In the last comparison, we compared the classic modernity of the 964 to the previous G-Series. This time around, we'll cover the final air-cooled incarnation of the 911; the 993, and compare it to the 964.

993(1995)

Curvy air-cooled sex

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There's a reason why this generation is referred to as the best 911, other than the frequently stated fact that "it's the last of the air-cooled 911s, therefore it is the best.".

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Quick fun fact: The 993 took many design cues from multiple previous cars. To list a few, the ill-fated 965 Turbo, 959, and the Panamericana that was given to Ferry Porsche for his 80th birthday:

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Even so, it is a very beautiful car. With this new generation, the bumpers are integrated even further. As a result, the front and rear are much flatter than on any previous models(save for the Flachbau models, which I have reason to believe inspired the 993 in a way). The front end was also made flatter possible by the switch from round to poly-ellipsoid headlights. As a result, the design is strikingly beautiful with it's smoother lines giving off a harmonious overall impression.

Note that once again, the turn signals and fog lights are still integrated into the bumper. And those bumperettes I mentioned in the first segment, they're still here! And they're even minimally located on the front, separating the turn signals and fogs.

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(Carrera 4 above and Carrera 4S below)

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Along with this curvy new design, we finally get the first physical differences in the rear end. While the rear fenders/wheel arches became more pronounced like the Turbo models of old, this time around the wider body was only on the C2S, C4S, and TT(Twin Turbo).

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Another change caused by the "S" models was the distinctive and optional "split"-rear deck lid that took the place of the classic singular lid; and like the 964, it was also electronically controlled to be a spoiler as well. While we have this Silver Carrera S above, take note of the revised taillights that have been angled more in shape with the design; the "PORSCHE" lettering is still there, but only to the keen eye, as it slowly fades away into obscurity. This would be the last time Porsche would have their name on the back of a 911, until it "retro"-actively returned on the 991.

Now, for the minor design changes and things that stayed the same. I forgot to mention this previously, but the 964 was the first 911 to come standard with dual exhaust outlets, the 993 carried that over. The elephant ear side mirrors were replaced with curvier ones to go with the new design. And the fuel cap is still where it was originally.

Believe it or not, but body-wise, the 993 and 964 share the same roof, and I think that might be the case with all 911s up to this point; as I've heard of some people doing sunroof deletes using roofs from one of the first four generations, provided the car your swapping to is of those generations. Overall, the 964 represented that departure from the 70s and 80s and what the 90s might look like; compared to it's predecessor, the 993 was not the next Porsche, rather, the new 911 for the 90s, and I'd even go so far to say what direction Porsche was taking for the indefinite future.

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This 911 was the last complete "modern classic", by that, I mean not only the last air-cooled, but the last to follow a very tight-fit and close progression of design; as we'll see with the "Wassers". The 993 was and forever will be that last fresh breath of air that Porsche gave the world; elegance and muscle all in one package.

This is the best 911 interior, because it looks like a 911 interior, feels like one when you sit in it; but finally, all the creature comforts you wanted are finally modern and up to spec! It's an evolution of the 964's interior, with improved everything! Check it out, power door windows! That right there is the interior I wish I had in every car. It is simply fantastic.

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(That's right! You had the option of a brick-phone for your 993!)

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Enjoy some wallpaper worthy 993 photos:

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While this 911 was simply magnificent and a great way to end the air-cooled saga, Porsche's next iteration wasn't really the best way to enter the water-cooled era design-wise; as we will dive into next time and check out the "fried-egg" headlights of the 996!

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