2022 Shannons Autumn Timed Online Auction

1998 Porsche 911 (996) Carrera 4 Cabriolet





Engine Flat 6-cylinder, 3400cc
Gearbox 4-speed automatic
Body Work Convertible
Colour Arctic Silver
Interior Boxster Red
Trim Leather
Wheels Cast Alloy
Brakes Discs

Notice (Form 11)


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Porsche’s 911 is an automotive icon, and its origins are legendary.  The 911’s history dates back to 1964 when the first iteration was launched and that platform remained the primary basis for the 911 until 1998.  In that year Porsche introduced the Type 996 model 911 and this represented two major changes for the venerable German two-door sports car: a water-cooled flat-six engine replaced the original air-cooled unit used in the 911 for 34 years, and the body shell received its first major re-design.  The 996’s styling was an evolution of the original 911 but broader in beam, and it shared the new front-end styling with Porsche's mid-engined entry-level model Boxster, both inspired by the 911 GT1 race car first seen in 1997.  The all-new body clothed a completely revised and more spacious interior that managed to retain the same driving position found on generations of earlier 911s.  Engine displacement was now 3.4 litres, and it featured a change to an "integrated dry sump" design and variable valve timing for a power output of 221 kW.  The 996 generation Porsche 911 spawned over a dozen model variations, including an all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S (the latter had a 'Turbo look' body in facelift form) models, the club racing-oriented GT3 and GT3 RS, and the forced-induction 996 Turbo and GT2.  On convertible variants the folding roof took 19 seconds for operation while an electronically activated rear spoiler (rising at speeds over 120 km/h) was another 996 feature, though this could also be raised manually by an electric switch.