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1997 Porsche (993) 911 Carrera (C2) Coupe

1997 Porsche (993) 911 Carrera (C2) Coupe

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Price: SOLD

Mileage: 61,500 Miles

Engine: M64/21 3.6-Liter 6-Cylinder Engine

Transmission: G50 6-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Ocean Blue Metallic Exterior (L3AZ)

Interior: Blue / Cashmere Leather Interior (LC)

Additional features:

993 RS Steering Wheel

TechArt Front Bumper Cover / Spoiler

Bilstein PS11 Shocks

Hypercoil Springs (700 lb front / 900 lb rear)

Camber Plates

Corner Balanced by Cervelli Tech

Guard GT2 Pro 60/40 Limited Slip Differential ($5K upgrade)

Frunk Mounted Kill Switch

Rennline Metal Full Track Floor Mats (bolted to the floor)

18-Inch Hollow 5-Spoke 996 Wheels (2002 Model Year)

Dunlop Direzza Tires

New Jersey / Connecticut / Colorado Car
Clean Carfax

Extras:

One set of Street Brake Pads

One set of Competition Brake Pads

Generic Tech Art Rear Wing

Fiske FM-5 Wheels with NT-01 Tires

DAS Roll Bar Powder Coated Matching Blue

Hood Sticker Decode Options:

  • X54 Stainless Steel Tailpipes Oval
  • X64 Carbon Shifter Lever
  • X65 Carbon Handbrake Lever
  • X71 Aluminum Look Instrument Dials with Chromed Rings
  • 159 Engine Sound Package
  • 220 LSD Limited Slip Differential w/ 40% Lock (Replaced with Guard Diff)
  • 224 ABD Automatic Braking Differential (Traction Control)
  • 240 For Countries Having Interior Fuel Qualities
  • 329 Cassette-Radio Becker Porsche CR-210
  • 408 18” Technology Wheels (Lightweight Hollow Spoke)
  • 437 8-Way Electrical Seat, Left
  • 438 8-Way Electrical Seat, Right
  • 446 Wheel caps (Arctic Silver, MY 1998) w/ Colored Porsche Crest
  • 454 Automatic Speed Control
  • 490 Sound System
  • 650 Sun-Moon-Roof
  • 692 6-Disc CD Changer Becker Porsche CDC-3

1997 Porsche (993) 911 Carrera (C2) Coupe exterior photo

Background

The 993 (1995 to 1998 911s in the US market) was the pinnacle of air-cooled Porsche evolution. It all started some thirty-five years earlier with the introduction of the one model that came to define Ferdinand Porsche’s (the grandson) vision of a 6-cylinder, rear-engine, sports car with both a simple and elegant design. The 911 was equally at home on the drive to work as it was in the victory circles of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Its air-cooled rear-engine recipe was so good it that remained largely unchanged for its first twenty-five years. Then, in 1989 with the 964, it underwent a revolutionary development that, by Porsche standards, was a massive evolution in engine, suspension, and appearance advancements. Just as the dust had settled from the 964, the 993 made another earth-shattering leap forward with a yet-again completely revised engine, suspension, and a modernized appearance. Despite its technological advancements, the 993 did not forsake its iconic design language, Porsche’s impeccable craftsmanship, or the 911’s air-cooled DNA—which could not be said of its successor. The 993 marked the greatest and final chapter of the air-cooled Porsche 911. When viewed through the lens of the present, it has only become more significant as the inevitable march of time and technology have proven how utterly excellent the 993 was.

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Summary

This 1997 911 Carrera (C2) is a stunning example in Ocean Blue over a Blue and Cashmere interior. It’s a late model 993 with the VarioRam intake system. I’m selling it on consignment for a fellow Porsche enthusiast and PCA member. He is one of the most meticulous car owners I’ve met. He purchased it in 2015 from Rennlist. It was brokered to the previous owner through Daniel Jacobs LLC / Hairy Dog Grrrage from the long-term (10 years) second owner, who was the son of the original owner. It was modified by the original father/son owners into a mild track build, while still remaining street legal. They sold it to get an Aerial Atom. It clearly benefitted from the increased preventative maintenance cycles that track use demands and is proof of my theory that a properly exercised Porsche is the best Porsche to buy. It is one of the strongest running 993s I’ve driven. Prior to the current owner, the G50 transmission was rebuilt with steel syncros, along with the installation of an HD clutch and a lightweight flywheel. The current owner had a pre-purchase inspection (PPI) completed by SST Auto with his purchase that included replacing the rear axles and wheel bearings, a four-wheel alignment, the starter, the passenger side window switch, one distributor cap, the cabin air filter, an oil change, and a leak down test that showed 3% to 4% across all cylinders. An inoperative odometer was also repaired by North Hollywood Speedometer and Clock Co. The previous owner recorded his mileage (approximately 2,000 miles) and the mileage was increased to reflect this when it was repaired, which is supported by the Carfax. Once in Colorado it received a Guard GT2 Pro limited-slip differential, corner balance and alignment, a brake fluid flush, and new brake pads from Cervelli Tech. In preparation for sale we had a PPI done by air-cooled Porsche specialists Storz Garage. The results are provided in the descriptions below and copies are available on request. Cosmetically, it is very presentable thanks to a TechArt front spoiler and fully-body respray at some point. A replica TechArt rear wing was replaced with the correct deck lid that was professionally prepped and painted by SVE Autobody. Inside, the correct original seats were sourced and installed, along with a 993 RS steering wheel. The rear seats were also sourced, but not installed in case the new owner wanted to re-install the roll bar. A frunk carpet kit is also included, but not installed. As it sits, this is a low mileage 993 that has been properly built and maintained. We have priced it aggressively in consideration of its imperfections and would like to find a new owner who will continue its care and maintenance pedigree.

