Classifieds Hero: 1994 Porsche 993 Carrera 2

While the Porsche 996 may be the better car, the preceding 993 makes for a sensible collector’s choice. Here’s one of the best from our classifieds

Some would lay eyes upon the famous shapely curves of this Midnight Blue 993 with a single thought... ‘What a nice Porsche’. Yet, it goes far further than that.

Besides offering a 0-60mph dash in little over 5 seconds and capable of breaching 100mph from a standstill in less time than it takes to read this paragraph, the 993 also holds an ace card that has Porsche enthusiasts foaming at the mouth.

The last of Porsche’s air-cooled 911 models, some say it is the ultimate incarnation of an icon, while naysayers berate the 993's mechanical prowess as dinosaur technology in a dinner suit.

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Produced for only four short years, Tony Hatter’s design housed a 15% increase in power over its 964 predecessor before the 996 ventured into showrooms. However, while the 996 was more advanced and employed a conventional water system to keep the engine from overheating, it was met with a cold reception from aficionados.

As many enthusiasts agree, the 993 represents the sweetest spot from the 911’s half century of innovation. More modern embodiments may be faster, smoother and increasingly smarter but they lack the charisma and raw adrenaline earlier variants radiate so effectively.

The result? A clear divide in the market – 996 prices may be slowly creeping upwards, but the cost of a solid 993 is sky rocketing. Once available in the classifieds for under £20,000, you can almost double that should you be after one today.

Regardless of this aspect, for the money paid the experience is second to none. Whether you are seeking an investment or sheer automotive pleasure, the 933 will satisfy both urges without protest.

Buy this Porsche 993 Carrera 2

Boasting a full service history and an unmarked classic grey leather interior, this 933 Carrera 2 was supplied new by AFN on August 23, 1994 – only eight months after the first example rolled off the production line.

Cared for by both Porsche main agents and specialists ever since, the Carrera has enjoyed the company of four previous owners, with the last keeping custody for 17 years. It's now for sale with renowned Porsche specialists RPM Technik near Tring, Hertforshire.

For the Porsche’s 24 years on tarmac, the service booklet contains 23 stamps within a history file bulging with receipts for service work and maintenance. Having undergone such fastidious care and specified with electric seats, electric sunroof, CD player, 17in Cup alloys and a 6-speed manual gearbox – what’s not to like?

As part of RPM Technik’s sales preparation the Porsche has received a full 48k service. Alongside fresh front tyres, all four alloy wheels have been refurbished and the rear light clusters replaced with genuine parts.

Effectively, it’s ready to hit the road for under £40k!

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