The Porsche 993 is the internal designation (internal chassis code) for the Porsche 911 model manufactured and sold between January 1994 and early 1998 (model years 1995 – 1998 in North America), replacing the 964. Its discontinuation marked the end of the air-cooled 911 model era. The 993 saw a lot of improvement over its predecessor in the 964. Every part of the car was redesigned and re-engineered from the ground up, including the engine and only 20% of its parts were carried over from the previous generation. The 993 is a significant advance, not just from a technical standpoint, but from a visual perspective as well. Porsche’s engineers engineered a new light-alloy subframe with coil and wishbone suspension (an all-new multi-link system, Weissach axle), putting behind the previous lift-off oversteer and making significant progress with the engine and handling, creating a more civilized car overall and providing an improved driving experience. The 993 was also the first 911 to receive a six-speed transmission.
The 1996 993 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe we restored in 2019 has a permanent home in our showroom and once you learn a bit more about its background and ownership history, you will see exactly why. The vehicle was originally purchased new from Downtown Fine Cars on Avenue Road (prior to our name change to Downtown Porsche which eventually changed again to Porsche Centre Downtown Toronto) on February 29, 1996 and was serviced with us until we purchased it back from the original owner a few years ago. We chose this car due its extensive history with us and it being the ideal post car for Porsche, especially since it was finished in the highly-coveted Arena Red. This is one of the best examples of a Porsche Classic in our eyes and one of the reasons why we chose to restore it for the challenge.
With the complete engine rebuild and inside-out body reconditioning we’ve performed, we believe that this 993 C4S still has many years to come. This vehicle is also a fine example that a Porsche sports car can be driven through every Canadian winter as this has, when equipped with a set of high performance winter tires.
- Complete engine re-build
- New brakes – calipers reconditioned, new rotors and brake lines
- New suspension – coil-overs, etc.
- Replacement and repair of rear spoiler drive components
- Replacement of 3rd brake light
- Complete repaint of entire vehicle
- Replacement of OEM centre caps
- All exterior lighting replaced
- Upgrade to Porsche classic stereo unit
- Repaired inoperative steering wheel horn
- Door seals, sunroof seals replaced
- Replaced information stickers in engine bay and door jambs