Auction Pick of the Week: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

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Seminal French house duo Daft Punk released their final album, Random Access Memories, in 2013. Some critics prefer the group’s earlier albums like Homework or Discovery, but many regard the group’s last record as their magnum opus. So what does electronic dance music made by two guys dressed as robots have to do with cars? Well, like Random Access Memories, Porsche’s fourth-generation 911, codenamed 993, was the last of its kind. And while Stuttgart’s earlier air-cooled cars are great, the last iteration is arguably the best one.

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Introduced in 1994, the 993 was the most refined 911 yet. It received a completely new aluminum chassis complete with a multi-link “Weissach” rear axle, which made the 993 less sketchy in the corners than earlier 911s. Also new to the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 models was use of a viscous coupling that could send up to 40 percent of power to the front wheels. Compared to its predecessor’s computer controlled hydraulic unit, the viscous system was less complex and saved on weight.

The 993’s engine was more of an evolution than a revolution. Porsche took the 964’s air-cooled flat six, punched it out to 3.6 liters, added lightened connecting rods and pistons, extended the intake ports, and added lighter and larger valves. All this work was good for 272 glorious-sounding horsepower. Power is channels through a six-speed manual transmission. Car and Driver clocked an impressive 4.7 second 0–60 time with this combination.

Unfortunately, Porsche’s air-cooled engines couldn’t meet upcoming emission standards, and 1998 was the last year for not only the 993, but its unique power plant as well. The 993’s successor, the 996, ushered in Porsche’s water-cooled era.

Porsche produced a total of 68,881 vehicles of the Type 993. Our auction pick of the week is a well preserved Carrera 4 wearing paint-to-sample Silver Metallic over a Classic Grey partial leather interior. Fresh Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires are installed on this 993’s 17-inch Cup II aluminum wheels. Both the interior and exterior show minor wear from traveling an indicated 98,140 miles.

There’s no reserve on this Carrera 4, so make sure to place your bids on the last of the air-cooled 911s. The auction ends Thursday, August 24th at 3:30 pm ET. Maybe you’ll get lucky.




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    The size and look of the 993 generation is just perfect. I’m still more of a 911 Turbo guy but I would not say no to this car.

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