Introduced in 1998, the 996 was the most dramatic development of the legendary 911 since the launch of the original model way back in 1963.
Virtually every part of the car was completely new, the most radical change being the adoption of a water-cooled engine in place of the traditional air-cooled unit. Even faster and better poised than virtually all previous models, it was also much more refined with significantly improved economy.
Power came from a magnificently eager and quick-revving 3.4-litre flat-six that produced 296bhp and 258lb/ft of torque, sufficient to crack the 0-60 sprint in just 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 174mph. Available as either a Coupe or a Cabriolet with a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission and two- or four-wheel drive, all were supremely capable sports cars that were equally at home pottering around town or ripping up a race track.
First registered in March 2001, this C4 3.4 litre version sports the much-coveted all-wheel-drive system giving greater control and security for the driver in slippery conditions. The flat-six engine delivers smooth punchy power and really comes alive above 4,000rpm, driving through a six-speed manual transmission. It features full black leather with Comfort spec seats, Turbo Twist alloys with painted callipers and a fruity sports exhaust.
The car has covered 118,200 miles and we understand it has good history with service invoices on file from GT Performance, Autofarm and JCT600. The original service book has gone astray but the vendor has sourced a duplicate book which will be stamped up by the respective dealers in time for the sale. It comes with an MOT until January 2019 with no advisories recorded.
The 996 has been lingering in the shadows of the much-admired air-cooled models for the past few years but recently this water-cooled and most usable of 911s has been celebrated in the motoring press as ‘one to watch’ and values have steadily been climbing back up to where they belong.
This everyday-usable C4 represents enticingly good value at its modest estimate and we can’t see them falling in value any time soon so bid vigorously now and it could be you who drives it home!