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An Attainable 993? 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

Among all of the air-cooled Porsche 911 models you can buy, the 993-chassis cars are perhaps the best combination of classic 911 DNA with modern features that make it a usable daily driver (if you dare.) Of course, in this instance, we’re not talking about actually using it like a daily, but more that the 993 is modern enough inside you wouldn’t consider it a penalty if you had to do so. Of course, these are among the most valuable air-cooled 911s out there, so it’s not surprising to see this 1995 911 Carrera 4 listed here on eBay with close to 200,000 miles and an asking price of $73,500.

That’s just reality, unfortunately, as the 993-era was one of the best of the breed in the world of 911s. The looks were classic, bringing the original long-hood design full circle into an instantly recognizable shape that was also thoroughly modern. The wrap-around tail lamps, the bulbous rear fenders, the sloping C-pillar – these were all 911 hallmarks, wrapped into a tidy design with comfortable seats, functional air conditioning, and plenty of power. The 911 presents well in photos, but I’m sure with the mileage this one has, you’re sure to find some road rash here and there.

The interior is in remarkably good shape for a driver, but that’s another feature of the 993: a very durable interior, not unlike the W123-era Mercedes-Benz products. You do see a tear in the driver’s side bolster, but that’s a very minor flaw when considering it has 195,000 miles on the clock. The seller discloses there is a crack in the windshield and that the sunroof panel alignment isn’t great; outside of perhaps finding an original, Porsche-stamped windshield, there isn’t much to worry about inside the car. And while the back seat is tiny, you could stick some compact kiddos back there once they’re beyond child seat age.

Like all good 911s, there’s a long list of maintenance in this car’s history file. While I hate to subscribe to the notion that every 911 needs an engine rebuild (there’s a tendency for owners to simply hand over their checkbooks to a local shop who convinces them it’s a mortal sin to own a 911 with engine leaks – it’s not), this sort of mileage on any sports car is going to test the tolerances of various seals and gaskets. This seller did have a rebuild of the 3.6L flat-six in 2014, which included new chains and tensioners. I love cars with big miles because you know someone has been comfortable hopping in and driving it every day; I just wish the cost of entry on a good 993 was a little bit lower.


  1. Avatar photo Steveo

    Nah. Save up a little more money and get one that hasn’t been worn out.

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  2. Avatar photo aboyandhisdog

    I love to see a 911 with a bunch of miles. And I think Porsche does too. They build them to last and to be driven – not to sit in a garage just to look good. These are drivers cars so why wouldn’t we drive them?

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  3. Avatar photo Kurt Member

    Need to know what the mileage was when the chains were replaced.

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    • Avatar photo Dan

      According to the description that apparently happened at 175K when the engine was rebuilt. Presents very well given the mileage but still a little rich for me because of the mileage.

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  4. Avatar photo Rob

    This is a motor that can take a beating, very understressed. I had a 96 C4S; should have kept it.

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  5. Avatar photo Mister Green

    Replace the motor with a fresh one, then rebuild the old motor and put it in a SAND RAIL. Then get ready to launch yourself off a dune.

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  6. Avatar photo Chris

    Attainable for who? LOL!!

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