Monterey

18-19 August 2017

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Lot 153

1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

  • Chassis no. WP0AC2997VS375758

Sold for $360,250


  • Less than 8,300 original miles
  • One of only 183 produced for the American market
  • Traditional Porsche Guards Red over Black


Introduced in 1997 and built for only two years, the Type 993 Turbo S was a huge step up in performance, looks, exclusivity—and price—over the standard 911 Turbo. The Turbo S was among the last of the air-cooled 911s and was capable of performance that is still very much impressive today. The 0–100 sprint of only 8.9 seconds was half a second faster than that of the standard Turbo. If the driver was brave enough, the car would reach a top speed of 184 mph.

Like all Turbo Ss, at the heart of chassis number 375758 is a flat six-cylinder engine fitted with a pair of K-24 turbochargers that output 430 horsepower in U.S. specification. Power is driven to the ground through a six-speed manual transaxle and all-wheel-drive system that was developed for the earlier Type 964 Carrera 4. The Bosch Motronic engine-management system is upgraded to produce more power and an additional oil cooler was added to handle the increased heat load. Large, 12.68-inch power-assisted ventilated and cross-drilled multi-piston disc brakes with yellow calipers deliver impressive stopping power from any speed.

Unlike some other special edition models, Porsche did not sacrifice creature comforts and usability for track performance with the Turbo S, and chassis 375758 is no different. Inside is a luxurious full black leather interior with generous amounts of carbon fiber trim on the lower portion of the dashboard, around the gauges, along the doorsills, and on the center console, door panels, and door pulls. The included window sticker notes the optional addition of black floor mats, carbon leather steering wheel, racing style seats, and a digital sound package with a six-disc CD changer. Rounding out the optional extras is an infra-red security system.

The CARFAX report notes this Porsche has had five owners, having originally been delivered to Bert Smith International in St. Petersburg, Florida. Moving to an owner in the Chicago area in 2001, the Turbo S completed its 6,000-mile service in 2004. Another large maintenance was performed with the third owner in Ohio in 2007, before the car passed to Colorado. Most recently, the Turbo S has resided in California with an avid Porsche collector and has been maintained and inspected as one would expect of such an impressive Porsche.

The Turbo S delivered stunning performance in a package as luxurious and exclusive as Porsche’s discerning customers had come to expect. It really was the ultimate supercar that could comfortably be driven as a daily commuter. Collectors today value the Turbo S for its rarity, performance, timeless styling, and as the last iteration of the air-cooled Turbo.

Addendum

Please note that due to California emissions, this vehicle must be sold to a dealer or out-of-state resident.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more