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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera (996)

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  • Mileage~94,063
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine3.4L
  • LocationNorwich


1998 Porsche 911 Carrera (996)

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Richard Gormley
Automotive Writer and Photographer

Thoroughbred engineering, iconic styling, and fantastic performance – when it comes to automotive legends, the 911 has a well-deserved place at the top table.

As one of the world’s most recognisable sports car designs the Porsche 911 needs little introduction. The design for the 911 was first conceived in 1959 by Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche, grandson of the company’s founder. The first 911 was launched at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show and, while Porsche have been at the forefront of developing technology, the iconic lines from that first car have remained clearly evident in 911’s ever since.

This 911 Carrera (996) is a fantastic example. Presented in beautiful “Ocean Blue Metallic” over a grey leather interior with newly refurbished 18” BBS GT3, split rim alloys. The car looks absolutely stunning. Coming to auction after three and a half years ownership, this 911 has benefitted from recent maintenance improvements and upgrades including a new clutch and flywheel, replacement gearbox and, importantly, the installation of a self-lubricating EPS upgrade to the intermediate shaft bearing (IMS). With recent service history this is a great example of a legendary sports car with the hard work done.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Richard after meeting Will the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

This is a superb car – it’s fast, responsive, communicative and above all a fantastic driving experience. I love it!

This is Will’s first Porsche, and it was a dream come true. He tells us “I always wanted a Porsche 911 and when this one came along, I just had to have it – I love the colour, it has great lines and it’s such fun to drive”. He goes on to say “I really wanted to make sure the car was spot on mechanically, so I’ve had some major work carried out including new clutch and flywheel, IMS bearing upgrade, replacement gearbox, new brake pipes and much more”.

In addition to the above, he's added genuine BBS Sport Design GT3 split rim wheels. “This was my first Porsche and I really hope it won’t be my last but with family and house commitments I really need something a bit more practical for now – I very much hope a new owner will enjoy the car as much as I have”. Will is happy to answer any questions about his car in the comments section below.

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Presented in wonderful Ocean Blue Metallic with flowing, elegant lines and purposeful stance, the early 996's are now maturing nicely.

Wheels and Tyres

The 18-inch BBS Sport Design GT3 split rim alloys look absolutely magnificent, having done few miles since being refurbished. We could see no signs of curb damage, and the centre badging looks good. Only the wheel nuts are showing some expected signs of use.

The wheels are wrapped in Accelera tyres, these look in good condition too, nothing noted on the MOT this year. View the image gallery to see the detail up close.


The car stands straight, shut lines look good and we could see no distortion to the panels. Both doors, boot, and bonnet open and close with precision, exactly as you would expect from Porsche build quality. There is a very small area of corrosion on the lower lip of the engine bay, but this is very minor, and we are being very picky!

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our hi-resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view at what’s on offer, and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


The "Ocean Blue" finish suits this car really well. The paint has a deep, even, consistent shine right across the car and it presents beautifully. There are some inevitable age-related marks, most notably on the lower part of the front and rear valances, but you really do have to look for them. Overall, the paintwork is remarkable for a 24-year-old car.

The images are taken from a few different angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. So please take the time to fully assess these hi-resolution images and videos of the car, for you to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

Windscreen, side windows and rear screen all look clear, and we could see no significant marks or scratches. Mirrors all look good and black trim presents really well. Lights and lenses appear clear and unbroken, and Will has fitted new Litronic lights front and rear.


The iconic styling extends to the interior resulting in a light, comfortable and sporty cabin – Porsche ergonomics at their best.

Seats and Carpets

The grey leather sports seats are in good shape with no rips or tears that we could see. There is some age-related wear to the driver’s seat bolster but, for a car of this age, we think it’s remarkably light. Passenger and rear seats look great. Boot carpet is in great condition as is the spare wheel cover.

Carpets look in good condition with no evidence of holes, rips or tears and headlining presents well. Overall, apart from some minor wear the interior looks very good. View the image gallery to see the detail.


