The Porsche 993 platform was manufactured from 1993 to 1998; it replaced the iconic (well, to me at least) 964 platform. The end of the 993 also brought forward the end of all air-cooled Porsches, and the last of hand-built 911 Porches. These are some of the main reasons the 993 platform is highly sought after by collectors today, and why prices are hitting record highs.
The model we have here today is the new AUTOart 1:18 scale Porsche 911 (993) Carrera in Silver Metallic. Other colours currently announced are Red Metallic, Riviera Blue Metallic, and Green Metallic. We’re sure more are on the way.
Exterior lines are near perfect, as it should be; the lines of the 993 are elegant and simple, a true visual delight. The Silver Metallic is beautifully applied and consistent front to back. Shutlines are good, but could be better for an AUTOart piece. I also feel the front panel gaps are just slightly off on the hatch/storage.
Moving to the front of the model, the fit and finish is top notch. I love the 3D Porsche logo front and centre. Headlights, turn signals and fog lights are nicely replicated.
* UPDATE * There is a major flaw that another user has pointed out. The wiper placement is incorrect. Its placement is for a right-hand drive Porsche, we have a left hand drive car here! Major goof AUTOart!
Rear is much like the front, fit and finish is well executed. The star here is the functional rear spoiler. This is where AUTOart excels over its competitors. Operation is flawless to boot.
When you open the rear hatch, it instantly dates the car. Compared to the latest platform, there is a lot more depth to the motor – no plastic covers and aero bits here. All is nicely crafted with detail and care, though you will notice the absence of any warning decals/badges on the lower lip of the engine compartment. A true shame, a simple decal could add so much more authenticity to the piece. We do like the updated hinge work front here and within the front storage area.
Front storage is simple. Full carpeting is found throughout. All is nicely cut and fitted. Underneath the model you’ll find some suspension bits, motor, and exhaust elements. All are fitted with care.
The wheels and braking components are next. In true AUTOart fashion, execution is fantastic, especially the life-like metallic cross-drilled rotors. Well done AUTOart!
Interior is simple in all black. Detail is prevalent in all aspects. This includes the dash, centre console and door cards. We especially like the period correct seat-belts found front and rear, and full carpeting throughout.
No doubt about it, any Porsche fan would need to add this one to their collection, and we approve! There is a lot of good here; AUTOart has definitely released another winner. Having a diecast piece is much better than something from our resident resin brick foundation. Also, if Silver doesn’t cut it, there are many other colours to choose from, as noted above.
Now if we can only have AUTOart address the obvious – the upper tier of 993 variants, such as the Turbo and GT2. You know what I mean. AUTOart, you now have the base model, the others should be easy as pie. So what’s the delay? Enjoy the pics!