1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 (993)
Current ownership for the last 25 years; under 33,000 miles from new; 22 main dealer service stamps; 6-speed manual; an original and unmolested non-varioram example; superb opportunity
With its massively wide rear haunches, Coke-bottle hips and oval exhausts, the 993 is considered by many to be the best looking 911 of all time. Launched in 1993 and remaining in production until 1998, it was the last Porsche to feature an air-cooled engine and the last to retain the classic 911 silhouette – giving it a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts.
The good looks continued inside with a re-designed interior featuring new seats, better heating and ventilation and improved dashboard fabrics. Airbags were also fitted as standard. More than just a pretty face, it was also the first 911 to handle benignly on the limit thanks to its wider track and the adoption of an all-alloy multi-arm rear suspension attached to an all-alloy subframe.
Performance from the 272bhp 3.6-litre flat-six engine was suitably authoritative, crushing the 0-60 time in just 5.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 168mph. The new engine featured lavish use of exotic metals, such as magnesium for the fan housing, and a strengthened camshaft along with lighter pistons – it also sounded magnificent with a spine-tingling metallic bark. A sophisticated Bosch ignition system was employed to keep the engine running as sweetly as its makers intended. Built like the proverbial brick outhouse, it was also utterly dependable and was one of the very few supercars that you could genuinely use every day.
Dating from August 1995, this earlier, pre-varioram 993 Carrera 2 comes with the desirable six-speed manual gearbox and is finished in Polar Silver with a grey hide interior.
Purchased from Evans Halshaw in Aldridge, the V5C states that it has had just three owners in total, although a check on Experian throws up just one previous recorded keeper, the date of change taking place when our vendor acquired it way back in April 1996 – a period of some 27 years. At this time, it had covered only 11,000 miles.
The service books (there are two, the first being full to bursting) show no fewer than 23 service stamps – all main dealer plus evidence of two more services that have not been stamped - plus seven brake fluid changes, five Long-Life Guarantee report stamps and four airbag checks. It appears to have missed out on a dealer service in 1995 and ’96 and it hasn’t had one this year, its last taking place in 2020 at 32,847miles, just 100 miles ago!
It was factory ordered with a Blaupunkt Bremen radio (now fitted with a Sony CD player), comfort spec seats with electric height adjustment, 17” wheels, a rear wiper and a sun-moon-roof.
We are advised that it was subject to a factory recall for clutch work – the vendor being told he was the proud owner of a new ceramic clutch by the dealer at the time but has no evidence to support this.
The vendor, after having the car serviced each year would use it for a short time, before parking it up for a while, only to repeat the process the following year.
There are a few minor scuffs commensurate with its age and very modest mileage, the odd stone chip and a grazed wheel, but it remains in unadulterated condition and is certainly one of the lowest mileage ones we have encountered, the odometer still reading under 33,000 miles from new.
There are no fewer than 22 MOTs on file, its most recent expiring in July 2022 with just four advisories for old tyres – OK, so it could do with some new boots.
The file includes the full book pack in its leather folder, accessories leaflets for the immobiliser, manual, two service books, original key fob and an original brochure for the car. There are also two sets of keys.
Fastidiously maintained and lovingly owned, this low mileage 993 manual offers what is for many, a stunning example of the ultimate iteration of the iconic 911 Porsche. It’s time to raid the piggy bank.
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