The grey leather covered dashboard appears in great condition. We could see no rips or tears and the stitching looked intact. Instruments were clear, bright, and easily visible while switches and buttons showed no signs of damage. Will assured us everything works exactly as it should to his knowledge.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

Will has fitted a 3 spoke, GTS steering wheel that looks absolutely stunning and the black leather contrasts with the Porsche centre badge beautifully. The gearstick is in good condition although it is showing the expected signs of cosmetic wear as is the leather covered handbrake lever.

Take a look at the interior video and images to see for yourself.


With an unforgettable soundtrack through the sports exhaust, the 3.4L, flat-six engine sends ~300BHP to the rear wheels through a slick, 6 speed, manual gearbox.

Engine and Gearbox

The engine bay is clean, and we could see no evidence of leaks or damage. On our cold start the car fired up willingly and quickly settled down to a steady idle, while emissions appeared clear. Will confirms that, in his ownership, the water pump, coil packs, starter motor, water cooler and radiator have been replaced.

The car has also been fitted with a replacement gearbox, new clutch, flywheel, and release bearing together a self-lubricating upgrade to the IMS – essential works for peace of mind on the 996. Watch the video to see the car in action.

Suspension and Brakes

This is Porsche engineering – as well as looking fantastic the front and rear ventilated disc brakes will ensure this 911 can be arrested when required. On our brief test drive with Will the car pulled up evenly without noise or judder.

Will confirms brake pipes have been replaced recently and all brakes and suspension work as they should.

The Drive

Well, it’s a Porsche – on our brief test drive with Will the car pulled well, was smooth, remarkably quiet and felt planted. It sounded fantastic too.

There were no trim rattles or untoward knocks or bangs that we could hear – overall this beautifully engineered sports car drove exactly as we would expect. Check out the "On the Road" video to share in our experience.

Electrics and Other

Will confirmed that all electrics work properly, and we could see no damage to switches, buttons, or gauges. The car comes with electric windows and Bose sound system.

Will has fitted a 7-inch display with Apple CarPlay – a great modern touch for this young-timer that suits the car well.

History and Paperwork

With significant work actioned on this manual 996, including of course IMS bearing replacement/upgrade, this is arguably a great value for an authentic 911 experience.

A great example with recent service history and evidence of significant maintenance over the last four years, this is a car that has enjoyed diligent and careful ownership. The document file contains a schedule of recent works carried out by Porsche specialist William Hewitt in Walsingham along with a comprehensive list of purchased components. Also included are original manuals and service schedule together with a great many receipts for historic works.

As will be noted from the MOT records, the car spent some years in storage between 2009 and 2017 as a previous owner lived abroad.

The private registration will not be sold with the car and an age-related registration will be issued.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
14.10.2021 MOT 93,437
07.10.2021 MOT 93,431
07.10.2020 MOT 92,130
05.02.2020 SERVICE 90,789
09.10.2019 MOT 90,482
03.10.2018 MOT 88,570
24.10.2017 MOT 88,449
05.05.2017 SERVICE 88,495
13.10.2009 MOT 88,164
16.10.2008 MOT 88,852
16.10.2007 MOT 87,085
31.01.2007 SERVICE 82,390
17.10.2006 MOT 79,114
25.05.2006 SERVICE 73,921
07.10.2005 MOT 71,835
14.05.2005 SERVICE 68,426
12.07.2004 SERVICE 56,645
24.09.2003 SERVICE 44,842
04.07.2002 SERVICE 33,815
12.07.2001 SERVICE 24,281
23.11.1999 SERVICE 11,042
19.05.1998 DELIVERY 30
Key Details
  • Model911 Carrera (996)
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date23.03.1998
  • CC3,400
  • Mileage~94,063
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourOcean Blue Metallic
  • Interior ColourGrey
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WP0222992WS604622
  • Engine #66W05782
  • Last Service05.02.2020
  • MOTDue 13.10.2022
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers10
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~3.5 Years
  • Key FeatureIMS work, gearbox, condition
  • Auction ID478969

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