1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Air-Cooled Drop Top
1997 Porsche 911/993 Carrera Cabriolet
- 27K Original Miles
- Arctic Silver Metallic
- 3.6L H6 with 6-Speed Gearbox
- Power Convertible Top
- Two Owners: our client purchased from Florida MD, who was first owner
- Collector Porsche
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“For those considering a 993 for purchase: get busy, prices are going up.” Porsche 993 Model Guide, Porsche Club of America, 10/9/18
Over the 911 model's long life—the longest continuous run in the automobile industry—the various generations each have developed their own enthusiastic following. It's less a matter of arguments between owners over which is “best,” rather it's usually an agreeable appreciation of the special character and distinctiveness of each. In this regard, the 993 generation of the 911, is especially valued as the “last of the breed.” And among the 993 models, the 1997 cars are particularly prized as the final air-cooled Porsches to come out of Zuffenhausen. The somewhat enthusiastic quote above from the PCA simply reflects the 993's uniqueness.
Choosing a collectible Porsche 911 always incorporates a mix of personal taste, choice of model year, and a careful appraisal of condition.
The 1997 Porsche 911 cabriolet offered here is a wonderful example given its rarity and its condition. The Arctic-silver-over-classic-gray-pleated-leather is a blend of simplicity, subtleness, and style. In addition to the standard power-operated convertible top, the car's option package is extensive and well-chosen. For example, the engine-sound package elevates the already joyful open-air Porsche driving experience with the added enhanced music from the 3.6-liter flat-six engine behind the speed-sensitive spoiler out back. With the top down, hearing this engine and 6-speed manual in rev-harmony is an experience unmatched in any other car. Overall, the options blend appearance upgrades, comfort and convenience touches, and added performance as chosen by the car's original owner, a Florida doctor. Here's the full list:
159 – Engine sound package
233 – Internal manufacturing code-tires
398 – 17-inch wheels
437 – 8-way electrical seat-left
438 – 8-way electrical seat-right
445 – Wheel caps, steel gray with colored Porsche crests
454 - Automatic speed control
520 – Interior monitoring
551 – Wind deflector
688 – CD Radio Becker Porsche CDR-210
939 – Pleated leather rear seats
982 – Pleated leather front seats
L92U- Arctic silver metallic
MX- Classic gray
As to condition, short of an in-person close-up inspection (which we encourage), the more than175 photographs and accompanying walk-around video of the car available at the GarageKeptMotors website are your best guide. But from the turbo-twist wheels (that first appeared on the 993 cars), drilled brake rotors and Michelin tires; to the virtually flawless paint; to an interior with the only obvious wear being the gentle creasing of the leather; to the perfect condition of the gray-fabric top; to the pristine condition of the engine bay, frunk and undercarriage, it's easy to see how fastidiously the car has been maintained by its two prior owners over 27,600 miles. (Fyi, the “five owners” shown on Carfax is an error resulting from the second owner who moved and titled the car in multiple states.) What's more, the upgraded audio head unit, tire inflator, battery tender, cover for the fabric top, and full set of manuals with original-purchase-associated literature all speak to owners who cared for this 911 in the manner it deserved.
Porsche shoppers know what they're looking for… and they know when they've found it. A fortunate one of them will very soon be adding this special 993 to their collection, however large or small.