EX-SULTAN OF BRUNEI 1995 PORSCHE 993 TURBO CABRIOLET
One of 14 cars ever made, this '95 Porsche 993 Turbo Cabriolet that ended up in Sultan of Brunei's car collection was Porsche's first turbo cabriolet.
I would imagine that it would be quite a tough decision for a manufacturer like Porsche to dial down the performance on their angriest, top-of-the-line performance machine for aesthetic reasons. Perhaps that is why Porsche had never made a cabriolet from their Turbo range of cars till 1995. While the company extended their turbo offerings in the other direction, towards a faster, meaner homologation special which was the GT2 version of the 993 Turbo, there was still nothing for those who wanted all the power and performance in a top-down convertible that could be enjoyed on the roads. This is where Herr Fritz Haberl, owner of South German Porsche dealerships who saw the potential for such a thing, came in to suggest Porsche to build such a thing.
After his meeting with the heads of the company to suggest a cabriolet version of the Porsche 993 Turbo which had just replaced the 964 model, things had gone rather silent. Haberl thought that the matter had reached a dead end, and as he was about to move on, Porsche called him back with a response. If Haberl could find 12 buyers upfront for the 993 Turbo Cabriolet, the company would build the cars. As one would imagine, it wasn’t long before the demand was met, even exceeded. Haberl sold six cars in Germany while the rest went to clients around the world.