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Porsche 911 996 Carrera Manual, registered on 11/02/1998, 66,430 miles, MOT 01/09/2022, full service history, 6 previous owners, HPI clear.
Intro / Exterior
We are pleased to offer for sale, potentially the most outstanding 996 Carrera we have had through our doors yet. This very early example, manufactured in 1998, has a list of features that stands it out amongst the crowd. A 996 with a factory fitted GT3 aero kit and finished in the glorious Guards Red body colour (paint code L84A), is a rare combination and a beautiful sight to behold. The condition of the coachwork and the paintwork is exceptional, with not a single car park mark or ding to detract from the 911s curves, and only very minor stone grazes to the front bumper. Other eye-catching features are the non-sun roof delete, which provides a sleeker, cleaner looking roof line, as well as the "Tequipment" tail pipe tips, which are chromed and enlarged, suiting the aggressive styling of this particular example. The original and genuine Porsche BBS Sport Design GT3 style wheels have very recently been refurbished, and as such, are without a blemish, and the tyres fitted are nearly new Michelin Pilot Sport 4s.
Interior / Spec
A classic Porsche black leather interior lays inside the cabin, which is in an equally nice condition to the exterior. The leather has worn its years ever so well and could pass for a car of half its age. Areas such as the carpets, head-lining and dashboard are immaculate, and points that see most use, such as the driver's side bolstering etc have minimal wear. Pictured is an aftermarket, racing-style steering wheel, however, the factory original steering wheel can be fitted to the car instead if preferred. The Guards Red seat belts and centre console are a nice touch, tying in nicely with the exterior body colour, and the GT3 lower centre console delete has been carried out, decluttering the area where the redundant CD trays were housed. Every electrical function operates as its meant to, including the ice cool air conditioning system. In the way of optional extras, this 996 is modest, to the extent that it is even specified without traction control, which is a feature we, and a lot of our customers prefer on the earlier cars, as it offers a less complicated, and more raw sports car. There are three keys with the car and two are functioning remote fobs. The optional extra codes read as follows: C16, 490, 790, 939, 982.
Mechanics / Drive
The mechanical condition of the Porsche is on par with its appearance. Starting with the engine, upon a service, it was reported to the previous owner that some plastic shaving were present in the oil, which was from worn vario cam chain guides. The 3.4 litre boxer engine was duly stripped down and rebuild on 14/09/2020 at 64,721 miles, and there is a folder of photographs within the car's history, of the work being completed. The infamous IMS bearing was upgraded on 08/08/2017, so this prominent issue is not a cause for concern. In 2011 the genuine Porsche Switchable Exhaust (PSE) system was retrofitted to the car by Porsche specialists Paragon Porsche at the cost of £4,000, and as such, the noise emitted is intoxicating. Traveling though the silky smooth six speed manual gearbox is a pleasure, and the clutch is light with a positive bite. The brakes on the car are in fine fettle with lots of life remaining, and the suspension is tight and ultra responsive to steering inputs, benefitting from renewal of its front shock absorbers during our preparation process. As has been touched upon earlier, this is an early 996, and as such, has the cable throttle, which is a feature becoming more sought after due to its raw mechanical feel. That raw mechanical feel is increased with this car by the fact that it is so basic in terms of specification. There are no electric seats, electric sun-roof, or even an on-board computer or traction control. The result is a thrilling, engaging drive, not offered by many cars on the road.
Service history / Sales Prep
The Porsche comes with an impeccable servicing record, having only ever been cared for by Porsche main dealers or independent specialists. The original leather owners wallet contains all of the original owners manuals, as well as the maintenance booklet, which has been filled and is now carrying on into a second booklet. There is also an organised Porsche owners club folder filled with paperwork such as invoices for works completed, MOT certificates, HPI reports and previous sales invoices etc.
The service intervals completed are as follows: 19/01/2000 - 5,189 miles, 25/07/2001 - 8,670 miles, 29/05/2002 - 10,688 miles, 24/06/2003 - 17,678 miles, 07/09/2004 - 22,981 miles, 14/11/2005 - 25,671 miles, 13/10/2006 - 29,550 miles, 22/11/2007 - 31,570 miles, 21/01/2009 - 32,604 miles, 01/04/2010 - 35,949 miles, 18/05/2010 - 36,089 miles, 11/05/2011 - 38,313 miles, 02/05/2012 - 40,326 miles, 23/04/2013 - 42,096 miles, 12/05/2014 - 44,463 miles, 19/05/2015 - 47,459 miles, 20/04/2016 - 51,168 miles, 03/05/2017 - 54,672 miles, 04/05/2018 - 56,558 miles, 15/04/2019 - 59,868 miles, 14/09/2020 - 64,721 miles.
During our preparation process we have carried out the following: Renewal of 2x front shock absorbers, renewal of front to rear lower pressure air con pipe, re-gas of air conditioning system, renewal of low tone horn, renewal of oil pressure sender, renewal of gearbox linkage return spring, renewal of gearbox underbody tray, clean and protection of front PAS pipes.
The Porsche has been cherished with a money no object attitude, with its history file evidencing over £20,000 spent in the last 10 years. In recent times the Porsche has benefitted from the following work: Engine rebuild, IMS bearing upgrade, renewal of 6x coil pack, four-wheel alignment, renewal of 2x bonnet struts, renewal of exhaust manifolds for stainless steel units, renewal of 4x tyres for Michelin PS4s, coolant system flush, brake fluid change, renewal of 2x radiators, renewal of water pump, renewal of thermostat for low temperature unit, renewal of front brake discs and pads.
Porsche 911 996 Carrera Manual - Engine Rebuilt