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1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 (993)

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  • Mileage~107,036 on clock
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine3.6L
  • LocationHassocks


1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 (993)

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Alan Stuart
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The last air-cooled flat-six before Porsche moved over to water-cooled - means the 993 is one of the most sought-after 911 models.

The ultimate version of the air-cooled 911 dynasty arrived in 1993, but despite its familiar power plant, it was a new car from the ground up. For many purists, the 993 is the one to have, combining the original ethics of the 911 dart-like playfulness, with the added confidence of its reassuring multi-link rear suspension.

Serving as a fine entry point to those who often wondered what all the fuss is about, the Carrera, which retains the classic RWD layout is enhanced by its modernised detailing, giving the coupe a much more contemporary appearance. A refined yet genuinely sporting driving experience, the 993 flew the flag almost single-handedly for Porsche before the generation of water-cooled Porsches took on the baton.

This beautifully presented 1996 Carrera 4 has been with our vendor Nigel for the past 16 years, so it’s pretty safe to say that there isn’t much that Nigel doesn't know about this wonderful Porsche 993 Carrera 4.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Alan after meeting Nigel the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

It's a fantastic car to own, which has given me many miles of happiness and a huge smile every time I hear the flat-six.

You only have to look through the paperwork to see how well Nigel has cared for the car over the past 16 years. A comprehensive history shows the car has always been in regular use, which is one of the best things you can do for any Porsche.

Please feel free to ask Nigel any questions in the comments below.

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Arguably one of the best-looking 'modern' 911s created, courtesy of its iconic shape topped off with the red reflector strip - a timeless look.

Wheels and Tyres

18” twist alloys are in very good condition with just some light age related marks in keeping with the age of the 993. Matching Michelin tyres are fitted and have a good number of miles left on them.
Please see the image gallery to take a closer look at the wheels.


The bodywork on the 993 presents really well - the door shuts align as you would expect, along with the bonnet and engine cover.

Some extensive restoration was carried out to the underside of the 993, where the car was stripped back, and new stone guarding was applied to future-proof it - pictures in the gallery below.

In terms of corrosion, the car looks really good and it's great to see the images of the extensive underside work actioned a few years ago that should give you confidence in the car. Looking around the outside of the car you'll see light signs of bubbling on the skuttle and lower part of the passenger wing. The new owner may want to factor that bodyshop repair into the purchase - the good news is the reserve is very keen on this car giving you the potential of immediate equity allowing you to spend on any jobs you feel necessary.

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our hi-resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view of what’s on offer and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


Finished in Polar Silver, the Porsche is in excellent shape; there is an odd age-related mark and stone chip here and there, as you would expect. In addition, the car received some paint in 2014 on the wings and quarters, which is detailed in the paperwork section. However, there is some blistering to the top and bottom of the passenger side wing and across the scuttle panel on both corners.

The images are taken from a few different angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. So please take the time to fully assess these hi-resolution images and videos of the car, for you to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The windows are all in good condition with no noticeable scratches spotted. The window seals look to be in good condition and the electric windows and sunroof operate correctly.

The headlights are in good condition too with no apparent chips to the clear lenses; the distinctive red reflector strip at the back end is bright and clear with no damage.


Simple but effective - the 993 cabin has everything you need without being distracted by modern-day electronics.

Seats and Carpets

The interior is finished in grey leather, and there is some typical age-related wear to the bolsters that look to be in keeping with the age and mileage of the car.

The carpets are in good condition; there is some wear to the driver’s heal pad, and the mat has a small hole, which could easily be replaced. Inside the trunk is clean and tidy with no areas for concern.

Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.


The dashboard is in good condition, with no splits or cracks to be seen. The instruments are finished with silver bezels and look in good condition, with the odometer showing ~107,036 miles and reported to be working as they should. The odometer has been rebuilt and is believed to be approximately ~6,000 miles less than it reads.

Please see the interior gallery for more hi-resolution images.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel has some light shining to the rim, in keeping with the mileage. The gearknob is in good condition, with no apparent marks to mention.

Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.


Air-cooled 3.6 litre flat-six - considered by many to be the ultimate engine produced by Porsche.

Engine and Gearbox

The flat-six fires up straight away with no untoward noises or smoke, as seen in our mechanical review. The paperwork makes for good reading when it comes to seeing how well the car has been maintained.

Fitted with a six-speed gearbox, the change is precise and smooth, and the car pulls strongly through the gears.

