Make / Model: Porsche 911

Variant: 993

Colour: Arena Red

Year: 1996

Mileage: 82,800

Engine Size: 3.6

Transmission: Manual


Porsche 993 Carrera 2

One of three 993s that we currently have in stock at Paul Stephens right now, this Carrera 2 manual, has a lot going for it. But first a bit of context as to where the 993 model 911 fits into the 911’s long and illustrious history.


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 a 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. In 285bhp form, the 993 C2 will hit 0-60mph in 5.4secs, with a maximum speed of 171mph.

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.

Beyond the base Carrera 2, model variations included the 993 Carrera 4, widebody Carrera 4S, Cabriolet, Targa, 993 Turbo and 993 GT2 and RS.

In total, Porsche built 68,839 examples of the 993 and while many would probably consider the 993 as being significantly more successful in terms of sales, over the 964, the reality is that just slightly more than 5000 sales separate the two in favour of the 993. Oh, and one final fun-fact: The last 993 off the production line in 1998, was a Speedster and was snapped up by Jerry Seinfeld.


Making a return visit to us, this 993 Carrera 2 is a car that we’ve sold before, back in 2009 to its current owner.

Finished in Arena Red, it was first registered in August 1996 at Porsche Centre Nottingham. Since then it has covered just 82,800-miles, with a fully stamped service book and a mix of Porsche centre and Porsche specialist attention. It’s always good to see continuity when it comes to servicing and maintenance and since 2004, this 993 C2 has been looked after exclusively by respected Essex based specialist, Autostrasse.

The spec will tick a lot of boxes for Porsche 911 enthusiasts, who want one thing over any other and that is the combination of a base Carrera 2, with a manual gearbox, which in the case of the 993, is a six-speed. And of course, being a 1996 model 993, this example also features the 285bhp, Varioram engine. Kerching!

Interior wise the mix of black dash and Grey Marble leather seats and door cards works well, and the seats are the ultra- desirable wing-backed Sports option. Another enthusiast box ticked. In terms of further options, this 993 offers air-conditioning and sun roof, plus rear window wiper. And most obviously, there is the addition of the 993 RS inspired aero kit. And while this isn’t a factory kit, it is excellent quality and has been expertly fitted.

Overall condition is excellent as befitting of a 911, that we know has been cherished by its owner. Paint protection film on the front end has preserved the apron/bumper area from stone chips.

Maintenance over the years is reflected by mileage, that is to say that it has been largely routine servicing and consumables. We certainly wouldn’t expect any major outlay on the horizon.


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.

Inside the 993 shrinks around you. Extend a digit from the steering wheel, and you’re touching the windscreen. The excellent Sports seats and the best in the house, too.

Above all the 993 Carrera 2 is the perfect match between size and performance for UK roads. 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.


This one speaks for itself. The last of the air-cooled 911s in – for many – the most desirable mechanical specification. We don’t expect this one to be with us for long.


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