1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Jump to Images

The Porsche 993 (1993-1998) was the not only the last air-cooled 911, but also one of the most beautiful and desirable. It kept the general appearance of early 911s, but with more flared wheelarches and with subtle aerodynamic improvements leading to a shape that was both flowing and upright. Porsche was to later return to styling similar to the 993 with the later 997 and current 991 (don't even try to figure out Porsche naming conventions!)

The Turbo S was introduced in 1997, and offered a power bump to 425 horses for the American market. Other changes over the Turbo include air scoops behind the doors, quad exhaust, a larger rear wing, and yellow brake calipers. Only 183 cars were sold.

This car was auctioned off by Mecum Auctions in Monterey, California on August 18-20, 2016.

---- Specifications ----
Price -- Production 183 hp
Engine -- Weight --
Aspiration -- Torque --
HP 425 hp HP/Weight --
HP/Liter -- 1/4 mile --
0-62 mph -- Top Speed --

(from Mecum Auctions Press Release) 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

  • 9,360 original miles
  • 1 of 183 produced for the U.S. Market
  • Owned by Pete Sampras until 2015
  • Tan leather interior
  • Carbon fiber interior accents
  • Electric sliding sunroof
  • Original bill of sale
  • Service records
  • Inspected by Porsche in 2015
  • Original books, extra keys and tool kit
  • Tire inflator
  • Clean CarFax

This 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S is a rare—one of 183 produced for the U.S. Market—and has been driven only 9,360 original miles. Formerly owned by professional tennis superstar Pete Sampras, this car has been sparingly used and religiously maintained. This particular car is a Turbo S and distinguishes itself from its Turbo sibling with a number of mechanical, exterior bodywork and interior trim differences that required it to be constructed at Porsche Exclusive, their in-house customization facility that builds both limited edition as well as bespoke customer cars. The engine has been upgraded with two larger K-24 turbo units, an additional oil cooler and remapping of the Motronic engine control management system to produce an additional 25 horsepower—425 versus 400. The visual clues on the exterior include large air scoops on the leading edge of the rear fenders to cool the incoming air charge, a European front spoiler with brake cooling ducts, an aero rear spoiler, quad round exhaust tips, and matte finish on the wheels and yellow colored brake calipers—in lieu of red. The interior receives a full leather treatment, even on the air vent louvers, and is fitted with carbon fiber accent pieces on the dash, side panels, center console, shift knob and emergency brake. The 993 generation of the Porsche 911 Turbo S were rare—with only 345 examples produced world wide—and expensive due to the labor intensive nature of the build and the high quality of the materials used. This Turbo S presents beautifully in the classic color combination of Black with Tan interior. The car has undergone a recent 2015 inspection and comes complete with an original bill of sale, full service records, original books, original tool kit, original tire inflator and extra keys. It’s a sterling car that was once owned by one of America’s greatest tennis players: Pete Sampras, a former Number 1 ranked, 14-time Grand Slam championship winner who dominated the sport for most of the 1990s.