1997 Porsche (993) 911 Carrera (C2) Coupe exterior photo

Exterior

Ocean Blue Metallic is rare in the 993 color palette and it looks absolutely amazing. It’s a dynamic hue that changes color in sunlight and shade (pictures in both lighting conditions are on our website if you are reading this elsewhere). When under the original owners’ tenure it was repainted (our guess is sometime within the last ten to twelve years). The paint quality itself is very good, but the masking could have been better. Overall the paint condition presents well from a short distance, but it does have some imperfections if scrutinized closely (pictures are also on our website). The worst are moderate chipping and pitting along the lower front spoiler and rear wheel arches. There is a poor masking (about ¼ inch) in areas above the windshield seal where the clear coat finish is slightly different. The lower front windshield seal area has slight paint bubbling, none larger than a dime in diameter. All body panels appear to be original, although the left quarter panel does appear to have had some bodywork at some point. The previous owner reported he was told this was due to a minor off-track tire wall excursion that scuffed the left rear quarter panel. This likely was the reason for the repaint. The Carfax is clean and no accidents are reported or suspected. We had SVE Autobody inspect the car to confirm this. The VIN tags and hood sticker are present. There is no rust other than the small subcutaneous paint bubbling previously mentioned below the windshield. Underneath there is superficial surface browning on bolts and fastener heads, but nothing on the unibody or panels. One of the brake dust shields has slight corrosion. All vehicle trim is in place. The windshield glass is crack-free. The headlight lenses have minor pitting as noted in the PPI. All light lenses are crack-free with functional bulbs. The 2002 model year eighteen-inch hollow 5-Spoke 996 wheels are true and straight, with no bends. They have no imperfections in the finish or curb rash. They are wrapped in Dunlop Direzza Tires with lots of tread remaining. The front tires are 225/40R18 Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1s, the rear tires are 265/35R18 Dunlop Dirreza ZIIs.

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Interior

The interior is in excellent condition, and a testament to the build quality of the 993. The front carpets have been replaced with Rennline metal bolt-in floor mats. The surrounding carpet and rear carpet have no tears or stains. There are no odors other than that lovely 911 smell and it has never been smoked in. The dashboard is crack-free and unblemished—it looks fantastic! The seat leather is soft, with no tears or blown out stitching. There is minor wear on the driver’s seat bolster in the form of two large creases. All power seat functions work. The rear seat fold-down backrests are not installed, but included with the sale. All gauges function correctly, the odometer works (it was rebuilt as previously mentioned). There are no check engine, ABS, or warning lights. The check control light comes on with start, but there are no individual lights associated with it and it extinguishes when acknowledged. The RS steering wheel is in perfect condition. The Porsche carbon fiber gearshift knob and emergency brake handle (option codes X64 and X65) are desirable options. They are not faded or discolored, but do have some minor clear coat cracks. The Porsche Becker CR-210 stereo functions and sounds great. The heat blows warm and the air conditioning blows cold. The power door locks and windows work, and the factory alarm indicator flashes when locked. The headliner does not sag and the sunroof operates on command. There is a frunk mounted battery kill switch with a remote cable pull. The spare tire and tool kit are missing, along with the original frunk carpet, but a new carpet kit is included with the sale.

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Mechanical

This 911 has clearly benefitted from excellent mechanical stewardship and is one of the strongest running 993s I’ve driven. Over $10,000 worth of maintenance documentation from the current owner is included, along with a pre-purchase inspection from when he bought it, as well as one conducted in preparation for this sale. Records beyond are sparse, but the Carfax does document work early in its life. The most significant item was a motor replacement under warranty in April of 1998 at 25,000 miles, which puts the mileage on the current motor at 36,500 miles. In addition to regular oil changes completed by him, the current owner’s stewardship includes the following items:

SST Auto European

  • 7/16/15 @ 57,738 Miles
  • Pre-Purchase Inspection
  • Leak Down Test: #1 - 4%, #2 - 4%, #3 - 3%, #4 - 3%, #5 - 3% #6 - 3%
  • Oil and Filter Change
  • Cabin Air Filter
  • Passenger Side Window Switch
  • Odometer Repair
  • One Distributor Cap
  • Both Rear Axles Replaced
  • 4-Wheel Alignment
  • Starter Motor
  • Air Conditioning Leak Test and Recharge

