Lot 52
1997 Porsche 911/993 Turbo S


Selling on Wednesday


• Exceptionally rare as 1 of only 183 examples of Porsche’s last and best air-cooled Turbo
• Very well-equipped with many factory-original options and features
• Accompanied by records, and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
• Fantastic to drive and highly potent; with clean history reports

3,600cc SOHC air-cooled flat six-cylinder engine, electronic fuel injection with twin turbochargers, 424 HP at 5,750 RPM, six-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle and all-wheel drive, four-wheel independent coil-spring suspension, four-wheel ventilated and cross-drilled hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 89.4”

Launched in 1993 and first available in the United States during 1994 for the 1995 model year, the 993-generation 911 series marks the final and ultimate expression of Porsche’s original air-cooled, six-cylinder design. The evolution of the 911 was stunning, given that Porsche claimed the 993 contained 70-80 percent new or improved content and the outgoing 964 series had already marked a massive change from its predecessor. Retaining only the roof and front deck lid of the 964, the new 993-series body was immensely attractive with aggressively bulged fenders and a pinched “Coke bottle” waist. Neatly integrated bumpers and reclined headlamps enhanced the new car’s aerodynamic profile. Of particular importance for driving enthusiasts and racers, the 993-body structure was some 20 percent stiffer than that of the 964.

Underneath its seductive outer skin, the 993 heralded the arrival of an all-new rear suspension system. Named “LSA” for Light, Stable, and Agile, it was an all-aluminum, multi-link setup that at once brought improved handling and ride quality, while reducing noise. Detail refinements included a slightly updated interior, enlarged brakes, enhanced ABS, and one-inch wider wheels. While the air-cooled, normally aspirated engine remained at 3.6 litres of displacement, maintenance was eased with a new hydraulic valvetrain and output dramatically increased to 272 horsepower in “standard” tune with the new VarioRam intake system. A new six-speed gearbox allowed drivers to fully exploit the engine’s wider power band.

Soon placed at the top of the line was the 993 Turbo, which debuted at the March 1995 Geneva Show, featuring a 959-derived all-wheel drivetrain and twin turbochargers for incredible performance. As the end of 993-series production neared and the new 996 models were readied for their debut, Rolf Sprenger’s elite Porsche Exclusive department secured a batch of the last 993-series bodyshells and took the Turbo concept to a whole new level with the one-year-only Turbo S for the 1997 model year. Packing 424 horsepower for the U.S. and 450 HP for “RoW” (Rest of World) markets, the 993 Turbo S featured myriad updates throughout, most notably including vented rear fenders, yellow brake calipers, a special rear spoiler, four-tipped exhaust, and Aerokit front spoiler with special ventilation and fog-lamp placement. From introduction, the Turbo S was – and remains – an unqualified tour de force as one of the most powerful and sophisticated Porsche models ever unleashed to that time, with stunning performance credentials including exceptional grip, handling, explosive acceleration, and a 186-mph top end. Only 183 were produced and if one ever comes to market, committed Porsche enthusiasts and collectors quickly snap them up.

Numbered 375705, this 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S is a high-quality and well-maintained example. Finished in outstanding black paint over black full leather upholstery, this exceedingly rare 911 Turbo S features a myriad of factory-installed features and options in addition to the Turbo S upgrades listed above. Among them are self-dimming mirrors and rain sensor, Porsche floor mats, six-disc remote CD changer, digital sound package and racing style sport seats. As offered, this 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S clearly benefits from proper care and expert maintenance. In addition to its great condition and low mileage, this 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S offers a truly rare opportunity to own and experience a modern Porsche legend and one of the last air-cooled Porsche Turbos produced. Recently fitted with a new set of rubber, it is accompanied by records, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, and clean vehicle history reports. Purposeful, exceedingly rare, and truly exhilarating, this 993 Turbo S is one of the finest and most desirable of all modern Porsche ‘supercars’ and stands as the ultimate expression of the original air-cooled 911 series.