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1998 Porsche 911 (996) Carrera Cabriolet
This 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet (996) is a tidy example of an early-build 996 which has a full-documented service history. It is powered by a naturally-aspirated 3.4-litre flat-six-cylinder engine which outputs 221kW (300hp) to the rear wheels. The transmission mated to this car is a five-speed automatic. The odometer currently shows 144,177km.
Through the late 1990s Porsche faced significant financial difficulty and had reached the technical limit of the air-cooled flat-six engine. It forced the manufacturer to begin thinking of new ways to produce its iconic 911 model line, which is where the marque turned to water-cooled engines with the 996. This, along with a comprehensive list of platform upgrades, brought the 911 nameplate into the 21st century. Shared development with the 986 Boxster allowed Porsche to rationalise its production methods and return to profit shortly thereafter. The success of the 996 allowed the brand to springboard onto even more profitable models such as the Cayenne. The 996 has traditionally flown under the radar as the unloved generation but is now enjoying a resurgence as an affordable entry into the nameplate.
Finished on the outside in the original silver and upholstered inside with beige-coloured trim, this 911’s specification has wide appeal. This 911 is an early example, as evidenced through the amber indicator lenses, and specifies a dark blue soft-top roof. It has been kept largely stock throughout its life, aside from the installation of a Sony head unit. The car rides on a set of 18-inch Porsche alloy wheels which come wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres.
Built in Zuffenhausen, Germany, this car was Australian-complied by September 1998 and was delivered new through York Motors Porsche. The current owner purchased the vehicle two years ago from Sydney and shipped it to Melbourne to use in his spare time. It is believed this car is a three-owner vehicle that saw regular maintenance through official Porsche dealerships and specialist independents. It was last serviced by Classic Modern Porsche in early 2022. Other recent maintenance has addressed the roof mechanism and replaced new tyres.
Exterior condition shows in great order for a vehicle of its age and mileage. Silver paintwork displays no overt signs of scratching or paint fade, while the convertible roof remains in good, taut condition. Some stone chips are seen around the front end, plus a small chip is noted on the lower front bumper – however both have been touched-up. All four wheels present in perfect condition without obvious kerb rash, while the tyres are near-new.
Inside the cabin this 911 is presented well. The leather upholstery contains next to no creasing or stress marking and the carpeting appears without obvious stains or scuffs. Scratching is observed in areas such as the centre console plastics, door sills, and around the door handles, though this level of wear and tear is expected for the car’s age. The steering wheel does show leather wear.
This car will come with original documentation and service manual, Porsche outdoor car cover, two keys, and a space-saver spare.
To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in Victoria until 26/2/23. There are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number and it is not recorded as written off or stolen.
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