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2021 Porsche 993 Speedster by Gunther Werks

2021 Porsche 993 Speedster by Gunther Werks

It doesn’t have a roof and it’s more powerful than the first 993 Remastered Porsche 911

Gunther Werks’ remastered 993-generation Porsche 911 now has a drop-top sibling. The new model, called the 993 Speedster Remastered, is the latest bespoke creation from the California-based tuning firm. It’s more powerful than its coupe counterpart, and with the roof get lopped off, it also looks like a true speedster. Only 25 units of the 993 Speedster Remastered will be built. There’s no word yet on pricing, but with the coupe version fetching $565,000, expect the speedster to carry a price that’s closer to $600,000.

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1995 Porsche 993 Cup 3.8 RSR

1995 Porsche 993 Cup 3.8 RSR

What you’re looking at here is a 1995 Porsche 993 Cup 3.8 RSR that has a bit of a history – in a good way. This particular car was delivered in 1995 as supercup and eventually homologated into GT Championship racing as a 3.8 RSR. The car continued racing in GT Championship until 2002, when it was then used for club and historic races. If you’re wondering about race wins, this car recently won the 2015 FFSA GT Classic championship, beating out cars like the 993 GT2 and even the Dodge Viper.

Included with the purchase of this car, and available for inspection, are maintenance invoices dating back to 2010 that show $109,000 worth of maintenance over the past 6 years. Both the engine and transmission were completely rebuilt during a detailed inspection back in October of 2015, and results from an engine dyno test are available. Items like the shocks and the clutch all have less than eight hours of use on them, and as you can tell from the images, the car is in great condition inside and out.

So, now that we’ve covered a little history of this 993, 3.8 RSR, let’s dive into it and take a closer look at this car and what is so great about it.

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1993 - 1998 Porsche 911 (993)

1993 - 1998 Porsche 911 (993)

The last of the air-cooled Porsches, the 993 generation of the iconic 911 is seen by some hardcore Porsche purists as the last truly great model in its long lineage, despite the fact that in terms of performance, comfort and safety it has been obviously surpassed by all subsequent generations. Launched at the end of 1993, it was the third all-new 911 in the history of the Zuffenhausen sports car maker, albeit it did feature some carryover parts from the 964 generation.

Penned by Tony Hatter, who is still working at Porsche and recently penned the second-generation Cayman, the 911 (993) brought an air of modernism at the German carmaker, especially when seen from the rear. Featuring wider wheel arches but a much more subdued and somewhat slippery overall look, the model was still very much part of the classic 911 lineage in terms of styling, although sprinkled with many contemporary design motifs. It was under the body shell where most of the novelties resided, with the model featuring a revised flat-six engine lineup and an entirely new suspension that worked to reduce much of the snap-oversteer tendencies of its predecessors.

Built over a span of just under five years, the 993 family featured three body styles, two types of traction and at least six official engine variants. The base model, christened 911 Carrera Coupe, was equipped with an evolution of the 3.6-liter, boxer engine from the 911 (964), first offering 272 horsepower and then 285 horsepower after Porsche upgraded its induction system to VarioRam in 1995. The most powerful variant of this flat-six was found in the hardcore GT2 and the 911 Turbo S, which came with a more-than-satisfying 450 horsepower.

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1995 - 1998 Porsche 911 GT2 (993)

1995 - 1998 Porsche 911 GT2 (993)

Porsche is known for many things, but one of its most important achievements is that it has become the most successful brand in motorsport, scoring more than 28,000 victories as of 2015. As a brand, Porsche began tackling the major motorsport events in the early 1950s, but it wasn’t until the 1970s and 1980s that the Stuttgart-based company became a dominant force. From the 911 Carrera Turbo of 1974 to the 911-based 934 and 935, Porsche demolished everything in its path in Group 4, Group 5 and IMSA racing through the mid-1980s.

As soon as the 964-generation 911 arrived in 1989, the Germans began experimenting with turbocharged racing versions of it, creating the Turbo S LM-GT. The car was raced with moderate success at Sebring and Daytona, but the development work behind it was far more important than its results, as it helped Porsche create the amazing 911 GT2. But to take it to the track, Stuttgart had to meet the FIA’s stringent requirements and build a road-legal homologation run. Thus the 993-generation 911 GT2 was born.

