The model that we are pleased to be able to present to you here is a 996 Carrera Phase I in its original “Arktissilber metallic” colour. The bodywork and paintwork are still in excellent condition today, displaying a uniform shine and color on all the panels.
The panels are perfectly aligned and free of damage.
The front and rear bumpers are perfectly positioned.
The optical blocks, halogen, work perfectly.
The 4 rims are original (996) and are in perfect condition.
The vehicle comes with its original aluminum hardtop with heated rear window in good condition.
The interior appears to us to be in excellent condition. Indeed, the original navy blue leather upholstery has a beautiful patina of use without the leather being damaged or distended.
The dashboard, with its original white counters, is perfectly functional and in good condition. The same goes for the extended leather dashboard which does not show the slightest form of aging.
This copy is equipped with its original GPS and telephone which are still functional. The same goes for the HIFI Bose installation.
When put on the bridge, we were able to observe a sound body and chassis with no trace of corrosion or visible deterioration.
During our road test, we did not find any lack of handling. The steering is incisive and the braking is constant and efficient in line with what is expected of a 911.
The technical control of the vehicle, carried out before the sale of the latter, only corroborated what is said above.
The mechanics work perfectly. Startup is instantaneous, with no spurious noises or fumes suggesting engine wear. The engine otherwise has a stable idle and shows no signs of overheating.
Once at temperature, the taking of turns is linear and without breaking the load letting the driver benefit from the vocalizations of the flat-6.
The automatic gearbox shifts up and down smoothly.
Invoices and service book visible on request.
The 996 is the fifth version of the 911 which was unveiled to the public in 1997 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
This fifth version marks a real turning point in the history of the 911 insofar as it is the first version to undergo real technical and aesthetic changes.
On the technical side, the engine is no longer air-cooled but water-cooled. No will also note the arrival of PSM (Porsche Stability Management) making driving cars easier. Too easy for purists.
As far as aesthetics are concerned, it is the adoption of non-ovoid optics modeled on the Boxsters which has been strongly contested by aficionados of the Stuttgart brand.
However, although having had to fight, the 996 knew how to find its place and succeeded in bringing Porsche into modernity.