It’s time once again for this month’s Porsche Factoid. For those of you unfamiliar with the Porsche Factoid segment on FlatSixes.com, each post is a unique, and hopefully interesting, fact exclusive to Porsche and various Porsche models. For a few of you Porchephiles in the audience some of this information may be as familiar to you as the build sheet/specs of your favorite Porsche. For the rest though, this is a great way to learn interesting and fun facts that contribute to the exceptional history and heritage that makes Porsche so special to all of us.
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After the 3.3 liter 930 Turbo convertible (1987-89), Porsche never officially offered an air-cooled Turbo convertible again. However, in 1995 a well known dealer in Munich, Germany approached Porsche with the idea for a Turbo Cabriolet based on the current 993. Porsche, always willing to satisfy their most loyal customers and dealers, agreed that if at least 12 customers could be found, then the “skunk works” or Porsche Exclusiv would build them. Taking the challenge in stride, the dealer found the requisite 12 customers (some say 14) and the limited edition 911 (993) Turbo Cabriolet was the result.
Each of the Porsche 993 Turbo cabs featured the 360 hp (DIN) single-turbo engine of the 964 Turbo 3.6, a 5-speed manual transmission, the wing of the 964 Turbo 3.6 and rear wheel drive (vs. all wheel). Privilege of ownership was not inexpensive. To put one of these limited edition 993s in your garage required a premium of nearly DM 90,000 (or close to $63,000) over the MSRP of the standard 993 Cabriolet.
1995 Porsche 993 Turbo Cabriolet Today
I have never personally seen a 993 Turbo Cabriolet and am not sure if any currently reside in the US. They do occasionally come up for sale and as luck would have it, there is one available today in Germany for €89,500.00. In my opinion, given the limited production numbers, the fact that they are the last of the air cooled and pricing for trends of the last few years, these cars are severely undervalued. Maybe it’s the fact that they were never imported into the US and conversion and importation would be costly. Whatever the reason, this would be a great addition to my dream garage.
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