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In addition to enjoying substantial competition success, Porsche’s turbocharged 911 proved to be a wildly popular road car, and this sensationally preserved example from the 993 series benefits from a distinctive presentation and unusually pristine original condition.
The iconic Porsche 911 Turbo evolved steadily but was occasionally discontinued while improved versions were being prepared. Following one of these brief respites, the Turbo returned to Porsche’s lineup in 1996 for the new 993 platform. This was the first 911 variant since the legendary 959 supercar of the 1980s to feature all-wheel drive and twin turbochargers, endowing the model with world-class performance. Capable of reaching 60 mph from standstill in just 4.4 seconds, and a top speed of 180 mph, the 993 Turbo delivered sure-footed performance that was truly worthy of its 959-inspired design.
The 993 Turbo lasted just two years before Porsche discontinued the platform entirely in favor of the new water-cooled 996 series. As such, the 993 Turbos were the last and most advanced of the air-cooled 911 road cars, earning them a special place in the hearts of Porsche connoisseurs.
Originally specified in a stunning paint-to-sample Ferrari Fly Yellow livery, this 993 Turbo was desirably equipped at the factory with black leather upholstery, AM/FM stereo with CD player, self-dimming mirrors with rain sensors, and stainless steel exhaust tips. After assembly was completed in November 1996, the Turbo was acquired new in April 1997 by a New York City resident who moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, in early 1999. According to a recent CARFAX report, the 993 Turbo was regularly serviced before being sold to an Oklahoma-based enthusiast in 2007. By the time the car was prepared for sale in early 2013, the odometer displayed 29,095 miles. In August 2013, the 993 Turbo was purchased by the consignor, a California-based Porsche enthusiast.
Treating the car to a 30,000-mile major service that included new drive belts and tires, the consignor also replaced the originally optioned wood-grain gearshift knob and hand brake with standard Porsche components; the car is otherwise as-delivered, and the factory-equipped parts have been retained for utmost authenticity.
Currently displaying less than 30,000 original miles, this concours-condition Porsche offers the mechanical attributes of the 959 supercar packaged in the universally admired 993 body style. It is reported to feature its original, custom-ordered Fly Yellow paint and interior, and has never been publicly exhibited. Such a unique and appealing 993 Turbo may be enjoyed for its outrageous performance, or shown with pride at events. Presented here is a very special example of the final air-cooled Turbo, an instant collectible.