The 993 reinvigorated Porsche, but it also represented the end of an era with it being the last model to feature Porsches iconic air cooled flat six engine. When this third-generation 911 made its debut in 1995, it was the only car in Porsche’s line-up. However, it was a strong seller and helped secure the brand’s long-term future.
With wider and less rounded front wings, plus flatter headlamps, the 993 brought the biggest alteration in the 911’s shape since the original was introduced. The rear wings were broader and blended into the tail in a more direct line. This overhaul was so radical that Porsche claimed only 20 per cent of parts were carried over from the previous generation. Today the 993 is considered by many enthusiasts to be “one of the sweetest spots in the 911′s half-century of existence and while more modern versions might be more dynamically capable, they’re bloated behemoths in comparison to the lean 993”.
The external design of the Porsche 993, penned by Englishman Toni Hatter, retained the basic bodyshell architecture of the 964 and other earlier 911 models, but with revised external panels, with much more flared wheel arches and a smoother front and rear bumper design, an enlarged retractable rear wing, teardrop mirrors, but keeping the doors and roof panels. The 993 Carrera is powered by an air-cooled Porsche flat-six “boxer” engine using a Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) valvetrain. The M64/05(06) made 272 bhp through model year 1995. In 1995 Porsche switched to the VarioRam – equipped M64/21(22) engine. Varioram adjusts the length of the air intake ducts in line with the engine RPMs and the speed of the car, with this the power output is increased to 281 hp.
Sports seats, Alpine head unit, Electronically adjustable rear spoiler, Electric windows, Electric mirrors, Tool kit, Jack, Porsche Immobiliser system, AC, 12v Socket.
This Carrera 2S looks particularly charming in Zenith blue; a truly complimentary colour to the elegant proportions of the last air cooled 911. The satin like appearance of the bodywork has been carefully prepared and retains its deep glossy finish. The front end of the car is remarkably clean with only a few minimal stone chips to the front PU to report.
The mirrors and wider rear arches are in equally good order; displaying no major marks or chips, whilst lights remain crack and moisture free.
The cabin of the 993 has a more refined approach to the positioning of the controls and switches compared with previous models. The plush interior is beautifully assembled, you are met with the familiar feeling of real quality and craftsmanship synonymous with Porsche design. The leather remains tight and clean with only the lightest signs of use to the drivers bolster.
Carpet and mat set are in good order whilst door cards, dash fit and operation are as you would expect for a car that has covered such minimal mileage.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 3.6 litre is a perfectly elastic powertrain at both ends of the rev range and tractability is at the core of what makes the 993 so user-friendly. When you ignite the flat-six, it’s turbine-smooth and surprisingly quiet at low revs. But push the floor-hinged throttle a little further and the familiar hollow air-cooled bark murmurs satisfyingly around the cabin.
The engine bay presents dry and clean and in perfect mechanical order having only covered nominal mileage.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
These Turbo Twist 18” alloys present very well with no curb marks or lacquer peel, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport all round showing ample tread depth.
This Carrera 2S was originally supplied from Japan by Mitsuwa Porsche main dealer on 12/08/1997. It benefits from regular maintenance carried out through the Porsche Main Dealer network and marque specialists at the following intervals:
3570km – 3000km/6 month inspection
6285km, 10,149km, 11,753km, 18,700km, 20,200km, 23,987km, 24,400km, 28,943km, 29,511km
The original owners manual and stamped service book feature in the history file alongside two original spare keys.
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