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Selling Your Porsche 993? What You Need to Know

The Porsche 993 is one of the all-time classic Porsche models, and if you’re lucky enough to own one, you know what a beast it is. If you’re looking for a Porsche 993 buyer, you should know everything you can about this beautiful car before you engage in a sale. You want to make sure this one-of-a-kind car is going to the best owner possible.

This guide from renowned Porsche expert Alex Manos is here to help you find the best Porsche 993 buyer. Whether it’s a rare Turbo S model or the gorgeous Porsche Carrera 4S, here’s what you should know before deciding to sell.

In this guide, we will share important details about the Porsche 993, key pieces of its past, the models, and what to look for when buying or selling a 993 Porsche, and of course, where you can sell your classic vehicle.

 

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Why Porsche 993?

993 models are the last of the Porsche sports cars to feature an air-cooled engine, and their smooth handling and aesthetic beauty also make finding these cars attractive to collectors. 

Especially desirable models include the Turbo S, with its blend of leather and carbon fiber in the interior design (as well as scorching acceleration) and the Carrera RS, (which was never approved for road use by US authorities).

Models like the Carrera 4S are also desirable as they represent what many consider to be a late highlight in Porsche’s manufacturing. Meanwhile, the Porsche 993 Turbo Cabriolet is a rare find, and if you have one on your hands we would love to talk!

Porsche 993 Model Line History

The Porsche 993 is a model of the classic Porsche 911 that was manufactured between 1994 and 1998. Its six-speed transmission and intuitive new multi-link system represented a major step up from the 964.

This model was famously designed almost from scratch. Only a small amount of its design was taken from previous iterations, leading to a unique model that excited auto enthusiasts everywhere and remains highly prized today.

An especially notable development in the model line history was the transition from Porsche’s iconic air-cooled engines to a water-cooled engine. The old cooling system produced the deep sound that many Porsche enthusiasts love so much, and as such, some of the last models to use the air-cooling system (such as the 993 Turbo S) are especially prized by collectors.

Porsche 964 Models 1989-1994


Carrera

The Carrera is a lightweight, compact model with low ground clearance and a gorgeous sloped design. This was released in the model year 1995 in the US and manufacture continued until 1997. It’s noteworthy that a few were produced in 1998, making these exceptionally rare.

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Cabriolet

The Cabriolet is more widely available soft-top. Slightly heavier than the Carrera, this model was also produced from 1995-1997.

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Targa

The Targa has a sumptuous design, introduced in 1996 and manufactured until 1998. This variant featured the distinctive (and occasionally problematic) ‘greenhouse’ glass roof.

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993 Turbo

Introduced in 1995, this was the first 911 Turbo to feature all-wheel drive. It is known for its attractive ‘whale tail’ and super-streamlined appearance. There are significant design differences in 993 Turbo cars produced each year from 1995 to 1998.

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993 Turbo S

The last Turbo model to use Porsche’s iconic air-cooling system in 1997, the 993 Turbo S is known for its formidable acceleration (0-60mph in 3.6 seconds) and luxurious interior.

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Carrera 4S

Released in 1996 and followed by the valuable Carrera S a year later, this is one of the most iconic 993 variants. Only a relatively small number were manufactured, and it is acclaimed for its broad body design and the smoothness of its drive.

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Carrera RS

A lightweight version of the Carrera manufactured between 1995-96, this a particularly desirable model for US car enthusiasts because it was never street legal in the nation (unlike in Europe).

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993 GT2

The GT2 was made in 1993 as Porsche’s new racing car, but there were several street-legal versions of this car released during development.

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Speedster

Only two of these cars were released and were for extremely prestigious clients: one for actor Jerry Seinfeld (1998) and Ferdinand Alexander Porsche himself (1995). However, there are a few other Speedster models out there that the company redesigned from convertibles.

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993 Turbo Cabriolet

A super-exclusive variant, it’s rumored that only 14 models of this car were ever sold, manufactured in 1995. This is Porsche’s ‘unofficial’ last car featuring the famous air-cooled engine (and that beautiful noise), and as such, it is coveted by car lovers the world over.