Suspension and Brakes

Being the Carrera 4, the four-wheel drive gives a sense of security around the twisty bits; there are no knocks or bangs coming from either corner of the car, and it’s great fun to be in.

Fitted with drilled discs adds to the efficiency of the braking, ensuring it comes to a stop when needed. Nigel reports the car to come to a halt with no issues and in a straight line.

The Drive

There's something about an air-cooled 911. It sounds great, looks great, and never fails to turn heads; the flat-six sound is intoxicating.

At 26 years old, it may not have the modern touches of a newer 911, but do you really need them? The Carrera 4 is more than capable of putting that smile on your face as you blast down your local B-roads.

Electrics and Other

The car's age means there isn’t much in the way of creature comforts. It has electric windows and sunroof; as we mentioned earlier. The switchgear has some light age-related wear but is reported by Nigel to be working correctly.

An excellent addition is a period-looking head unit which is also Bluetooth and can be used to stream music and make hands-free calls.

The rear spoiler and sunroof operate correctly.

Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.

History and Paperwork

With 22 service stamps gracing the service book, it would suggest that the Porsche 993 has been well cared for.

When it comes to buying any classic car, history is undoubtedly an essential part of the buying process. First, it helps show the full story of the car's life and how it's been treated; another thing is the length of ownership. You'll be pleased to know that the last service carried out was on the 22.09.2022, meaning it’s not due for a while, and it’s all been given a clean bill of health. The owner's manuals are present and complete with the Porsche folder and two keys.

With this 1996 Porsche 993, you get a substantial service history with an extensive collection of invoices to back up the stamps. Nigel has owned it for the past 16 years, which he admits has been an absolute pleasure. It’s a great car which is sure to draw a lot of attention. There are a few jobs the new owner may wish to do and the keen reserve takes this into account.

We think this car could be a rock solid investment - importantly it has the amazing history, manual gearbox and coupe.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
30.09.2022 MOT 106,978 +~6,000
22.09.2022 Service 106,978 +~6,000
21.10.2021 Service 104,353 +~6,000
21.09.2021 MOT 104,353
20.09.2020 MOT 104,353
18.08.2020 Service 104,353
01.10.2019 MOT 104,353
18.02.2019 Service 104,353
03.10.2018 MOT 104,353
29.09.2017 MOT 103,310
15.05.2017 Service 102,286
30.09.2016 MOT 101,149
18.09.2015 MOT 99,804
30.09.2014 Service 98,103
23.09.2014 MOT 98,100
04.09.2013 MOT 96,506
04.09.2013 Service 96,505
19.09.2012 MOT 64,867
19.09.2012 Service 94,863
30.09.2011 MOT 92,985
27.09.2010 MOT 91,643
27.09.2010 Service 91,633
10.09.2009 MOT 89,909
17.09.2008 MOT 87,512
17.09.2008 Service 87,507
28.09.2007 MOT Not listed
20.05.2007 Service 82,226
10.10.2006 Service 77,600
04.10.2006 MOT 77,593
20.03.2005 Service 71,249
05.08.2004 Servie 69,002
11.10.2002 Service 63,665
02.10.2001 Service 56,063
28.11.2000 Service 51,054
11.04.2000 Service 44,701
04.11.1999 Service 40,616
08.12.1998 Service 21,565
05.01.1998 Service 11,946
12.06.1997 Service 5.956
Key Details
  • Model911 Carrera 4
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date01.08.1996
  • CC3600
  • Mileage~107,036 + ~6,000
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourPolar Silver
  • Interior ColourMarble Grey
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WP0ZZZ99ZTS314805
  • Engine #63T05878
  • RestoredYes
  • MOTYes - Exp: 03.10.2023
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes - All Clear
  • Former Keepers5
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned16 Years
  • Key FeatureOwnership
  • Auction ID1020

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Hi Trade Classics. How comes you don’t have a telephone number that works? Disconcerting to say the least

Kulraj Salh


Looks like we are having some issues with our telephone connection, please feel free to ask any questions here.


Kulraj – Trade Classics


Has there been any accident damage?


Hi Nigel

I notice there’s a not insignificant area of rust bubbling through the paintwork on the front passenger side wheel arch (bottom RHD side). Have you had this looked at and how extensive is its spread?





Can you confirm the car has air conditioning and if it is in fully working condition please.


Is this the same car advertised to buy at £38k?

Kulraj Salh

Hi Hastings1066,

We do put adverts out with our view on guide price (as stated in the advert). Hope that helps.


Kulraj – Trade Classics


Vehicle Location

Hassocks, West Sussex

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