When Porsche unveiled the all new 996 Variant of the 911 in 1998, true Porsche enthusiasts where hopefully enthusiastic that the all new model would carry on right where it left off with the 993. The reality became known however that its precursor, the 993 Carrera was indeed the last of the breed and a truly exceptional Porsche experience that summed up the marque at its best and most modern form. The 911 has always been a car of evolution, advances were always made, and overall it seemed that in the models 33 year run (as of 1998) Porsche never strayed from their roots. Tighter emissions regulations, noise regulations and safety standards are once again the culprit of radical change amongst the automotive manufacturing community. The 911 was perhaps the keystone of change during a time strict enforcement masked by claims of technological progression. In short, the Porsche 911 as we know it today is a very good car, but, it is not a truly great car like its predecessors, more specifically, the 993.
The example on offer here, a 1995 Porsche Carrera is a first year 993 with known ownership from new, presenting in the proverbial “yachting colors” of Grand Prix White over Blue. As an early 993 it benefits from the earlier, less trouble-some and more desirable OBD1 configuration of the M64 Boxer Engine producing 272HP. Ownership records indicate that this example was delivered new in Greensboro, NC to its first owner in August of 1995. It stayed with its original owner until September of 2002 when we believe the car was traded back into the selling dealer. In 2003 Service records show that a Mr. Terry Jones of Idaho purchased the vehicle and at 73,413 miles in November of 2003 a total service was performed by Motorsports Northwest at a cost of over $3,000 which included a total fluids change, new clutch and overall tune-up of the vehicle. By 2009 the car was traded once more and this time to a Mr. Rene Verde of Palmetto Bay, FL. The car was briefly owned by Mr. Verde and received normal service work as the miles progressed only to be traded in at Intersport Performance of McLean, VA. There it stayed briefly before being acquired in 2012 by its most recent caretaker, a Mr. Laub of Lancaster, PA. Mr. Laub enjoyed the car and serviced it regularly with receipts presents for brakes, tires, and oil changes along with a total clear-bra installation. LBI acquired this 993 only a few months ago, and today the car shows just over 88,700 miles, and a clean Carfax to match as well.
The overall cosmetic condition of the car is excellent, but not quite perfect, as expected with an 88,000 mile example that has been carefully driven and enjoyed. We have thoroughly checked for paintwork on this example and have only found that the driver’s side rear quarter has the ever so slightest higher reading per a paint meter. The orange peel matches the factory orange peel perfectly and it 100% is scratch related rather than accident related. The reality is most of these cars have been painted somewhere; the difference is most people either do not know or are not willing to disclose it. Otherwise the car shows perfect factory gaps and panel fitment with no accidents, ever. There are a few minor scratches that have been touched up on the driver’s side door near the handle along with a scratch on the right rear quarter that has been touched up as well, both are minor and do not warrant refinishing but should be disclosed. The rubber on the windshield is showing its age slightly, nothing major but a small crack is present in one of the corner of the windshield rubbers. Otherwise the paint is very nice, panels straight down the sides and overall very respectable.
Upon entering the contrasting blue interior one will immediately notice that it has been well cared for with none of the common issues such as a cracked dash or other plastic items. Clean center console and original carpets that have had the benefit of being covered by other mats so they are well preserved. The upholstery presents very well with the only sign of use being that of the driver’s seat bolster which shows to be worn, but more consistent to that of a 50,000 mile car, normal, and acceptable per the miles. The Porsche head unit was unfortunately switched out for a modern unit, but otherwise the interior remains completely stock and with nothing broken, out of place, excessively worn or missing. The headliner presents very well the dash very nice and in need of nothing to be enjoyed.
The engine bay presents as a working car does, a little dirty but completely stock, untouched beyond normal service items and shows to have never been hit or altered in anyway. The front trunk is of the same consistency, correct unblemished carpeting is still present. Removing the carpet shows the spare, jack, and original toolkit still present with absolutely no corrosion issues of any sort present and in addition all original stickers, clamps and items are still in place to again solidify this car as an un-hit, untouched example. The underside is as expected from most 993’s, no corrosion of any kind, straight, solid but slightly dirty from road use with no needs.
993’s are captivating in the way they drive; they have elements of the early pre-73 cars but offer creature comforts one seeks in a daily driver. The unique combination means they start easily, rev freely and can stop, turn, and handle without worry. This example is no exception; it performs exactly as intended with absolutely no known issues in its systems or operation. It’s an exceptional place to be during a commute, back roads, or even the track. The 993 is a dynamic driver’s car that can easily sum up Porsche Air-Cooled success. It has all the roots of the early long hood 911’s but with careful integration of modern comfort that doesn’t disturb the original intent, it’s a pure bred, and sadly the last of a breed.
Offered with its original Books, tools, jack, spare and various service records this is the opportunity for any collector, enthusiast, or even first time Porsche buyer to enjoy a Porsche that will reliably provide years of enjoyment.
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