1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Here we have another 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S. The final climax of the air-cooled 911 and quite rare. This one is not a ridiculously low-mileage garage queen like the last Turbo S I featured. While it’s hard to call any twenty-year-old 911 reasonably priced at almost $300K that’s pretty much exactly what we have with this one. Of course, there are reasons for that reasonableness. In this case, a touch over 80K miles and an engine rebuild account for the discount. Even so, is it worth it? It’s still around $100K more expensive than a low-mileage non-S 993TT and you likely could buy 2 of those if you allowed for comparable mileage and condition. Such is the cost of rarity.

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Oh my lord this is everything. Here we have an Arctic Silver Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S, located in New York, with Boxster Red interior and a mere 2,544 miles on it. Do I wish the exterior were something other than silver? Maybe, yes. However, Arctic Silver is a pretty nice variant of the color and the contrast it presents with the Boxster Red interior works so incredibly well that I almost don’t mind it’s a silver car. On the 993 Turbo S the color works quite well anyway.

There were only 345 examples of the Turbo S built in total and they provide the best combination Porsche could offer at the time in terms of performance and luxury. 430 hp was propelled to all four wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. Larger disc brakes with the now well known yellow calipers provided restraint for those extra horses and the revised Aerokit helped keep the wheels planted. They are exquisite looking cars and, of course, the last of the air-cooled 911 Turbos. Naturally, that makes them quite highly sought after.

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo

I think this 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo comes under the heading of “never judge a book by its cover” because while it’s a very lovely car from the outside it is really all about the interior. That’s the part of this one that will have appeal relative to all of the other 993TTs on the market. It’s quite clearly special order. I’ll also be quite upfront and state that I don’t like the way it has all come together. However, I’m very happy that it exists. It shows us the type of things that Porsche has made possible over the years for its more intrepid customers so even if it isn’t what I would do it might give you some ideas. I also think it’s only a couple minor tweaks from looking quite good. Let’s take a look:

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo

Let’s see if we can figure out what we’ve got here. Despite its appearance this is not a 993 Turbo S. The rear vents in the quarter panels, the quad exhaust tips, and the yellow brake calipers all make it look the part, but it isn’t. It is an Ocean Blue Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo with a Black leather interior and 23K kilometers on it. It also just so happens to have been fitted with a number of Turbo S pieces. As noted, the mileage is given in kilometers and the speedometer shows km/h so this clearly was not originally a U.S. market 911. In which market did it originate? We aren’t told. It’s also not quite clear why the original buyer would order a standard Turbo and then effectively convert it to a Turbo S. Porsche doesn’t typically make it less expensive to “build your own” so to speak. Perhaps a Turbo S was not available or perhaps the owner just wanted something more unique because given that this one is claimed to be 1 of only 2 such Turbos to exist it’s quite a bit more rare than the already very rare and very desirable Turbo S.

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Iris Blue 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

I’ve mentioned a few times that Iris Blue is one of my favorite Porsche colors on the 3.2 Carrera. This, however, is not that Iris Blue. When the color returned for the 993 it had changed. A lot! I believe for the 993 it was fully referred to as Iris Blue Pearl, while for the 3.2 Carrera it was Iris Blue Metallic. The pearl is much darker and has hints of purple in it. Metallic is a lovely light blue. Both are very pretty – as evidenced by the example we see here – but in very different ways. Iris Blue Metallic pretty much requires sunlight to look its best. Like many lighter shades of blue its full effect can’t be felt in the shade or when not clean. Iris Blue Pearl, on the other hand, appears to show very well in the shade. I would suspect the purple hues would show most pronounced in the sun, while in the shade it simply appears as a deep, rich, blue.

Here where we see it on the curvy, wide, winged lines of this 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo and it really looks phenomenal.

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I’ve been on a run of yellow Porsches lately. I’m not sure I should be much surprised by that given that it is a color I enjoy quite a bit on performance cars, but at some point even I have to wonder if I’m giving them too much attention. Porsche does make some nice bright yellows and for whatever reason it seems like a lot of them have come up for sale recently. Take a great color and stick it on a great design and I must admit I’m going to struggle to pass it by without at least stopping in to see what the fuss is about.