Cervelli Tech (now Black Canyon Performance)

  • 9/6/16 @ 60,800 Miles
  • Install Guard GT2 Pro Limited Slip Differential
  • Differential and Transmission Fluid
  • Brake Fluid Flush
  • Corner Balance and Alignment

Storz Garage (air-cooled Porsche specialists)

  • 5/12/17 @ 61,436 Miles
  • Pre-purchase Inspection
  • Leak Down Test: #1 - 4%, #2 - 4%, #3 - 4%, #4 - 5%, #5 - 6%, #6 - 4%
  • Compression Test (PSI): #1 – 177, #2 – 170, #3 – 171, #4 – 176, #5 – 169, #6 – 174
  • Oil and Filter Change

Storz have been working on air-cooled 911s for decades and are straight shooters. They were very complimentary of the 993, noting that overall it was a very solid car and presented like a well maintained 911. Mechanical items noted on the PPI were a leak in the right rear shock, a very minor oil leak at the left rear timing chain housing, and worn front control arm bushings. In discussing these items, they did not believe the oil leak needed attention (“they all leak there”) and the control arms were not in need of immediate replacement for normal street driving or even light track duty (“only noticeable under very heavy braking”).

The engine fires on command and idles smoothly. It revs smoothly throughout the rev range and pulls very strongly to redline. Other than an occasional drip from the left timing chain housing it does not leak or spot when parked. The G50 gearbox shifting is crisp and precise. The clutch engagement is smooth and the take up is correct. The Guard limited slip differential has excellent lockup and is a noticeable improvement in performance driving. The suspension is noticeably firm, but it corners wonderfully thanks to its recent alignment and corner balance. It is perfect for smooth roads, but if I drove regularly on city streets I would consider the more street-friendly Bilstein PSS10 coil-overs.

The brakes are firm. The brake pads are near the end of their life, but a set of factory street pads and another set of Performance Friction PFC08 pads are included with the sale. There are no driveline or wheel bearing vibrations.

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Conclusion

Overall, this is an excellent 993 C2. If anything, I have been overly critical in describing it, but that’s because it deserves to be held to high standards and it exceeds them despite its flaws. It is just imperfect enough to be driven and enjoyed without guilt, yet clean enough to draw a crowd at the local Cars and Coffee. It is set up to be very competent on the track and could be taken to the next level with the extra parts that are included. Alternatively, you could spend the money for a high-end paint job and make it a show-grade 993. We have priced it very aggressively in consideration of its imperfections, leaving the new buyer options for the direction they would like to take with it. Personally, I would keep it exactly as it is and enjoy it.

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VIN Decode

993 330 = 911 Coupe

L3AZ = Ocean Blue

LC = Blue / Cashmere Partial Leather Interior

  • 032 Touring suspension (higher suspension for USA)
  • 058 Impact absorbers front and rear
  • 130 Control and indications in English
  • 159 Engine sound package
  • 197 Stronger battery
  • 218 License plate space America
  • 220 LSD Limited Slip Differential with 40% lock
  • 224 ABD Automatic Braking Differential (Traction control)
  • 240 For countries having inferior fuel qualities
  • 288 Headlamp washer
  • 323 Sticker, without ECE-regulations
  • 329 Cassette-radio Blaupunkt Toronto SQR 48 or Cassette-radio Becker Porsche CR-210
  • 335 Rear automatic 3-point seat belts
  • 338 Rear wheel drive
  • 408 18” Technology wheels (lightweight hollow spoke)
  • 423 Holder for cassettes and coins
  • 426 Without rear window wiper
  • 434 Work instructions for cars for overseas
  • 437 8-way electrical seat, left
  • 438 8-way electrical seat, right
  • 441 Radio preparation
  • 445 Wheel caps (Steel Grey) with colored Porsche crest
  • 454 Automatic speed control
  • 455 Wheel locks
  • 480 Manual gearbox, 6-speed
  • 484 USA symbols and lettering for switches and instruments
  • 490 Sound system
  • 493 Narrow body
  • 529 Immobilizer 315MHz
  • 534 Alarm
  • 544 75-litre fuel tank
  • 553 Version for USA, Canada
  • 562 Front airbags
  • 566 Front fog lights
  • 567 Top-tinted windscreen
  • 573 Air conditioner
  • 576 Without rear fog lamp
  • 599 Rear window/roof spoiler
  • 602 Araised stop lamp
  • 650 Sun-moon-roof
  • 651 Electric windows
  • 657 Power steering
  • 660 OBD 2 On-Board Diagnostics
  • 685 Rear seats
  • 692 6-disc CD changer Becker Porsche CDC-3
  • 912 Without European ID plate
  • 975 Luggage compartment velour carpet
  • X54 Stainless steel tailpipes, oval
  • X63 Carbon shifter lever
  • X64 Carbon handbrake lever
  • X71 Alu-look instrument dials with chromed rings