Introduced in 1995, two years after the 993 911 had been launched, the sports car was based on the 911 Turbo and built to GT2 class regulations, with Porsche naming it accordingly. Read on for a full trip down memory lane with the first incarnation of Porsche’s iconic track beast.

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1996 - 1998 Porsche 911 Targa (993)

1996 - 1998 Porsche 911 Targa (993)

Produced between 1993 and 1998, the 993 was the last of the air-cooled Porsches, making it a favorite amongst hard-core 911 extremists for its similarities to the original late-60s 911. For those five short years, it was only within the final three that Porsche created its Targa variant. In the time leading up to its release, Stuttgart claimed that it would not produce such a model, but as soon as 1995 rolled around, there it was, featuring a convertible body with a retractable glass roof.

The 993 breached the market just as Porsche was beginning its slow recovery from a series of financial troubles wrought by the recession of the late 80s and early 90s. The German automaker desperately needed a hit, and thankfully, the 993 delivered.

For many folks, the 993 represents a final expression of purity in motoring experience, with a dearth of driving aides and electronic supervision provided for those behind the wheel. The horizontally opposed, six-cylinder engine is mounted in the correct place, and even though the suspension was updated, anyone who took a corner with any kind of alacrity was advised to keep his or her foot down. A novice-move like lifting mid-corner was usually something that would end with a pirouette into the surrounding terrain, which is just one reason fans love this vehicle.

Given the “last is best” mentality of buying an historic sports car, the 993 is highly desirable in the used-car market, with the rare Targa model even more so. It’s certainly a favorite amongst Porsche lovers, and well-maintained examples often command a surprisingly high price tag.

As technology continues its relentless march into infinity, with hybrid systems, autonomous-driving, and alternative fuels eventually permeating each and every vehicle niche out there, that price will no doubt continue to rise, lending further credit to the 993 Targa’s claim to automotive sainthood.

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1995 - 1996 Porsche 911 Carerra RS (993)

1995 - 1996 Porsche 911 Carerra RS (993)

No water cooling and analog everything; that was the beauty of the Porsche 911 Carerra RS (993)

It’s been over 15 years since Porsche started selling 911 with radiators, but now, perhaps more than ever, the simple, mechanical nature of pre-996, air-cooled 911s is more desirable than ever. In world of sports cars with numb electro-hydraulic steering racks, hybrid drivetrains and idiot-proof chassis management systems, an old 911 offers a purity of purpose that’s extremely desirable and increasingly hard to find in a new car.

The 993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8 is arguably the logical and ultimate conclusion of this philosophy. We automotive journalists like to throw around the term “racecar for the road,” but in this case, it’s justified. A direct ancestor of modern RS Porsches, the Euro market-only Carrera RS 3.8 is based on the Carrera Cup competition car and was built as a homologation special to allow the enlarged 3.8-liter engine to be fitted to the 911 RSR racers competing throughout Europe in the late 1990s.

This is no boulevard cruiser. Porsche engineers put the Carrera RS 3.8 on a ruthless crash diet by removing the headliner, electric windows, electric mirrors, central locking, intermittent windshield wipers, radio speakers, power-adjustable seats, rear defroster, airbags and sound insulation. By comparison, it makes the amenities available for modern GT3s and GT3 RSs look like a Maybach. It’s a car for driving for the sake of driving.

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1998 Porsche 911 ANDIAL 3.8 C2S

1998 Porsche 911 ANDIAL 3.8 C2S

Established in 1975 in Fountain Valley, California, ANDIAL is more than just a tuning house. While the company may not be as famous as Gemballa or TechArt when it comes to beefed-up Porsches, ANDIAL is a big name in racing, helping the Germans win numerous events. Porsche scored six 24 Hours of Daytona victories, four Pikes Peak class titles, the IMSA GT and Supercar Series championships, as well as the SCCA World Challenge using ANDIAL-prepped engines, which says a lot about the California-based tuner. Now a part of Porsche Motorsport North America, who purchased the historic name in 2013, ANDIAL has also delivered some exciting road-going cars over the last two decades. One of them is the 911 3.8 C2S, which was launched in the late 1990s.