That brings us to today’s example: a Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Missouri, with Black interior and a very reasonable 60,730 miles on it. The 993, and especially the 993 Turbo, have long been highly prized by Porsche enthusiasts and as the last of the air-cooled models, generally one of the pricier options on the market. I think this one may be pushing those heights a little too far.

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Tuner Tuesday: 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo – RUF Turbo R Conversion

Yesterday I featured a regular 993. It was very pretty. Today we’re going to take that design and turn everything up. The performance, the look,…, the price. But I have to say this one isn’t any less pretty than the other one. It’s a heck a lot more aggressive looking though.

The 993 Turbo already does great things with the 993’s lines. With a couple of small tweaks by RUF it looks even better. We all know RUF GmbH. In the tuner world they may be the most well known name around. For Porsches they are certainly the most highly regarded. Unlike some Porsche tuners that followed more in the footsteps of Porsche’s racing designs, RUF stuck mostly with subtle modifications to its road cars. The uninitiated might not have even known the car had been modified. While few Porsches could ever qualify as sleepers, a RUF almost could, assuming that others mistook it for a “regular” Porsche.

For the 993 RUF gave us the Turbo R: 490 twin-turbocharged horses directed to all four wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. That’s 82 more hp than a standard 993TT and still 66 hp more than the Turbo S. Heck it’s even well up on power compared to the GT2 all while retaining a healthy does of civility. And here’s one such beast for sale!

This 911 began life as an Arctic Silver 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo before undergoing a conversion to the RUF Turbo R. At 37,500 the mileage is quite low, the condition looks great, and it’s said to come with its paperwork.

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

I’m going to move from yesterday’s Cassis Red Carrera, a 911 that I think we can all appreciate and which sits in a somewhat reasonable spot in the market for those currently looking for a classic 911, to this Forest Green Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S. With a price tag above $400K this 911 is one that I think most of us will be able to do little more than admire from a distance. It’s a heck of a car to admire though: 424 hp delivered through a 6-speed manual transmission to all four wheels. Yellow brake calipers, quad exhaust, carbon fiber peppered throughout the interior, and a redesigned rear wing. Your friends definitely would take notice.

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Because I primarily write about Porsche 911s I tend to feature a lot of cars with very low mileage. As enthusiasts this understandably frustrates us and many readers. Machines are made to be used, especially such highly capable machines as the 911. The more rare the model the more likely we are to find one with few miles as owners tuck them away preserving them for years in pristine condition. Just look at the 911 Speedster.

I don’t mind seeing these cars; it’s always great to pore over the details of a like-new car that’s more than 30 years old as a way to experience something that I was too young to experience first hand at its inception. Still, cars that have been driven have stories. They have brought joy to their owners, sometimes mixed with frustration, but ultimately they have enlivened the senses and been utilized as their engineers intended. That in itself is interesting and worthwhile.

There are a lot of ways for a car to be rare, and sometimes higher mileage can itself be a rarity. Here we have something pretty rare: an Arctic Silver Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S, located in Los Angeles, with 67,044 miles on it. Granted, even this Turbo S is technically quite low in miles if we think about how many miles per year this figure represents. These things are relative. Nonetheless, this is quite a few more miles than just about every other Turbo S I’ve seen and, as the seller notes, that means you could (should!) actually drive the darn thing. Imagine that!

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo

I always like to see 911s in rare colors and given the depth of the Porsche color spectrum I find plenty of opportunities to talk about those colors. I also am fond of saying that sometimes there is a reason a color, or color combination, is rare. Here we have an example that likely will fit that bill, though much more so in the interior than the exterior. First let’s just take a look at what we’ve got: a paint-to-sample Gold 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Ohio, with two-tone Cashmere and Mocha interior and just 41,000 miles on it.

