1996 Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet 6-Speed 3.8L

Up for auction is this 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet finished in Grand Prix White over a Cashmere Beige and Black partial leather interior.  Originally registered in Florida, this 993 had spent time in Massachusetts and New Mexico where it was acquired by the current owner in August of 2010.  It came factory equipped with a Nokia DSP audio system, 17” wheels, power-adjustable seats, and the Motor Sound Package.  This 993 has also recently undergone a top-end engine rebuild and 3.8L displacement upgrade at a cost of over $20k.  Professionally maintained and garage-kept over the past 11 years, this powerful 3.8L Carrera Cabriolet is now being offered for auction by its owner out of New Mexico with approximately 71k miles showing on the odometer.

This 993 comes finished in Grand Prix White with a black cabriolet soft top and burgundy tonneau cover.  The factory 17” Cup 2 wheels have received a custom chrome finish and come fitted with colored Porsche center crests.  The car is said to have been garage-kept by the current and previous owners, detailed images are provided in the gallery along with a clean CARFAX report.  The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ tires are dated from 2019 with approximately 2,500 miles of use.

Inside, the cabin is trimmed in Cashmere Beige and Black partial leather. Factory features include power-adjustable front seats, air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, power locks, headlight washers, and a Nokia DSP audio system with a trunk-mounted CD changer.  The original Becker Porsche CR-210 cassette stereo remains in place and the seller notes cracking on the driver’s seat bolsters as well as light wear on the steering wheel.

In May of 2021, the original 3.6L flat-six engine was rebuilt and upgraded with Mahle Motorsports pistons and cylinders for an increased displacement of 3.8L.  The cylinder heads were resurfaced during this time along with the replacement of the engine seals, timing chains, spark plugs, distributor caps, and intake manifold components.  The 6-speed manual gearbox sends power to the rear wheels and was also fitted with a new clutch and flywheel at the time of the engine rebuild.  The steering rack was replaced with a new OEM unit about 5k miles ago, and new front and rear Bilstein struts were installed in July of 2020.  The car has been maintained exclusively through Performance Motor Car Investments in Corrales, New Mexico, throughout the current ownership and an oil change has been recently carried out in preparation for sale.  Service records are provided in the gallery along with photos from the engine rebuild.

This sale will include a set of two keys with remote fobs, owner's manuals, a toolkit, spare tire, air compressor, service records, and a clean title. This powerful 3.8L 993 is a perfect choice for any air-cooled enthusiast in search of a 911 Cabriolet, do not miss your chance to get behind the wheel.


Auction Results

  • Sold for: $55,000
  • Auction End: 2021-10-20 19:25:40+00:00
  • Number of Bids: 21
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Comments (40)

  • Maquoketa (seller) 4 days, 11 hoursago

    I want to thank ALL of the bidders. This really is a fantastic 993. It will soon have a new home. Sorry to see it go. The Reserve has been met, at a a fantastic price for the buyer, to whom I'm quite grateful to have confidence in one of best 993 Cabriolets on the market. Many thanks!!

  • ARCHCAR 4 days, 11 hoursago

    Sold for $55,000

  • Maquoketa (seller) 4 days, 11 hoursago

    @Lloyd32 many thanks for your bids!! I appreciate your interest.

  • Lloyd32 (registered bidder) 4 days, 11 hoursago

    Good luck with the auction!

  • ARCHCAR 4 days, 11 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $55,000

  • Lloyd32 4 days, 11 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $54,000

  • ARCHCAR 4 days, 11 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $53,000

  • Lloyd32 4 days, 11 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $52,000

  • ARCHCAR 4 days, 11 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $50,000

  • Lloyd32 4 days, 11 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $49,000

  • ARCHCAR 4 days, 11 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $47,000

  • Lloyd32 4 days, 11 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $46,000

  • ARCHCAR 4 days, 11 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $45,000

  • Lloyd32 4 days, 11 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $44,000

  • Maquoketa (seller) 4 days, 12 hoursago

    Thanks once again to the bidders and viewers of my 993. Really hope it sells in an hour.

