This is the perfect spec 996 for me: blue, grey leather, manual, sunroof, 3-spoke wheel, CD multi-changer, sports exhaust. The alloys from a 997 make it look a bit more modern, and I’ve had some professional tinting done round the lights to soften the look from the front. I know some purists would only consider a Carrera 2 but as the former owner of a Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2 there’s a lot to be said for 4WD.
I had the car inspected at a local independent specialist in Bristol (Porschemode) who knew the car and gave me a rundown on what needed doing. The service book was fully stamped and it came with extensive paperwork since 2010. I wrote to the previous owner who’d had it for a couple of years, and he rang to say how much he’d loved the car, had bought it from his best friend and regretted selling it... It’s had quite a few owners but they’ve had the car for 2-3 years and, like me, spent money on proper maintenance.
Porschemode did the first couple of services and renewed the discs and pads all round. They also sorted out a couple of ‘gremlins’ which were annoying me. Then I heard of another specialist called Christian Sanger near Devizes through my local branch of PCGB and took it there last year for a major service including new water pump and spark plugs. I can’t recommend him too highly.
I changed the rear tyres a couple of years ago since when they’ve only done 4000 miles. I changed the modern stereo for a period-correct Becker which has SatNav capability (not that I’ve used it.)
I’ve got a Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche GB for the car and last year PCGB suggested an insurance valuation of £20,000
I’m selling after three very happy and contented years of ownership to get something more relaxing (albeit less rewarding) to drive - an Alfa Romeo Brera 3.2 Prodrive.
There’s a few minor blemishes on the bodywork but nothing serious. The car is in good condition and regularly draws admiring comments. The car is garaged when not in use and I’ve tried to keep it in excellent mechanical condition.
I hope I’ve described everything OK but any questions call me (Roger) on 07803 054336
199894,000 miles6 Speed Manual3.4l296 bhp