2003 Porsche 996 Carrera-Arctic Silver over Black Leather, 6-speed, 20k miles on a $22k Vision Motorsports performance motor, what a car!
I LOVE having this car in my inventory as it’s the car so many of my customers say I don’t sell… This car isn’t a past PCA Concours winner, it isn’t Q-tip detailed underneath and it isn’t low miles… Why do I have it then? Simply because this is a Porsche that you can not only DRIVE but utterly PUNISH as Ferry Porsche intended. Want a car for Cars and Coffee? NOPE, not this one… Wan’t a Porsche to repeatedly thrash to redline over and over while carving some of the best 2-lane roads you can find? Now you have found your car…
This 996 was sold new at Larson Porsche in Tacoma, WA and lived a pretty innocuous life thru 2011 where it had accumulated just 35k miles in the hands of a couple local PCA members. The next owner wasn’t a lug nut polisher nor the type to expound upon the virtues of washing the car with deionized water. He wanted a Porsche to drive and he wanted it to perform. Over the next 5 years and 73k miles he took the car to the best Porsche shops here in Seattle including Gerber Motorsports, Tru-Line and Chris’ German. He spared no expense in both servicing and improving the car. I don’t dare add up the receipts but they easily exceed 2x my asking price on this car.
Sadly for him but a great benefit to you, the original IMS bearing let go at 95k miles. He made the decision to make lemonade out of lemons and sent the car down to Vision Motorsports in Laguna Hills, CA. He had them build up one of their “Performance” 3.6 liter motors which their knife-edged, balanced and heat treated crank, race machined heads, performance oil pump, Carillo rods as well as everything else you would do on a split case engine rebuild. On a Dynojet the car put down 305 rwhp and 265lb/ft of torque! $21,694 later and NOW you have a machine. It has travelled just over 20k miles since the motor build.
There are a litany of other improvements such as Fabspeed exhuast, short shift kit, H&R Coilovers (aligned and corner balanced for aggressive street). It just received an annual service, a full detail and is ready to go!
Lest you think based on the above the car is all go and no show, it actually acquits itself fairly well in that category as well. The body and paint show extremely well for it’s age with the sole exception being the front bumper cover definitely shows the 100+k miles of road wear. I personally would wear it like a badge of honor. The interior is likewise very clean with just some light, expected patina on the drivers seats. Everything works as designed including all the accessories, AC, etc..
The car comes complete with the following:
-Full service history from new, organized in a 3-ring binder. Just promise me you would never add up the receipts, that’s bad car person Karma…
-All the originals books/VIN stamped manuals, 2 original keys, tool kit.
-Clean Carfax with no negative history
What else could you buy for less that would be any more fun??