1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S … Cabriolet?

Coming across a factory version of a model that doesn’t actually exist is always a lot of fun. At least it is for me as someone who will view this 993 from afar, analyze and read about it, and then write. Were I an actual interested buyer I’d either be very anxious – perhaps because I was already aware of this car’s existence and waiting for a sale – or befuddled as I try to track down all of the necessary verification to support the factory production of such a rarity. But either way there’s plenty to look at. The 993 Carrera S, also known as the C2S, was only produced as a Coupe. It’s a wonderful car; one of my favorite 911 designs Porsche has released. It seems, however, that at least one buyer convinced Porsche to make a Cabriolet and it is that car which we see here. The asking price is astronomical and the mileage is very low. All of which combines to make for a very special 911.

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Year: 1998
Model: 911 Carrera S Cabriolet
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 10,200 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($499,000 Buy It Now)

Absolutely rare example of a 993 „S“ Convertible with turbo body.

Original Porsche factory conversion to turbo body according to special customer request. This model has never been available through the official Porsche sales program.

This Porsche has been ordered new in late 1997 by a gentleman, who had been a Porsche enthusiast for quite a long time. Therefor at that time he already had purchased a significant number of vehicles from Porsche in Stuttgart. Obviously he was able to convince the engineers at the Porsche Exclusive Department to convert his brandnew 993 convertible to a 993 „S“ Cab with a turbo body. He received his personal sample in May 1998. The car was titled „ORIG. PORSCHE-WERKSUMBAU“ („ORIG. PORSCHE-FACTORY CONVERSION“ see photo of title).

Porsche always refused to do this kind of conversion (e.g. see story „Rare Air“ by Zachary Maine in Excellence Magazine, June 2011) although there were a lot of serious requests at that time. We do not know what made the Porsche engineers authorise this rare exception.

We were able to trace only one more 993 Cab which was converted by Porsche in Stuttgart to a turbo body: Jerry Seinfeld sent in 2000 a Porsche 993 Cab to Porsche Exclusive. In 2001 he received a vehicle which was converted by using not only the turbo body but also parts of the 964 Speedster. Another 993 which was turned by Porsche in Stuttgart into a Speedster was presented to F.A. Porsche for his 60th birthday. But this one is missing the wide body.

A number of conversions were carried out by independent Porsche shops but never at the Porsche factory in Stuttgart. Please do not mistake any unauthorized wide bodies with this orig. Porsche Factory Conversion.

The 993 S Convertible with naturally aspirated engine seems to be even rarer than the 993 Turbo Convertible, of which the production of 14 cars by Porsche is known.

This Porsche remained with its sole owner in Germany for 27 years and has always been registered. During all this time it has been supervised and maintained by the same Porsche workshop. All service records and a complete set of books come with the car. The owner was fully aware of the uniqueness of his 993 and therefor she collected very few miles. Driven just 16.200 documented kilometers (10.2k miles) since new, this is an absolute collector’s item. Since 2015 the vehicle is part of a private collection and has not been registered anymore.
Option codes:

139 Seat heating, left
226 Bridgestone / Conti / Michelin / Pirelli tires from the factory

326 Radio Becker Porsche CR-21 (has been replaced by Becker Traffic Pro Highspeed)
340 Seat heating, right
408 18″ Technology wheels (lightweight hollow spoke)
551 Wind deflector
573 Air conditioner
616 Telephone Preparation various provider
659 Onboard computer
939 Seat cover rear draped leather
981 All leather lining
982 Soft leather look seats
00061 Porsche Exclusive Special order
09971 Porsche Exclusive Custom Manufacturing Instructions
18231 Porsche Exclusive Carpet from previous year
18232 Porsche Exclusive Carpet edging synthetic leather

Serious buyers are encouraged to inspect the vehicle in person or award a third party to do a PPI prior to the auction ending. Please make sure to complete your due diligence before bidding on this vehicle. Car is sold as is where is with no warranty written or implied.
The car is located in Germany and can be shipped worldwide. Shipping is buyer’s responsibility. However we will gladly assist the shipper and prepare the vehicle for shipping.
We reserve the right to end this listing at any time should the vehicle no longer be available for sale.

