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1995 911 Carrera (993) - Dreaming Of A 911

While we all dream of owning a Porsche, here’s the painful truth about living with an air-cooled 911.

By James Tate

It seemed like a no-brainer at the time: The 911 – any 911 – is an iconic sports car with an unrivalled racing pedigree. We’ve all dreamed of owning one, so when the opportunity presented itself, I had to buy it. I became the very proud owner of a 1995 911 Carrera (993) in Speed yellow.

It was a steal at just $21000. Air-cooled 911’s aren’t getting any cheaper, especially with their resurgence in popularity, and this one already had many of the tasteful big-dollar parts fitted. How could I lose?

My excitement was promptly doused by bouts of laughter from your favorite Editor. “Buy it and then tell the readers why you should have bought a GTI in the first place!” he laughed. It was a fair challenge – and after $1700 to ship the car from coast to coast, and a set of Nitto Invo tires to replace the aging rubber, the price tag was within a few dollars of a brand-spankin’-new VW GTI.

Nevertheless, the red mist had come down and commonsense solutions like the GTI were out the window. I was determined to prove Emmerson wrong. After all, I’d built the 993 so many times in my dreams, I already knew what parts I’d need. I was planning on a full RS Clubsport spec – and what better to piss off the locals than bright yellow?

It’s been a year since I bought the car and, as you can see, it looks exactly like it did in my dreams. You can’t miss the tackiest wing Porsche ever built – that of the 993 RS Clubsport – replicated beautifully by Extreme Dimensions, along with the “taco holder” RS Clubsport-style front splitters.

It’s worth saying that the Extreme Dimensions wing is one of very few that correctly replicate the air intakes on each side – and is easily the most affordable of the bunch.

The “RS”-style side skirts come courtesy of GT3TEK, along with the functional brake duct scoops to replace the factory foglights. Finally, I found a set of orange corner lights because clear is so last year!

The previous owner had installed the RS rear bumper, so I left the car in the hands of a local guru to get all the pieces to fit together. In the span of a week, Mr Spoiler in Manassas, VA had recreated my wet dream.

But enough about the body – those Nitto Invos (235/40 and 275/35 R18, respectively) were wrapped around a custom set from Forgeline Motorsports S03 wheels. The beefy five-spokes are true to “RS” sizing, in 18x8" and 18x10".

I’ll confess to having exaggerated the offsets to make the car look cooler, though. If you’ve got a keen eye, you’ll note that the centers are matte black and the lips are gloss black: If you want attention to detail, call the Forgeline guys, they really looked after us. And the deep black makes the “Big Red” brakes (from a 993 Turbo) pop.

Inside, I’ve added a set of Recaro Pole Position seats (in leather/alcantara), which were standard fare in the genuine RS. The plan is to eventually match the inserts with those from a real RS as well.

The car handles like a dream, thanks to the folks at H&R, who supplied Street Performance coilovers and anti-roll bars. I can’t recommend the suspension enough – it’s infinitely adjustable and gives a satisfyingly taut ride without the dislocation of the lower vertebrae commonly found in less-developed aftermarket setups.

The 993 isn’t known for great steering feel, but this one does a little better thanks to the previous owner who had all the bushings converted to solid, heim-jointed components.

Throw in some Porsche RS engine mounts, uprights and a solid steering rack brace and you’ve got a pretty tossable hammer.

Being a 911, it sits in the garage more than I’d like. So I added an Optima Yellow Top battery. Designed for heavy duty, these things are pretty much the only ones capable of managing the parasitic drain inherent in Stuttgart’s air-cooled creations.

By James Tate
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