5-Speed Cabriolet: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera – SOLD!

by | Oct 2022 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Sports Car Saturday

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October 23, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Of all the cars that have enjoyed being cherished by collectors the longest, the 993-series Porsche 911 sits at the top of the class. These were the ultimate 911, capturing the quintessential 911 design with just enough creature comforts and modern advancements to make it a car you can drive every day without regret. Of course, it doesn’t hurt its value proposition that it was the last air-cooled 911. The seller’s car is a 1995 911 Cabriolet offered with the preferred manual transmission and under 60,000 original miles. We originally came across this Porsche in October 2022 on Craigslist in Yorba Linda, California, for $79,900. Comparing that price against the Classic.com model guide shows that the seller is asking for more than the average sale price but is in line with recent auction sales.

Generally, the convertible version of any hard-top sports car isn’t nearly as loved as the fixed-roof sibling. For most sports cars of a certain age, you can be assured of a ding on the sale price if you own the version with a foldable roof. The 911 has routinely denied this trend regarding pristine examples of its Cabriolet offering, as top-shelf 993 and 964 drop-tops routinely command strong money that nips at the heels of the coupe. So, if you were thinking of going bargain shopping in the 993 aisle, forget trying to save money on a convertible unless you’re willing to go scorched earth and buy the worst one you can find (oh, and it will have Tiptronic.) While there’s a small gulf between the two roof choices, it’s hardly wide enough to think you’re going to find a deal. At the end of the day, it’s still a 993, a version of the 911 that did pretty much everything well.

The MotorWeek Retro Review YouTube Channel features this test drive of a similar 1995 Porsche 911 Carerra Cabriolet:

The other weak link of a convertible is that they’re often paired with automatic transmissions. This happens because convertible buyers are more concerned with grand touring than pavement-blitzing performance. Of course, that’s a total assumption, but it can’t be denied that if you buy a convertible with an automatic, ultimate performance isn’t a priority. The seller’s car bucks that trend by having three pedals. This Cabriolet appears to be in outstanding condition with full power options, a healthy power top, new tires, and claims by the seller of a robust maintenance portfolio. The paint appears in excellent shape, as does the interior, which doesn’t appear to suffer from years’ worth of sun damage. The seller also claims the 911 will come with its original window sticker, so it would seem someone has been tracking this 993’s history since way back. While we’d love to see more details about recent maintenance, the low mileage helps provide some assurances it won’t be too needy in the short term.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1995 Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet, Air Cooled, 3.6L, 6 Cyl, 5 Speed, 57k original miles, Power Windows, Power Locks, Tilt, Cruise, Power Seat, New Tires, Power Top, Premium Sound System am/fm/cd/Bluetooth, etc…, Ice Cold A/C, Always Garaged, Vehicle is in Excellent Condition Inside and out, Vehicle has always been serviced and maintained, Runs Great…. …. Only 57k Actual Miles, 2 keys, Original Window Sticker, books etc.….

No Accidents, No Dings, No Rips, No Tears, No Odors.

Already smogged,
Clean Title in Hand

$79,900.”

Drop top sports car: would you consider a convertible with a 5-speed if it was the last air-cooled 911?   

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