Payment Terms:
The successful high bidder will submit a $2,000 non-refundable deposit within 2 business days of the close of the auction to secure the vehicle. Buyer agrees to pay remaining balance due within 5 days of the close of the auction. Payment by bank transfer only. All financial transactions must be completed before delivery of the vehicle.

This is thought to be the only extant 911 built to this specification by the factory. The ad mentions Jerry Seinfeld’s 993 Speedster, but that’s a slightly different car so I’m not sure it would count. Does that add up to a nearly $500K asking price? I really don’t know. That’s Turbo S money, and we’ve certainly seen exceedingly rare 993s sell for far more than even what is asked for here. But those high-dollar cars tend to be of the GT variety or the RS. I don’t know if the pedigree of the C2S, wonderful though it might be, is enough to carry it to these heights.

Of course, all of this assumes verification so there’s plenty of legwork to be put in. It’s a beautiful car though combining all the sensations of drop-top motoring with that shapely wider rear. I guess the big question for any prospective buyer interested in a rare 993 Cabriolet is whether you’d prefer this Carrera S or one of the 14 993 Turbo Cabriolets that have been produced. This one appears to be more rare, and ultimately with a car like this that exclusivity may decide the day, but I’d have to think hard about that choice. I mean, if you’re going to search out a model that doesn’t officially exist why not go the full distance and get the extra power too?

-Rob

1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Here we turn to what is for me the prettiest model of the 911. Not the best (though it ain’t too shabby!), but the prettiest. With its wider rear adding to its curvier lines all elevated by the taller greenhouse, the 993 Carrera S makes for a very alluring 911. And relative to its successors, who have retained some of the model’s curves if in a flatter form, the 993 remains on the relatively smaller side. When seen today we are reminded that 911s aren’t large cars and while the current models still wouldn’t be considered large that is partly because everything else has gotten bigger as well. The Carrera S puts the 911’s athleticism on full display quite well. Here we have a Arctic Silver Metallic 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S located in Halifax with just 31,530 miles on it.

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Year: 1998
Model: 911 Carrera S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 31,530 mi
Price: $103,900 Buy It Now

1998 Porsche C2S. Two owner Canadian car. 31,530 miles (50,742 kilometers). Arctic Silver Metallic with black interior. Locking differential with ABD, 18” techno wheels with crest; cruise control, factory alarm, sunroof, CDR-210 radio, tools, tire inflator, two keys, all manuals / books.

The car has been rarely used, meticulously maintained and stored in a climate controlled environment since its acquisition by the current owner.

The condition of this car is outstanding. The original paint appears near flawless. The original wheels are unblemished. The interior shows no signs of wear. They don’t get much better than this.

Detailed pictures are available on request.

Even in Silver this is a pretty nice looking 911. The condition appears quite good so that obviously plays a role, but still it’s a color that seems to work well on the 993. And, of course, everything is said to be original. The seller has provided pictures that show the color under two different lighting conditions (or perhaps different ways of touching up the photos) so we get a nice sense of how the color changes. The interior, which admittedly we don’t see much of, looks in good shape. The Carrera S, due to its limited numbers and sporting pedigree, has shown pretty high demand among the 993 line and even though this price is high it wouldn’t necessarily shock me to see it snatched up. The Carrera S doesn’t have the rarity of some of the really rare 911s, but fewer than 4K units isn’t a ton once we’re nearly 20 years down the road.

-Rob

Budget V12: 1998 BMW 750iL

Do you only have $7k to spend on a car? Do you still want to look like a BOSS?

