1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet (993 Series)
The evolution of the Porsche 911 is probably the greatest sports car story of all time. First introduced in 1963 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and then designated as a 901, the successor to the 356 took the world by storm. To avoid conflict with Peugeot who claimed exclusive rights to car names with three digits having a ‘zero’ in the middle the car was renamed as 911. The first production 911’s were built in 1964 and were powered by an air-cooled 1991cc 6 cylinder engine.
The car evolved with increases in engine capacity to 2.2 litres, 2.4 litres, 2.7 litres, 3.0 litres, 3.3 litres and later 3.2 litres with styling changes also, but one always recognised the car as a 911. Today the first series of 911’s is recognised as the cars built from 1963 to 1989 and included the very popular Porsche 911 or 930 Turbo models.
In 1989 the 911 underwent major change with the introduction of the 964 series cars. This car was essentially ‘all new’ and whilst instantly recognised as a 911 the car had significant technical improvements. The 964 was succeeded by the 993 series cars which were introduced in 1994 and built through until 1998. The 993 was the final iteration of the air cooled 911 and are today they are recognised as the best of the air cooled 911’s and as such being sought after by collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer for sale a lovely example of Porsche’s iconic 993. The car on offer is an Australian delivered 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet that is finished in ‘polar silver metallic’ (L92M) with a ‘midnight blue’ (FJ) interior. It has the four-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox. The car was sold new by Scuderia Veloce Motors in Sydney and delivered on the 28th June 1996 with the following options: C23 (Australian delivered), 233 (internal production code – change of tyre manufacturer on production line), 249 (tiptronic transmission, 4-speed), 398 (17″ wheels), 432 (tiptronic buttons for steering wheel), 438 (8-way electrical seat, right), 454 (automatic speed control), 490 (sound system), 551 (wind deflector), 567 (top-tinted windscreen). 573 (air conditioner), 659 (board computer) and 686 (CD-radio Becker Porsche CDR-21).
The car has a fully stamped service book which confirms it has been impeccably maintained. The car was last serviced by Porsche Centre Sydney in September 2015 at 129,600 km. Today the odometer reads 134,375 km.
The service book confirms the car came to south-east Queensland in late 2004 / early 2005 as it was serviced by the Porsche Centre on the Gold Coast on 4th April 2005 at 62,078 km. The car was subsequently serviced at Porsche on the Gold Coast and also the Porsche Centre in Brisbane until it was sold back to NSW in c2012. The car’s current Gold Coast based owner acquired this lovely 911 in early 2017 from Sydney and has used it sparingly since. This car joined a significant Porsche collection, however, the owner has had a change of direction with his car collecting and as a result, it is now offered for sale.
This car has been extremely well maintained and clearly cherished by its previous owners. With so many of these cars used as daily drivers, it is often difficult to find them with relatively low mileage and in as good condition as this car is. The paintwork remains in excellent condition with the odd blemish or stone chip evident, but you have to look pretty hard! All of the exterior trim and glass are also in excellent condition. This includes all of the lenses which so often fade or scuff on these cars. The wheels are very good with the odd light scratch or mark evident, but no ‘kerb rash’. The cockpit is very clean and tidy and its overall condition is totally consistent with a very well cared for car with only 134,000 km on the odometer. There is a slight patina to the leather but no rips or tears evident. All of the door cards and pockets are in excellent condition, as is the dark blue soft top.
Importantly all of the manufacturer’s stickers remain in place on the car.
The car starts easily and it performs out on the open road as one would expect. In fact, this car is just a delight to drive!
The car has a full book set, tool kit, jack and space saver spare that looks to have never been used.
This car is finished in a fabulous colour scheme and it ‘ticks all the boxes’. Great buying at $109,950.
- Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet (993 Series)
- 134,377 km