993 was Porsche’s internal name for 911s manufactured and sold between late 1993 and early 1998, replacing the 964. Its discontinuation marked the end of air-cooled Porsches. The external design of the Porsche 993, penned by Englishman Toni Hatter, retained the basic bodyshell architecture of the 964 but with changed external panels; much more flared wheel arches and a smoother front and rear bumper design, an enlarged retractable rear wing, and teardrop door mirrors. In contrast with the 964, Porsche deleted the ‘2’ from the rear-wheel drive ‘Carrera’ name tag.
A major technical change was the implementation of an all alloy multi-link rear suspension attached to an alloy sub frame, the first major mechanical change since the original 911. It required the widening of the rear wheel arches, which itself helped the 993's stability. This suspension improved the handling, making it more direct and stable, helping to reduce the tendency to oversteer if the throttle was lifted during hard cornering. It also reduced interior noise and improved ride quality.
The 993 was also the first generation of 911 to have as standard a six-speed manual gearbox; previous models (apart from the Porsche 959) had four or five-speed gearboxes. In virtually every situation it was possible to keep the engine in its best torque range above 4,500rpm.
Polar Silver Metallic paintwork, Grey leather upholstery, 6-Speed manual transmission, Air conditioning, Electric windows, Electric mirrors, Electric sunroof, Analogue clock, Immobiliser, Electrically adjustable front seats, Becker CD player, Cassette holder, Retractable rear wing, Space saver spare wheel, Tool kit, Spare key.
The lustrous Polar Silver paintwork appears near-flawless under our studio lighting, displaying a lovely metallic flake and deep shine to every panel. Having driven only 52k miles from new the car is extremely well presented throughout with only a couple of very small imperfections to report on close inspection. It’s arrow-straight along both sides with no scuffs or scrapes to the bumpers, and at the front end the lights are all still nice and clear. A pin sharp example of the air-cooled 911’s final iteration, looking every bit the low mileage.