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2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Convertible (996)

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  • Mileage~83,148
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine3.6L
  • LocationWinchester


2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Convertible (996)

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Darren Rungasamy
Automotive Editor, Photographer and Consigner

The 996 is one of the most sought-after and easy-to-own supercars money can buy.

Driver satisfaction goes hand-in-hand with any Porsche, particularly the 911. Its recognised ability and talent, combined with its effortless quality and thoughtful design make it easy to forget that the 911 is underneath it all, a potent supercar. As one of the core models in the 996 dynasty, the convertible option with a hardtop combines the joy of open-air motoring, with a genuine ability to satisfy the most ardent of driving enthusiasts.

Practical, safe, well built with a balanced input of driver aids and assist, the 996 is the ultimate modern classic.

Finished in the most suitable of colours, Artic Silver, this 2003 996.2 C4 Cabriolet with a hardtop is furnished with dark blue leather interior and a pleasingly cohesive service history; it also comes with 12 month MOT and has seen recent attention to its clutch and IMS.

This listing was written from information supplied by Darren after meeting Joe the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I tested a crazy amount of 996s before going for this one.

The car has been really well maintained, which showed up when I had it inspected by a third party. The test drive was amazing and I really loved the rare original Porsche switchable exhaust. I wasn’t set on a colour combo initially, but after seeing lots I think it’s the best. The carbon interior and the extras finally clinched the deal.

Joe has kept on top of its maintenance and he has kept the car in dry and secure storage.

Joe told us, "I have two young children and I’ve not been getting out in the car enough - this is my 4th Porsche so no doubt I’ll be back soon".

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The cohesive and pleasingly good condition of the body supports its careful ownership profile.

Wheels and Tyres

The pressure-cast 18" lightweight Carrera alloys are in very good condition with a full set of Pirelli P-Zero tyres.

They're around 10 years old but show a legal amount of tread.


The bodywork looks very good - free of any damage that we could spot.

All doors open and close without any problems.

The panel and bumper fit are flush along with the door shuts all appearing to show even gaps throughout.

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 Arctic Silver paint finish reveals a decent lustre and even colour match throughout, with light evidence of age in places. There are a handful of minor chips, mostly on the nose of the car, but none have penetrated beyond the top coat.

There is a minor scuff on the rear bumper and light chips noted on the driver-side door edge, but the overall condition of the paint supports the owner's assurances that the car has been carefully stored indoors.

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

The windscreen is free from any significant damage, although the driver-side glass shows light surface scoring on the outer edge.

All of the door and glass rubbers appear to be intact.

The lower side skirts show a slight gap to the bodywork, but are not by any means loose.

The headlamp covers have been treated in the past, but do show a typical trait of mild dullness.


The neatly presented cabin has a handful of subtle but special enhancements that draws your attention.

Seats and Carpets

The dark blue leather comfort seats are aligned to what you might expect for a well-cared-for car of this age, with no outstanding damage other than a little light wear on the driver's side seat.

The carpets and leather-edged mats are intact, with no significant wear and dry to the touch.

The luggage area appears tidy and dry with no signs of heavy use.


The facia and top of the dashboard are intact, with no significant blemishes observed. The centre console is accented with a carbon fibre dash pack and is in good shape, housing the PCM 2 with Bluetooth audio installed - this was done by swapping out the CD changer so that the head unit didn’t change.

The leather binnacle, along with the aluminium-look instrument faces and dials are tidy.

There is minor wear on some plastics and switchgear but nothing too distracting. The air-conditioning and heated memory seats, function as they should. The headlining is intact, with mild signs of wear noted on the door cards, with the rear of the cabin looks in good shape.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The leather 3-spoke steering wheel has a few light marks but nothing that can't be treated.

The gear stick and its leather gaiter are intact.


The delights of the 996 are amplified by its purposeful engine tone and the confidence of knowing its been well maintained.

Engine and Gearbox

No issues were presented during the cold start, with dashboard warning lights remaining off after the engine started. No rattles or unwanted noises were heard while the engine idled. After the initial condensation cleared, the exhausts remained smoke-free. The engine presents well, with plenty of evidence of regular maintenance.

The six-speed manual gearbox engages well with no reported issues with the clutch, having seen the IMS replaced (with RMS and clutch) just ~2,000 miles ago.

Suspension and Brakes

The car rides firmly but confidently, with no observations of knocks heard from the suspension along the somewhat rutted roads.

The car brakes evenly, with no signs of fade or vibrations.

The Drive

A distinctive trait of the 996 is the civility of its driving experience, with the ability to switch into a more focused driving machine with a blip of the throttle. This is enhanced by this car's switchable exhaust control and sports exhaust system, which with the drop-top down, adds to the adrenaline of the Carreras experience.

Remarkably taut around corners, with very little body shake, the grip is exemplary with the owner singing its praises in every type of driving condition. The steering was described as tight, with no thuds or unwanted noises heard from the 4 corners, the 996 particularly in Carrera 4 form has the right balance of ability and usability.

A perfect summer car.

Electrics and Other

The soft-top operates without any issues, with nothing more than a handful of minor marks of age noted on the outside. The inside of the rear off-side C pillar material is loose, rather than ripped and the owner will tidy up this minor issue in time for the handover.

The car also comes with its factory hardtop, which is in decent shape and comes with an indoor Porsche car cover as well as its wind deflector.

History and Paperwork

It comes with a good servicing record and the added assurance of a recent IMS and clutch kit replacement.

The car comes with a positive number of service history stamps by Porsche for much of its life, including a recent Northway Porsche stamp one less than 100 miles ago. Some vital upgrades to the IMS were carried out in 2021, less than ~2,000 miles ago, along with a new clutch kit.

Historical invoices include steering and coolant work. It comes with its original owner wallet, with booklets.

The car is registered with Porsche on the classic car register and the new owner will get a classic register plaque and a few magazines and further Porsche publications delivered.

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
31-05-2023 MOT 83,167
16-12-2022 Service - Northway Porsche 83,093
08-04-2022 MOT 82,782
19-04-2021 MOT 80,659
19-04-2021 Service 80,659
23-04-2020 MOT 80,566
27-03-2019 MOT 80,564
16-11-2015 MOT 80,391
30-01-2015 MOT 79,623
14-11-2013 MOT 78,284
16-01-2013 Service 74,922
19-09-2012 MOT 72,387
25-01-2012 Service 67,938
09-10-2011 MOT 65,520
05-01-2011 Service 63,453
14-10-2010 MOT 61,982
19-11-2009 MOT 59,115
19-11-2009 Service 59,113
17-12-2008 Service 57,130
21-11-2008 MOT 54,153
11-06-2008 MOT 53,941
16-04-2007 Service 38,395
16-04-2007 MOT 38,395
10-06-2006 MOT 29,861
05-06-2006 Service 29,833
29-06-2005 Service 17,190
13-07-2004 Service 6,706
Key Details
  • Model996 C4 Cabriolet
  • Transmission6-Speed Manual
  • Reg. Date16-05-2003 - HX03 CKU
  • CC3,596
  • Mileage~83,148 at visit
  • ColourArctic Silver
  • Interior ColourDark Blue
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WP0ZZZ99Z3S642949
  • Engine #66318292
  • Last Service16-12-2022
  • RestoredNo
  • Engine RebuildNo
  • MOT30-05-2024
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes - All Clear
  • Former Keepers10
  • Tyre BrandPirelli P-Zero
  • Tyre Age2012
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned2 Years
  • Key FeatureServicing / IMS
  • Auction ID1383

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