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Porsche 911 996 Carrera 4S manual, registered on 20/09/2004, 75,180 miles, 12 months MOT, German/part service history, 4 previous owners, HPI clear.
Presented for sale, here we have the needle in the hay stack that we wish Porsche had made more of: The 996 Carrera 4S, in original, factory, Speed Yellow. Additionally, this 4S also benefits from the X51 performance engine mounted at the rear. The combination of these two sparse attributes is likely to make this particular example a one of a kind within the UK. As with all rare Porsches, this is undoubtedly a very sound investment and a car that is quickly appreciating in value. It is also worth noting that this 4S was delivered to Porsche Centre Reading in October 2004, making it one of the very last examples produced.
The Porsche's coachwork is found in flawless condition; straight "as a pin" along its sides, with perfect panel gaps, and no previous damage to note. The Speed Yellow paint work is equally stunning, with a deep, un-faded gloss, no marks or scratches, and no stone chips to either bumper, having both been removed and resprayed while in with us. The car has also undergone our customary day's worth of FGP detailing, to emphasise and protect the fabulous condition of the 911's exterior. We have had the original wide-bodied 4S wheels stripped and refurbished due to previously being refurbished in the wrong shade of silver. While being refurbished, new Michelin Pilot Sport tyres have been fitted all round.
The interior of the Porsche is as clean and well-kept as the exterior. The black leather has worn exceptionally well, the carpets are spotless, and usual wear points such as the gear stick and steering wheel suggest that the car has been used gently. The front seats have recently been changed to Design 911 GT3 style replicas, and the genuine Porsche GT3 centre console "delete" has also been installed. These two features sit very well alongside the unusual spec of the car. The colour coded lower centre console was special ordered from the factory, and again, ties in beautifully with the rest of the car. If a buyer wanted, we could also fit colour coded seat belts, which would arguably finish off a very special interior.
The mechanical condition of the Carrera 4S matches that of the exterior and interior. Following our PDI inspection, five page report, and follow-up preparation process, the car is faultless and will provide care-free motoring to its new owner. As is noted earlier on in this description, the rare and sought after X51 performance engine is fitted to the car, which increases the BHP from 320 to 345. This is achieved, in brief terms, by way of; different cylinder heads, camshafts, valve springs, intake manifolds, exhausts manifolds, and DME mapping. The result is not only more power, but a more responsive throttle input, making for an even more exhilarating drive. During our preparation process, we have upgraded the car's IMS bearing for our favoured "EPS" cylindrical unit, nullifying the possibility of IMS woes. We also renewed the clutch, making for a lovely light pedal beneath the left foot, as well as renewing the rear main oil seal. The gearbox shifts through all six speeds seamlessly, the brakes stop the car powerfully, having just had new discs and pads in all four corners during our preparation process. The handling of the Porsche is fantastic; the car is tight through its suspension, ultra-responsive to steering input, and has masses of grip provided by the new Michelin Pilot Sport tyres we have just had fitted.
Service History / Sales Prep
The 911 has a folder of paperwork with it, inclusive of invoices for works completed on the car, HPI certificates, MOT certificates, the official Porsche specification sheet, and other miscellaneous documents. Up until June 2010, the Porsche was looked after exclusively at the Porsche main dealer, evidenced by 17 separate invoices issued by Porsche Centre Reading and Porsche Centre Guildford. Then, in 2011, the owner moved to Germany, taking his one-of-a-kind with him, and keeping it there until 2018. In 2016, he had the engine upgraded to the X51 performance engine, with invoices from German specialists showing the cost at over €18,500.
In preparation for sale, we have carried out our customary PDI inspection and five page follow-up report, which is available upon request. The following lists the work we have carried out during our preparation process, which will also be possible to view in one of our "FGP Prep Book" episodes on our YouTube channel shortly: Major service with spark plug and auxiliary drive belt change, renewal of 6x coil packs, renewal of 2x coil pack heat shields, brake fluid change, coolant flush and change, gearbox oil change, front differential oil change, renewal of window wipers, air conditioning system service, renewal of 2x key head batteries, IMS bearing upgraded to "EPS" cylindrical unit, renewal of three-piece clutch kit, renewal of rear main oil seal, refurbishment of 4x alloy wheels, renewal of 4x brake discs and pads, renewal of 2x front suspension top mounts, renewal of 2x front suspension top bearings, renewal of 2x front suspension bump stops, renewal of 2x front arch liners, renewal of 3x rear under-body trays, renewal of oil pressure sender, respray front and rear bumpers.
As can be seen above, we have completed all and any servicing work that can be done on the car, not because it was strictly required, but because there is no documentation for servicing works since the car returned to the UK in 2018. Having now had all of the above done, the new custodian will have peace of mind that everything servicing related is fresh and the car is therefore ready to be enjoyed.
Porsche 911 996 Carrera 4S Manual - X51 Engine