Make / Model: 993

Variant: Carrera 4S

Colour: Arena Red

Year: 1997

Mileage: 62000

Engine Size: 3.6

Transmission: Manual


The 993

Introduced in 1994, the Porsche 911, Type 993, was the last of the air-cooled 911 line and as such will always hold a special place in the heart and minds of Porsche 911 fans. What followed (the Porsche 996) was very much a revolution.

The 993, by contrast, was more evolution, but even so it was quite a significant one, over the 964 model 911, which it replaced. For the first time the basic shape of the 911 was changed, the front end, wider and flatter, mirroring the 928 and 968 (albeit without the pop-up headlamps) for a more ‘family’ look. The rear end took on a wider stance, with bulging rear arches, even on the narrow-bodied Carrera 2. The basic 911 silhouette was still unmistakeable, but with modern twist.

Mechanically the 993 retained the 3.6-litre engine, but with detail changes, that raised power to 272bhp and then 285bhp, with the arrival of the Varioram induction system.

A new six-speed gearbox offered a greater range of ratios and an all new multi-link rear suspension set-up offered greater control of the rear-engined mass. The front suspension remained much as the 964.

As with previous 911 generations, the 993 Turbo donated its wide bodyshell to the model range. The resulting 993 Carrera S and 4S, proved to be a big hit for all the obvious reasons: Turbo look and four-wheel drive security, without Turbo outlay and costs. And aside from the Turbo, the 993 market clearly puts the C4S on top.


This manual 993 Carrera 4S, rolled off the Porsche production line in summer 1996, and was registered and sold via Lancaster Porsche Centre, Colchester in October ’96

In the popular launch colour Arena Red, and supplied with Metropole leather interior (viewing in person is strongly recommended), this well known to us 993 C4S has covered just 62,000-miles, with three previous owners, one of whom has owned the car twice!

As the mileage would suggest, condition is excellent, with only very light use in the past few years. The comprehensive history tells its own story, with servicing taking place exclusively at Lancaster Porsche, save for one trip to Harbour Cars, Chichester, when briefly domiciled in Brighton.

A supporting history folder is testimony to fastidious ownership.

Spec wise this 993 C4S ticks all the right boxes. No, it’s not dripping with options, but hard backed, heated Sports Seats, sound pack and of course, a manual, six-speed gearbox are hugely desirable to the enthusiast market.


In a word: Solid. The 993 was the last of the air-cooled 911s and as befitting of over 30-years of development, it was also the best built and that’s what you can really feel on the road. Much as we love the water-cooled cars, they just don’t quite have that machined feel.

The interaction between the controls – throttle, clutch, gearchange – is precision itself and the steering is full of that unique 911 feel. The 285bhp Varioram engine mixes strong mid-range with an appetite for revs. Grip is a given from the four-wheel drive chassis and wheel and tyre combo, that mixes Turbo Twist 10in rears with 8in front plus, of course Turbo ‘Big Red’ calipers. Oh, then there’s that air-cooled soundtrack, which you will never tire of.

And wide it might be in 993 range terms, but in the modern world, it is anything but. We bang on about it, but modern super-size me 911s have outgrown our roads. Part of the attraction of any air-cooled 911, is its size.


The case for the Turbo look has perhaps never been so compelling. Super-desirable as it may be, the real deal 993 Turbo, is also a very expensive and complex supercar beast. The 993 C4S negates that fear and we’re proud to be able to offer this very fine, previously sold example.


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