  • ARCHCAR 4 days, 14 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $42,993

  • Lloyd32 4 days, 18 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $41,000

  • Maquoketa (seller) 5 days, 3 hoursago

    I’d love to see this classic 993 sell tomorrow. It is a real beauty, clean and classic with an upgraded 3.8 L air cooled powerhouse. My 11 years of ownership can assure the next owner that she/he will own a 993 you won’t have to worry about for many years. Thanks to all for your interest!!

  • live2drive_porsche 5 days, 8 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $39,993

  • luis.seneriz 5 days, 8 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $37,993

  • Terra 5 days, 8 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $37,500

  • Maquoketa (seller) 5 days, 9 hoursago

    @Terra greetings. Thanks for the questions. The actual mileage on this 993 is 70, 945 miles. These are the original miles. The steering rack was replaced at 67,061 miles. All new Bilstein front and rear BG performance struts were replaced at 69,916 miles. Since the engine was undergoing a top end rebuild, I decided to replace the clutch flywheel, PP and disc, clutch release bearing and all of the clutch bolts, bearings and bushings. Regarding the rebuild, what was initially a small valve gasket oil leak, turned into a thorough examination of the valves. Some had carbon buildup on the insides and my mechanic recommended a top end rebuild, including all new exhaust valves and an OEM rocker adjustment kit and then a complete top end OEM rebuild with Mahle Motor Sport pistons and cylinders. The entire package was $21,511.55, which was a substantial discount from retail.” The steering rack was $2300 and the Bilsteins installed were $3683.40. When you add these costs up, it certainly is significant, but whoever buys this 993 will have an essentially new car with a 3.8l upgraded engine.

    A few words on the rebuild. As I stated in other comments, PMCI in Corrales, NM Is among the best Porsche garages in the US. They have maintained my 993 for 11 years, competently and professionally. The rebuild was masterful. The car has never run better and the 3.8 L upgrade has made a noticeable positive difference. PMCI also stands by its work, which would certainly be the case with this 993. Their skills are clearly the best.

    Why a rebuild after 70,000 miles? I guess I was one of the unlucky ones. Talking to many folks when I was considering next steps a year ago, I found that top end rebuilds are more common than not at this mileage. Some lucky ones last 90-100000 miles. Others require rebuilds at 30-40,000 miles.But the bottom line is that with some $29,000 invested for all of these upgrades, the car is not only a classic, it is essentially a new Porsche 993 with a better engine.

    Lastly, why a new steering rack? I guess it needed replacing. I trusted my mechanics recommendation and the car handles straight, true and responsive.

    The car is ready for a new owner. I’ve intended on selling for the last couple of years as age is creeping up on me and need something a bit more toned down. So, in the interim, I wanted to ensure that the next owner would have a completely reliable, cared for and mint air cooled 993. Hope this answered your questions. Many thanks!!

  • Terra (registered bidder) 5 days, 10 hoursago

    At 70k miles, why did the engine need rebuilding and why would it require a new steering rack? Is 70k the real mileage or are the actual miles unknown?

  • pma2021 (registered bidder) 5 days, 16 hoursago

    @Maquoketa @Maquoketa, thanks for the quick reply.

  • Maquoketa (seller) 5 days, 16 hoursago

    @pma2021 good morning and thanks for your question. All of the paint on the 993 is completely original . There has never been any repainting anywhere. I have always kept the car clean, washed, waxed and garaged. The fresh look illustrates a car that has been cared for over the years. Many thanks for asking.

  • pma2021 (registered bidder) 5 days, 16 hoursago

    Hi, is there any paintwork on the car? Thank you

  • luis.seneriz 6 days, 13 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $36,993

  • jm6124 6 days, 13 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $36,243

  • Maquoketa (seller) 1 week, 1 dayago

    @porscheatx Thanks for your comment! Much appreciated!!

  • live2drive_porsche 1 week, 1 dayago

    Bid in the amount of $35,993

  • porscheatx (registered bidder) 1 week, 1 dayago

    Beautiful 911 and appreciate your passion as a fellow Porsche die hard!

