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1997 Porsche 911 993 Targa

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  • Mileage~54,837 on clock
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine3.6L
  • LocationPeterborough


1997 Porsche 911 993 Targa

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Glyn Parry
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With its last of the line air cooled flat-six, this 993 is a real drivers car delivering a powerful engine note and an output of ~282BHP from its beautiful 3.6-litre engine.

The Porsche 911 has long been recognised as one of the most iconic and influential sports cars in recent history, with its instantly recognisable styling, low driving position, and precision engineering - it’s not hard to see why.

Arguably the prettiest generation of the 911, the 993 offers a distinctive silhouette with great curves and attractive detailing which will turn heads wherever you go. This is the "Targa" variant of the 993 body shape with a "greenhouse" system retractable glass roof. The 993 is very potent on the road, it was one of the finest sports cars back in the '90s and still holds its own today, with the unbeatable tune of the air-cooled block positioned just behind you.

Stand out from the crowd with this fantastic colour that seems to really suit the 993 - also, buying this car would mean you'd be in great company as another 993 owner called Paolo dragged a similar car our of the river Bisenzio in Italy a few years ago and has been meticulously bringing it back to life. Paolo's got a big following and it's called the "Limoncella Projekt" - you can see its progress on Instagram here:

Back to this car, it comes to market from ~2 years of ownership and is finished in Pastel Yellow (L12M) over classic black leather seats. The car's MOT runs to 21st February 2024 and showed no advisories at the time of text, having been serviced just under ~1,200 miles ago. The car also comes with a really well documented service history and is ready for a new owner to use and enjoy.

This listing was written from information supplied by Glyn after meeting Tom the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

Having been a firm fan of Porsche cars for most of my life, the 911 Targa ticked all the boxes for me.

Porsche cars have been a big part of Tom, the current owners, motoring history. Owning a great number of high performance historic vehicles over his life, Tom knew the Porsche was the car for him, he told us, "I've always adored Porsches, there's something about the flair and design of them that I just love".

Having owned the car for a couple of years now, the 911 Targa has certainly given Tom the buzz for fast cars, he went on to say, "The speed of the 911 is just something else. I love the pace of the car as well as the design, I'm a big fan of the noise and road handling the car has".

Despite being one of his favourite cars he's owned, the time has come for Tom to part ways with his beloved Porsche, Tom said, "New cars are on the horizon and I just don't get the usage out of the car that I'd really like. I'm in the market for something new and I hope the next owner enjoys it as much as I have".

Should any questions be required, Tom would be happy to answer these in the comments section below.

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The iconic 911 shapely bodywork makes for a truly stunning car and with its eye catching 'Pastel Yellow' finish, the Targa is something pretty special.

Wheels and Tyres

The 911 Targa is fitted with a set of 17-inch split-rim Porsche Speedline alloy wheels. These are in great condition with very minor marks and overall really smart. The bolts to the split-rim wheels did show with a little sign of corrosion but not overly concerning.

Complete with a set of Falken Azenis tyres to the front and rear, the tyre spec shows as 205/50 to the front and 255/40 to the rear with date codes from 2021. The condition of tyres looks good overall with no obvious cracking or real signs of wear.

Please take a look at the photos and videos for a detailed view of the exterior of this 911 and a closer look at the wheels and tyres.


The 911 Targa is very nicely proportioned, with wide rear arches and a sleek, more modern nose than the 964 version of the 911 that it replaced. The bodywork looks great with the panel lines looking straight, no major dings noted and a really nice display looking over the exterior. Both doors and engine bay and front boot open and close without concern.

Looking closer at the underside, we noted a scuff mark underneath the rear offside bumper which had marked the exhaust tip also, possibly from a low object. Overall, nothing too concerning here.

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 at what’s on offer, and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


Finished in a great colour tone of Pastel Yellow (L12M) the car has benefitted from being dry stored by Tom in recent years and looks really stylish with its head turning colour. The finish is even in colour and coat on each panel of the car from our observations. The paint itself may benefit from some detailing and polishing by the future owner just to bring out the shine in the finish.

A great note was the addition of PPF (Paint Protection Film) to the rear quarter sections, helping to minimise stone chipping or marks.

