- Post is under moderationWhen we sold the house that put the money in the bank that allowed us to buy the 993, everyone thought we were nuts. I’ll admit that looking at the estate agent’s pictures had me wondering what we were doing, but I’ve honestly no regrets on the move, particularly as it allowed me four years of 993 ownership.
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Acquired December 2014
I seem to be having much the same discussions around the 993, with everyone saying I’m mad to sell it. For us it’s the right time to do so. There was a bit of a wobble when I popped into Sports Purpose and it was being detailed by Richard Tipper of Perfection Valet. Richard is a bit of a legend in our little car world, his clients trusting him with some of the most ridiculously exotic super, sports, road, race and rally cars.
He’s detailed more £1m+ cars than imaginable, the word ‘Tippered’ entering many motoring enthusiasts’ lexicon to describe his work. To say it was transformational on the 993 is to do the job he did on it a disservice – it really did look like a new car. Inside and out, the 993 looks sensational, Tipper spending an entire day to get it looking so good.
Now it’s looking perfect there are a couple of small jobs that need doing to have it completely ready for sale. The rear chassis legs are getting some attention as we speak, and a new set of discs are going on the front. Like the house we sold that allowed its purchase, the 993 will never have looked, or felt better when I eventually relinquish the keys to it. I even went through the service history and tidied it all up in date order in a new folder.
All I can hope is that it goes to someone who’ll enjoy it as much as I have; it really is a lovely example. Yes, I know, I would say that, but then I do get to drive a lot of them. That’s partly why parting with it won’t be too heart-wrenching, as I’m lucky enough to drive all manner of 911s and write about them on these pages – as well as other cars elsewhere. With a new baby arriving in a few weeks I’ll be too exhausted to miss the 993. At least that’s what I keep telling myself while everyone else continues to say I’m mad…
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A half-cage has gone in and the back seats are out in a bid to make the Porsche more hardcore
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The toolkit has been out recently, and likewise the 993’s back seats. More on this in a moment, but first you need to hear my justification. When you are surrounded by performance cars day-in, day-out, as I am fortunate enough to be in my job as evo’s staff photographer, you can’t help but feel drawn towards certain models, and also to analyse exactly what it is about them that appeals so much. Over the years there have been a handful of cars that have had me feeling a deep urge to sell my kidneys to own them. The first was the incredible 997-generation Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, then later the Cayman GT4, Mégane R26.R, 458 Speciale, Golf Clubsport S and Ruf SCR 4.2. As you can see, there’s a theme here of mostly pared-back, driver-focused cars. This is clearly my ‘go to’ spec.
So, unsurprisingly, I had an urge to make my 993 a little more hardcore and, yes, driver-focused. I figured the perfect way to achieve this would be to install a bolt-in half-cage, as this would increase the car’s body rigidity and also allow me to fit harnesses at some point.
I chose a cage produced by German company Heigo, specifically its Clubsport model, and over a weekend staff writer Will Beaumont and I, with some extra help from Will’s father, removed the Porsche’s rear seats and assembled and installed the cage. Heigo has cleverly designed its half-cage so that you don’t need to destroy your carpet or weld in fixing plates for it. Instead it picks up on the original strengthened areas, including the front and rear seat belt fixings. Another positive is that we managed to fit it without having to remove the front seats. And although the kit weighs 25kg, after removing the rear seat belts and seat backs, the final extra weight to the car is a relatively minor 21kg.
As well as the cage, I’ve also installed a front strut brace, similar to the one used in 993 RSR race cars and even the aforementioned Ruf SCR. When researching parts I was surprised to find that you can purchase this brace on its own via Ruf UK. It’s ultra-high quality and easy to install, and the benefits are reduced strut tower flex (as both towers are tied together) along with reduced chassis flex.
The 993 is starting to become my ultimate fast road package and I can’t wait to get it back out on the road and track this summer to test the new set-up.
Date acquired April 2016
Total mileage 80,134
Mileage this month 100
Costs this month £853 roll-cage £360 strut brace
£26 dinner for Will and his dad
mpg this month 24.3
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Year of manufacture 1995
Recorded mileage 65,195
Asking price £125,000
Vendor Avantgarde Cars, Fazeley, Staffs; tel: 01827 288177; www.avantgardecars.co.uk
WHEN IT WAS NEW
Max power 402bhp / DIN
Max torque 398lb ft / DIN
0-60mph 4.5 secs
Top speed 180mph
The seller also has a mint turbo S at £340k, but we couldn’t help noticing this last-of-the-air-cooled turbos, with S aero kit, at almost a third of the price. It has a huge history file, which includes a £20k engine rebuild in ’2005, 10,000 miles ago, 15 service stamps and six brake-fluid change stamps.
