The Porsche 996 was first introduced in 1997 and was the first water-cooled 911. This pre-facelift 996 is the lightest of all water-cooled 911 variants including the 996 GT3 which weighs 35kg. more. Its 3.4 litre, 300 bhp engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and this is a two-wheel drive version, widely considered to be the purest 996.
In 1998, Car and Driver put the Carrera 2 up against the Ferrari 355 and the Porsche came out on top. Further still, it was prized as the EVO Magazine car of the year with "its ability to be approachable and accessible like a sports car, but still with the ability to inspire awe like a supercar... on the road its purity of purpose, poise, finesse and honed athleticism allowed it to dominate a test that included the Ferrari F355 and Elise 135".
This Arctic Silver Carrera with Metropole leather is a genuine C16 UK car, and is completely factory correct including its original 18'' Turbo Twist alloy wheels with Porsche Crest centre caps, 3 Spoke Leather steering wheel, Hi-Fi Sound System, Comfort seats, Leather headlining and full Leather front and rear seats. It has covered just 43,150 miles since new and its MoT does not expire until October 2016.
This car was delivered new to Lancaster Porsche in London on 12 October 1999, and since then has had an extensive service history:
12-10-1999 at 13 miles (PDI) at Lancaster Bow London
10-11-2000 at 5,802 miles at Lancaster Bow London
20-09-2001 at 12,459 miles at Lancaster Bow London
08-10-2002 at 18,467 miles at Lancaster Bow London
06-10-2003 at 22,685 miles at Porsche Centre West London
24-01-2005 at 25,075 miles at Porsche Centre West London
03-04-2006 at 27,007 miles at Porsche Centre West London
30-06-2007 at 30,792 miles at Porsche Centre West London
26-05-2010 at 36,250 miles at Porsche Centre West London
04-06-2013 at 40,725 miles at Porsche Centre West London
08-04-2015 at 42,113 miles at Belgravia (Chelsea) Porsche Specialist
Its most recent attention was a comprehensive major service which included new brake discs and pads, new front tyres, new camshaft and spark plug housing seals, replacement spark plugs, exhaust manifold studs and all oil, air and fuel filters. The current V5C, owner's manuals and service books, along with a series of service invoices accompany the car.