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2006 PORSCHE 911 C4S

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Introduction 

There's not much that can be added to the story of the iconic 911 that hasn't already been said. Since it's first public appearance in 1963, it has undergone constant evolution through its various iterations. Having survived Porsche's original intention to end production when they introduced the 928, the 911 is currently in its 8th evolution and has gone from a lightweight air cooled sports car, to a heavier weight water cooled bruiser. Most importantly Porsche have always managed to improve the driving dynamics of each subsequent model. Despite the occasional outcry from purists over changes to the power plant, cooling method, shape of the headlights and other amendments to the specification of the car, Porsche have never lost sight of the most important thing about a 911, and that is the way it drives. 


The car

This particular car was sold to it's first owner in December 2006 by Porsche Centre Wilmslow. This is a first generation 997 C4S model. The 4 indicating 4 wheel drive,  which also means the car was built with a wider body at the rear than its 2 wheel drive siblings, giving it an even more muscular stance. The 'S' indicates it has the enlarged 3.8 litre version of the flat 6 cylinder power unit synonymous with the 911.

The current owner acquired the car 3 years ago from marque specialists Hartech, where it had just undergone a complete engine rebuild and a thorough examination from front to rear, where everything that needed attention received it. It has since been maintained by them under their own gold servicing regime, which is more particular than Porsche's own service schedule. In that time the car has covered just 2000 miles, meaning the engine is barely run in, and providing great peace of mind to any prospective new owner.

A copy of the original bill of sale is included in the documents, showing a purchase price in 2006 just shy of £80,000 including nearly £12,000  spent on options. Meaning that this a very nicely specified car, the full list of options is viewable in the photo gallery with the highlights being:

  • Black full leather interior 
  • PSE (switchable Porsche Sports Exhaust)
  • PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management)
  • Bose sound system
  • Electric front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Electric sunroof 
  • Navigation module
  • Sport shortshift gear lever
  • Rear parking sensors


The outside

The car is in its original colour of Atlas Grey Metallic, and the paint looks to be in really good condition. As can be seen from the photographs, it has a deep shine and glossy finish providing clear reflections in the paint. The front end is also largely free from the stone chips which these cars accumulate through normal road use. It is understood a previous owner had the bumper and bonnet repainted, which explains its very clean condition. The only imperfection we can note, can be seen on pic 51, showing the tip of the offside wing mirror has rubbed against something and removed the paint from an area about 5mm x 10mm in size. Given the colour of the paint, and the dark plastic the mirror housing is made of, it is not very obvious. Indeed it was one of the few things the current owner thought he would address on the car when he acquired it, but given the unobtrusiveness of the imperfection, in the end it was forgotten about and lived with. However it would be a small job to sort out, if the new owner deemed it necessary. 
The glass is all generally clean and in good condition. The windscreen does have a stone chip in the centre, away from the drivers eyeline which has been repaired. It does get a mention on several of the old mot certificates without detrimentally affecting the result of the test. 
The wheels have all been fully refurbished in the last 1500 miles and have no kerb marks or scratches. The only blemishes are to the coloured Porsche crest centre caps, which have some small areas of milking caused by water ingress under the lacquer. They are wrapped in Porsche N rated tyres, with Bridgestone's on the front, and Michelin's on the rear. All the tyres have approximately 5mm of tread remaining.

The inside

The interior looks very lightly used, giving credence to Porsche's reputation for excellent build quality. The perforated black leather seats are in great shape. The passenger side appearing totally unmarked, and only some creasing of the bolsters on the driver's side giving away any indication of its age and use. There are no rips or splits in any of the interior materials and the alcantara headlining is also unmarked. A common weak spot on the 997 generation can be the air-conditioning controls, upon which the rubber coating on the switches chips off and can look a like unsightly. But you'll be pleased to note that the controls on this car are in good condition, and all the switches and buttons work as intended with no warning or caution lights present in the cockpit.

Under the skin

As previously mentioned, this car has benefited from a complete engine rebuild from Hartech. This should provide complete peace of mind for any prospective purchaser from the well publicised bore scoring and intermediate shaft bearing issues, that is estimated to have affected 5-10% of these cars. 
In addition to the engine rebuild, any other areas requiring attention received it. This included various new parts, including suspension components, engine mounts, brake discs and pads all around, cardan shaft rubber (for the 4 wheel drive system), clutch, flywheel and exhaust valves.

Just about the only other part that commonly requires attention on these cars is the condensers, which can suffer from corrosion or damage due to their position low in the front bumper. The good news is that these have also been replaced, with new items fitted in June 2020. 
In addition to all the work listed, the car comes with a complete service history, being performed by Official Porsche Centres and independent Porsche specialists. The paperwork accompanying the car has additional receipts and MOT's dating back to 2014. 

In all, this is a fine example of the 997 generation of the 911. It has been well cared for, and with all the recent comprehensive work carried out, provides a great opportunity to acquire an eminently reliable and useable icon of the sports car world, without any of the potential pitfalls. Always desirable and engaging to drive, this 911 is in rude mechanical health and fine cosmetic condition, and as such would surely be an excellent addition to anyone's garage. 

The sale of this vehicle does not include the registration, and the original registration will be replaced before handover.

This car has been hpi checked and has no markers for damage, theft or finance owing. 
 

Disclaimer:

Vehicles sold at auction are sold as seen, the sale of goods act 1979 does not apply for used goods sold at auction. The description of this lot is accurate to the best of the sellers knowledge, and 0-60 have performed an HPI check and looked at the MOT history. We cannot in any way guarantee the condition or description of the vehicle, and there is always the possibility that repairs or renovations could have been carried out in the past that may not be easy to see. We encourage bidders to take the time to look at all of the photographs and information in the listing. Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the condition of the auction lot before bidding and undertake any research or inspections necessary.
 

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