1997 Porsche 911 / 993 Turbo

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1997
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    138
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

Produced in limited numbers and representing the last of the air-cooled Turbos, the 993 Turbo S stands as one of the most sought-after Porsches of the modern era, with just 176 US examples produced. Visually, the Turbo S can be discerned from the standard 993 Turbo by its more aggressive front fascia with additional cooling ducts, rear quarter air intakes, and its Aerokit II rear wing. Inside distinguishing features include aluminum gauge faces, body-color seatbacks, carbon fiber accents, and extensive use of leather. The Turbo S was fitted with larger twin turbochargers, a revised Motronic engine control unit, an additional oil cooler, and an upgraded exhaust with quad outlets. As such, output was boosted to 424 bhp and 423 lbs./ft. of torque. Its 0–60 time of less than four seconds and a top speed approaching 185 mph are still impressive 20 years later.

This exceptional example is finished in Arctic Silver Metallic over a black leather interior. Showing less than 9,500 miles at the time of cataloguing, this Turbo S was specified from new with unusual options, including rear seat delete and rear windshield wiper delete. According to the accompanying window sticker, the Porsche was originally shipped to Shelton Porsche of Naples, Florida. Its CARFAX report shows that the Turbo S was titled in Florida and then Illinois before heading to California in 1999, where it continued to be serviced regularly at Stevens Creek Porsche in Santa Clara through 2005. In 2006, a new owner from Texas was reported at 8,534 miles, and the consignoracquired the car in 2015 from RPM Sports Cars of Houston.

Pride of ownership is evident in the condition of the car, and the fact that it retains its original window sticker, tool kit, manuals, and tire inflator. It is equipped with a European-specification front bumper without the US bumperettes, and a previous owner also noted upgraded sport seats with silver seatbacks, speed yellow seat belts, and a complete carbon fiber package with three-spoke steering wheel. The Turbo S remains in beautiful condition and has been stored in the consignor’s collection and driven sparingly.

Porsche enthusiasts have long sung the praises of the 993 generation. They are modern and highly usable, yet possess an analogue feel. As Porsche’s last air-cooled model, 993s are highly collectible, with low-mileage examples becoming more scarce. The Turbo S was one of the rarest 993 variants, providing similar performance to the GT2, its more exclusive turbocharged sibling, while remaining more comfortable for use on public roads. This example’s low mileage, original accessories, and original documentation will make it a compelling choice for discerning Porsche collectors.