If we were being particularly picky, we noted a couple of signs of marking underneath the front lip, mainly due to the cars low ride height and a common observation on these Porsches. These areas were only really noticeable when looking from a low angle when we checked over the underside of the car. There was also a few signs of stone chipping to the inside edge of the wheel arch, although a fairly common sight on these cars.

Again, we have taken high resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the condition of the bodywork for yourselves. 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 high 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 993 reinvented the Targa concept, with a large glass roof which, at the touch of a button, retracts under the rear window. When closed, the glass panel gives the interior a light and open feel, while another button operates a blind to keep out strong sun. A really clever system with the driver in mind.

Windscreen section, side windows and mirrors all appear in great condition and we could see no sign of scratching or chips on the main glass sections. The body coloured bumpers, door, boot latch, and window surrounds all look in great condition too. The seals look good around the exterior and in line with the rest of the condition of the car.


Featuring the traditional five-dial Porsche instrument cluster, a lovely highlight is the body-matched yellow gauges on display.

Seats and Carpets

911 branded seats showed well and looked really presentable in the cabin area. We noted some signs of wear to the bolster section of the drivers seat, but the wearing was fair and better than many examples we see of this age. Looking over the rear cabin sections showed the condition to be very good with barely a mark noted on the back seats.

Carpets through the Porsche interior showed nicely which have been well protected by the mat sections in the car. We also reviewed the front boot section which again displayed well. Our only main observations over these sections, is that the carpets would benefit from a good clean to bring them back up to their former glory.

We've captured high-resolution photos and a full interior video tour through the car. This covers off the angles inside the car for you to review and appreciate the condition of what's on offer here in our interior review section.


The clean black dash appears in great shape with no issues or scratches to report. The top of the dash presents well and without splits or cracking to this section. Mileage counter showed with ~54,837 miles at the time of our visit.

Colour matched dash dials look excellent with their yellow finish, a really unique touch to the drivers facing sections. We noted no issues with any warning lights and the speedometer, fuel gauge, oil temp, oil pressure and rev counter and were all functioning without concern.

Please take a look at the gallery images for a closer look at the interior sections.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

A well presented 3-spoke leather bound multi-function Porsche wheel shows in great condition without major signs of wear. The Porsche crest in the centre of the wheel was a lovely highlight here.

The same can be said for the 6-speed gear stick which shows no visible signs of wear or damage, and presents in great condition. The handbrake situated behind the gearstick looked in good condition too.

We've captured high-resolution photos for you to review and appreciate the condition of the interior in our gallery section.


The legendary 993 3.6L air-cooled, flat-six engine delivers some really rapid performance, pushing out ~272BHP, a 0-60 time of ~5.3 seconds and a top speed of ~166MPH.

Engine and Gearbox

Starting the car up from cold showed no issues and it drives well with its smooth manual 6-speed gearbox powering the rear wheels nicely. The car drives very well and goes through the gears without issue giving us no concerns.

There was a slight sign of an oil leak on the underside which may be worth a note by the future owner.

The air-cooled motor has so much character compared to the water-cooled ones, whirring in unique style, and with a great amount of power on tap, it has Porsche's VarioRam induction system which improves low to mid-range torque. We took the car on a short drive and go into further detail about the 911, take a look at the the mechanical review video to see the detail and the car in action.

Suspension and Brakes

Porsche's engineers created a new light-alloy subframe and wishbone suspension with these cars which made for a more improved driving and handling experience from its predecessors.

On the drive out, Tom took us around some local roads, we heard no knocks, bangs or unwanted noises from the suspension which provided an enjoyable journey. Overall the car performed as to be expected with no observed issues. Looking underneath the car, there were a few signs of surface rust to the suspension areas but nothing out of the ordinary.

The brakes felt to have no pull or vibrations that stood out to us when on the journey and brought the car to a stop without a problem and with the kind of stopping power you'd expect.

Please take a look over the mechanical videos and photographs to see close-up images from under the car.

The Drive

A major change to the 993 was the implementation of all alloy multilink rear suspension attached to an alloy subframe - a completely new design derived from the 989, a four-door sedan that never went into production. The new suspension improved handling, making it more direct, more stable, also reducing interior noise and improved ride quality from previous models.

