PORSCHE 997 CARRERA S – 3.8 MANUAL COUPE
Best combination – Basalt Black /Black Leather/Red Calipers – Classic
The Carrera S enjoys a high level of equipment as standard. This includes, cruise-control, A/C, multi-function leather steering wheel, leather gear selector and gaiter, white display dials, electric door mirrors, electric windows, tilt and slide sun roof, extended leather with grey stitching, PCM with Sat Nav, PSM, electrically adjustable heated leather sports seats, illuminated vanity mirrors, Porsche embossed head-rests, 12v aux outlets x2, cigarette lighter, Alcantara headlining, Porsche over-mats, stainless twin exhaust outlets, 19”inch Carrera S alloys.
*Interesting private registration included in sale*
Factory Basalt Black, code LC9Z, is the first choice for the more aggressive, wide body “S”, perfectly suited to the lower, purposeful presence of the 997.
We have taken micrometer readings of all metal panels of the car and, reassuringly, they all would indicate original paint. Overall, the bodywork presents very well, with only the odd, very minor, mark to indicate the mileage covered and fourteen years of careful road use. Gravel-rash, a common annoyance with the wider bodied cars, is thankfully kept to a very bare minimum, even on the gravel guards/foils and vulnerable front end. A possible indication of having been addressed earlier in its life perhaps. All lenses and glass remains clear and crack free. All three wipers are in perfect condition. The rear spoiler operates as intended, both auto and manual over-ride.
Testimony to the quality of the original materials, the interior shows little or no wear. All seats have stood up extremely well. No ugly creasing scuffs or wear, even to the proud, and therefore vulnerable, driver’s seat bolster.
Likewise, the leather steering wheel and gear selector, both very nice indeed.
Carpets, over-mats, door-cards, centre console and head-lining are also without any damage of note. The climate control switches have also avoided serious wear, so common in other examples of this model.
WHEELS & TYRES
The 19”inch Carrera S alloys, sometimes referred to as “Lobster-Claws”, for obvious reasons, are generally in a good condition, only a few minor blemishes to be found. Centre-caps, a little faded, but perfectly presentable all the same.
Brake callipers however, are all excellent, gleaming away behind the alloys, the Porsche logo clearly visible and un-blemished.
295/30 ZR 19 100Y rears, with 235/35 ZR 19 100Y to the front, are all matching, N- rated, Bridgestone Potenza’s.
There is no visible damage or cracking to any of the side-walls, wear appears even all round, with a generous serviceable tread depth.
SERVICE HISTORY & PROVENANCE
Low ownership for any 911, with just four previous owners over a fourteen year period. Early long-term ownership would appear to be by a lady driver, with a Porsche Warranty extended by second owner until September 2010 at OPC Tonbridge.
There are a total of 15 OPC stamps in the service book (including all brake fluid etc), plus one independent Porsche specialist, who now in fact is a senior Master-Tech at a major OPC.
31/01/2007 – Porsche Tonbridge @ 8593 miles
29/12/2008 – Porsche Tonbridge @ 20,266 miles
25/01/2011 – Porsche Tonbridge @ 33,834 miles (Drive Belt Replaced)
07/01/2013 – Porsche Tonbridge @ 51,562 miles
06/01/2016 – Porsche Guildford @ 57,062 miles
20/05/2016 – Milestone 71 Porsche Specialist @ 64,725 miles ( Drive Belt replaced)
13/05/2018 – Walkers Autotech @ 68,073 miles
It is clear that this 997 has been well cared for, with evidence of replacement drive-belt, alternator, brake discs and pads, plus general servicing, including spark plugs, oil and filters. We have previous invoicing to confirm more detailed records.
Recently both manifold gaskets have been replaced with new stainless steel headers. The black leather owners wallet, together with all handbooks, plus two keys are all present.
The Carrera is fully HPi clear and has a good MOT history. It is suggested that this may have been an early “Press Car” and possible spent time as such in Europe for a short spell.
THE DRIVE & ENGINE
Often regarded by many as the “Sweet-Spot” of the 997.1, the Carrera S is the car of choice for the 911 purist.
With 355bhp on tap from the 3824cc, six speed manual gear box, 0-60 mph can be reached in approx 4.8 secs then onward to 182 mph, where permissible of course.
Starts willingly enough, with a glorious sonorous growl, aided by the Sports Exhaust, then quickly settles to a reliable tick over.
On the road, handling is sublime, suspension taught, yet still compliant enough not to judder the spine. As expected the car feels swift yet secure and capable even when pressing on.
Gear box is a dream, clutch and brakes all operating as intended.
All together, a very appealing package.