Based on the 993-generation 911, the last of the air-cooled 911s, the C2S is the best example of what ANDIAL was capable of back in the day. Don’t mind the lack of visual upgrades, this 911 is about enhanced performance, with all the tweaks operated under the shell. It’s a race car in disguise, one you simply can’t ignore if you’re into true blue sports cars.

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2013 Porsche 997 GT3 R by Falken Motorsports

2013 Porsche 997 GT3 R by Falken Motorsports

Falken Motorsports announced the first details on its upgraded Porsche 997 GT3 R that will be raced in this year’s VLN and Nürburgring 24 Hours events. The driver lineup will remain unchanged and will include: Sebastian Asch, Peter Dumbreck, Wolf Henzler and Martin Ragginger.

The 2013 GT3 R has been upgraded with a new aerodynamic package that includes wider wings, new splitter and double canards, plus a larger rear wing that helps increase downforce. Falken Motorsports also installed enlarged cooling vents around the front, while the wheel arches have also been enlarged to allow the car to ride on larger wheels and tires when compared to last year.

Under the hood, the car will keep the usual 4-liter, flat-six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 500 horsepower.

First tests of the car will be made at the March, 16th at the annual VLN setup day.

Stay tune for more information.

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1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion

1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion

In the mid-1990s, Porsche unveiled the 911 GT1 - a race car specially developed for the GT1 class of sportscar racing. Despite being called a "911," the GT1 had very little in common with the 911: only the frontal chassis was shared with the 993 911, while almost every other element was borrowed from the Porsche 962, including the flat-six engine.

During its first appearance at the 1996 Le Mans, the GT1 walked away with a second and third overall finish, as well as first and second in class. Despite these finishes, Porsche still wanted more, so in 1997, they came up with the GT1 Evo - a model that featured aerodynamic tweaks to the bodywork and a revision of the suspension. These changes helped the GT1 score more victories, including a one-two finish at Le Mans in 1998, where it beat out teams from McLaren, Toyota, and Panoz.

Not willing to let the fun rest solely on the track, Porsche set out to make a street-legal version of the award-winning GT1, which is then dubbed the Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion. The model was limited to only 25 units and cost a cool $912,000.

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1997 - 1998 Porsche 911 Turbo S (993)

1997 - 1998 Porsche 911 Turbo S (993)

During the second to the last year of production of the 993 (1997), Porsche offered the 993 Turbo S. Ultimately 375 pieces were sold. The Turbo S is a fully loaded Turbo including a power upgrade to 424 hp (DIN). Every thinkable amenities including a carbon decoration in the interior make it different to the earlier leightweight, spartanic 964 Turbo S. The 993 Turbo S is easily recognized by yellow brake calipers, a slightly larger wing, a 4-pipe exhaust and air scoops behind the doors.

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo (993)

1997 Porsche 911 Turbo (993)

Ever since 1975, Porsche had always gotten round to offering a turbocharged 911 and by March 1996, the forced induction 993 was introduced. Featuring full time four wheel drive for the first time on a production 911 Turbo, this latest version used an almost identical drive system to the Carrera 4 produced alongside. Huge cross-drilled and ventilated disc brakes and calipers were sourced from the 3.8-litre Carrera RS along with improved ABS 5. The anti-roll bars were thicker than regular 993’s, new 18-inch two piece wheels improving brake cooling.

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1994 - 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4s (993)

1994 - 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4s (993)

The Carrera 4 S (1996) and later Carrera S (1997) shared the Turbo model’s bodyshell, but housed the naturally aspirated Carrera engine in the rear. The 4S came with four wheel drive, and retained the Turbo model’s larger brake discs with the characteristic red callipers. It could be described as a "Turbo without the turbochargers and rear wing", whereas the S was in all aspects a standard Carrera underneath (the wider rear fenders were compensated with 31 mm wheel spacers).

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