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During the 90s with ever-tougher emissions and safety requirements looming, the air-cooled era of the Porsche 911 was coming to an end.
The Porsche 996 was a new design developed by Pinky Lai under Porsche design chief Harm Lagaay and was the first 911 to be completely redesigned and assembled with mass production techniques. Featuring all-new bodywork, interior, and the first water-cooled engine, the 996 replaced the 993 from which very little was retained.
Although the engine capacity decreased to 3.4 litres from 3.6 litres of the outgoing 993, power was up from 285BHP to 300BHP whilst kerb weight had reduced by 50kg. Not surprisingly performance had improved too, with 0-60 coming up in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 175mph, still very respectable figures today.
Road testers at the time praised the 996 for its improved dynamics and refinement, however, mourned the loss of character from the previous cars. Interestingly, if you check any era of road tests for the 911, they nearly always come to the same conclusion for a new generation!
Roll on 23 years since launched and the 996 still provides a modern driving experience compared to the air-cooled cars, but far more analogue than any current 911 and arguably the best of both worlds. It also happens to be spectacularly good value compared to the air-cooled cars, which we suspect will not remain forever.
This 996 Carrera 4 has come from a family, who it would be fair to say, have owned several interesting 911s over the years, both for road and track. With father racing air-cooled cars in the 80s and a recently acquired 996 GT3 R now in the stable, they understand what makes a great 911.
It was carefully selected for its original condition, provenance, specification, and mileage before being refurbished and upgraded at a cost of circa £15,000 into the car you see here today.
Supplied by Lancaster Porsche in January 1999, it has had 4 owners in total and was originally specified to the following specification.
C16 RHD Carrera 4 Coupe
6 Speed Manual
Arctic Silver Metallic
Metropole Blue Extended Leather
Factory Aero Kit
MO30 Factory Sports Suspension
PSM – Porsche Stability Management
Electrically Adjustable Heated Mirrors
Automatic Climate Control
Top Tinted Windscreen
Rebuilt gearbox with new full bearing and differential planet gear set
Rear main seal replaced
Sachs 3 piece clutch
997 short shift selector
Gearbox polybush insert
New water pump
G40 spec Porsche coolant
EPS IMS bearing upgrade
RSS semi-solid engine mount kit
Performance panel air filter
All coil packs replaced
RSS underdrive pulley kit
OEM silencers with gundo 1.75” pipework
New brake discs
Braided brake hose kit
Motul RBF 600 racing brake fluid
Yellowstuff brake pad upgrade
H and R anti roll bar kit
New Bilstein dampers all round
New top mounts
New wishbones and track rods
Momo sports steering wheel
Seat shells colour coded in arctic silver
Centre console colour coded in artic silver
Riviera blue seat belts
Rear wiper delete
997 sport classic style engine lid with high-level brake light
Genuine Fuchs 18” alloys with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres
Beisbarth 4 wheel alignment
This 996 has clearly been very well maintained throughout its life and has sailed through our pre-sale inspection with minimal faults to rectify before sale.
Whilst there has been a plethora of air-cooled 911 tuning upgrades available for years, the 996 is a relative newcomer to the party in this regard. However, as demonstrated in this car, with some carefully selected modifications, you can quickly change a very good 996 into a great 996 and a real drivers 911.
07.09.2000: 4,067 miles – Lancaster Porsche
12.03.2002: 7,054 miles – AFN Porsche
14.01.2003: 10,368 miles – AFN Porsche
30.01.2004: 13,784 miles – Porsche Centre West London
25.01.2005: 17,277 miles – Porsche Centre West London
31.01.2007: 25,228 miles – Porsche Centre West London
21.08.2008: 28,066 miles – Porsche Centre West London
19.01.2009: 29,673 miles – Porsche Centre West London
12.01.2010: 31,937 miles – Porsche Centre West London
17.01.2011: 32,913 miles – Porsche Centre West London
11.03.2015: 35,337 miles – ACE Engineering
02.01.2016: 42,006 miles – Christopher Enright
17.09.2016: 47,953 miles: ACE Engineering
03.05.2017: 53,512 miles – Christopher Enright
27.02.2018: 59,819 miles: – PorschaCare
07.02.2019: 64,941 miles: – PorschaCare
2020: To be serviced by Paul Stephens at point of sale.
14.02.2020: 68,420 miles
06.02.2019: 64,941 miles
03.02.2018: 59,961 miles
12.01.2017: 51,738 miles
20.01.2016: 42,512 miles
11.02.2015: 34,539 miles
15.01.2014: 34,298 miles
23.01.2013: 34,278 miles
10.01.2012: 33,906 miles
20.01.2011: 32,933 miles
18.01.2010: 31,948 miles
22.01.2009: 29,684 miles
21.01.2008: 28,078 miles
16.01.2007: 25,112 miles
24.01.2006: 21,383 miles
by Paul Stephens
For: Exceptional early car that has been maintained and upgraded regardless of cost with some carefully chosen upgrades to make it a great drivers 911.
Against: 996 is still the unloved 911 for some, however we can remember when the 964 was held in the same regard and look where prices of these are today.
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