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COST NEW £61,675
PORSCHE 911 CARRERA S (997) A good, useable cruiser 911 for less than £30k piqued Nathan’s interest
If you’re after a quick GT cruiser 911 that matches pace with a little grace, the Carrera S probably represents a sweet spot in the 911 range. A purchase price of five whiskers under £30,000 puts this Carrera S on target with much newer performance hatchbacks, which makes the 911 seem a bit of a bargain. This one, up for sale with a London vendor wellversed in Porsches for decades, makes a good deal of sense.
The car had just arrived when we tested and was yet to go through preparation; as such we found a few areas that will be rectified before sale. This included the paint at top of the bonnet flaking away in front of the windscreen, a chip on top of the driver’s door, a smattering of stone chips on the nose, plus a few scratches and scuffs, and some lacquer peel to the bonnet’s end.
The alloy wheels are largely in good condition, though there is some cracking to the Porsche badges on some of them.
Michelin Pilot Sports are fitted, but replacements will be needed sooner rather than later.
On the inside there are minor scratches to the door pulls, light switches and the centre console, while the leather glovebox lid has a few more scratches. The leather areas in general show some signs of wear. The seats are free from nicks and cracks, though the door panel has marks and the kickplate has scratches. This car’s equipped with a Bose stereo, but the CD autochanger was exhibiting some difficulties during our test.
At the rear the engine’s largely clean, with no signs of corrosion. The service history reveals regular stamps at an official Porsche dealer.
On the road the Tiptronic gearbox takes some getting used to. It’s not the most intuitive system to use and perhaps isn’t the best choice for enthusiastic drivers.
But it’s great for cruising; just leave it in D and there’s a healthy slug of torque for overtaking. The steering is well weighted and accurate, and the suspension is a little firm but won’t shake your lunch from your fillings. This example exhibited no rattles or noises from the suspension, steering or drivetrain, and the brakes were sharp yet predictable.
With all this Porsche’s largely cosmetic issues sorted by the vendor before sale, the car should prove to be an entertaining companion for long holiday jaunts.
CHOOSE YOUR PORSCHE 911 997.1
2004: the 997 911 is introduced, with the Carrera and Carrera S.
Four-wheel drive Carrera 4 and 4S follow in 2005. Turbo and GT3 models in 2006 and GT2 in 2007.
Though billed as a new design the major changes over the 996 Aremainly to the exterior styling and interior. The Carrera S models have higher displacement (3.8) than the standard Carrera (3.6). Six-speed manual or five-speed Tiptronic gearboxes. The range is facelifted in 2008, with the Tiptronic system replaced with the all-new PDK gearbox.
PORSCHE 911 CARRERA S 997
On sale at Hendon Way Motors Hendonwaymotors.co.uk
TECHNICAL DATA FILE SPECIFICATIONS 2005 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA S 997
Engine 3824cc, 6-cyl, DOHC
Transmission RWD, 5-speed Tiptronic
Power 355bhp @ 6600rpm / DIN
Torque 295lb-f [email protected]
4600rpm / DIN
Top speed 190mph
INSURANCE QUOTE Policy £450, with £350 excess. Legal cover and agreed value included. Quote based on a 39-year-old self-employed male, no points on his licence, living in Peterborough. Car is garaged, 3000 miles per year and with comprehensive cover. Call 0800 085 5000 for your quote.