Then you should buy this E38 750iL. That is, of course, after you’ve put it through a PPI to make sure it isn’t about to grenade, and talked with your bank manager (slash significant other) to check you can afford the fuel and maintenance on this V12-powered cruise missile. The long-wheelbase E38 7-series is a real bruiser and a looker, especially in black: a behemoth in a bespoke suit. And while the electronics on BMW’s V12 motors are notoriously expensive to fix when they go wrong, the 5.4 liter SOHC M73 engine itself is fairly reliable. While power output at 320 hp is relatively modest for such a large lump, there’s plenty of low-down torque, the unit doesn’t suffer from the timing chain/guide failures that afflict V8s from the same era and, according to some on the forums, even manages to return a reasonable 24 MPG on the highway. That’s pretty incredible when you think about it. The relatively puny M50 six cylinder in my E34 only manages a few more than that.

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1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Estate

Long before the time of W211 E55 and E63 AMG wagons pinning your groceries to the back window as you leave the supermarket parking lot, there was the original AMG wagon you might not of known about. The C43 was the first official AMG offered from Mercedes-Benz in wagon form. Only around 800 of them were produced worldwide. Unfortunately, ‘worldwide’ in this case doesn’t include North America – none were imported here, but we can still dream. This 1998 for sale outside of London, England gives you a chance to be extremely practical at less than half the price of the later AMG wagons.

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Year: 1998
Model: C43 AMG Estate
Engine: 4.3 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 106,780 mi
Price: Auction

Seller’s Description: The potent Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG was introduced in July 1994 as a flagship of the successful C-Class range. Unlike its C-Class stablemates, it was only offered in one pricey but complete package, including standard automatic gearbox, classy AMG alloy wheels, skirts and spoilers body kit plus a complete specification. Numbers were limited. A five-speed automatic gearbox and standard cruise control were added in August 1996 and the car was eventually run out with the C-class facelift in the summer of 1997. Mercedes super saloon fans then had to wait until the following year for the introduction of its replacement, the 4.3-litre V8-powered C43, which included all the refinements of the updated C-Class range. This car was also offered in estate form, a version which continued for six months when the saloon range was phased out in autumn 2000. This rare righthand drive Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Estate was supplied new by Bradshaw Webb (Chelsea) Ltd with a large number of optional extras including green-black metallic paint, black leather interior, Parktronic system, auto tinting rear mirror, rain sensor wipers, auto pilot system, electric glass sunroof, folding mirrors, vanity mirrors, door lights, xenon headlights, Alpine CD autochanger and headlight wash / wipe. Recently repainted, this excellent AMG estate has a full-service history with a comprehensive file containing invoices and MoT test certificates. This Mercedes-Benz C43 is supplied with a V5C registration document, a new MoT test certificate, three sets of keys and is fitted with a Tracker system which could be reactivated. AMG are renowned for producing some of the best sports saloons and estates in the world and this model is certainly one of them. Definitely one of the rarest and fast appreciating Mercedes-Benz C 43 AMG’s you can find in today’s market. Price Guide £6,000 – £10,000 ?

Auction

This C43 Estate sports the awesome 189 Green Black Metallic paint which is exactly how it sounds. In some lights it looks green, in others black, and in these photos it looks more like a navy blue. Either way, a great color if you are into darker tones. Having just over 66,000 miles, this AMG doesn’t look like it’s been overcome by the rust monster that W202s are infamous for which is a great thing. One thing to keep in mind when buying any C43 is to be wary of transmission issues – they are are notorious for needing rebuilds as they couldn’t handle of the torque from the M113 4.3 liter. Otherwise, these are pretty stout cars that don’t need a ton of attention if you stay on top of maintenance. One thing to note, it looks like this car has the parking sensors which is an extremely rare option on the W202.

As for price, it’s anyone’s guess since this is an auction in England. Usually these range from $7,500 to $12,500 depending on condition if converted to US dollars. The collectability of the W202 AMG cars are starting to rise, but I wouldn’t call these a blue chip or must have for any collector just yet. But if you were looking for a rare wagon that is plenty fast, this one is tough to argue.

