2001 PORSCHE 996 CARRERA COUPE Registration Number: TBA Cha...






Registration Number: TBA
Chassis Number: WPOZZZ99Z1S606873
Recorded Mileage: c.114,000 miles

- Desirable non-sunroof example
- Excellent history with Porsche/marque specialists
- Documented IMS bearing upgrade

By the early 1990s it was becoming abundantly clear that upcoming emissions regulations would make it impossible for Porsche to continue to deliver 911 levels of performance from its air-cooled engine. That realisation led to the release of the first ever water-cooled 911, the Type 996. The 996 Carrera Coupe made its world debut at the 1997 Frankfurt Motor Show. Designer Pinky Lai had spent many hours in a wind tunnel refining the car’s slippery shape, a Cd of just 0.30 was the result, down from 0.33 for the 993. A new feature was the electric rear spoiler which extends at 75mph, then retracts again at 37mph – Lai recalls how he had to fight for the inclusion of the electrically operated rear spoiler to better manage downforce at high speeds, despite the company arguing there wasn’t enough funding for this to be included. Thankfully Lai won through, and the active spoiler was included as standard in the final production specification. 911s have become progressively bigger over time, but the 996 is a beautifully manageable size for UK driving; plenty of power, poised handling, well weighted steering and a well damped ride all combine to provide a truly rewarding driving experience. 

This well maintained non-sunroof 2001 996 Carrera Coupe is to late Gen 1 specification, fitted with the 3.4 litre boxer six cylinder motor, Tiptronic gearbox and all-wheel-drive drivetrain. This combination delivers a car with the perfect blend of performance, usability in various traffic conditions, and of course fabulous grip at all speeds. 

The 996 has clearly been well maintained over the years, as indicated by a total of 17 stamps in the service book, with a combination of original dealer maintenance history, followed latterly by marque specialists. Importantly the IMS bearing (a common issue with 996s) has been replaced with an uprated unit, the steering rack renewed (2020) and both new battery and Pirelli tyres recently added. We understand the Porsche was last serviced around 1,000 miles ago by a local Porsche specialist. A worthwhile upgrade is the Dansk sports exhaust system, which gives a lovely tone without being intrusive, and also the fitting of 18” five-spoke 997 Carrera S wheels.

Supplied with service book and relevant manuals, bills for servicing and any minor mechanical repair work, two keys, and a newly issued MoT certificate, this is clearly a well maintained, powerful yet eminently practical Porsche which can be enjoyed all year round.

Auction Date: 8th Oct 2022 at 2pm

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8th Oct 2022 2pm (Lots 1 to 41)