Bring a Trailer auction preview: Wicked California delivery black/black example with tasty performance enhancements.
1996 Porsche 993 Carrera Coupe
VIN – WP0AA2996TS322603
Engine Number - TBD
Exterior Color – Black
Interior Color – Black
Engine – 3.6 Liter air-cooled 6-cylinder
Transmission – 6-speed manual
Current Miles – 56,231 miles
Current Owner – Purchased in 2012
Miles driven under current ownership – 6,000 miles
Highlights for this car
Factory black on black 993 with 6-speed manual
Tastefully upgraded with many Porsche factory components
The last of the air-cooled 911s, the 993 offers the most refined iteration of the original Porsche 911 first offered in 1963. The instrument layout, body design, and signature greenhouse are thematically unchanged from the original 911, blending elements of the original Porsche with modern technology. The final Carrera model combined the clean 911 profile paired with the naturally aspirated 3.6-liter twin plug flat six and manual transmission
In addition to the heritage architecture and craftsmanship offered in the 993, these performance cars remain impressively modern despite a near 30-year period since launch. The sophisticated multilink rear suspension and massive rear tires deliver fantastic grip and spirited acceleration. The twin plug 3.6 liter flat-6 offers torquey high-performance power resulting in a very tractable car without sacrificing the most desirable traits of the original 911. The brakes, always a Porsche strong suit, are superb, and the robust 6-speed Porsche gearbox continues to delight drivers who prefer the manual gearbox over electronic paddles. Sophisticated and high performing, capturing the essence of the original 911, the 993 is the best of both worlds.
According to the factory option code sticker included with the car, this Carrera Coupe was delivered with the following options:
CO2 – Catalytic Converter (US Emissions)
030 – Sports Suspension Group
220 – Locking Differential (40%)
224 – ABD (Active Brake Differential)
240 – Version for Countries with Inferior Fuel
408 – 18” Techno Wheel
425 – Rear Wiper
454 – Automatic Speed Control
490 – Hi-Fi Sound System
650 – Sunroof
688 – Radio CD CDR210
According to the service stamps in the accompanying owner’s manual, this car was sold by Porsche dealer #0144, San Rafael, CA, June 2, 1996, with 77 miles. Services documented in the owner’s manual include yearly maintenance at Alpina Car Center, Napa, CA:
May 3, 1997 –7,706 miles
Aug 25, 1998 –14,936 miles
Nov 17, 1999 – 20,359 miles
Aug 27, 2001 – 25,040 miles
Jan 2, 2003 – 29,479 miles
The first owner retained this car until February 2001 when it was sold to the second Northern California owner with 23,050 miles. Consecutive accumulated miles recorded on the clean Carfax indicate services, passed California emissions inspections, a battery replacement in 2009 with 45,151 miles, and transfer of ownership to the third and current owner in 2012 with 50,156 miles indicated. After his purchase, the current owner, a multiple Porsche enthusiast upgraded the car including replacing the shock absorbers to lower the overall stance, replacing the stock rims with a set of Turbo rims, and installing a new set of performance exhaust tips. As an owner of a 2004 911 GT3, he preferred the seats from that car, he installed the GT3 seats into this car. Total improvements at this point in ownership were about $10k.
During California emissions testing and later evaluation, it was determined that carbon build up had occurred making it challenging to pass emissions. This somewhat common condition generally found during emissions testing required the engine to be professionally removed for a proper and lasting fix. Enlisting Tom Martenot, Deutsche MotorSports, Concord, CA, the same specialist who had restored the current owner’s 1958 Speedster and performed track-ready service on his GT3, Martenot removed the engine and removed the heads. The heads and valves were carefully cleaned, gently removing the soft carbon build up on the heads and injector tips. Lastly, a valve job was performed, and the engine prepared for installation. Additionally, the transmission was removed and rebuilt including the installation of a new clutch and a lighter flywheel. Engine and transmission work totaled approximately $16k. In November 2021, with 55,674 miles, German Autowerk Pacific Power Motorsports performed an oil change, changed the brake fluid, replaced all spark plugs, and replaced the worn suspension lateral toe links.
Under current ownership, the owner and his son have participated in PCA track day events from 2017-2022. Recently, having accumulated typical front surface road chips, the owner elected to improve the cosmetic condition with professional repaint performed on the front portion of the car (cowl forward) and a protective clear film (PPF) installed on the repainted hood and front fenders. In October 2023, the current owner retired, moved to Idaho, and transferred the California title to his Idaho address.
Today, this Porsche presents in excellent cosmetic condition with very nicely finished well-preserved original black paint that matches the refinished front surfaces. A digital paint meter has been used to show the original finishes throughout the body returning single digit numbers which are consistent with factory applied paint for the doors, rear fenders, roof, and deck lid. The condition is further supported by a clean Carfax free from accident reports. Both the front and rear bumper caps are in excellent condition with excellent fit to the body. The opening features exhibit excellent factory door, trunk, and hood gaps as well as a smoothly functioning rear wing. The car features beautiful trim, clear lenses, and clean, clear glass. The windshield is marked with Sigla imprinting, while all side glass has branded Sekurit etching. The upgraded 996 BBS Sport Porsche wheels are in excellent condition, though the left rear wheel outer surface bead displays flaking and curb rash. A set of 225/40 ZR 18 front and 265/35 ZR 18 rear Michelin Pilot Sport tires, dated 2021.
The interior is in very good condition throughout, particularly the later model GT3 black leather seats which remain supple to the touch and show only minor evidence of use, confined primarily to the driver’s seat. The door panels, including door sills and door pockets are all in very nice condition. The optional factory sunroof operates smoothly and retains factory fit when closed. The carpeting, headliner, and sun visors are all very nicely preserved. A set of Vosttek aluminum foot pedals and dead pedal are installed. The dashboard, clear contrasting instruments and center console are all in excellent condition including the 6-speed manual gear selector and factory CDR stereo unit. The interior surfaces have been very well-preserved despite the passage of nearly 30 years. Even the steering wheel remains in excellent condition.
The engine compartment and front trunk are both clean and well-maintained, remaining essentially as originally built with correct factory finishes and proper spec. service replacements. The original engine has been properly maintained retaining correct Porsche parts, a correct intake assembly, and manufacturer stamps, emissions stickers, and labels. The front storage area retains the original materials and factory finishes including the collapsible spare tire, proper black molded components, factory treated metal parts, and a recently installed battery.
The car starts instantly and has a great exhaust note. The motor provides a wonderful induction roar when pressed into service offering laudable performance, even when compared against later series higher horsepower cars. The handling and disc braking are balanced, and the chassis benefits from a slightly lowered stance, offering composed and tight steering response. The 6-speed manual transmission is a delight, operating smoothly in all gears benefiting from the recent transmission rebuild and new clutch. There is no evidence of structural compromise when inspecting the underside which reveals finishes and condition consistent with the clean Carfax and regular care offered by current and previous owners.
This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a well-maintained, nicely optioned, and tastefully upgraded Porsche Carrera. Representing one of their most desirable road cars from the past three decades, this Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe is ready for enjoyable touring, spirited driving, and continued Porsche club events.
Items Included with the Car
This Porsche is accompanied by the owner’s manual set and leather pouch, an options code sticker (removed), a tool roll with tools, tire jack, factory air compressor, two keys (one with integrated control fob), and a California car cover.
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