Lot 86

2017   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2017

1997 Porsche 993 Turbo

SOLD $308,000


$300,000 - $350,000



Car Highlights

One of Only 612 Built for the US Market in 1997
Outstanding Two-Owner, All-Original Example with Just over 1,000 Miles
Last and Most Refined Generation of the Iconic Air-Cooled 911 Turbo
Comes with Original Tool Kit, Jack, Air Pump, and Car Cover
Includes Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, Build Sheet, and Vehicle History Report

Technical Specs

3,608 CC Twin-Turbocharged SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Port Fuel Injection
400 BHP at 5,700 RPM
6-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Ventilated Cross-Drilled Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
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Russell West, California (acquired new in March 1997)Current Owner (acquired from the above via Rusnak Westlake Porsche in Thousand Oaks, California)

Few cars of the last 40-plus years are as recognizable and revered as the Porsche 911 Turbo. This star debuted in the mid-1970s and boasted powerful performance that was more than hinted at by the aggressively flared fenders and whale tail rear spoiler. As the years went on, the 911 Turbo gained more power and refinement, becoming faster, yet easier to drive aggressively.

Representing the last and arguably the best generation of the air-cooled 911, the 993 generation Turbo has about 150 more horsepower than the original, yet the combination of 20 additional years of engineering development and the adoption of all-wheel drive allow this supercar to be driven as one’s mood and needs dictate. The 993 Turbo is equally at ease managing city traffic and making entertaining work of a favorite deserted mountain road.

Overall, the 993 Turbo combines the merits of a grand touring automobile – comfortable seats, a sporting yet comfortable ride, luxury features, and the ability to dispatch hundreds of miles of highway effortlessly – with the expected capabilities of Porsche’s top-tier offering, including incredible acceleration, tremendous cornering capabilities, and the trademark sound of the force-fed, air-cooled flat six. The hard numbers back up visceral impressions – consider a 0–60 time of 4.0 seconds and a top speed of about 180 mph. It is this dual personality that has earned the 993 Turbo the enviable reputation as an “everyday supercar.”

This particular example has to be one of the finest 993 Turbos extant. Resplendent in the special-order colors of Polar Silver with Boxster Red leather interior, the combination recalls classic Porsches such as the 550 Spyder and 356 Speedster. A six-speed manual transaxle provides added driver involvement while highlights include xenon headlights, a power sunroof, dual power seats, metal door sills, factory-upgraded audio system, and factory-sourced, dealer-installed carbon fiber dash trim. Also accompanying the car is a complete original tool kit, all the original books and manuals (including their leather-bound holder), the original window sticker, original Bill of Sale, both original keys with remotes, car cover, and an introductory video cassette.

Purchased new by a Southern California businessman and Porsche enthusiast, this 993 Turbo marked the start of his Porsche collection. After owning the car for nearly 18 years he traded it toward a new Porsche 911 GT3 in January 2015. The consignor, also a Porsche enthusiast and collector, has similarly kept and maintained it in a climate-controlled environment with just 1,010 miles as of this writing. As such, this Turbo presents a rare opportunity to acquire a turn-key time capsule version of one of the most desirable cars the Porsche factory has produced.