– Andrew

1998 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon

Earlier this week I looked at a W124 wagon that I thought was a great buy for both the short and long term. Today is another Mercedes wagon and the successor of the W124 — the W210. The W210 wagon still sold reasonably well compared to the legendary W123 and W124 thanks to the introduction of an all new 4matic system and well,  it’s a Mercedes wagon. This E320 wagon for sale in New York offers a ton of value for very little money and even better, it’s in a rare color.

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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Tiptronic

I didn’t entirely intend for this post to run the day after my discussion of automatic- vs. manual-equipped 928s, but it just so happens to have worked out that way. Yet my interest here remains along similar lines and the way we (or perhaps I?) tend to ignore automatic 911s. Granted, with the 911 we’re dealing with a different world than the 928. A manual 928GTS is a rare thing, while an automatic 911 is a rare thing. Also, while the automatic actually may be preferred by 928 owners, with the 911 that’s not the case. But there are owners for whom an automatic does hold appeal so we can’t just totally ignore them. This particular 911, a Slate Gray Metallic 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S with 17,373 miles on it, makes for an interesting test of the market and the ways in which we ignore certain cars:

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Evergreen Forest: 1998 BMW M Roadster

This past weekend I drove by the spot where I first encountered the M Coupe. The year was 1998, and to be honest the Z3 lineup had been pretty forgettable. In many ways, the car’s signature launch through the James Bond film Goldeneye summed up how most felt about the Z3:

“Hey, look, a new convertible BMW!” (moves on)

But that changed with the launch of the M-tuned models. The E36/7 and /8 suddenly had the performance to back up the hoopla associated with the launch when the S52 from the M3 found its way under the hood. Augmenting that were upgraded brakes, giant shadowline Roadstar wheels with massive (and awesome) lips, and wide flared fenders culminating in quad exahusts emerging from the rear middle of the car – what would become signature on the next round of BMW M models. It looked great, it drove great, and was available in some pretty wild colors. It was pretty much the instant recipe for a collectable, but values languished for some time before the Coupe models really started taking off a few years ago. But it’s still possible to get into a collector-condition Z M model for not an outrageous sum:

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1998 BMW M3 Supercharged

1I like the E36 M3 sedan because it offers the practicality of a four-door without having to sacrifice much, if anything, in terms of looks or performance over the coupe version. I tend, however, to veer away from modified examples when scouting out cars to write up for the site. There are a few reasons for this. First, I’m a bit of a purist at heart, and I think that cars should probably be enjoyed the way their makers intended. Second, many cars that have had their internals altered also sport grotesque mods on the outside; outsize spoilers and fiberglass bodykits and the like. Third, buying a used, modified car comes with its fair share of risk, particularly if you can’t authenticate the quality of the work that has been done. But this car caught my eye because it is happily free of external modification and looks very neat.

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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S with 3,000 Miles

I’m hoping this 911 can serve as a data point on market values, but I also suspect eBay is not really the right place for these types of cars so we’ll have to see. As the title states, here we have a Glacier White 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S, located in Florida, with a mere 3K miles on the clock. I’ve across a few ultra-low mileage examples of the 993 Carrera S and Carrera 4S and their asking prices always blow my mind. Here we have one available as a reserve auction so I’m curious where bidding will take it. As we’d expect with such a car the condition looks pretty much as new and while I wouldn’t agree with the seller that the White over Grey color combination is the “most desired,” Glacier White is a nice looking color on the 993 and certainly less common than Grand Prix White. I just wish these pictures showcased it better.

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1998 BMW 318ti M-Sport

Just the other day, Paul looked at a 1998 BMW 318ti in Oxford Green. An offbeat commuter, the condition of that car was great, but not so much was the near $7,000 price. Today I have another 318ti to look at, but this one ups the ante a bit. Again it is an original M44 car in great shape with well below average miles. The color is a little less 90s spectacular, but still looks nice in Alpine White. However, it’s the addition of the California roof and the M-Sport package which really helps this hatch stand out. Let’s take a look:

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