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Who Buys Porsche 993?

You’ll find no shortage of interest for classic models such as the Carrera RS or the 993 GT2. The questions you need to ask are:

  1. Does the buyer understand the value of a car like a 993 GT2 or 993 Turbo S?
  2. Is the buyer a Porsche expert who respects your collectible and can give you the right price?
  3. Will the buyer treat your beloved 993 GT2 or Carrera 4S with care?

A few of the major concerns for a Porsche 993 buyer include:

Mileage

If you have a Porsche 993 for sale with many miles on the clock, it’s likely to need some repairs or replacements. This is an especial problem for rare models like the 993 Turbo Cabriolet, as such parts may not simply exist. While some owners of classic cars may wish to simply keep them for their beauty, some enjoy driving them around — just to remember that wonderful air-cooled engine noise, if for no other reason.

Color

The color of a classic car is extremely important to many buyers. This is partially just due to aesthetics, but also because some colors are much rarer than others.

Year of Release

The workings of cars such as the 993 Turbo vary dramatically depending on the year of production. Beyond this, cars like the 1998 Carrera are valued for their scarcity compared to previous years.

Condition

Perhaps the most important consideration for a Porsche 993 buyer is the condition of the car. 

There are three main types of condition a Porsche 993 buyer will take into account:

  • Salvage: This is a car that is no longer roadworthy. These cars are worth less due to their poor condition but are still valuable to a buyer. If you have a Porsche 993 for sale that needs substantial work to drive again, it may be more cost-effective to sell it to a 993 buyer than to try to fix it yourself (remember: the right parts can be hard to find).
  • Project car: A project car needs a lot of work but is valuable nonetheless. Many classic car enthusiasts love a project car simply for the joy of restoring it to its former glory.
  • Fully restored: If you have a fully restored Porsche 993 for sale, whether it’s a 993 Turbo S or a Carrera 4S, it’s well worth talking to a reputable Porsche 993 buyer as you’re likely to get a great price. This especially true of rarer cars such as the 993 Turbo Cabriolet or 993 GT2.

Should I Sell My Porsche 993? Advice from Alex Manos

Unfortunately, there are far too many people with a lot of money and a lack of respect for what they’re spending it on. Working with a seller who you can’t authenticate as someone with years of experience in the Porsche market can mean:

  • Unnecessary hassle
  • Haggling over strange, irrelevant issues
  • Shipping difficulties
  • Fear that your car will fall into bad hands
  • Getting ripped off

Alex’s best advice is to be very selective about your Porsche 993 buyer. They should be a car collector or dealership that specializes in classic cars. This way, you’re giving your collectible to a team that knows how to care for it and isn’t buying it for a quick thrill.

What is the Best Place Online to Sell a Classic Porsche?

The best place online to sell a classic Porsche is a webpage that belongs to a traceable organization. The Porsche 993 buyer should have clear expert knowledge of the Porsche 993 range and be excited about your vehicle.

Whether you’ve got a Carrera RS that you’d love someone to make a passion project out of, or a 993 GT2 that you’re ready to say farewell to, Alex Manos is always looking to buy classic 993 models. He would love to check out your car and help you find a new home for your Porsche 993.

Sell Your Porsche 993 Today

Find out how much your classic car is worth from one of the most reputable Porsche experts in the US! We can share more information about the value of your Porsche 993 based on its condition, mileage, and other factors. 

Get in touch with Alex to sell your Porsche 993 today!

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“My team and I are privileged to buy and sell some of the world’s most beautiful and unique vintage automobiles, and we want to talk to you! We sell internationally, and we also buy anywhere in the US, any condition, immediate payment. Regardless of your needs, white-glove service are hallmarks of how we do business.

We specialize in older European luxury and sports cars as well as select American makes and models. We’ve seen them all and we have the experience and knowledge to immediately fit the best price and the easiest delivery (or pick-up) service.” – Alex Manos (owner)

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