• Chassis # WPOAA29961S622803
  • One Long Term PCA Member Owner From New
  • Showing Just 29,000 Miles With IMS Bearing Service Completed
  • Finished In Guards Red With Full Savannah Beige Leather Interior
  • Well Optioned With 18" Turbo Look Wheels, Technic Package, And More
  • Complete With Books, Tools, Jack, Spare, Porsche COA, Roof Racks, And Available Service Records
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This car is currently located in: Pontiac, MI

The Overview

When discussing sports cars, there are few that are more well-known than the Porsche 911. Since its introduction in 1964, the 911 has become a quintessential sports car. Up until the creation of the 996, Porsche was known for its glorious air-cooled flat 6 engines. However, with the introduction of the 996  Porsche decided to switch things up a little.

It was the first time the 911 had ever had a water-cooled engine and also the first to deviate from the classic round headlights. The result was a new body that stretched the previous 911’s proportions. It now was 18.5 centimeters longer, with a wheelbase lengthened by 80 millimeters, and a width that grew 3 centimeters as well. However, the changes in dimensions paled in comparison to the changes at the rear of the car. With increasingly strict emissions regulations the air-cooled engines could not keep up, so the water-cooled technology took the lead. Not only did the water-cooled cars manage better emissions, but they offered profound performance benefits as the new 3.4 Liter flat 6 put out just as much power as the legendary 3.3 Turbo. This water-cooled engine was also successful in motorsport, taking the 911 GT1 to a LeMans victory in 1998. Roughly 175,000 996’s were produced which in comparison to the 997 and 991 is quite rare with both the later generations producing well over 200,000 units each.

The 996 Carrera on offer here is a 2001 model year, chassis number is WPOAA29961S622803, and it is a rare configuration. Guards Red with full Savannah Beige leather interior and red seat belts make for a very unique and high optioned Carrera. This car also has the highly sought-after “turbo look” wheels. The car was initially delivered to Michigan and accrued all 29,360 of its miles with a single owner who is a 47 year PCA member, who in the summer of 2013 sent the car in for service at a reputable shop for the IMS Bearing that plagues many 996 generation 911s. In total, this car has roughly $9,052 in service and maintenance records. All of the glass in this example is original to the car and the Guards Red paint, which is also original, is in very good shape. Under the hood, you will find the option code sticker fully intact as well as a clean and correct front trunk area with factory spare appropriately mounted. This 996 Carrera would be best described as a well-kept, nearly new example of the early water-cooled era. Between its desirable specifications and completely sound mechanicals, this car would make a great addition to any garage or Porsche collection.

This generation of 911 marks the end of the air-cooled cars and the beginning of a new era for Porsche. While initially met with skepticism, 996 era cars are looked back on with fond eyes. As we get further away from an analog driving experience, cars like this 996 Carrera will continue to appreciate in value as a result. It is one of the few ways we can really connect with a car in this digital age. Included in the sale are the owner’s manuals, tools, jack, spare, COA, a lengthy stack of service records, and a set of roof racks.

 

The Details

exterior

body and paint

The fantastic Guards Red paint appears in very good shape, showing a consistent depth and shine throughout the car. The front bumper is free of rock chips although there is a slight scuff under the left side front headlight. In addition, there are some minor paint imperfections around the Porsche crest on the hood.

glass and trim

The glass appears to be all original to the car with the correct factory markings present. Black trim around the windows etc. appears in good condition. The headlights and taillights are free off issues, showing no fading or cracking.

wheels

The wheels all appear in great condition, very well taken care of, with no curbing or rash present on any of them.

interior

seats and surfaces

The Savannah Beige leather interior compliments the bright Guards Red exterior fantastically and remains in very good condition throughout. The seats themselves remain in fantastic condition, with only the slightest bit of creasing beginning to form but otherwise smooth issue-free leather and bolsters. All other leather-wrapped surfaces are in good condition showing great color and no cracking. The carpets are clean and tidy, well-fitting, and showing minimal wear.

functionality and accessories

Everything in the interior of the car appears to function as it should and remains in good cosmetic and mechanical condition. The gauges are clean, clear, and easily readable. Switches, knobs, and buttons all appear in good order and all the interior lights operate as they should.

engine bay and trunk

engine bay

The engine bay shows in very good condition throughout with a factory original appearance and no sign of modifications past or present.

trunk area

The trunk area is clean and tidy, appearing in factory fresh condition.

Underside

The underside of the car is overall clean but consistent with the age of the car. There are no signs of any mechanical or cosmetic issues past or present.

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