The 1995 993 Turbo Cabriolet

In 1923 Bavarian Automaker und Service GmbH & Co. oHG was formed by Kaspar Haberl to service the motorcycle trade and by 1934 the company had progressed to selling Opel brand automobiles. Concurrently Haberl’s wife formed Haberl & Co. KG, to market and sell Volkswagens. Quickly the company became a stalwart of Munich automobile society and the largest auto dealer in Germany. A harbinger of the greatness that was to come under the Haberl banner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1951, then 19-year-old junior executive Fritz Haberl, proposed that it was a logical plan to sell Porsche automobiles given that Porsche’s shared many Volkswagen parts. Although Porsche had only been introduced to the Austrian/German markets in 1948, selling only 50 units by that time, Porsche’s 1951 class win at Le Mans indicated it was an up and coming marque. And so began the close relationship between Fritz Haberl and Porsche under the company to be known as MAHAG – the most successful dealership and fleet sales group in Germany (now wholly owned by Volkswagen Group).

 

 

 

In March 1994 the 993 Cabriolet was presented at the Salon international de l ‘automobile Geneva Motor Show. The car’s flowing lines were crafted by designer Anthony Hatter working under reappointed Porsche head designer Harm Lagaay. At the show, Fritz Haberl was so impressed with the 993 Cabriolet that he immediately began discussions with Porsche about building a limited edition 993 Cabriolet bodied Turbo version.

 

 

 

Porsche had not built a production 911 Turbo Cabriolet since the 3.3 liter G-model Turbo in 1989. Now with the 964 Turbo model out of production and no 993 turbo engine on the horizon until earliest in model year 1995, the only possibility for this was to build the cars with M64/50 3.6 Turbo engines from the 1994 911 Turbo and fit those engines to the 993 Cabriolet chassis. A challenge, but given Porsche’s financial need at the time, something that Porsche would do for a price.

 

 

 

 

Porsche agreed with Haberl that they would consider a short production run of these vehicles if he could promise at least ten buyers at a price DM264,000, a premium of DM112,000 over the base price of a 993 Cabriolet and DM60,000 over the base price of the most previous 911 3.6 Turbo model. This price was not a hold back and in the end Porsche sold 14 examples worldwide as documented in an August 11, 2005 letter from Porsche Deutschland. Unfortunately, the model was not destined for the U.S due to safety and emission standards.

 

 

 

 

Despite the small run the cars were designated as production vehicles being TUV approved for road use in 1995. They were considered so unique that Porsche gave them their own 993 production designation Type 993630 and their own unique VIN series SS338501 to SS338514. Nine were configured in left hand drive and five in right hand drive. At 14 total examples built this was certainly one of the rarest cars to ever come out of the Exclusive department.

 

 

 

 

The cars began as 993 Cabriolet models and were installed at the Exclusive department with the X82 option M64/50 360HP single-turbo engine of the 911 Turbo 3.6, 3.6 Turbo ‘Big Red’ brakes, 17” Speedline Cup wheels and the X93 option rear wing from the 1994 Turbo S. Each model was built to customer specifications with no two examples quite the same. A 993 Turbo Cabriolet Zertifikat issued by Porsche Deutschland illustrates a typical configuration.