Excellent handling in the Porsche was proven as it gripped the turns and corners out on our test drive without concern. The soundtrack out on the roads was beautiful with its powerful Porsche brakes providing great stopping power. Overall, the 993 provides refinement and open-air enjoyment in one very stylish package.

Electrics and Other

A functional Porsche radio fitted into the dash area was tested and working although the contrast was a little strong in the sunlight which made the screen a little tricky to read. There was an accompanying CD changer in the front boot section.

The air conditioning was blowing lovely and cold, a welcome relief for the warmer months. A really great feature of the Targa is the "greenhouse" system - a retractable glass roof that retracts underneath the rear window, revealing a large opening in the cabin space.

The Vehicle Identification optional equipment codes - detailed in the servicing book note the Porsche includes; (425) Rear window wiper, (567) Top-tinted windscreen, (602) Raised stop lamp and (C16) UK LUX spec including tinted windows and special paint.

Overall the Porsche is fairly straightforward with its electrical components, designed mainly for driver enjoyment and road focus. Tom told us that he has had no issues with the electrical elements on the car and to the best of his knowledge, everything was working as it should do, including the rear spoiler switch.

History and Paperwork

The 911 Targa comes with a clean MOT valid until February 2024, servicing by Peterborough Porsche in 01.02.2023 plus its original log book containing over 15 service stamps, many of which are from Porsche Service Centres.

With under ~55,000 miles on the clock, the 911 has a very well documented service history, with a service book containing many Porsche service book entries and a large folder of paperwork going back to 1998.

The Targa has benefited from great owner heritage who have invested heavily into the Porsche's future, some of the works included have been noted as; Renewed fan belt and A/C belt in June 2019, Exhaust and renewal of the rear tail pipe and back box clamps in April 2015, new oil filter and service in June 2013, new bonnet damper, new bonnet struts and a new tank gauge in March 2011.

New door check straps, front brake pipes, rear engine lid struts, a/c condenser, front and rear brake discs and pads, new clutch, slave cylinder and new PA1000 remotes were upgraded in June 2009. It is estimated that over ~£13,000 has been spent on servicing and upkeep on the Porsche over its ~26 years on the road.

Should there be any questions required, Tom would be happy to answer these in the section below.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

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. This is an auction on behalf of a trade seller and normal auction rules apply, i.e. there is no warranty, no return policy and bids are binding with more info in our terms and conditions.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
01.02.2023 MOT 54,570
01.02.2023 Service 54,570
22.02.2022 MOT 53,683
22.02.2021 Service 52,210
12.08.2020 MOT 52,196
25.06.2019 Service 51,961
25.06.2019 MOT 51,953
02.08.2017 MOT 51,924
12.07.2016 MOT 51,919
20.04.2015 Service 51,891
02.05.2014 MOT 50,937
20.06.2013 Service 50,922
03.05.2013 MOT 50,753
14.06.2012 MOT 50,011
31.03.2011 Service 49,245
30.06.2010 MOT 46,705
30.06.2010 Service 46,705
29.06.2009 Service 46,311
18.10.2008 MOT 46,291
06.10.2007 MOT 45,805
07.07.2006 MOT 44,050
10.06.2005 MOT 42,230
10.06.2004 MOT 41,046
10.06.2004 Service 41,033
01.04.2003 Service 38,157
04.04.2002 Service 34,973
27.04.2001 Service 30,728
05.05.2000 Service 24,377
26.03.1999 Service 16,896
01.03.1998 Service 7,141
Key Details
  • Model911 993 Targa
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date03.04.1997
  • CC3,600cc
  • Mileage~54,837
  • HistoryVery Good
  • ColourPastel Yellow
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WP0ZZZ99ZVS380846
  • Engine #63V04020
  • Last Service01.02.2023
  • MOTYes. Exp 21.02.2024
  • HPi ClearYes - All Clear
  • Former Keepers7
  • Tyre BrandFalken
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~2 years, 4 months
  • Key FeatureHistory and Manual Car
  • Auction ID1486