Porsche Only Made Fourteen 993 Turbo Cabriolets (And This One Could Be Yours)

Want a 911 Turbo? No problem, just walk into any Porsche dealership and place your order. You’ll just need to decide between coupe and convertible (among all the other options). But that wasn’t always the case.

In fact the 993 model made in the mid-to-late 1990s wasn’t offered as a Turbo Cabriolet. At least, that is, not on the open market. But one dealer convinced Porsche Exclusive to make him a special run of just 14 examples, and one of those is coming up for auction.

Developed before the 993 Turbo coupe appeared, the Turbo Cabriolet blended the chassis of the 993 Cabriolet with the engine from the older 964 Turbo: a 3.6-liter boxer six with a single turbocharger – making this the last air-cooled turbo cab. It also received a wider rear end and the spoiler from the 964 Turbo S, but the more stable multilink rear suspension from the 993.

The finished product cost 240,300 Deutsche Marks, or roughly 60 percent more than the cost of a standard 993 cabrio – but then that’s less than the proportional difference you’d pay today for a new 911 Turbo Cabriolet ($174k) over an ordinary Carrera Cabriolet ($103k).

The asking price wasn’t enough, at any rate, to deter Willi Weber. Michael Schumacher’s longtime manager is believed to have been this example’s original owner, ordering it in black over black with a burgundy soft-top and a clutchless gearbox from Ruf. Whoever the original owner, he didn’t keep it for long: the current owner has had it since 1997 – just two years after it was made – and has reportedly spared no expense in keeping it up.

No wonder, with just 20,000 miles on the odometer, that RM Sotheby’s (whose photographer Dirk de Jager captured these images) projects it will sell for between €625,000 and €725,000, or roughly $750-870k at current exchange rates, when the gavel drops in Paris next month.

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  • Taegon Lewis

    I’m always a big fan of the older 911s, with the gigantic intake spoiler-moldings; also known as, the “Whale-Tails”. (ex. the 993 Turbo, the 930 Turbo, and the 935/76.)

    It’s a shame; people won’t see that iconic spoiler from Porsche nor, any other automaker, anymore. (Unless, you see a Singer-modified Porsche, with an active-aero “Whale Tail”. Like, that one 930/or 964, James May tested in the previous Top Gear.)

    Otherwise, I like this 993 Turbo more than, the normal “smoothed-down” 993 Cabriolets.

  • 3/4 millions for Porsche 993, I know this is a special cars but I still don’t understand the air cooled price frenzy.

    And I thought by late 2017 things has cooled down….

    • Six Thousand Times

      unlikely. Even the 964s are crazy money these days.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Once upon a time you were not considered a true Porschephile but a poseur if you bought a 911 convertible by the purists. And the Turbo cabrio was just crazy talk. Dunno, looks pretty desirable today.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Collectible 911.Very nice indeed.

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