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C4 -one of the last of the handbuilt! (SOLD 04.19)

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Category Porsche 911
Sub category 993 : 1993-1998
Title C4 -one of the last of the handbuilt! (SOLD 04.19)
Location Horwich, Lancs
Price 30,000
Sale type Private
Mileage 99,900
Year 1997
Telephone 07985 253209
Exterior Colour Ocean Blue metallic
Manual or Tiptronic Manual
Wheel Size & Style 18" hollow spoke alloys
Additional information A great example of the last of the hand-built 911s, air-cooled.

An excellent driver’s car, with 285BHP on tap, the drive is normally approx. 75:25 rear:front, so that it feels indiscernible from the rear-wheel drive in all but extreme situations, like heavy surface water or hard cornering, when it can instantly apportion up to 30% to the front. Always feels very planted yet the driver can twitch or flick the rear if wanted. In fact the extra 45 kg or so viscous coupling to the front axle for the all-wheel drive actually helps weight distribution and, along with the multi-link coil and wishbone, factory-lowered springs, makes for very well-sorted forward progress. New Bilstein dampers up front and original Porsche at the rear, with original Porsche springs at every corner.

It is a Varioram model, which gives more useable power in the lower and mid-speed ranges and overall an extra 5% increase over the non-Varioram engines.
Drives very well.

A fairly rare model even by Porsche standards, there were only 441 C4s built in UK spec, and this C4 has genuine 18” hollow-spoke alloy wheels - not only for looks but also providing a good weight saving over the 17” stock rims.

It comes with 6-speed manual transmission, space-saver spare tyre, rear wiper, high-mount 3rd brake light and electric sunroof.

Also fitted are split-type front spoilers and electronically adjustable rear spoiler which together produce very sure-footed stability for higher-speed driving. Stopping power is very strong, thanks to standard original 4-pot, silver powder-coated brake calipers with new ventilated disks and good thickness of pads remaining.

Switchgear in the cabin is beautifully weighted and solid, as is the gear change. The hardback sports seats, electrically height adjustable, are very supportive and the bolsters free of any rips or tears. For audiophiles, there is a Becker head unit fitted, complete with auxiliary jack for connecting to Ipod or mp3 player. While in the rear, the seatbacks can be folded flat for useful interior storage.

The paint is deep and glossy and the original window rubbers still in great condition. Attentively looked after, always garaged, the car is driven weekly to my appointments which keeps all moving parts properly lubricated and functioning. It is however not claiming to be perfect and does have stone chips here and there on the leading edges but none that have penetrated to metal. In fact mostly touched up where necessary to avoid deterioration. Professional respray to front and rear bumpers. Passenger electric door mirror fully functional; drivers side mirror is manual only - motor defunct.

No outstanding finance against the vehicle, average oil consumption/seepage, no body rust, no screen scuttle rust issues front or rear, no unattended MOT advisories, R428LDV looks good for its age. Driving 3-5000 miles a year, the current owner has always kept the oil level annually topped up or filled with 10W40. Still more than happy on the original clutch and still sounding just brilliant through the original stainless steel twin exhaust system, the engine is only just run-in at 99,600 miles and feels unburstable, from tickover all the way up the rev scale !

All alloys are shod with new Continental SportsContact2 tyres, each of course with N2 Porsche rating. 6mm remaining tread on each one, with a 225/40/18 footprint on the fronts and 265/35/18 on the rears.

The air-conditioning is fully functional, 2-speed and properly gassed. There are no oil leaks. The oil cooler under the front wing functions in 2 speeds; the dashboard climate control unit with windscreen and footwell blowers are all in correct working order; and the heating very efficient.

It comes with complete with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity which confirms full UK spec, date of first build and registration. Total 7 owners, including current owner for the last 8 years or so.

The car was professionally valued at £40,000 earlier this year. Its history is comprehensive with a huge amount of invoices, MOTs from 2007 onwards and stamped service booklet showing 14 visits, plus brake fluid changes. Carried out by 2 Porsche dealerships over the first 9 years and then - up to the present day - the Porsche specialist below for the next 12 years.

It should be noted that the vehicle suffered flash flood damage to an approx. value of £7,000 (at Porsche parts and labour prices) during 2007. At this point in time, when the value of the car was about £12,000, it was classed as a Category C insurance loss. However, having sustained purely electrical damage to the lighting and alarm, and no water ingress to compartments, this was fully repaired by the current specialist below using new, genuine parts. Satisfyingly, the vehicle was ID-checked and passed by VOSA (2007) – and this is recorded on the V5. This too has meant that insuring the vehicle at a regular premium has been no problem ever since, and the originality of the body, engine and fantastic chassis not affected.

MOT’d and major service earlier this year at 97,094 miles by Classic Car Workshop near Chorley, Lancashire, this 993 is fully prepped with toolkit, locking wheel nuts, 2 keys and driver manuals plus leather pouch, ready for its new custodian.

Reason for sale – needing to generate funds for a company project and to downsize.

New parts fitted – in addition to regular serviceable items -
Approx 2007 (from 60-70k miles):
Front side lights, foglight units and bulbs approx. 2007
Headlamp units, lenses and bulbs approx. 2007
Rear side lights, foglight units and bulbs approx. 2007
Autowatch Thatcham-1-approved remote alarm system, siren, internal motion sensors and (2) remote key fobs, working through original Porsche immobilizer and red flashing doorlights
2011 (75-80k miles):
New engine compartment blower resistor (for passenger compartment heating)
New fuel pump
New Xenon HID headlamp bulbs and ballasts x 2
2012/13 (80-87K miles):
Retractable spoiler wall (at rear)
New heater hose, servo motor for heater flap restored in front footwell
2014/15 (87-90k miles):
New battery
New ignition leads, rotor arms, distributor caps
New brake disks and pads, front and rear; brake fluid change; handbrake shoes replaced
New air conditioning resistor (for slow speed function)
2017 (94-97k miles):
New air conditioning drier and high-pressure pipe; system re-gassed
New spoiler gearbox (rear)
2018 (97-99.3k miles):
Major service including new lower camshaft cover gaskets; new spark plugs x 12; oil filters x 2 and oil change; good remaining brake pad thickness all-round; brake fluid condition checked and passed; operation of Varioram vacuum connection checked and passed
New Bilstein B6 shock absorbers x 2, front
4 x new Continental SportsContact2 N2 tyres fitted
New steering rack gaiter
4-wheel alignment performed (zero wheel-bearing, suspension and track-rod-end play; correct camber, toe-in checked and adjusted on front and rear wheels)
2019 (99.9k miles):
Minor oil service including oil leak repair flagged in MOT, Jan.
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Date added 03 Oct 2018 [ Last edited by graeme1 on 12 Apr 2019 edited 15 time(s) in total ]
Expiry date 03 Jul 2019
Ad status Sold
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C4 -one of the last of the handbuilt! (SOLD 04.19)
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C4 -one of the last of the handbuilt! (SOLD 04.19)
C4 -one of the last of the handbuilt! (SOLD 04.19)
C4 -one of the last of the handbuilt! (SOLD 04.19)
C4 -one of the last of the handbuilt! (SOLD 04.19)
C4 -one of the last of the handbuilt! (SOLD 04.19)