Classic Car Auction of Toronto - Spring

Lot : SP54
1996 Porsche 993 Targa

Auctioned on Saturday, April 4, 2009

Not Sold at a High Bid of $40,000

    In keeping with tradition, Porsche constantly improved and refined the venerable 911, keeping its performance and appeal at the top of the “supercar” class. The 993 models appeared in 1995, and during a relatively brief production run, they marked the final series of the air-cooled 911. Aside from the Turbo, the rarest model was the new Targa, which continued to combine the sheer pleasure of the Cabriolet with the rollover and weather protection of the Coupe. Priced at a $13,000 premium over the basic Carrera, the new Targa was produced for just two years, based on a reinforced Cabriolet body shell with a large, power-operated tinted glass roof by Webasto.

    Mechanically, the Targa featured a 3.6-litre, air-cooled “flat-six” engine producing 282 brake horsepower, thanks to Porsche’s innovative Varioram variable-length induction system. Performance matched the dramatic roof design with the 0-60 dash covered in 5.0 seconds and the quarter-mile in 13.5 seconds, while a new multilink rear suspension provided more predictable handling than ever before.

    This Targa is one of approximately 40 examples originally imported to Canada. It displays a stunning and rare Polar Silver exterior finish, a Tiptronic transmission, and a set of Targa-specific17-inch, two-piece alloy wheels. Showing just 69,800 kilometers from new, it is fully certified, emissions-tested, and comes complete with full history from new. Truly, its offering represents an incredible opportunity for the knowledgeable Porsche enthusiast.