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1997 Porsche 993 911 Cup 3.8
- 3.8 liter six-cylinder boxer engine
- Six-speed manual gearbox
- 315hp @ 6200rpm, 265ft-lb @ 5500rpm
- Top speed of approximately 174mph
The 911 cup 3.8 was based on the Porsche 993 and debuted at the 1994 Porsche Supercup. Its 3.8-liter boxer engine produced 315 horsepower at 6200rpm, which allowed it to reach a top speed of approximately 174mph. The 993 911 cup 3.8 was the last of the air-cooled cup cars. This specific vehicle was built on June 30th 1997, and was the third to last one produced. Interestingly Porsche cup cars could only be ordered in three colors: Guards Red, Glacier White, and Black. This car is unique in that it was painted Pastel Yellow at the factory, a custom order. The 993 cup cars were built on the same production line as the 993 road cars. The cup cars however came straight from the factory with welded roll cages, no exhaust, no interior, no airbag, a manual steering rack, center lock wheels, Pirelli racing slicks, and an air jack system. They were truly purebred racecars straight from the factory.
The Porsche 356
The first Porsche 356s were sold primarily in Austria and Germany, mostly by a small number of auto racing enthusiasts. It took Porsche two years, starting with the first prototype in 1948, to manufacture the first 50 automobiles. By the early 1950s, the 356 gained a reputation among enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic for its aerodynamics, handling, and excellent build quality. A win at Le Mans in 1951 was clearly a factor in its newfound popularity.
In September of 1959 Porsche revealed their fully updated 356 known as the 356B. This had a completely revised body that was more suitable for the American market. In order to appeal to this growing market and meet American regulations, the 356B used the new T5 bodystyle which raised the front and rear bumpers nearly four inches and the headlights were also repositioned higher. Inside, Porsche fitted a new deep dish steering wheel and deeper front seats.
Porsche offered the 356B Cabriolet as a high-end touring car with a thick-padded convertible top and expensive options such a leather seats and a Blaupunkt radio.
The 1962 Porsche 356B Super Cabriolet was an absolutely gorgeous automobile, particularly those with the original factory Smyrna Green color, which was quite striking. The 1600 Super was created as a high- performance option to the regular 1600, offering 15 more horsepower with larger valves, increased compression, and improved performance. The ’62 “1600 S” featured the more sought-after T6 body style with twin-engine grilles on the deck lid, and an external (rather than in the trunk) fuel filler in the right front fender. It was interesting that the Porsche manufacturers didn’t recognize this car with a different model designation.
1961 Porsche 356B 1600 Super
- 1.6 liter four-cylinder OHV, 2 valves per cylinder
- Four-speed manual gearbox
- 74hp @ 4500rpm, 81lb-ft @ 2800rpm
- 101mph top speed
1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Reutter Coupe
- 1582cc horizontally-opposed air-cooled 4-cylinder
- Four-speed manual gearbox
- 59hp @ 4500rpm, 81lb-ft @ 2800rpm
- Full restoration completed in 2012