Double Take: Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

It is always interesting to take a look at the first version of a particular 911 model, whether to understand how a particular variant took shape or, for those on the investment side, to consider which might be the next model to take off on the market. Here we have the 993 Carrera 4S, the first version of the model produced for the 911 line and the only model produced with an air-cooled engine. It would be difficult for these models to show significant appreciation in the short term for the simple fact that they are already fairly expensive. Long term, however, this is the sort of variant that we could see do very well for buyers that are patient. There are a lot of similarities between the two cars featured here and both share one trait that I particularly like: each is fairly low mileage, but neither is ridiculously so. Meaning, each could still be driven and enjoyed to a reasonable degree each year without concern for killing the premium that comes with any low-mileage vehicle. We will start with a C4S from the first year of their production: a 1996 Speed Yellow C4S, located in Connecticut, with 33,800 miles on it.

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Year: 1996
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 33,800 mi
Price: $98,900 Buy It Now

1996 PORSCHE 993 C4S

VIN: WP0AA2998TS321274

The Classic Car Gallery is proud to offer this iconic, 1996 Porsche C4S coupe. This 33,800 mile coupe may be the nicest on the market today!!! The SPEED YELLOW paint is ALL original as verified by the Paint Meter (the meter never lies!!!), with great shine and luster. The Black interior is excellent as well, the Supple leather is soft and shows few blemishes. The car has been meticulously maintained throughout its life, and we have extensive documentation.

The car came well optioned;
030 SPORT GROUP
159 MOTOR SOUND
437 COMFORT SEAT (left)
454 AUTOMATIC SPEED CONTROL
650 SUNROOF
688 RADIO CD CDR210

The wheels are in excellent condition, and the tires have a tire meter verified 90% front and 80% rear tread life remaining. This car is for the person looking for the FINEST CAR!!! She has no stories, no issues and only Adult driven on the street!!! Cosmetically and mechanically Superb, this is possibly the finest C4s on the market today!!! Bid with confidence, as she is ready to go!!! Please feel free to call at 203 256 9800 or email Steven@classiccargallery.com with any question you may have.

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For those who want to stand apart from the crowd it is tough to do better than a Speed Yellow 993. There is just so much vibrancy to this car and unlike the classic 911 it still looks very modern (at least on the outside). One of the styling characteristics of the 993 that I have never enjoyed is the whale tail. I LOVE the whale tail on the classic 911, but the shape used on the 993 never appealed to me. So on this car here, with the wider rear of the Turbo but without the tail, I am hooked. The shape looks just fantastic. In every regard this car looks as we would expect of a 33K mile 993 so if it comes through as mechanically sound as it should be, then it looks like an excellent choice.

We’ll now turn to the slightly less original of the two cars featured here: a 1997 Snow White C4S with red accents, located in Brooklyn, and 30,312 miles on it.

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 30,312 mi
Price: $99,000 Buy It Now

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Rare Factory Widebody
HIGHLIGHTS:
-US MODEL
-2 OWNER CAR( SAME OWNER FOR THE PAST 15 YRS)
-1 OF 937 US C4S WIDEBODY PRODUCED FOR 1997
-RARE SPORT HARD BACK SEATS
-30,305 ORIGINAL MILES
-6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION
-ALL ORGINAL PAINT
-TITLE IN HAND AND CLEAR OF ANY LEINS
-OVER $15,000 IN TASTEFUL UPGRADES
Factory Options include:
Code Option Description
030 Sport Group
09991 manufacture from the exclusive-programme
159 Motor Sound Pkg
373 Left Sport Seat w/ Power Height Adjuster
374 Right Sport Seat w/ Power Height Adjuster
454 Automatic speed control
490 Hi-Fi sound system
650 Sunroof
688 Radio cd CDR210
C02 Equipped with catalytic converter
TASTEFUL UPGRADES:
-CUSTOM GT3 INSPIRED RED STICKER DECALS (THESE CAN EASILY BE REMOVED)
-EURO STYLE SIDE MARKERS
-TURBO S FRONT AIR DUCTS
– EURO STYLE REAR TAIL LIGHTS (ORIGINAL US STYLE WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE SALE)
-PORSCHE OEM FACTORY GT3 WHEELS (COST NEW- $10,000+)
-CUSTOM SOUND SYSTEM
-UPGRADED 996 3 SPOKE STEERING WHEEL WITH DEVIATED STITCHING

CONDITION:
-NO DINGS
-NO DENTS
-NO RIPS
-NO TEARS
-NO HOLES
– NO LEAKS
-NO WHEEL CURB RASH
-70-80% REMAINING TIRE TREAD
-NON SMOKER
-ALL FACTORY STICKERS IN PLACE
-NEVER TRACKED OR RACED
– ALWAYS STORED IN TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED GARAGE
-HAND WASHED AND WAXED REGULARLY
-9 OUT OF 10 -GREAT CONDITION FOR BEING 17 YRS OLD

IT COMES WITH:
-2 SETS OF MASTER KEY
-ORIGINAL OWNERS MANUEL
-SPARE TIRE( NEVER USED)
-TIRE PUMP
-TOOL KIT
-CLEAR TITLE IN HAND
-CLEAN CARFAX HISTORY REPORT
-INTERNATIONAL BUYERS WELCOME
-PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS
Please contact Steven Sasson:

(212) 804-8070 or Steven@LegendLeasing.com

Worldwide delivery & Pre-Purchase inspections are welcome at our location:

JM Legend Auto Group

2785 Coney Island Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11235

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I can’t say I’m a fan of the decals on this one, but thankfully it sounds as if they can be easily removed. Otherwise, I don’t mind the rest of the modifications made here because while they aren’t exactly subtle they still preserve the overall lines and look of the car, while offering a more aggressive and slightly different appearance. Like our Speed Yellow example everything looks as we’d expect. In sum, two different cars with very similar mileage and a very similar price, though with some fairly obvious differences in their appearance. At first glance, both seem priced a bit too high as it wasn’t that long ago that a C4S was priced about $20K less than these here so I would hope there’s some negotiating room. My preference would be for the Speed Yellow car, but for those who want something quite a bit more subtle, the Snow White C4S (with decals removed) might fit the bill.

-Rob

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2 Comments

  1. I have seen the yellow one in person, my friend is the owner. Spectacular example, aside from the color….

  2. The speed yellow car looks like a nice one- low mileage, nicely presented. The only thing that stands out to me is that the options list they mention has comfort seats listed, while the seats in the car are clearly the sport seats.

    The white car is non-original and some of the modifications scream accident to me- why were the fenders replaced? If they were not, that means someone cut holes in the fenders to install the side marker lights. Also, if the mirrors and front air dam are painted and not wrapped, it’s going to cost some money to remove those red accents. Same goes for the color on the wing. There’s no way that the white car can justify a $90k+ price tag.

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