2001 Porsche 911 (996) Carrera 4 Coupe Tiptronic

The highlights

  • Over £18,000 worth of spending in the last six years
  • IMS and RMS replaced
  • Beautifully presented inside and out

The Appeal

The 996 series of Porsche 911’s was the first of the water-cooled Porsches, yet the brand never lost sight of the 911’s legendary reputation. A perfectly balanced supercar, it combined ergonomics and practicality along with quality and driving exhilaration, the 911 offers a unique talent without diluting its heritage. Comfort and usability are traits that the 996 embraces, yet the potency and agility of the car has established the 996 as one the greatest modern classics money can buy.

This slim-hipped 2001 996 is the all-wheel drive variant of the Carrera coupe. Very cleanly finished in a fetching Lapis Blue Metallic, with a full grey leather interior, this car is powered by the normally aspirated 3.4-litre engine and the Tiptronic gearbox option. It comes with a very impressive provenance, with over £21,000 worth of bills, an excellent service schedule and an MOT to February 2024.

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in March 2001
  • V5c present
  • Long MOT – until February 2024
  • Owned by the current owner since 2016
  • Original owner’s manuals and wallet with the car
  • £21,000 worth of invoices, most of it spent by its current owner
  • Work carried out by Porsche main dealer and Porsche specialists
  • Extensive service history 
  • MOTs back to 2008
  • Used as an occasional and weekend car
  • Garaged with a Porsche car cover
  • 2 sets of keys
  • Number plate included in the sale

The Interior

  • Very clean full grey interior leather
  • Porsche crested headrests
  • Part electric seats leather seats are in very good condition, with light creasing and mild discolouration but free of damage
  • A few minor marks were noted on the rear seats
  • Carpets have no significant wear - mats are a little tired
  • The luggage area suggests light and careful use
  • Dashboard in excellent condition with just the mildest signs of age
  • All controls including the air conditioning (regassed in 2022) are said to function.
  • Dials and instruments in good shape
  • The centre console has been professionally retro-painted in its body colour
  • Alpine CD/DAB with Bluetooth fitted. Original system available
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel is in very good shape, with no notable issues with the gear-lever
  • Aluminium handbrake
  • The tilt/slide sunroof functions well
  • Very clean door cards and intact Alcantara headlining

The Exterior 

  • The underside appears to be solid, with minor surface corrosion noted on the jacking points
  • The wheel wells and floor pan look good
  • The suspension mounts appear intact 
  • A corrosion spot was noted on the nearside rear arch
  • Light peppering of rust coming through on the lower arch lips
  • Otherwise, the body is solid, with no outstanding observation of dents or damage
  • The panels display a flush fit and consistent shut lines throughout
  • The Lapis Blue Metallic paint is evenly matched throughout, with a healthy lustre
  • Minor stone chips were noted on the bonnet and the bonnet 
  • Front headlamp lenses are in good shape with no issues noted on the tail lamps
  • Glass intact with decent seals
  • Door-open side window drop/raise function works perfectly
  • 18” Turbo alloys are well presented with some minor scuffs noted
  • A full set of Bridgestone Potenza tyres are all currently legal but will need replacements for its next MOT
  • Porsche colour crested centre caps

The Mechanics 

  • The 3.4-litre flat-six engine fires up and idles smoothly
  • Porsche Stability Management
  • Engine condition suggests regular care and maintenance
  • No fluid leaks were observed on the day
  • No reports of issues with the brakes, steering or suspension
  • Said to drive well, with its five-speed semi-automatic Tiptronic gearbox operating smoothly
  • Strong maintenance record 
  • Following the owner's purchase in 2016, the car has seen
    • A new drive belt 
    • New front discs
    • New condenser and radiators 
    • Variocam Actuator
    • IMS and RMS were replaced in 2022
    • New water pump 
    • Replacement front coils, strut top mountings and geometry check
    • New master cylinder 
    • ABS pump
    • Additional attention to the driveshaft, steering and brakes
    • A new sports Dansk sports exhaust was professionally installed in 2022


The 996 Carrera 4 offers the purest of 911 experiences for what has to be described as a modest outlay. No frivolities or bulk, just agility and a driving experience that can be enjoyed in comfort.

If you have a 911 itch to scratch, then surely this well-presented example with the added benefit of some serious amount of expenditure over the last six years is a good place as any to start.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2001
  • Make Porsche
  • Model 911 (996) Carrera 4
  • Colour Lapis Blue
  • Odometer 117,904 Miles
  • Engine size 3400
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Carterton
  • Location Oxfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
20 bids
  • Ja•••• £13,005 13/06/23
  • jo•••• £12,250 13/06/23
  • Ch•••• £12,000 13/06/23
  • jo•••• £11,750 13/06/23
  • Ch•••• £11,500 13/06/23
  • jo•••• £11,250 13/06/23
  • ga•••• £11,000 13/06/23
  • jo•••• £10,500 13/06/23
  • ky•••• £10,000 12/06/23
  • pe•••• £9,250 12/06/23

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