We are please to announce this Porsche 996 Turbo has been chosen to feature in the Historics Specialist Classic & Sportscar Auction at Ascot Racecourse on the 25th September 2021.
Porsche 996 Turbo launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show September 1999 with a driveline derived from the Le Mans winning GT1 from the previous year. The Hagerty guide to buying a Porsche 911/996 points out the regular 996 model from 1997 to 2004 was a ‘whole other world’ from the Turbo model that ran from 2000-2005. The initials IMS (Intermediate Shaft Bearing) are well known to 911 enthusiasts and there is no denying lubrication problems plagued some cars, a consequence of moving from air-cooled to the first water cooled 911 engine. The Turbo versions 3.6 flat-six was known as a Metzger engine, named after Porsche engineer Hans Metzger, these never had an IMS or overheating issues being based on original air-cooled power plant the most common description is ‘bulletproof’. Evo magazine raved about the Turbo being the first modern supercar. As the specification confirms, the twin turbos contribute to 414 hp and 415 ft lbs of torque; Variocam (variable valve timing) and All Wheel Drive allows for a 4 second 0-60mph before stretching its legs on to 190mph. Stateside, Car & Driver magazine called its performance “simply intoxicating” and generally acknowledged as the world’s first all-weather supercar.
Consequently, we were thrilled when a regular client requested we handle the sale of his 2003 six-speed manual example that has covered 65135 miles from new. As always, Country Classic Cars will also carry out a full inspection looking to rectify known mechanical issues prior to sale. We pride ourselves on offering an honest ‘warts and all’ appraisal of every vehicle we offer for sale, this avoids buyer disappointment often resulting from a lack of detail within sales adverts.
This 2004 model year C16 (UK) vehicle was specified from new with the rare and desirable ”09991′ option which designated that the car was produced via Porsche’s Exclusive Programme which offers leather around the instrument surround, dashboard and defroster vent trims, and the speaker surrounds. The interior trim is to showroom condition, even the seat bolsters offer negligible wear whilst dealer over mats have protected the carpets; images confirm leather bound items such as gear knob, steering wheel etc still present a factory appearance. A full range of options were available on this model and included: electric-memory front seats/air con-climate control/electric windows & mirrors/alarm & immobiliser/ tilt & slide electric sunroof/alloy-leather gear knob and handbrake lever/ Porsche communication management with 2 discs CD changer-sat nav-blue tooth/Bose sound system/sill covers/cruise control/xenon lights and typically Porsche, everything we tested operated as it should.
With a colour combination of Basalt Black Metallic complimented by the all-black leather interior this example stands out. The closest of inspections revealed one tiny stone chip to the front bumper and another on the bonnet; that said, they are all original panels with perfect gaps throughout. The ‘Turbo’ alloy rims offer no evidence of kerb damage and come wrapped in recent Michelin Pilot Sport rubber all round.
The service history is comprehensive with book stamps as follows:
March 05 @ 9775 miles Porsche Cambridge
December 05 @ 18448 miles Porsche Cambridge
July 06 @ 26419 miles Porsche East London
August 07 @ 33455 miles Porsche Kendal
August 08 @ 31174 miles Porsche Kendal
August 09 @ 45478 miles Porsche Kendal
September 10 @ 50290 miles Porsche Leeds
October 11 @ 52831 miles Porsche Leeds – Also air con condenser & centre radiator replaced
October 12 @ 55032 miles Porsche Leeds
November 13 @ 56148 miles Porsche Leeds
April 14 @ 56424 miles – Brake lines replaced
December 14 @ 56726 miles Porsche Leeds
May 17 @ 58714 miles Porsche Guildford
March 19 @ 60639 miles Porsche Guildford
March 20 @ 64382 miles – Porsche Guildford-Fr brake pads & discs/ fr trailing arms /rear tyres
Booked in for a major service August 21 Walkers Auto tech Porsche specialist
MOT history from 2007
Porsche Corrosion Inspections carried out per schedule 2005 & 2012
Invoices from 2017-2020 outlay £4200 in service/repairs.
The dealer pack contains warranty booklets, owners-manual and service information, there are also two keys.
A ‘supercar’ that requires a lot less input than you think, an everyday driving experience that is fairly innocuous and while the potential isn’t restricting it’s not quite suited to the school run or supermarket visits. That said, when the time comes to make progress the 996 Turbo takes on a different persona with the potential of 0-125mph and back to zero in under 20 seconds. The suspension doesn’t just limit body roll it eliminates it whilst the AWD just gathers more grip than your average pilot could ever use. Gears are close, with slick selection to encourage ratio changes you soon forget the firm clutch. Easy to park, surprisingly manoeuvrable, this Porsche is as docile as you need it to be but comes alive when the tarmac begins to ask questions. An outstanding piece of engineering that guarantees every excursion is an event, well maintained and superbly presented.
This 911/996 Turbo is an exceptional example and therefore is expected to attract a lot of attention; early contact is recommended. For additional information please message with your email address for multiple detailed images and walk-round video; we will forward the file via ‘We Transfer’ a free to use and safe service or Whats Ap. Country Classic Cars operate by appointment only and within current Government guidelines and whilst inspections are encouraged, please bear in mind the changing situation especially with regards to test drives.