The last air-cooled 911, known internally as the 993, is revered amongst the Porsche faithful. This generation had its run while the sun was setting on the front engined Porsche 968 and 928 and the mid-engined Boxster was being introduced. A variety of improvements were made over the previous generation, the 964, most notably a new look, accentuated by headlights slanted at a steeper angle for better aerodynamics and a sleeker rear end. Underneath was a new multi-arm suspension in the rear. Along with a wider track, handling was greatly improved. The 3.6 liter flat six cylinder engine now produced 270 horsepower and was mated to either a 6-speed manual or 4-speed Tiptronic transmission.
Just in time for summer, our reader Joshua forwarded us his Aventurine Green 993 Cabriolet for sale via a broker in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I am the second owner and have all records from new. Just before putting the car up for sale the brakes – genuine Porsche pads and rotors – have been replaced front and rear as well as the steering rack. A lightweight flywheel and new clutch were installed about 10k ago, along with rebuilt top end and new pistons and cylinders (due to oil loss from bad valve guides). 60k service items taken care of at time of motor work. About 15k on new Bilstein shocks and euro Porsche sport springs and sway bars. Car is well cared for, with attention to detail, such as worn carpet replaced and recent engine lid shocks. Top shows some wear, but is water tight.
The 993 is one of the most highly prized 911s these days, no doubt in part to the lukewarm reception its successor, the 996, received upon its arrival in 1998. Like the BMW M Roadster we featured last week, this color combination may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the deep blue green accented by red leather does it for me. I find that most manufacturers these days lack imagination and nerve to offer much of anything outside of the usual silver, black and white. This two owner 911 is presented well, has reasonable mileage and had attention paid in the servicing department. A 993 Cabrio in good nick with 50,000 to 75,000 miles can pull anywhere from the high $20,000 range and reach close to $40,000, give or take. With two owners and 56,000 miles, the asking price of $33,900 seems to be right in the sweet spot of reasonable offers. Like earlier 911s such as the SC and 3.2, I’d say a 993 like this is a good way to get into a future classic that may have a shot at seeing meaningful appreciation.
We try not to give attention to seller’s that have poor ads for their cars, hence this one not getting written up earlier. However, as the auction winds down to the last couple hours I felt this car warrants a quick note.
The seller of this car doesn’t seem to know much about what they are selling. It is a 190E that has a 3.6 liter inline six, seller calls it a V-6, stuffed under the hood by AMG. This isn’t the only one of these out there, several folks have figured this conversion out as well as the ones that were done at the factory by AMG or by Brabus. The seller says the car has extensive documentation, but doesn’t provide any of it in the listing. The seller doesn’t even include a picture of the rear of the car for badge identification. The car does appear to have blacked out tailights to compliment the blacked out grille, which looks good.
The car has 27,000 miles and a 5 speed, which make it very attractive. Without more info though, this seller’s $35,000 ask price will never be met.
The spectrum of colors that has appeared on the Porsche 911 over the years is vast, to say the least. Here we have an oddball color, Rubystone Red, on a rather butch looking 964 Turbo. While not completely original, the upgrades have been tasteful, as the description illustrates.
The seller states:
You are viewing an extremely rare Porsche 911 turbo. This 965 is finished in Rubystone Red (looks purple in most light or even magenta) and is one of as few as perhaps 2 made in this color of the 674 brought to the usa for 1991! This car has been owned by the same person for 12+ years. It had just 19,497 miles when the previous owner bought it in March of 1998. The Rubystone Red paint appears to be original and all of the panels are original to the car and still have their VIN# stickers, etc. in their proper locations. The previous owner had a 1994 turbo 3.6 s engine installed in the car several years ago and then had the local independent Porsche specialst shop go through the motor and make some modifications. If you are still reading this then you probably know how rare the 3.6 Turbo S cars are and what an impressive engine this is! Porsche built just 155 option code x88 turbo 3.6 s engines! It was conservatively rated at 385 hp according to flachbau.com. Most of these engines were installed in the flat nose cars, but a customer could special order one for installation in a regular ’94 turbo as well. Here are some other details about this rare Porsche:
â€¢ M64/50 S TURBO 3.6 S ENGINE OPTION CODE X88
â€¢ REBUILT FOR $21K 12K MILES AGO BY AN EXPERT PORSCHE SHOP
â€¢ TWIN PLUG CYLINDER HEADS
â€¢ PORTED CYLINDER HEADS TO 38mm (PLENUM MATCHED AT 38mm)
â€¢ GT2 EVO CAMS
â€¢ ALIGN BORED CASES
â€¢ MICRO POLISHED CRANK
â€¢ ALL NEW BEARINGS, ROD BOLTS, HEAD STUDS, ETC.
â€¢ B&B STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST
â€¢ REBUILT 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION
â€¢ UP-DATED CLUTCH RELEASE ARM
â€¢ FUEL ENRICHMENT SYSTEM
â€¢ NEW COMPLETE 3.6 TURBO FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM ($3K!)
â€¢ REAL 18 INCH SPEEDLINE TURBO 3.6 3 PIECE WHEELS! (WORTH A SMALL FORTUNE BY THEMSELVES!)
â€¢ SUPPLE LEATHER INTERIOR WITH PURPLE PIPING
â€¢ FACTORY AC
â€¢ FACTORY SUNROOF
â€¢ AM-FM CD (NICE AFTERMARKET UNIT)
â€¢ COIL OVER ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION
â€¢ LOWERED TO EUROPEAN RIDE HEIGHT
The 964 is only beginning to appreciate in value, as it has always been kind of the stepchild between the 3.2 models and the last air cooled 993 versions. For a car with tasteful modifications that has been preserved well with tasteful modifications, the asking price seems almost a bargain.