Owned by the celebrated actress, comedian and screenwriter Jennifer Saunders since it was just under a year old, this tempting 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera 2S comes to market at the Imperial War Museum Duxford with H&H Classics on November 17.
A rear-wheel drive, six-speed manual, Coupe version of the increasingly sought after 997-series it has been treated to a major service in July 2021 at a cost of £2,710.19.
Although, the multi award-winning actress, comedian and screenwriter Jennifer Saunders is perhaps best known for Absolutely Fabulous and French & Saunders, her current, fifteen-year long ownership of ‘LS55 MYK’ suggests that she is a petrolhead too! Certainly, few enthusiasts would argue with her choice of a rear-wheel drive, manual transmission 911 Coupe.
Introduced in 2004, the 997-series of Porsche’s iconic 911 allied all the technological improvements of its 996-series predecessor – a lighter / stiffer bodyshell, better suspension / brakes, four-valve cylinder heads and a superior HVAC system – to more classical styling. Available in Carrera or Carrera S guises when launched, the latter boasted a more powerful 3.8 litre engine (rated at 350bhp/295lbft), sports exhaust, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and 19-inch wheels as standard. Reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds and 182mph, it soon became a driver’s favourite. Better built and better looking than a 996 and smaller and more agile than a 991 (or current 992), great examples of 997 manual gearbox cars are becoming increasingly collectible.
Finished in Arctic Silver with Black leather upholstery, the 2+2-seater was less than twelve months old when Ms Saunders bought it. Since used as an everyday car, the Porsche now displays some 153,500 miles to its odometer. Predominantly maintained by Porsche Centre Exeter and Porchetech of North London, the former fitted a new battery and alternator in August 2020 at a cost of £1,074.23, while the latter carried out a major service plus the installation of a new gearbox undertray, outside temperature gauge, top mounts and stabilizer bushes etc in July 2021 the bill for which totalled £2,719.10. Passing its last MOT test on 26th October 2021 with ‘no advisories’, this ‘Ab Fab’ 997-series Carrera 2S is offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, book pack and sundry invoices.