Double Take: Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet

I can’t remember the last time I wrote about the Porsche 993 Cabriolet, assuming I ever have, so here I have two of them. Of all of the air-cooled models the 993 Cabriolet is the one I see most frequently on the streets today. This simply may be a coincidence of where I live, and after all they are the youngest of the air-cooled 911s on the road, but I still see the Cabriolet quite a bit more frequently than the 993 Coupe. All of that is to say that these remain quite popular and given the elegant shape of the 993 design it shouldn’t be too surprising that these open-top versions continue to grace our streets. The two we will look at here both come in excellent and rarely seen colors and each presents with pretty low mileage. These are cars likely destined for collectors, but that shouldn’t stymie our appreciation of them. We will begin with this Amaranth Violet 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, located in Missouri, with Black interior and 22,736 miles on it.

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Year: 1995
Model: 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 22,736 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

22,XXX Original Miles. Finished In Flawless Amaranth Violet ( Color Code T3 ) With Spotless Black Supple Leather Interior, This Is A Rare Factory Color, It Is Almost Identical To The New Porsche GT3-RS Violet Featured In This Months Panorama Magazine. The Color Combination Is Breathtaking. 100% Original Paint ( Metered 4.5 to 5.5 ) With The Exception Of Front Bumper I Had Refinished Due To Very Minor Road Rash, Perfectly Done By The Authorized Porsche Body Shop. This Is A 2-Owner Clean Carfax That Has Been Maintained And Cherished Since New, Original Top In Perfect Condition, Boot Looks As If Its Never Been Used, The Seats Are Spotless And The Interior Retains That New Car, Porsche Smell. Flawless Factory Alloys With Special Order Silver Calipers That Are Stunning, Second Set Of Michelin Tires, All Books, Manuals, Brochures, Since New. This Is A Breathtaking Time Capsule. Equipped With Supple Leather, Power Seats , Heated Seats, Factory Cassette/ Cd Radio, Power Top, And Much More, Please See Certificate Of Authenticity For All Options. I Collect, And Handle, A Very Few, Select Porsches. They Must Have Impeccable Credentials, Rare Color Combinations, Low Mileage And In Pristine Condition. A Perfect Pre Purchase Inspection Just Completed By The Local Porsche Specialist ( Please See Attached Report ). Buying Rare Porsches With Rare Color Combinations And Super Low Miles Is A Safe Way To Invest. Whether It’s Your First Porsche, Or You Are A Seasoned Collector, You Can’t Go Wrong With This Stunning 993 Cabriolet That Is Increasing In Value. Please Call With Any Questions 314-570-7379.

Amaranth Violet is a color that probably needs to be seen in person because otherwise I think you’d be hard pressed to convince someone to drive a bright purple car. It certainly is uncommon and it’s another of the pastel colors Porsche released in the ’90s that is incredibly striking and should maintain strong demand on the collector market. This one also presents in excellent condition inside and out and I expect it will garner plenty of attention. The wood trim in the interior wouldn’t be my preference, but there are some who enjoy it. Bidding currently sits at $55,100, but I would assume the seller is hoping for quite a bit more. Whether he gets it remains to be seen.

Next we will turn to this Ocean Blue Metallic 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in California, with Grey leather interior and 30,790 miles on it.

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Year: 1998
Model: 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 30,790 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Offered for sale is an absolutely gorgeous, extremely well documented, heavily optioned final year example of the air-cooled 993 Porsche 911 Carrera. Sporting only 30k original miles, this three-owner car (the second of which was between 1999 and 2014) is finished in gorgeous Ocean Blue Metallic over Classic Grey leather interior with a nearly new black soft top. Only 1,201 Cabriolets were produced for the US market in 1998 and many Porschephiles consider the final year of the 993 to be the pinnacle of the 911.

Delivered new by Frank Lynch Imports in Chicago, IL, the car was traded in and sold a year later to its second owner, a successful real estate broker who retired to California in 2008, bringing the car with him. Throughout his fifteen years of ownership, the car was treated as a veritable garage queen, driven sparingly and religiously serviced by his local Porsche dealership. A thick stack of service receipts documents the level of care, however the car never received – nor did it require – any significant repairs, rather merely a fanatical amount of basic service. Whenever anything needed doing, it was done correctly, and by the dealer.

When collectors and enthusiasts look for top tier 993’s there’s a list of requirements that seem to be ubiquitous: very low miles, excellent aesthetic condition, a six-speed manual transmission, comprehensive service records indicating proper maintenance and, lastly, a tasteful color combination. A long time client of ours, the current owner had the same requirements when he started combing the market a couple of years ago. A painstakingly picky, decades-long enthusiast from Carmel, he searched for the right example for the better part of a year, finally landing on this car, which he purchased from the second owner in San Luis Obispo, CA. During his ownership (as he does with all of his cars) he continued to provide exceptional care and pride-of-ownership so that when one day it was time to move on he could rest assured that the next owner would be equally pleased. The acquisition of another Porsche has necessitated that that day has come and we’re consequently offering the car on consignment.

Benefitting from the exceptional care of its previous owners, the car is in excellent cosmetic condition. The beautiful Ocean Blue Metallic paint is marred only by the most minor of imperfections (a few rock chips and the like), none of which are significant enough to really appear in any of the pictures. The rubber and glass are in excellent condition and the 18” Porsche Technology Turbo Twist wheels are perfect (no curb rash, discoloration, etc.), wrapped in nearly new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The car’s interior is equally pristine. The leather seats show truly only minimal wear commensurate with any well-cared-for 30k mile car, the dash is flawless and the carpets and interior panels are excellent. For a 993, the car is heavily optioned, including heated front seats, limited slip and Porsche Hi-Fi premium sound, color wheel crests, on board computer, six disc CD changer and a wind deflector.

Always serviced fastidiously by authorized Porsche dealer technicians, the car has a full file of all of its service history, as well as the original books, manuals, keys, car cover and completely clean CARFAX report. The car is factory stock and mechanically fantastic, providing perfect compression, even power, smooth shifting and the 911’s legendary handling. The 30k service was completed at 29,454 miles in April of 2014 and the car is entirely turn-key, ready for its next doting owner.

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire an exceptional 911 Carrera Cabriolet. With low miles, thorough documentation, a beautiful livery and in excellent condition, this final year 993 truly deserves the consideration of any serious Porsche enthusiast or collector.

We want this car to go to great home and would be happy to further discuss it and answer any questions, so please feel free to email us or call us at 805-202-4557. You can also visit us online at GoodmanReed.

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Like the Amaranth Violet example above this Ocean Blue 993 presents very well and looks in excellent condition all around. Unlike the Amaranth Violet example this one should possess much wider appeal and almost anyone would be delighted to be seen in such a beautiful car. The color definitely is not as rare as Amaranth, especially given that the rarity of the color really only comes down to its particular shade of blue, but as with many shades of blue the devil is in the details as the color shifts in hue as it moves from direct sunlight to shade. It’s a dynamic color that works in most any environment. Bidding is a little bit lower at $48,093 and that probably shouldn’t surprise us. Again, though, I suspect the seller will be looking to stretch this price a bit further.

-Rob

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