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!
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.
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.
The Cabriolet is more widely available soft-top. Slightly heavier than the Carrera, this model was also produced from 1995-1997.
The Targa has a sumptuous design, introduced in 1996 and manufactured until 1998. This variant featured the distinctive (and occasionally problematic) ‘greenhouse’ glass roof.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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:
A few of the major concerns for a Porsche 993 buyer include:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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