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Lot 70

2016   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2016

1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S

Estimate

$525,000 - $575,000

Chassis

WP0AC2990VS375990

Car Highlights

Just 345 Examples Produced; Only 176 Imported to the US
Limited Production Model Built by Porsche’s Exclusive Department
Ultimate Development of the Classic Air-Cooled 911 Turbo
Striking Original Example with 6,300 Miles from New
Offered with Books, Tools, COA, Build and Service Records

Technical Specs

3,608 CC Type M64/60S SOHC Air-Cooled Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Electronic Fuel Injection
Twin KKK Turbochargers
424 BHP at 5,750 RPM
6-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Ventilated Cross-Drilled Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Register to Bid

Gary Lloyd, Las Vegas, Nevada (believed to have acquired new)Jeff Perlmutter, Highland Park, Illinois (acquired in June 2002)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

At the New York Auto Show in March 1997, Porsche unveiled the final and most advanced evolution of its revered air-cooled platform, the 993 Turbo S. The midyear introduction was based on the standard Turbo model, which had evoked the cutting-edge 959, with specifications including a twin-turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive. This highly original example of the ultra-rare Turbo S shows why the model was such a fantastic conclusion to the beloved 993 series.

The 993 Turbo S was distinguished from the standard Turbo through myriad aesthetic details and improved performance, including an engine that delivered 24 additional hp. Built to an exceptional standard and outfitted with the most exotic equipment, this was a flagship model built in limited numbers by the famed Exclusive Department, Porsche’s in-house customization and premium build shop. In this respect, the 993 Turbo S followed in the footsteps of other rare turbocharged models built by Porsche Exclusive, such as the 930 LE, 964 Turbo S Leichtbau, 964 Turbo S Flachbau, and 993 Turbo Cabriolet.

Completed on April 24, 1997, this 993 Turbo S is one of only 176 examples originally specified for US delivery, and as noted by the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, it was originally finished in the attractive color scheme of black paint over a black leather interior. Standard equipment included an electric sunroof, electrically adjustable seats, carbon fiber interior trim, 10-speaker high-fidelity sound system with CD player, a GT2-specification oil cooler, and the Aerokit Turbo II package, with special front and rear spoilers.

According to a CARFAX Vehicle History Report, this Porsche was first sold in February 1998 to a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. In June 2002, the car passed to well-known enthusiast Jeff Perlmutter of Highland Park, Illinois, and he entrusted the Turbo S to his local Porsche dealership to ensure optimal maintenance, as reflected by numerous service invoices. A March 2016 inspection by a paint specialist concludes that the bodywork retains its factory-delivered paint finish and is original except for the lower front chin spoiler, which was replaced in 2015. Today, the car is offered with its proper books, tools, and accessories, as well as a thorough file of documentation.

With only 176 US specification examples built, the 993 Turbo S is a true rarity and offers brilliant performance – especially for a 20-year-old sports car – with a top speed of 187 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds. Currently displaying less than 6,300 original miles, this minimally used and optimally maintained 993 Turbo S ought to be a standout at Porsche gatherings and will continue to be recognized for its importance in the evolution of the legendary 911 range.