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1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 2

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ken baines

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 2

  • Location: Abingdon
  • Odometer Reading: 147,000
  • Chassis Number: WP0ZZZ99ZSS316947
  • Engine: 3600
  • Gearbox: Manual
  • Color: SILVER
  • Interior: Grey Leather

Background

UPDATE: HPI report just added - see Gallery

The Porsche 911 broke cover in 1963, morphing over the years from a svelte, elfin Audrey Hepburn-like sportscar into the current swollen-hipped, muscular Serena Williams-esque ballistic bruiser beloved of city traders, nouveau riche entrepreneurs, and mid-life crisis divorcees.

While the early cars were slow and fragile – and the later cars very fast and almost indestructible – many enthusiasts think the 993, built between 1994 and 1998, is the model that best balances classic looks with decent performance and better-than-average reliability.

It is also the last of the air-cooled cars, which is important because the air of mystic and legend that surrounds the 911 is grounded firmly in its lack of a radiator, no matter what owners of later cars might tell you.

It’s still a relatively light car too, weighing in at just 1370kgs. It’s usefully narrow as well, all of which leads us to the conclusion that the 993 is the tightest, best-handling, least-compromised car in the entire 911 range to date. (The fact that it brought modernity to a model that had been anything but until this point hasn’t escaped us, either.).

It’s also impressively quick, with 60mph coming up in under six seconds on the way to a top speed of over 165mph. And you can forget the car’s Widow Maker reputation; while the 3.6-litre, flat-six, air-cooled (actually oil-cooled, but who’s quibbling?) engine might hang ponderously behind the rear axle line, the handling is surprisingly benign - as long as you don’t do anything really silly, obviously… 

The Vehicle

Offered with just three former keepers, the third of which had the car for well over ten years this stunning Porsche 993 is being offered with the benefit of a recent engine rebuild and an impressively comprehensive service and maintenance record. 

Always garaged while it’s been in his care, the owner is reluctantly selling it because he feels the time is right to downsize his car collection. He’s invested well over five figures to bring it to the condition you see today, a sum that he acknowledges he’s unlikely to recoup. However, his loss could be your gain because we think that this lovely little car provides the ideal opportunity for a canny buyer to dip their toe into the 911 pool. (Don’t worry, we’ve chased away the sharks.) 

Please see the listing for his Porsche Boxster 550 Spider, too. In fact, why not treat yourself to both cars for the ultimate, sub-£40,000 Porsche garage?

On the Outside

The metallic silver coachwork is in fabulous condition, being free of major flaws, dents, and scratches. There is the odd stonechip, of course, but the panel gaps are tight and even, the headlights bright and clear, and the car looks utterly stunning, especially with that lovely aero kit on the back. 

The metal sunroof operates well and seals tightly against wind and rain, thanks to a new pair of seals. (The owner tells us that the seals are still so tight that the sunroof sometimes needs a helping hand to close fully. This will, he assures us, ease off over time as the seals conform to the sunroof’s contours.)

There is the tiniest trace of rust on the nearside of the car at the point where the front and rear wings meet the bumpers. This is almost inconsequential and could, we think, be resolved easily and cheaply. The owner is also honest enough to tell us that he’s almost certain the car has had some minor, localised repairs in the past (previous to his ownership) but went on to stress that he is certain that this was done in the spirit of keeping the 911 looking as good as possible rather than to hide corrosion and accident damage…

The 17-inch alloy wheels are free of dents and kerbing. They are shod with matching Pirelli P-Zero tyres, which have good tread. Long-time readers will know that we prize matching tyres above almost anything else, so we are delighted to be able to offer this 911 thus shod. The electrically operated, dark grey leather seats are in great condition, and bely the car’s age and mileage being only lightly creased and completely free of any damage. In fact, the only sign of aging inside the car is the gearknob for the six-speed manual gearbox, which is lightly patinated, as is the handle for the handbrake. Everything we’ve seen works as it should, but then you’d guessed that, hadn’t you?

On the Inside

The electrically operated, dark grey leather seats are in great condition, and bely the car’s age and mileage being only lightly creased and completely free of any damage. In fact, the only sign of aging inside the car is the gearknob for the six-speed manual gearbox, which is lightly patinated, as is the handle for the handbrake. Everything we’ve seen works as it should, but then you’d guessed that, hadn’t you?

The headlining is taut and free of damage, and the carpets and door trims are in similarly good condition. The front boot area is clean and tidy, and the carpet lining it is in great condition.

A modern Kenwood headunit has been fitted, complete with iPod interface. It also has both the original Porsche immobiliser and a Cobra remote controlled alarm that operates the car’s central locking.


Underneath

This is where the good news becomes wonderful…

The current owner entered the bowels of his local Porsche dealership to have an oil leak investigated earlier this year. The end result was a full engine-out rebuild completed at a Porsche main dealer. The final invoice (for this oil leak…) runs to 8 pages and over £10,000, including a new clutch! His ‘loss’ is your gain. This is typical of the thorough approach the owner takes with his cars and should go a long way to reassuring potential bidders that they’re looking at a good ‘un.

The owner tells us that the Porsche “drives really, really well”, something we can endorse is the case; we’ve driven it and can confirm that the engine operates as it should, pulling cleanly throughout its entire rev range. Please see the video to see for yourself that it starts, ticks over, and revs very cleanly indeed. The engine bay itself is as clean as you’d expect having been rebuild recently.

Other recent work includes a replacement exhaust, windscreen, two rear tyres, centre caps for the wheels, exterior badges, battery, door seals, rear light assembly, and a full service. It won’t surprise you to hear that the vendor told us that he is not aware of any mechanical work for the new owner to do, in fact it has been his go-to car for everyday motoring this year.

History Highlights

The Porsche comes with a thick folder stuffed full of old invoices, bills and other bits and bobs that its owners have carefully accumulated over the years. The result is an impressively comprehensive service history from both Porsche main dealer and specialist garages.

It also comes with a number of expired MOT certificates. The current MOT, gained without a single advisory point, expires in July 2019. The Porsche also comes with two keys and the original wallet containing the owner’s handbook and the other manuals and booklets that the car was originally supplied with.

Please visit the documents section of the gallery of this listing where you will find photos of this and other paperwork to support our claim that this car has been maintained to the very highest standard.

What We Think

While the price of Porsche 911s has softened slightly in recent years, this just means that they are now offering even better value than ever, especially if you’re after a good one to drive rather than a concours queen to keep as an investment.

This is just such a vehicle; with 147,000 miles on the clock, it has had a recent engine rebuild, new rear tyres, and a small fortune spent on minor repairs and refurbishment. This considerable injection of cash has left it looking stunning and driving even better!

So, if you’re after a last-of-the-line, air-cooled Porsche 911 then we think you could do far worse than to come and take a look at this stunning example. It’s here at The Market HQ in Abingdon and if you ask us nicely, we might even pop the kettle on while you’re looking over it.

And, assuming that you’re as impressed with it as we are, how much do we think you’ll have to pay to get your hands on it? Well, our estimate is between £28,000 and £35,000, which is an absurdly small sum to pay to get your hands on the keys to such a fabulous machine.

And, given the small amount of bodywork still to do, there’s the chance to add value to it too, which means this might just be the cheapest 911 you’ll ever own…

Viewing is always encouraged, and this car can be seen here at The Market HQ in Abingdon; to arrange an appointment please use the ‘Contact Seller’ button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

If needed, please remember we have a network of trusted suppliers we work with regularly and can recommend: Classic & Sportscar Finance for purchase-financing, Thames Valley Car Storage for storing your car, AnyVan for transporting it, and Footman James for classic car insurance.


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