993 is the company’s internal name for the version of the Porsche 911 model manufactured and sold between late 1993 and early 1998, replacing the 964. Its discontinuation marked the end of air-cooled Porsches.
The external design of the Porsche 993, penned by Englishman Toni Hatter, retained the basic bodyshell architecture of the 964 and other earlier 911 models, but with revised external panels, with much more flared wheelarches and a smoother front and rear bumper design, an enlarged retractable rear wing, teardrop mirrors, but keeping the doors and roof panels.
The Carrera 4S and later Carrera S shared the Turbo model’s bodyshell, but housed the naturally aspirated Carrera engine in the rear. The 4S came with four-wheel drive, and retained the Turbo model’s larger brake discs with the characteristic red calipers. It could be described as a “Turbo without the turbochargers and rear wing”, whereas the S was in all aspects a standard Carrera underneath (the wider rear fenders were compensated with 31 mm (1.2 in) wheel spacers). Both S models had slightly lowered suspension compared to standard Carrera models.
This Porsche was supplied new in 1997, a year before the end of production for the 993, finished by the factory in a unique silver, said to be in perfect condition by the current owner. The 993 was given over to the Porsche Exclusive department, and added was the rare X51 3.8-litre engine, which in other words is a close relation to the 993 RS.
The capacity went from 3,600cc to 3,746cc thanks to the increase in bore from 100mm to 102mm.
With a long list of extras including turbo look body, built-in soft clutch, full leather and carbon options for the interior and many others, said to have cost around 60,000DM in 1997, this is very special car. The car is said to be well known to the Porsche Centre Berlin with all maintenance being carried out here from the beginning.
Any Porsche 993 Carrera 4S is a rare and collectable classic. This one with its 3.8-litre X51 RS engine is very special indeed.