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Lot 19

2017   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2017

1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S

Estimate

$350,000 - $400,000

Chassis

WP0AC2997VS375923

Engine

61V02269

Car Highlights

One of Only 176 Built for the US Market
Less than 26,000 Miles
Classic Guards Red Exterior with Grey Leather Interior
Offered with Original Owner’s Manual, Tool Kit, and Air Pump
Includes Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and Build Sheet

Technical Specs

3,608 CC Type M64/60S SOHC Air-Cooled Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Electronic Fuel Injection
Twin KKK K-24 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

Original Owner, Florida (acquired new in June 1997)Second Owner, California (acquired from the above in 2001)Current Owner

Many experts consider the 993 Turbo to be among the most beautiful Porsches ever built. The Turbo S was produced in very limited numbers, and sent the last air-cooled generation Porsche 911 out with an emphatic bang. The 993 Turbo S stands as one of the most desirable Porsches of the modern era.

One could argue that the standard 993 Turbo was more than adequate for most any enthusiast, given its iconic status along with stunning performance that made it one of the quickest (0-60 in just 4.0 seconds) and fastest (a top speed of about 180 mph) cars available at the time. Yet the 993 Turbo S somehow took this performance to the next level. Available only for the 1997 model year and with production numbering just 176 US examples, and 345 worldwide, the 993 Turbo S is one of the rarest of all Porsche 911 variants.

Visually, the 993 Turbo S can be discerned from the standard Turbo via its more aggressive front fascia with additional cooling ducts, bright yellow brake calipers, rear quarter air intakes, and unique flow-through rear spoiler. Inside, touches such as aluminum gauge faces, body-color seatbacks, carbon fiber accents, and leather covering virtually everything from the headliner to the dash vents and power seat controls let pilot and passengers know that they are indeed in something truly special.

Under that rear spoiler was an even more potent version of the Turbo’s engine, sporting larger twin turbochargers, a revised Motronic engine control unit, an additional oil cooler, and an upgraded exhaust with quad outlets. As such, output was boosted to 424 bhp and 423 lbs./ft. of torque, increases of 24 hp and 23 lbs./ft., respectively. Able to blast to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds and hit a top speed approaching 185 mph, the 993 Turbo S numbers are still impressive 20 years later.

This particular Turbo S is finished in classic Guards Red with a gray leather interior. The Turbo S equipment code list is so extensive it comprises two pages in the accompanying build sheet. Also included with the sale are the original tool kit, jack and air pump, and owner’s manuals in their leather folio.

Prior to the consignor’s acquisition, Rusnak Porsche, which had maintained this car since 2001 for the previous owner/collector, performed a comprehensive inspection. Stunning to behold in person on a show field and even more thrilling to drive on an open road, this rare 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S would make a fantastic choice for anyone who appreciates ingeniously engineered dynamic art.