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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Certain cars have the ability to attract our attention more than others with a presentation that invites us to explore them more fully. In some cases those cars end up being fairly standard while others possess extra details that make them more interesting, more appealing, or both. Such is the case with the car featured here: a Glacier White 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Illinois. Generally, I am not a huge fan of white cars, but the lines of the 993 seem to work very well with that color and we don’t see a lot of them. Added to that are some interesting options – sunroof delete, sport suspension, limited-slip, aero kit (which I know is very love/hate) – that take this from your everyday 993 to a 993 that stands apart both in appearance and in performance. Cars like these will never appeal to everyone, but it’s still nice to come across factory-optioned variants of what were already great cars.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe on eBay

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 65,341 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

ONE OF THE RAREST PORSCHE 993’S IN EXISTENCE

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The seller’s description consists almost entirely of images of the CoA and options list (along with a CarFax report), so check the full ad to see those. I always have a slight hesitation with cars listed as the “rarest” around since there’s a good chance the seller’s asking price will be sky high. That this is a sunroof-delete car and came with the M030 factory sport suspension package are two major points in its favor relative to most other 993 Carrera Coupes. Combined those make for a nice, sporty, 993 and it looks great in its Glacier White paint (though I’m hoping this is the only time the car is out while snow is on the ground). This strikes me as a particular car that is looking for a particular buyer so it is difficult to peg an appropriate price, but if this happens to be the set of options you’re looking for on an otherwise standard 993 Carrera, then here is your chance.

-Rob

9 Comments

  1. Vic
    Vic April 17, 2014

    To my eye this has to be one of the best looking 911 ever produced, I absolutely love it in white and the aero package looks just right on this car. However – I am still not understanding why 993 coupes are pricing higher than their used 997 siblings. Appearance is a push and the performance of the watercooled car leaves the 10 year older air cooler car far behind.

  2. audemars
    audemars April 17, 2014

    @ Vic
    The reason why rare 964’s and 993’s are priced higher:
    1. Because these were still the 911 Porsches that felt like 911 Porsches, in the mind of old-school 911 drivers.
    2. I believe that most air cooled Porsche owners would agree, that the air cooled 911’s still feel like a 911 sports car. Almost anyone can drive a 996 or 997 near it’s limit, but an air cooled 911, you better know what you are doing.
    3. 996’s and 997’s are high production models built by robots. Air cooled 911’s are rare and hand built
    4. There are no more air cooled Porsches being built. The world has what there is.

  3. audemars
    audemars April 17, 2014

    ….. and:

    5. Air cooled 911’s were built by engineers with a passion. Today, the 996/997’s were built by engineers following the corporate financial statements.

  4. Rob
    Rob April 17, 2014

    Whoa, I think you’re right, and I did miss that. But that does appear to be a supercharger. Nice catch! The seller doesn’t seem aware of this though since he’s listed it as naturally aspirated. That’s certainly something that will need to be inquired about and would be a significant red flag. This is where the seller providing an actual description would be very helpful…

  5. McStiff
    McStiff April 17, 2014

    Yeah, easy to miss without the description. It looks like a TPC (http://www.tpcracing.com/) kit, you can see the ECM, sans AWIC. Maybe just a yellow flag.

  6. MDriver
    MDriver April 18, 2014

    seller mentions that an entire write-up on the car was for some reason omitted to the Ebay-ad..
    perhaps he mentions the S/C in that….hence the “rare” claim in the initial ad????
    either way who would buy this without a comprehensive PPI?????
    that said I guess I must be one of the few who aren’t on the 993 band wagon…would much rather have a 964 C-4, Turbo I or II OR better yet a 1994 3.6 Turbo…though the aero package does look nice on a white car..

  7. audemars
    audemars April 18, 2014

    Agree with MDriver.
    Money being no object, I prefer the 964 Turbo 3.6, RS America, Speedster, or CUP USA.

  8. LayinLow
    LayinLow April 18, 2014

    Hmmm… 5 owner car and current doesn’t know he’s got an aftermarket supercharger??? What’s the chances this baby has been properly maintained…seriously! $35K max to offset the pending shop bill(s)

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