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RESERVE LOWERED - 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera (996)

**Please note: This vehicle was subject to a Cat-N Insurance write off in July 2020**

Guide Price: £13,000 - £16,000


Classically simple 996 Carrera in the best colour
﹒Only 70,000 miles
﹒Premium black leather upholstery
﹒Category N repaired by specialist restorer

The Background

In many respects, the 996 is the under-appreciated 911. The first water-cooled version of the iconic Porsche sports car shared a lot in common with the Boxster, including its distinctive ‘fried egg’ headlamps with integrated indicators and much of its front suspension.

And while some 911 purists sniff at that, other fans of the marque recognise it for what it was – Porsche finally bringing the 911 up-to-date, while maintaining a number of key elements of its essential DNA, namely the iconic coupe-body profile, the horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine in its rump and the upmarket but accessible supercar image that the 911 had portrayed so well since its inception.

It was also a fabulous car to drive, arguably the finest handling car of the 1990s providing you didn’t over-provoke it, at which point it would do another classically 911 thing and fly backwards into the weeds.

If anything, though, the 996 was the perfect compromise. It was rapid and entertaining like a 911 should be, but it was also docile and easy to drive around town, especially when equipped with the Tiptronic semi-auto box, which is what we have here – a 911 with the flexibility of a manual and thumb-shift gear changes, but with just the two pedals meaning that it’s as happy lapping the M25 as it is lapping the Nurburgring. 

This is a narrow-bodied Carrera – essentially the entry-level 911 of its era, with two-wheel-drive, but also the most pure and true to the original 911 style and favoured by many enthusiasts as a result.

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The History

One thing we need to get clear straight away is that this car is registered as ‘Category N’ on V-CAR, which means it was previously an insurance write-off. The current owner bought it directly from a salvage auction as stolen/recovered, and the car had sustained damage to the front bumper, offside wing and bonnet, but critically there was no structural damage. 

The current owner, salvage auction and insurance company account for three of the car’s seven previous owners. 

The vendor is a classic vehicle restoration specialist who has built many vehicles from the ground up and has ensured that the repairs are as good as new.

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The Paperwork

The 911 comes with a V5C in the name of the current owner and will also be supplied with a brand new MOT certificate upon sale. There is very little paperwork otherwise, but its low recorded mileage os backed up by a comprehensive VOSA MOT report.

The vendor has been using the Porsche as his daily transport for the past few months and has maintained it himself, ensuring it is regularly serviced.

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The Interior

Black leather with matching carpets and trim contrast nicely with the 996’s silver bodywork and everything is in good order inside the cabin, the only deviation from standard being an aftermarket stereo head unit.

The seats, carpets and trim are all in excellent order and the car comes with the desirable three-spoke sports steering wheel option.

All of the dials and controls work as they should. There’s a brake pad warning lamp on in the pictures, but the vendor will have fitted new pads all round before the auction concludes.

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The Exterior

Overall, the silver paintwork is excellent, with no major flaws, while the 10-spoke alloys (all clad in good brand tyres) set it off very smartly indeed. 

There are a few flaws, but nothing that really stands out. The front bumper has a small nick in it, there’s some scuffed paint that runs from the edge of the bonnet over the offside front wing and a similar small nick in the rear bumper, but there are no signs of corrosion or significant paint deterioration anywhere to be seen.

The underside looks to be in good order and has been given a coat of wax protectant.

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The Mechanics

The 996 fires up immediately and sounds fantastic with its characteristic straight-six chattering away in the background. The units appears to be in fine fettle and was overhauled by the vendor when he first acquired the car. He’s a motor engineer and is very fussy about detail, so there’s every reason to believe that the engine is as good as you’d expect it to be with just 70,000 miles on the clock.

The Tiptronic gearbox, meanwhile, works perfectly in both button-operated manual and fully auto modes.

It will also have new brake pads fitted before sale as the current ones are quite low, along with a full mechanical check over and inspection.

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The Appeal

This generation of 911 is one of the finest handling cars ever made and will never fail to put a smile on your face – it’s a truly rewarding and wonderful car to drive.

And this example is probably one of the most accessible ways to get yourself behind the wheel of what would have been a £65,000 car when new. It still looks fabulous, it has a sensible mileage and the interior is immaculate, set off by a striking silver exterior that shows off the classical 911 lines.

**Please note: This vehicle was subject to a Cat-N Insurance write off in July 2020**

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1999
  • Make Porsche
  • Model 911 Carrera (996)
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 70,279 Miles
  • Engine size 3387
  • Location Hertfordshire
Bidding history
15 bids from 8 bidders
  • consequ•••• £11,500 18/01/21
  • Paul T £11,250 18/01/21
  • consequ•••• £11,000 18/01/21
  • darren.•••• £10,250 18/01/21
  • consequ•••• £10,000 18/01/21
  • Paul T £9,850 18/01/21
  • consequ•••• £9,750 18/01/21
  • ian-pow•••• £9,500 17/01/21
  • consequ•••• £9,000 15/01/21
  • DaveR £8,350 14/01/21

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