I sold my 1988 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Supersport SSE Widebody for $20k

Was I mad?

Tidying up some old emails today I found this gem from 2001

So, I’ve had my 911 SSE for a year now. Extremely happy with it, even though it’s a bit of a garage queen – I just don’t like the idea of leaving the Porker exposed to our inclement English weather. I use a Jeep wrangler for everyday commuting. I believed this was the perfect compromise between sensible daily driver and fun weekend car.

But then Sunday afternoon… Oh Dear… I drove a colleagues 993 Targa Tip…. What an awesome car! Every single component from the precise steering to the good old fashioned seat of the pants sensation just grabbed me. I was amazed at how smooth the Tip gearbox was, the power range seemed virtually endless and the whole car felt like it was stuck to the tarmac. I think that moment when I first turned the ignition… I already knew that my bank balance was in trouble! After 30 minutes of leisurely driving (“Honest officer!”) around Surrey’s country roads and a couple of motorway blasts I was ready to sell my soul to the Devil.

Which leads to my questions….

I love the Targa top but have heard a few nasty stories of leaks, squeaks, etc. even though the 911 that I drove was squeak free and had never leaked. Was this problem a feature of a specific year/model?

The other choice is the wide body Carrera, which I understand was only available in Coupe? I *love* the look of these cars but given the choice – widebody coupe or Targa?

o  I am leaning towards Targa at the moment.
o  Definitely want Tiptronic S
o  I *think* want a C2 not a C4
o  I *think* I want to aim for the ’97 model year

Any 993 owners with advice or other info that might help me would be gratefully appreciated.

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Now the blatant FOR SALE bit!

Both my motors need a new home… Of course if anyone is willing to do a straight swap of my 911 for their 993 Targa that would be perfect!!! Well… you have to try don’t you?

I live in Camberley, Surrey, South West of London so email me if you’re interested.

Porsche 911 Carrera Supersport Cabriolet
1988(F) Black, red leather interior with red carpets and black floor mats, 17″ cups (originals Fuchs+tyres inc as spares), Power Hood, MultiCD player, Koni Shocks, recent new SSI exchangers, 56k miles with FSH – mixture of OPC and Porsche ‘Specialist’, Star-Chip and full enclosure alarm fitted last year and private plate (OFS1Y) included in price. A1 Condition.
£20,000 ono )

JEEP WRANGLER 2.5 Sport TJ.
1998(S) Black, £2000 new alloys & tyres, originals inc as spares, Soft top, side steps, removable stereo, FJSH with 17,000 Miles 3 Owners. Tax & MOT. Looks and drives like new – First to see will buy.
£8,500 ono 

Cheers all,
Nick
88 911 SSE Cab – For Sale!

[97 993 Targa – waiting in the sidelines?]