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1997 PORSCHE 911 (993) CARRERA 4

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This 1997 Porsche 993 Carrera 4 is a superb example of the last air-cooled and last hand-built 911 model, presented with outstanding service history from new. It is equipped with the 3.6-litre ‘VarioRam’ flat-six engine mated to the sought-after six-speed manual transmission, and features the optional lowered suspension. Finished in the classic combination of Arctic Silver over a Midnight Blue interior, the odometer shows 73,090 miles from new.

Built at the Zuffenhausen factory, this right-hand drive 993 Carrera 4 was first registered in the UK in February 1997, supplied new by Porsche dealer Arlington of Northampton. As the car is a 1997 model, it has the VarioRam engine, which provides higher torque in the mid range. It was purchased by the resident of an Oxfordshire village in 1999, and subsequently sold to someone else in the same village in 2006. The current owner lives nearby and acquired it just over two years ago - so it has remained in the same county for nearly all of its life.

The silver paintwork is described as being in good condition by vendor, and has factory stickers still in place. It is the original finish, and as it has been driven and enjoyed as intended, there are some minor stone chips at the front. The window seal rubbers all around the car appear to be in excellent condition. It sits on the optional 17-inch Cup 2 Design wheels, which are in very good order.

Inside, the blue leather upholstery is in very good condition, with no rips or tears. The driver’s seat bolster does have some noticeable wear, but the trim is in otherwise excellent shape. The cabin is equipped with the optional sport seats featuring electric height adjustment, as well as air-conditioning and a factory-fitted sunroof. The vendor reports that the car has no electrical faults whatsoever - everything works as it should.

This 993’s service history is comprehensive, with no fewer than 18 main dealer and specialist stamps present in the original maintenance booklet. The brake fluid and spark plugs were renewed less than 2,000 miles ago. It was last serviced in February 2019 at the workshop of Francis Tuthill when the mileage stood at 72,957. This work included an engine oil change, new filters, a rebuild of the distributor with new rotor caps and arms, and a full inspection of the underside.

The vendor keeps the car in a secure garage, which is heated and has a dehumidifier. The last MOT test was in June 2019, which resulted in a clean pass with no advisories. It is fitted with a full set of N-rated Pirelli P Zero Rosso tyres, in size 205/50 ZR17 at the front and 255/40 ZR17 at the rear.

This Porsche 993 Carrera 4 is an original C16 code UK model that has never been modified. Also included in the sale is the service book and owner’s manuals in the original Porsche wallet. The car still has the space-saver spare wheel and tool roll, as well as the tyre compressor.

It is accompanied by a large history file of paperwork, including invoices from all of the services. A cherished car presented in outstanding mechanical condition, this 911 wants for nothing and is ready to excite and delight a new owner.

Summary of service history:

17 Mar 1998 - 8,219 miles
18 Jan 1999 - 13,605 miles
23 Nov 1999 - 24,833 miles
27 Oct 2000 - 35,263 miles
30 Jan 2002 - 47,463 miles
14 Jan 2003 - 51,713 miles
7 Jan 2004 - 56,679 miles
21 Dec 2004 - 60,960 miles
19 Dec 2005 - 64,487 miles
28 Jul 2006 - 65,778 miles
19 Oct 2007 - 67,414 miles
1 Dec 2008 - 68,227 miles
9 Apr 2010 - 69,434 miles
28 Jul 2011 - 70,478 miles
4 Jun 2013 - 71,153 miles
3 Oct 2014 - 71,795 miles
11 Aug 2016 - 72,127 miles
1 Feb 2019 - 72,957 miles

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