Porsche 996 Carrera
- Mileage: 110,986
- Year: 2003
- MOT Expiry: March 2024
- Exterior Colour: Seal Grey Metallic
- Interior Colour: Metropol Blue Leather
- Top speed: 177
- 0-60mph: 4.6
- BHP: 315
- Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 3596cc
- Engine Configuration: Flat 6
1998 saw Porsche debut its new Carrera model, the 996. It featured the most significant changes to the model since its introduction in 1963. The most significant change to the 996 was the decision to utilise a water-cooled engine, rather than an air-cooled engine, for the first time.
The 996 was a completely new design for Porsche, led by Mr Harm Lagaay. It was also the first 911 that used all new bodywork and did not carry over any significant component from the previous model. Another significant change was the new headlight design, which can be traced back to the Porsche Pan-America concept car. Other changes included a sleeker body design with a more steeply raked windshield and a completely re-designed interior space, aimed at the luxury market.
The 996 was initially available as a coupé or cabriolet with rear-wheel drive – and later with four-wheel drive – utilising a 3.4-litre flat-six naturally aspirated engine that generated a maximum power output of 296hp. Porsche redesigned the headlamps of the Carrera in 2002 and the engine capacity was also increased to 3.6-litres across the range, yielding gains 15hp for the naturally aspirated models.
Seal Grey Metallic paintwork, Metropol Blue leather upholstery, 6-speed manual transmission, Non-sunroof, 18-inch 5-spoke Carrera alloy wheels, Bose sound system, Litronic Xenon headlights, Rear parking sensors, Porsche CD player, CD changer, CD storage, Digital climate control AC, Electric door mirrors, Electric windows, Rear window wiper, Porsche overmats, Spare keys.
This fantastic 911 presents beautifully in timeless Seal Grey, which looks particularly smart alongside the factory optional 18-inch Carrera alloy wheels. The metallic paintwork remains in lovely condition with a great depth of shine having just been treated to a full machine polish by our in-house detailer. On closer inspection there are no blisters or signs of bubbling to any of the wheel arches or roof trims, and at the front end there are only a handful of minor chips. She’s nice and straight along both sides and the Xenon headlights are clear and damage-free. There are no unsightly scuffs or cracks to either of the bumpers, and even finer details such as the badges and black plastics trims still appear in very fine order.
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The Metropol Blue upholstery is a nice change from the more common black interiors that so many 996s were specified with. Sitting inside this particular example is a real treat given that it looks to have seen only half the mileage. Both front seats are in excellent shine-free condition with only a small amount of wear on the driver’s bolsters to speak of. The complementing Metropol dash, centre console, and door cards also present well showing just a few minor marks and scratches, namely around the driver’s door pull and above the central air vents. The steering wheel still retains a nice texture to the leather and the carpets are well protected in the footwells by a set of tailored Porsche overmats in black. Another nice touch is the original Porsche head unit that remains in place having never been swapped for an aftermarket unit, and of course it sounds great through the factory spec’d Bose sound system.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Reading through the accompanying history file it’s clear this one has always been well maintained with services having been carried out almost every year. There are 18 stamps in the service booklet and most of them are from Porsche main agents. The last 3 services were all done by Porsche specialists, and the car has only very recently returned from having the IMS bearing upgraded along with a new rear main seal (RMS) and a new clutch; this work was completed in February 2023 by Bristol’s leading Porsche specialist, Porsche Mode.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 911 sits on stunning 5-spoke Carrera alloy wheels, all in perfect unmarked condition having just returned from a full refurbishment at Lepsons. They are shod in Bridgestone tyres all round with 5mm of tread left at the front and 6mm at the rear. The brakes have also been checked and remain in fine operational condition, effortlessly stopping the car quickly and in a straight line. Alongside the recent service work in February this year the rear lower coffin arms were replaced and four-wheel alignment was also carried out.
This fantastic manual C2 was supplied new by HR Owen Porsche in July 2003; it has now driven 110,986 miles in the hands of six owners. Within the History File the lucky new owner will be presented with the original Porsche document wallet and all owner’s manuals, the fully stamped service booklet with 18 Porsche/specialist entries (detailed below), a raft of MOT certificates and invoices, spare keys, a fresh HPI report, and the V5C showing only 5 former keepers.
27/09/2004 at 8,119 miles – Porsche Centre Hatfield
13/12/2006 at 22,731 miles – Porsche Centre Cambridge
21/07/2007 at 27,237 miles – Finlay Gorham Porsche Specialist
12/06/2008 at 31,145 miles – Porsche Centre Norwich
06/11/2009 at 37,898 miles – Porsche Centre Cambridge
16/02/2011 at 42,929 miles – Porsche Centre Cambridge
25/04/2012 at 50,085 miles – Porsche Centre Cambridge
16/04/2013 at 55,009 miles – Porsche Centre Cambridge
11/06/2014 at 66,300 miles – Porsche Centre Cambridge
30/06/2015 at 80,570 miles – Porsche Centre Hatfield
28/01/2016 at 91,142 miles – Porsche Centre Hatfield
15/08/2017 at 97,314 miles – Porsche Centre Hatfield
21/08/2018 at 100,717 miles – Porsche Centre Hatfield
06/03/2019 at 104,020 miles – ZRS Engineering Ltd.
25/02/2020 at 106,798 miles – Porsche Centre Bristol
01/03/2021 at 107,654 miles – Advanced Car Care Porsche Specialist
07/03/2022 at 109,623 miles – Advanced Car Care Porsche Specialist
20/02/2023 at 110,864 miles – Porsche Mode Porsche Specialist
The current owner has very recently spent in excess of £2,500 preparing the car for sale with the items listed below. For the new keeper’s peace of mind, it comes freshly serviced and MOT’d with all the preventive 996 bits taken care of. Mechanically sorted, the car is very much ready to be driven and enjoyed!
• Minor service
• Clutch replacement
• Rear main seal replacement
• IMS seal replacement
• IMS bearing upgrade
• New rear lower coffin arms
• New Bridgestone rear tyres
• Four-wheel alignment
• MOT test
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