I have just spent thousands on it at the renowned Unique Porsche Specialists getting it fully overhauled, making this one of the most sorted and best driving 996’s available in the U.K. today. It has completed just over 100k genuine miles from new with a huge amount of service history and has clearly spent most of its parked life in a garage as the paint work and hood are both excellent. The tyres are also all in great shape with excellent tread depth and overall condition.
Since I have bought the car I've taken time to ensure all is well with it throughout. I have had the front seats restored with new foams and reconnolisation so they are now exceptionally comfortable and look fantastic, especially in this stunning and very rare shade. It also has the optional extended leather package from the factory which includes binnacle and door tops. The standard specification includes a full leather interior, a lovely 3 spoke sports steering wheel, ABS, Front fog lamps, Folding rear seats, faultless Electric roof, Remote central locking with alarm, All round electric windows and the clear indicator pack front and rear.
Further options fitted on this car are the 18” 5 Spoke Alloy wheels, Sports seats and Sports exhaust which provides the perfect tone to show off that legendary 300PS flat 6 but isn’t loud or anti-social. The climate control has just been refurbished with new radiators (The corrode with age) clean and re gas and blows super cold when required. There is also a genuine Porsche wind deflector fitted that helps minimise buffeting with the roof down. An upgraded headlight system is also fitted which makes a huge difference when driving at night and there is also a powerful new lightweight Sony audio system incorporating iPod & Android integration. Embossed Porsche crests are also included. I was happy it didn't have the optional rear parking sensors fitted as these were poorly integrated at the factory and look like a nasty afterthought.
The centre piece of this era of 911 is its engine and this car does not disappoint; there are no rattles, leaks, creaks, smoke or other noises as you would expect from such a well cared for car. It’s tuneful and tough naturally aspirated Variocam 6 is powerful, free revving and super smooth with everything working exactly as it should with no warning lights or service reminders. It was replaced in August 2013 by a low mileage (64k) unit from renowned Porsche parts supplier Porsch-Apart and I have the invoices for this also. The IMS bearing was also replaced at the same time so there is nothing to worry about there.
This engine is know for its durability unlike the later 3.6 or 3.8 911 units with high efficiency as well as performance, being able to return 30mpg on a run and cover vast mileages with ease. The differential and gearbox are also in great shape with no cluncks, whirrs or rattles and the clutch is also fine. The engine was fully checked by ex-Hartec master technician Darren and proclaimed to be in excellent condition with none of the problems associated with other less cared for examples. The spark plug bore seals were renewed at the same time as the service, the coolant and brake fluid replaced and bled and the tricky-to-change fuel filter changed for a new genuine Porsche item.
The brakes perform exceptionally well with both discs and pads being healthy with no sticking callipers or warped discs. The suspension and steering also feel fantastic thanks to a recent full rebuild including new Hartech coffin arms all round as well as multiple genuine Porsche suspension links and bushes. The steering geometry was correctly set up straight afterwards making this the best handling and riding 911 I have driven; its the perfect balance between sportiness and comfort, the ride especially being exceptionally good as befits a world class GT car.
The car has a full 12 months MOT, is HPI clear also qualifies for cheap road tax and classic car insurance. It has just had its full service so won't need another one for some time (and then it will just be the minor inspection 1 oil service) This is almost certainly the best 996's on sale and a bullet-proof investment that would suit someone who wants to use it as everyday transport or someone who would prefer to cherish it as part of their private collection.
Any inspections would be welcome. If you have any questions or would like to discuss further please do not hesitate to get in contact and thanks for looking.
- LayoutRear Engined
- Size3,400 cc
- AspirationNormally Aspirated
- Power296 bhp
- Torque258 lbs/ft
- Top speed174 mph
- Acceleration0 to 62 in 5.4 secs
- Driven WheelsRear Wheel Drive
- Body typeConvertible
- Emissions285 (g/km)
- Vehicle height1,305 mm
- Vehicle width1,808 mm
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