• One of the final air-cooled Turbo Porsches produced
• Legendary performer; low documented mileage
• Excellent and rare livery; highly optioned
• Original Window Sticker and Bill of Sale, plus service records
3,600 cc Type M64/60 SOHC air-cooled flat six-cylinder engine, Bosch electronic engine management and fuel injection, twin K16 turbochargers with twin intercoolers, 408 HP at 5,750 RPM, six-speed manual transaxle and all-wheel drive (maximum 80/20 rear/front split), four-wheel independent coil-spring suspension, four-wheel ventilated and cross-drilled hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 89.4”
When Porsche introduced the new 993-generation 911 model line-up for 1995, it was to be the last of the great and long-running air-cooled 911s. The evolution of the 911 was stunning, given the fact that Porsche cited the 993 contained 70-80 percent new or improved content and the outgoing 964 series was 85 percent new. Retaining only the roof and front deck lid from the preceding 964 model, the new 911 body featured athletically bulged fenders and a pinched waist, lending an overall “Coke bottle” design theme. Smooth, neatly integrated bumpers and reclined headlamps enhanced the new car’s aerodynamic profile. Of particular importance for driving enthusiasts and racers, the 993-body structure was some 20 percent stiffer than that of the 964.
Underneath its seductive outer skin, the 993 heralded the arrival of an all-new rear suspension system. Named “LSA” for Light, Stable, and Agile, it was an all-aluminum, multi-link setup that at once brought improved handling and ride quality, while reducing noise. Detail refinements included a slightly updated interior, enlarged brakes, enhanced ABS, and one-inch wider wheels. While the air-cooled, normally aspirated engine remained at 3.6 litres of displacement, maintenance was eased with a new hydraulic valvetrain and output dramatically increased to 272 horsepower with the new VarioRam intake system. A new six-speed gearbox allowed drivers to fully exploit the engine’s wider power band.
The eagerly anticipated 993 Turbo debuted at the March 1995 edition of the highly influential Geneva Show, featuring a 959-derived all-wheel drive system with an 80/20 rear/front torque split and a 408-BHP engine fed by twin turbochargers with twin intercoolers. Interestingly, the 959’s influence remained strong, with Porsche management insistent that, only with the exception of racing-homologation specials, any series-production model, including the 408-horsepower 993 Turbo, must have all-wheel drive. According to magazine road-test reports, the 993 Turbo routinely achieved 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) times in just 4.4 seconds, en route to a 180-mph top end. According to marque authorities, Porsche manufactured just 2,457 examples of the 993 Turbo, including nine early-production “pilot” cars built during December 1994.
An absolute tour de force, the 993 Turbo immediately and predictably captivated the world’s motoring press and Porsche’s top clients with its mind-numbing performance potential and incredible driving experience. An early example was tested by C. Van Tune for Motor Trend in 1996. He enthused “Power is good, more is better, too much is just right…In the world of internal-combustion power plays, essentially no production car sold in America can outmuscle the ’96 Porsche 911 Turbo in flat-out acceleration. With a staggering 400 horsepower pumping from the loins of its twin-turbocharged, twin-intercooled, 3.6-litre SOHC flat-six, with all-wheel-drive and 18-inch rubber to claw the ground, with a close-ratio six-speed gearbox to stir your soul, and with high-downforce bodywork of scoops, slats, grilles, and appendages, the most brutal street Porsche ever produced is also the ultimate roadside predator.” Delivering incredible performance, the 993-generation Turbo was available worldwide, while the McLaren F1 and Bugatti EB110, its only credible challengers at the time, were not road-legal in America.
Finished in rare and striking Midnight Blue Metallic over Midnight Blue leather upholstery, this stunning 1996 Porsche 993 Turbo has travelled just 24,670 documented miles at the time of cataloguing. Outstanding features and options are numerous, including heated seats with adjustable lumbar support, the Digital Sound Package, CD Changer, Rain Sensor, factory painted rims, and even a Porsche cellular telephone. Documentation is excellent and as expected, includes the original Window Sticker, service records, and a complete set of books and manuals. Best of all, this mighty yet elegant 1996 Porsche 993 Turbo is offered from a highly demanding and selective consignor with an impressive stable of the world’s finest high-performance icons. Muscular and purposefully beautiful, rare, and truly exhilarating on all levels, this 993 Turbo is one of the finest and most desirable modern Porsche ‘supercars’ and stands as an ultimate expression of the air-cooled Porsche 911 lineage. As such, it is worthy of the most discerning and enthusiastic Porsche collector.
1996 Porsche 993 Turbo