1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S

I don’t know about you, but I love white cars. Not cream, not pearl, but as white as the giant glaciers in the Swiss alps. Well wouldn’t you know, I just happened to stumble across a 1997 Porsche 911 CS2 painted in none other than Glacier White. It has everything has everything to that made the 993 so great and then some. Widebody rear end, 18″ Turbo Twists, painted hardback sport seats, matching white gauges, and more. Even better, this example has just 58,000 miles. Everything is perfect then, right? To a lot of people, not so much. Let me explain.

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Carrera S
VIN: WP0AA2991VS322723
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 58,574 mi
Location: Saddle Brook, New Jersey
Price: $69,888 Buy It Now

1-Owner Orignal Paint 1997 Porsche C2S Widebody Coupe, Rare Sports Seats and Factory Sports Suspension, 18′ Wheels. Clean Carfax. Amazing Condition with Zero Paintwork. All Books and Keys. Certificate of Authenticity

The giant catch, and there always seems to be a catch, is that this is a Tiptronic car. Is this a deal breaker? For a lot of 993 buyers, I think so. The 4-speed automatic isn’t the worst gearbox ever, as Porsche could have gone with a really crude single-clutch automatic that would of been a disaster (I’m looking at you Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Audi R8.), but it really doesn’t fit the car in terms of its character. These automatic gearbox feel old and slushy despite Porsche’s best effort for it not to, and even as a pure daily driver don’t return optimal results. Would I turn it down for a great price? Of course not. Problem isn’t, the asking price isn’t a great price.

This car ran on Bring a Trailer a few weeks ago and didn’t sell at $49,500. The asking price this dealer has now is a lofty $70,000, so there was quite a gap between those two numbers. Perusing around the comment section of that listing, this car was listed at another dealer for the same $70,000. Not sure how the math makes sense here unless someone paid a lot of less than said $70,000, but it isn’t a good sign for this car. I thought somewhere north of $50,000 was a good price for this one, but once you get close to $60,000, I think there are lots of attractive out 993s with a 6-speed.

– Andrew

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5 Comments

  1. “…could of went…” ?!?!?!?!?

    You mean, “…COULD HAVE GONE…”!!

    The rest was good, though. Tiptronic = no bueno in a 993.

    Happy New Year!

  2. ‘Raises hand’ My mistake. I missed it in edit.

    Thanks for the correction, Dallas, and Happy New Year to you too!

  3. White on tan on a Porsche?
    I don’t think there is a worse color combo. For me it’s just plain ugly and totally unfitting on a 911.

  4. I agree re: the color combo, but admit thatís subjective. What isnít subjective is what the market is saying about value here – all it takes is one buyer to fall in love, but BaT is pretty efficient (particularly for 993s) and the $70k level is a joke for this car.

  5. They are very nice in white. Does all the 993 Sís have tiptronic

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