The Arena Red paint is almost spotless, earlier rust bubbles under the ’screen having been dealt with, and the front bumper and wheels recently refurbished. All we could find is one small touched-in chip at the back of the driver’s door, and a small nick out of the tread plate finisher. The brake calipers were overhauled in 2014, discs and pads look new and tyres are well-treaded Contis all round, 2013 front and 2011 rear. The space-saver spare has never been used; also present are the tyre compressor, jack and unopened first-aid kit. The paint/option code stickers remain: one on the service book, one in the right door shut and one under the front lid. Inside, it’s very well kept, with only mild creasing to the Sport front seats, unused rears, and good carpets and dashboard moulding.
The motor seems tidy, not that you can see much of it, but it has Tech-Art stainless exhausts. The most recent service stamp was with Ninemeister at 63,972 miles in 2015 (£2161), although the Porsche will have a fluid-change service before it leaves Avantgarde.
It starts easily despite having stood for a couple of months. The clutch is quite sharp, and the steering heavier than earlier air-cooled Porsches, a result of the all-wheel drive, but the wheel still squirms and writhes in your hands like a proper 911. Oil pressure was hard against the 5 bar stop all the time we were moving, only dropping back on tickover to 2.75 bar, warm, and the oil temperature hardly budged. It is, of course, blindingly fast, the massive torque delivered with no appreciable turbo lag and strong synchros on all six gears. The brakes are great: smooth, powerful and straight. The ventilation system moans and groans to itself periodically (they all do that, guv), but the air-con blows cold. The MoT lasts until April.
EXTERIOR One small touch-in; usual areas refinished, but otherwise mint
INTERIOR All good; seats lightly aged
MECHANICALS Has wanted for nothing; 10k miles on rebuilt motor
For Ticks all the boxes
Against Its enthusiasm can be infectious, so be warned
SHOULD I BUY IT?
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A weekend behind the wheel gives our 993’s upgrades – and its natural talents – a chance to shine…
The 911 had been parked up for what felt like years waiting for available funds to replace two leaking valve covers – a common problem with the 993 Carrera. Thankfully I managed to save up enough to get the job carried out by RPM Technik just in time for a recent driving weekend with some colleagues and friends.
You may remember Jordan Katsianis, custodian of our DS 3 Performance, briefly mentioning this outing in last month’s Fast Fleet. Our plan was simple: bring a car – your own if possible – and head to the best driving roads that south Wales has to offer.
Gathering in a service station early on a Saturday morning for a quick coffee and a Danish, we had an eclectic turnout, ranging from a Saab 9000 Aero to a Cayman GT4.
The weather appeared to be against us at first, turning tragic as soon as we crossed the Severn Bridge into Wales, but we decided to tough it out and carry on with our plan, and to our amazement the rain and clouds gradually faded as we got closer to our first location, the skies eventually giving way to bright sunshine.
After my first half an hour or so on interesting roads I had to concede that the 993 was a little too stiffly sprung, but this was easily fixed by adjusting the Öhlins dampers to softer settings. Fifteen minutes later I was tackling the same corners again, now with more pace and confidence.
Another adjustable component that showed its worth in Wales was the Rennline pedal set that I have recently added. The standard pedals in the 993 make it hard to properly heel and toe, because the floorhinged accelerator is so low compared with the brake, but these aluminium replacements solve that by allowing you to independently set the height and lateral position of the accelerator. The only issue I had was with the optional extension plates for the accelerator, which are designed to close the gap to the brake pedal even further. There’s an upper and a lower one, but as you can see in the picture, I only have the lower one (the red bit) fitted, because if you’re wearing regular shoes of around size 10 or larger, you can easily end up unintentionally applying pressure to the brake and accelerator simultaneously.
As more miles passed beneath the 993’s wheels, I began to understand how to use the car’s rear weight bias to my advantage, but at the same time it also became clear that real mastery of this car can’t be achieved in a weekend. But that’s what I love about the 993 – just how involving it is. You feel like an integral part of covering ground quickly in it. No traction control. No stability control. No active suspension. Just intense driving pleasure.
With the non-stop feedback through the steering wheel and seat, you can eventually get to a stage where your concentration level is so high and your movements – gearchanges, steering, road placement – become so fluent that when you do finally come to a stop you can’t really identify the single great moment of the drive. Give it a moment, though, and you realise that this is because the whole journey was perfect.
Over the weekend I must have driven more than 400 miles, filled up twice and spent the equivalent of a cheap weekend break abroad, but making the effort to travel to decent roads in a car like the 993 is totally worth it, and I can’t wait to do it again.
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Date acquired April 2016
Total mileage 80,034
Mileage this month 481
Costs this month £605 valve cover replacement £300 pedals
Mpg this month 24.1
Above: adjustable pedals make for perfect heel and toe action.
Below: 993 and friends in Wales.
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