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Porsche 911 Air Cooled 1997 (993) AUCTION FINISHED
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For Porsche enthusiasts, this is as good as it gets. The Porsche 911 has been in production for 53 years (and counting), but the ‘993’ version lasted just four: from 1994 to 1998.
The 993 was the last 911 with an air-cooled engine – Porsche switched to water-cooling for the 996 of 1999 – and sleek styling, compact dimensions and superb handling, combined with relative rarity, make it highly sought-after today. Porsche prices seem to be spiralling ever upwards, and the 993 is one of the biggest appreciators. This particular 993 is a Carrera 2 Targa, meaning it has rear-wheel drive and a retractable glass roof.
A 3.6-litre ‘boxer’ six-cylinder engine is mounted just aft of the 993’s rear axle. It also boasts a six-speed manual gearbox, rather than the – less desirable – Tiptronic semi-automatic.
The 993 Carrera 2 Targa hits 62mph in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 162mph. Pretty respectable stats, even by today’s standards.
The cabins on these cars and compact to say the least but any minor discomforts are soon forgotten when you fire-up that flat-six, though. It’s turbine-smooth, and surprisingly quiet at low revs. But push the floor-hinged throttle a little further and that familiar hollow air-cooled bark echoes around your eardrums. There’s nothing quite like it.
The 993 comes from the era that spawned the ‘Germanic build quality’ cliche. Serviced regularly, it should prove a paragon of reliability.
The 993 was the first 911 Targa with a sliding glass sunroof in place of a removable panel. So you can enjoy the sunshine at a moment’s notice – along with styling that’s barely distinguishable from the 911 coupe.
This 1997 Porsche 993 Carrera 2 Targa is a superb example of the last air-cooled and last hand-built 911 model, presented with outstanding service history from new. It is equipped with the 3.6-litre ‘VarioRam’ flat-six engine mated to the sought-after six-speed manual transmission, and features the optional lowered suspension. Finished in the classic combination of Arctic Silver over a Black leather interior, the odometer shows 112,600 miles from new.
Built at the Zuffenhausen factory, this 993 Carrera 2 was first registered in the UK in February 1997. As the car is a 1997 model, it has the VarioRam engine, which provides higher torque in the mid range.
It sits on the optional 17-inch Cup Design wheels, which are in very good order. The tyres are Contisport 3 on 255/40/17’s and have plenty of tread left all around.
It is accompanied by a large history file of paperwork, including MOTs and invoices from all of the services. A cherished car presented in outstanding mechanical condition, this 911 wants for nothing and is ready to excite and delight a new owner.
In general, the paintwork presents very well for its age and mileage, with a smooth finish around the panels - and the seller believes that it is entirely original. As such, there are some ‘road rash’ chips to the underside of the front bumper and on the rear arches.
Inside, this 993 is equipped with the hard-backed Black leather sport seats, which are in and very good condition throughout and there is only modest wear on the seats. The dashboard and steering wheel are trimmed in Black, and presents in superb order, there is some visible wear around the gear knob. Factory-fitted equipment includes air-conditioning as well as the Pioneer stereo head unit with CD player.