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 41,000 mi
Price: $199,990 Buy It Now

1997 Porsche 911 Turbo
This is a 993 which stands out–Gold on two-tone Cashmere and Mocha. In a sea of Guards Red this is a beacon of sunlight.

Description
41,000 original miles
Extremely nice inside and out
Paint to sample gold metallic
Color to sample two-tone interior
Full leather interior
Factory chrome wheels
All books, manuals, tools
Clean Carfax

Outside, you’ll see crisp gold paint which you won’t find on the color charts–this is a paint-to-sample car. It’s a vibrant gold, with fine metal flake that shimmers outdoors. It flops in the sun from white gold to copper…it has to be seen in person. The chrome factory wheels are excellent, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sports. Lights and lenses are excellent, and the glass is clean.

Here are the options listed on the underhood sticker:
C02 – US Emissions
XK7 – Shift Knob and Boot in Leather
XMA – Leather Headliner
XN1 – Leather Door Package
XN2 – Leather Door handles
XN3 – Side Air Vents in Leather
XN4 – Center Fresh Air in leather
XN7 – Brake Handle in leather
XN9 – Sun Visors in Leather, Lighted Mirror in Right Sunvisor
XP9 – Leather Door Package (speaker grilles) in leather
XV1 – Defroster Trim in Leather
XV2 – Triangular Trim Near Vents in Leather
XW6 – Leather Door Package (finishers) in leather
XW8 – Leather Door Package (armrests) in color
XW9 – Door Sills in Leather
X27 – Mirror Adjuster and Bezel in Leather
X26 – Steering Wheel All Leather Including Airbag Cover
446 – Concave Hub Caps With Colored Crests
454 – Automatic Speed Control
520 – Passenger Compartment Monitoring (alarm)
586 – Lumbar Support, Left Seat
650 – Electrical Sliding Roof
692 – CD Changer
939 – Supple Leather Seat Covers, Rear
982 – Supple Leather Seat Covers ,Front
XMA – Roof, A&B Pillar in Leather
XX1 – Front Floor Mats Embroidered “Porsche”

Inside, the custom two tone interior is amazing. First, it’s very rare–most cars are solid colors. Second, it’s beautiful! Check out the pictures of the seats: No marks. The leather, everywhere, is soft, supple and like new. You’ll also see the original radio in the dash–this is a no modification car. Again, with full leather, this interior is nearly completely covered in hides, from the door sills (with Porsche logos) to the sun visors to the shift pattern on the shift knob. It’s a unique look that was VERY expensive when new.
Under the hood is the incredibly potent twin turbo engine. It runs great, and we’ve done full fluid changes–it simply didn’t need more. Leakdown numbers were less than 5% across all cylinders.

This is the highly unusual 993 Turbo you’ve been waiting for, in great colors, serviced and ready to go, with a full paper trail.

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The interior looks sort of like a Reese’s peanut butter cup explosion. It’s certainly unique and truth be told the exterior makes for probably as good a pairing as possible, but still this is a difficult interior to fall in love with. The exterior metallic Gold resembles shades we’ve seen on 911s from the late-70s and early-80s and it’s attractive on those cars. It’s got quite a bit of sparkle to it. I’ve never come across a color like this on a 993 and the lack of black and chrome trim to provide contrast and accents to the gold doesn’t look quite as good to me as on those earlier 911s. It’s not too bad though overall and certainly something that will stand apart from the crowd. The interior, for better or worse, absolutely will stand out.

Rare 993 Turbos obviously come with pretty high price tags and this one is no different. It’s been pretty well equipped in addition to the rare colors and that serves to raise the asking price even more. No one would confuse this Turbo with one outfitted for track duty as just about every aspect of it skews toward the luxury side, but given Porsche’s deft melding of performance and luxury with the 911 Turbo it isn’t always surprising when that happens. All in all, I don’t think a huge number of buyers will be beating down this seller’s door, but this 911 possesses enough unique qualities that it’s sure to attract attention.

-Rob