Expert Auto Appraisals performed an inspection on this 1993 Porsche Turbo S Leichtbau in Show Low, Arizona. The vehicle was on a live Bring a Trailer auction. I performed the inspection for a client in the UK. Bring a Trailer sold the car for $970,000 at auction hammer. However my client was not the winning bidder. This was my second visit to this seller’s location to inspect a significant Porsche.
1993 Porsche Turbo S Leichtbau
In the early 1990’s, Porsche was struggling as a manufacture and built several variations of the 964 generation 911 that were special and rare, all desirable today. These included the Carrera RS, RS America, America Roadster, Speedster, 3.6 Turbo, 30th Anniversary, and other. The Turbo S was one of these special variants. Going one step further, Porsche produced the lightweight or Leichtbau Turbo S. In total, Porsche produced only 86 lightweight examples. This car had several features from the Carrera RS to save weight and more. Additionally, the car was visually very similar to the Carrera RS 3.8.
The Leichtbau featured the RS door panels, aluminum doors, lightweight glass, racing bucket seats, composite rear spoiler and carbon fiber hood. Additionally, power steering, air conditioning, radio, sound deadening were deleted. At 2,850 lbs., the Leichtbau was over 400 lbs. lighter than a Turbo S. The engine produced 380 HP. The extra power was due to modified intake runners, more radical cam timing, and upgraded fuel injection and ignition timing, and maximum turbo boost was increased to 1.0 bar. To accommodate special requests, Porsche would allow clients to retain a few comfort features, as with this example which was ordered with AC.
Porsche Turbo Inspection Services
Typical points of the inspection performed on a Porsche Turbo are chassis and body examination, engine and transmission originality, and mechanical performance. Additionally, an evaluation drive to check road performance. This inspection proved to be invaluable for our client. As always, I collected the information which is important to many in any Porsche buying or bidding decision. In addition to the report, over 450 images covering all aspects of the vehicle were provided.
Expert Auto Appraisals perform inspections on Porsche and all other marques in Florida and throughout the United States and Canada. I regularly perform inspections on cars listed on Bring a Trailer. I regularly attend the auctions in Scottsdale, Monterey, and Amelia every year. Because of this, I am available for inspections at RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Co., and Bonhams. I also regularly attend Mecum, Russo and Steele, Barrett-Jackson, and GAA auctions. If you are considering the purchase of a special interest car, contact us to perform an auction inspection of the vehicle for you. Contact us today at 772.621.2622 to discuss your needs or use our online Pre Purchase Inspection Request Form.