993 is the company’s internal name for the version of the Porsche 911 model manufactured and sold between late 1993 and early 1998 replacing the 964. Its discontinuation marked the end of air-cooled Porsches, with the 993 being not just the last air-cooled 911 but also the last of the hand built 911s. The 993 generation of the 911 is often referred to as the best and most desirable of the 911 series, not only because of its beauty, but also because its performance is very good, even by modern standards, and the 993 was the last complete ‘modern classic’. As many enthusiasts agree, “the 993 is 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.
The Targa version of the 993 was introduced in model year 1996 and saw the debut of a retractable glass roof, a design continued on the 996 and 997 Targa. The glass roof would retract underneath the rear window revealing a large opening. A shade was there to help prevent the greenhouse effect of the closed roof. This system was a complete redesign, as previous Targa models had a removable roof section and a wide B-pillar functioning as a roll bar. The new glass roof design allowed the 993 Targa to retain the same side-on profile as the other 911 Carrera variants and finish without the inconvenience of storing the removed top of the old system. The Targa has the body of the convertible with the Targa glass roof replacing the fabric roof.
AC, 12v Socket, Alpine head unit, Electronic sunroof and blind, Electronically adjustable rear spoiler, Electric windows, Electric mirrors, Tool kit, Jack.
This Targa looks particularly alluring 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 dazzles under both natural and studio lights. The front end of the car is remarkably clean with only a dusting of 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.
As you climb abroad over the signature entry strips you are immediately met by the familiar 5 dial dash arrangement, treated to unique silver surrounds. Leather remains tight and clean with only the lightest signs of use to the drivers bolster to report. 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 been pampered from day one. The only elements here that deviate from original are an updated Alpine head unit and a pair of uprated door speakers.
The cabin provides Cabriolet-like airiness and the chance to enjoy the sun whilst much less exposed at speed than in a conventional drop top. The roof mechanism is in good operational order with recent invoices for work to seals on rear screen, rear quarter and rear targa felt.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The tractable 3.6 litre is a perfectly elastic powertrain at both ends of the rev range. This VarioRam spec’d unit works on a basis of the lower the rpm, the longer the intake length. As rpm rises, the intake length is shortened. The overall result is a fatter and flatter torque curve and as this Targa was only 30kg heavier than the Coupé it drivers very similarly. The engine bay presents very tidily and has only ever been under the care of the Porsche main dealer.
Having had a recent clutch, the gearbox is also both tight, intuitive and upon completion of its warming cycle a joy to use.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The Sport Design wheels present as new having just returned from refurbishment with accompanying crested centre caps. Manufacturer approved Pirelli N4′s sit on all four corners with plenty of tread remaining. Brakes show well with clean calipers and plenty of disc / pad life remaining.
With recent front wishbones and a subsequent alignment the car is dynamically up-to-date performs admirably on test.
Remarkably this 993 has never been anywhere other than the main dealer for servicing having originally sold by Glenvarigill in May of 1997. The car made its way south of the border in 2002, where OPC Cambridge took the car on for servicing, before Porsche Centre Byfleet are the latest main agent to deal with the car and have been for the last 4 years. A great deal of love and care has been bestowed upon this Targa, with a folder full of receipts from the main agent alongside a stringent timeline of MOT’s to support vehicle mileage.
A full book pack is present and correct alongside the spare key which still features the factory alarm fob.
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