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Car Tales: As Strong As Yorkshire Tea, Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet

If the Carrera 2 and 4 had turned around the core Porsche customers during the recession of the early 1990’s and got them buying again, then the new Carrera – identified both internally at Porsche and externally as the 993 – re-invented the concept of the 911 and opened up an entirely new market for the model.
1995 Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet for sale
From the moment of launch in late 1993, the factory struggled to keep up with demand.

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There was now dynamism in the development of the 911 that had not been seen since the progress of the early cars in the late 1960s and early 1970s. And the 993, the car thrusting forward this new Porsche surge, made every earlier 911 look positively dated.
1995 Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet side view
The external design of the Porsche 993 was penned by English designer Tony Hatter and retained the basic body shell architecture of the 964 and other earlier 911 models, but with revised exterior panels with much more flared wheel arches, a smoother front and rear bumper design, an enlarged retractable rear wing, and teardrop mirrors.
Hatter had conceived a new visual interpretation of the 911, visually upgrading the lines.
Tony Hatter himself is a British automobile designer originally from Yorkshire, in the north of England. After studying Transport Design he took his first design job at Opel, before moving to Porsche’s style department in 1986. Hatter worked along with his up-and-coming peers Harm Lagaay and Freeman Thomas to put a mark on several iterations of Porsche’s sports car design. Eventually becoming part of Porsche’s executive team as Design Manager, he is credited with designing the 993 (along with Harm Lagaay), and the 3rd gen Cayman, as well as working on numerous cars including the 911 GT1. He was instrumental in adapting both the exterior and interior designs of the Carrera GT concept car, which was originally a modified Porsche 986 frame, into the production trim guise.
Additionally, he served as Design Manager for the RSR version of the Porsche 918, and more recently designed the 50th Anniversary and GT3 Touring editions of the Porsche 911.
Right now at Beverly Hills Car Club we have a splendid example of one of Hatter’s masterworks, a 1995 Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet featured with 70,988 miles on the odometer and finished in its factory color Guards Red (80K) gracefully complemented with a Tan interior.
1995 Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet rear view
Equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine, four vented disc brakes, VDO instruments, dual exhaust, integrated bumper with fog lights, black soft top, boot cover, four-spoke steering wheel, Michelin tires, 5 spoke ‘Cup’ design wheels, tool roll, jack, portable air pump tire inflator, and a spare tire fitted in the front trunk. Additional features include ac, automatic speed control, power mirrors, full-analog gauges with warning light protection system, power windows, front seats with electric height adjustment, 2+2 seating, glove box, cigar lighter with an ashtray, and sun visors with vanity mirrors.
In addition to the equipment, this German classic comes with a clean CARFAX report and service receipt copies totaling over $17,000 that has been invested into the vehicle dating from September 2011 through April 2023. The paint meter readings are included in the photo gallery for this extremely original example. The color code and options sticker are both still in place under the hood.
1995 Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet interior
This is an extremely sought-after and well-equipped 993 Carrera Cabriolet that is mechanically sound.
Essentially the Porsche 993 is the fourth generation of the Porsche 911 model sports car manufactured and sold between January 1994 and early 1998 (model years 1995–1998 in the United States), replacing the 964.
The 993 was much improved over and quite different from its predecessor. When it was announced the 993 was said to be 80 percent new: according to Porsche, every part of the car was designed from the ground up, including the engine, and only 20% of its parts were carried over from the previous generation.
Porsche refers to the 993 as ‘a significant advance, not just from a technical, but also a visual perspective.’
Porsche’s engineers devised a new light-alloy subframe with coil and wishbone suspension (an all new multi-link system, Weissach axle), putting behind the previous lift-off oversteer and making significant progress with the engine and handling, creating a more civilized car and improved driving experience.
The 993 was also the first 911 to receive a six speed transmission.
1995 Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet engine
As did its predecessors, the 993 had several variants, varying in body style, engines, drivetrains, and included equipment. Power was increased by the addition of the VarioRam system, particularly in the midranges, and also resulted in more throttle noise at higher revolutions; as a consequence, it resulted in a 15 percent increase in power over its predecessor.
A 993 GT2 was used as the safety car during the 1995 Formula One season.
You’ll want to race to catch this 1995 993 beauty we have here at Beverly Hills Car Club.

 

-Alex Manos, Owner
Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet buyer Alex Manos

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