PCarMarket just set what is probably an all-time sales record for a 1998 Porsche 993 Carrera S with a sale of $229,000. As you might imagine this is not your run-of-the-mill 993. It is an 11,000-mile Conocours-quality Porsche with rare factory specifications. Surprisingly, the new owner vows to drive it even though every mile will diminish its value. Complete details are here.
This 1998 993 S Carreras were the last year of the air-cooled Porsches and featured the wide bodywork of the Turbo model with rear-wheel drive. This 19998 model is finished in Black over a black leather interior. This example features such highly desirable options as the Aerokit Turbo II spoilers, the Aluminum/Chrome package, 18” hollow-spoke wheels, red painted brake calipers, Racing Style Sport Seats with deviated stitching, limited-slip differential and a shifter, handbrake lever, and steering wheel trimmed in carbon fiber.
At the time of sale it was a two-owner car. The first owner put 8,000 mile on the car by its sale in 2003. So the second owner only drove this special 993 3,000 miles during its eight-year life with the second owner. The car is reported to have been shown in many Concours in PCA nationally and the Chicago Region. Wins and high scores were set with the car.
In addition to the sports factory Exclusive Aerokit Turbo II front and rear spoilers, Genuine Turbo S front brake ducts have been installed and the seller has orred to reinstall the original fog light inserts per the next owner’s request. The seller also noted that a genuine factory Sport Suspension (M030) setup has been installed, giving this 993 a firmer and more responsive ride. The original suspension will accompany the sale and bears approximately 8,000 miles of use.
An amazing feature of this car is the cleanliness of the underside. It looks like it just arrived from the factory. There is not a spot of dirt on the underside that can be seen from the photos.
The 993 market has been hot, but a $229,000 price was surprising. The expected sale price was in the range of $185,000. It shows what a well-cared for, low mileage end of the run car with high-value, factory options can bring at auction.
An original Air Brigade member recently purchased a mirror reflection of this car and having inspected it, one can see why demand would be high to bring a $200,000 plus price for a widebody Turbo-look 993 with highly desirable options. The wide hips and smooth styling of the 993 is highly attractive and by the end of the run 1997/1998 model year the car is a highly refined to drive air-cooled Porsche more reminiscent of a more modern water-cooled 911 than the early F-body 911’s.
It will be interesting to watch what happens with the 993 markets as prices have once again been climbing. Commentators on PCarMarket claim this buyer will still see a significant increase in value of the car, but time will tell. Air Brigade hopes that as promised the new owner will drive an enjoy the special driving characteristics of this 993 and not relegate its life to being a garage queen.
11,000-Mile 1998 Porsche 993 S with Factory Aerokit Turbo II Spoilers