  • Maquoketa (seller) 1 week, 1 dayago

    @AN89AG many thanks for your comments and questions. They are much appreciated. First of all, the 3.8 L upgrade is phenomenal. The 993 accelerates like a rocket. I have noticed a huge difference in acceleration, especially in 2nd and 3rd. Even in 6th gear, there is a significant boost in comparison with the 3.6 L. As I am sure you have read, 3.8 upgrades to the 3.6, especially in the 993s, creates a driving dynamic that is unparalleled for the 911s, even in comparison with the stock 3.8 L's found in later 911s. In this 993, you will experience a faster, quicker and more responsive Porsche. Check out the Driving Video.

    You are correct. I have put a lot of money into my 993 over the past year and it is a shame to sell. However, I have intended on selling the car for the past couple of years, primarily for age reasons, (I'm looking to be closer to 80 than 70!!) and I wanted to make sure the next owner would have a mint performer that will be good for another 70,000 plus miles. I did not want to sell this car to someone that would then have to rebuild the engine, clutch, steering rack and suspension as I have, repairs that do creep up on the 993 after the 70,000-80,000 mile mark or before. I also have one of the most professional and highly regarded Porsche garages in the US, Performance Motor Car Investments in Corrales, NM, and I had the full confidence that PMCI would create a superb 3.8 L 993, with all OEM parts, including Mahle pistons and cylinders. PCMI will certainly vouch for this 993, after 11 years of service there, including an oil change in September.

    Issues: The only issue both I and the PCMarket highlighted was the driver's side bolster is cracked with a small tear. This is how it was 11 years ago when I bought the car. As I am sure you know as someone who is interested in the 993, this is a very common problem with the 993 driver's seat. The leather does crack over time. But all of the interior is mint and original, as is the entire car. Whoever buys this car will have an essentially new 993 with a better engine than the 3.6. It really is a beautiful car that I have babied for the last decade plus. There is nothing like driving this car with the top down and seeing the many smiles from passerbys! Thanks once again for your questions. Bill

  • AN89AG (registered bidder) 1 week, 1 dayago

    Beautiful car, and it seems a shame to sell after all the engine work. Any issues that we should be aware of? How does it drive compared to the “original” engine configuration?

  • AN89AG 1 week, 1 dayago

    Bid in the amount of $33,933

  • live2drive_porsche 1 week, 2 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $30,000

  • Maquoketa (seller) 1 week, 2 daysago

    @Roma thanks very much for your question. This mint 993 is completely rust free, not one bit of rust anywhere. The climate in dry, high desert New Mexico is user friendly for car owners as rust is never a problem here. And under my ownership for 11 years, the car has been garaged. Hope this answers your question! Best to you.

  • Roma (registered bidder) 1 week, 2 daysago

    Would the Seller plz comment on any rust issues?

  • luis.seneriz 1 week, 2 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $9,993

  • Maquoketa (seller) 1 week, 3 daysago

    I'm happy to answer any questions you may have. If someone is looking for a beautiful 993 with an upgraded engine to 3.8 L, you won’t find a better car. This is a superb driver, fast and responsive, with every important upgrade. I certainly hope this 993 finds a new home.

  • Maquoketa (seller) 1 week, 4 daysago

    Many thanks in advance to all of the potential bidders. Do consider bidding on this air-cooled 993. The 3.8 rebuild was the best upgrade I could have imagined. The car runs like it just came off the showroom floor. Essentially with the 3.8 L upgrade, completely new clutch and flywheel, new steering rack and new Bilsteins all around, the Porsche is good for another 25 years. I’ve loved this car for the past 11 years but it’s time to let it go as age is creeping up on me. As I know any Porsche aficionado would agree, the OEM/MAHLE upgrade to a 3.8 L will only enhance the value of this 993. The 3.8 L engine should have been an option for the 993. Only a few years later, the 911’s were equipped with 3.8 liter engines. The upgrade was undertaken by Performance Motor Car Investments in Corrales NM, one of the premier Porsche garages in the US. This 993 is a beautiful, mint Porsche which will continue to increase in value. Many thanks again and do consider bidding.

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1996 Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet 6-Speed 3.8L
Final bid: $55,000 This auction has ended.