Lot 30 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Sold for £13,612
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: R7 AFN
Chassis No: WP0ZZZ99ZWS604802
Mot Expiry: April 2020
- Supplied new by AFN Reading and initially road registered as 'R7 AFN'. Full main dealer service history up to 58,150 miles
- Finished in striking Fir Green metallic with ruched Grey leather upholstery and 'split rim' alloy wheels
- Desirable specification includes electric sunroof, six-speed manual gearbox and limited slip differential
Asked to nominate his favourite generation of Porsche 911 during its 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2013, racing driver and journalist Tiff Needell chose the 996 commenting: "This was the model that brought the 911 into the modern world. We finally got rid of the VW pedals and had a chassis that handled in a much more progressive and controllable manner. Not a convert before, completely converted after!" Traditionalists may have decried the 996's water-cooled engine and shared Boxster componentry, however, the newcomer's use of a brand-new platform (the 911's first since 1963) meant that it was notably lighter, stiffer and more aerodynamic than its 993 predecessor. Equipped with four-valve cylinder heads, the 996's 3.4 litre engine developed 296bhp and 258lbft (outputs comparable to those of the 993 Carrera RS's 3.8 litre unit). Allied to either six-speed manual or five-speed Tiptronic transmission, the free-revving flat six enabled the 2+2-seater to sprint to 60mph in 5 seconds and onto 174mph. More ergonomically laid-out and spacious than that of any previous 911, the 996's cabin also boasted a far better HVAC system. Early 3.4 litre 996 cars are increasingly sought after because of their stronger dual row IMS bearings and mechanical throttles.
Supplied new by AFN Reading and first registered as `R7 AFN', this 3.4-litre engined example is warranted to have covered just 70,000 miles from new (with corroborating full main dealer service history up to 58,150 miles). Finished in Fir Green metallic with Grey ruched leather upholstery, the Porsche's desirable specification also includes an electric sunroof, six-speed manual gearbox and limited slip differential. Accompanying paperwork includes a 2002 advert for the car at which time the mileage and asking price were 55,000 and £38,995 respectively. Benefiting from a fresh battery and new exhaust, `R7 AFN' offers a great performance-per-pound ratio and will become ever more collectible.