear quarter that was painted due to the owners sun bumping into it in their driveway in the late 90’s. Purely cosmetic. The interior is original in every way. Please call or e-mail with any questions.
This is what we are living with in the world of high demand, short supply, and a whole lot of new buyers flush with cash. I think the ask is probably high given what we’ve seen some lower-mileage comparables sell for recently. I can imagine the seller is trying to recoup almost all of that money spent on recent service and then some hoping for a buyer who just wants a turn-key car. Yes, this is probably still worth in that $200,000 ballpark, but maybe not that extra $30,000.
I’m going to be the armchair skeptic here, but the owners spent $28K on an engine out service because they wanted the car to be “perfect as possible for whoever ends up with his cherished car.” I’m calling BS. Probably had a catastrophic engine failure (at 51k miles!) and after having written that $28K check, the owners thought “screw this, I’ll sell it, make a lot of money, and some other sucker can deal with the crazy maintenance costs.” Maybe I am also confused how a 50K engine maintenance would cost $28K. That is full engine rebuild money, and what has this car been through to need such work?
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