2005 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe

A couple weeks ago I featured this Speed Yellow 2005 C4S Coupe. It appeared to be an exceptional example of what is a generally unloved model. I stated in that post that I think bright colors really work in the 996’s favor when it comes to maximizing the attractive qualities of its exterior. However, not everyone wants a brightly colored exterior and Speed Yellow is about as bright as they come. Also, as much as I liked that C4S it was very expensive with a price well into good 996TT territory.

Here I hope to remedy those two problems. This is the same model 911, from the same model year right at the end of 996 production, so you get what is for me a better looking 996 and the sort of usability that always has made the C4S a worthy candidate for daily driver duties should that be your desire. Obviously it’s nearly the polar opposite in color. I’ll admit I could do without the tint, especially of the rear lenses, but otherwise where a Speed Yellow 911 will turn every head, this black one should allow you to cruise by (mostly) unnoticed. At 20,086 miles, the mileage is still quite low but it’s priced almost $20K less. That’s a lot of money for Speed Yellow and a few less miles.

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2005 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe

A funny thing has been happening recently: I’ve begun to be attracted to the 996. The general design is one I never was a fan of during production and I can’t say those feelings ever changed. Yet here I am unable to take my eyes off of another 996. I do think there are some caveats. It is the slightly altered bodywork of the Turbo, the C4S, and the GT3 that I find very good looking. The standard 996 design still leaves me cold. And the interior is still mostly terrible. But I do find the peculiarities of the design and the way those come through on certain models to be quite alluring. They aren’t clean lines and I actually like that. The 997 certainly fixed much of this, and the 991 extended that even further, but perhaps it all became too clean. Perhaps following upon the beauty of the 993 Porsche thought they needed to make things a little uglier, a little more interesting. I don’t know, but I’m starting to think it worked.

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2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe

I’ve been featuring a fair number of very high-priced 911s of late. I certainly love them and in most cases their rarity earns them the feature. But for most of us those cars always will exist well out of reach and merely as pieces to admire in someone else’s collection. There is also the problem that in most cases you really can’t even drive the darn things.

This 911 should possess none of those issues and while certainly not cheap as second-hand cars go there’s nice value to be had here within the realm of the 911 itself. Here we have a Speed Yellow 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe, located in California, with 6-speed manual transmission and 33,750 miles on it.

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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S with 1,096 miles

I’ll admit this post is kind of silly. The universe of interested buyers for this 911 is going to be vanishingly small. It’s very high priced and has so few miles you pretty much can’t allow it to leave the garage. Yet here I am writing it up. It’s been for sale for a little while. I’m not sure if it’s been continuously for sale, but I first came across it two years ago and I feel like I see it now and then. I suppose the problem is that every time I do come across it I’m attracted. I was on the hunt for 993s to feature after coming across a Turbo that immediately reminded me why these 911s are so beautiful and captivating. During that hunt this one popped up again so I went with it.

This is a Speed Yellow 1997 Porsche Carrera 4S, located in New York, with a ridiculously low 1,096 miles on it. It’s also well optioned with hard-back sport seats and factory Aerokit. It is nothing other than stunning.

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Speed Yellow 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

I’m sticking with my two running themes here: yellow, in this case another example of the very vibrant Speed Yellow, and value 911s. As I’m sure you can guess I love Speed Yellow. If you’re still reading this I’d guess you’re at least somewhat a fan because with yellow cars in general they’re usually love/hate. For me, part of what makes Speed Yellow work is because it is so bright. I suppose I figure if you’re going to go with a bright exterior color there’s no reason to go half way. Own that brightness and enjoy every minute of it.

Here it looks quite stunning on this 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe, located in Virginia, with 57,900 miles on it. It looks to be in pretty good condition and it’s up for auction with no reserve. So if you’re in the market for a more budget-friendly 911 and you happen to like bright colors this one should be worth checking out.

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2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet with X51 Powerkit

If yesterday’s beautiful 997 Coupe was a little too bright for you or too closed off, what with it having a fixed roof and whatnot, then perhaps this 911 will be more your speed. Here we have an Arctic Silver 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, located in Pennsylvania, with 14,598 miles on it. Of even greater import, it’s a 6-speed manual and had the X51 power kit fitted from the factory. I don’t know the specific numbers, but I suspect a Cabriolet equipped like this isn’t all that common. Cabriolets tend more toward the refined luxury side of the Porsche market (unsurprisingly) and we find quite a few with Tiptronic rather than a manual. To have both the manual transmission and the power kit is a nice treat indeed for those hoping to get the most out of their open-topped motoring. At least without going all the way to the Turbo.

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Year: 2004
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 14,598 mi
Price: $44,900 Buy It Now

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I’ll admit from a purely aesthetic perspective this isn’t the most exciting 911 we’re going to come across. It’s a silver and black 911 produced during a time in which it seems more than half of the 911s Porsche sold were silver. I like Arctic Silver as a color and generally don’t hate silver for the exterior, but I find it more appealing on earlier 911s when it was a little less common. That’s perhaps a strange sentiment, but it is what it is. On the 996 I like something a little more wild. But sometimes a color is popular for a reason so perhaps this one will still have plenty of appeal. For me this C4S is more about the other aspects anyway, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t prefer a better color.

As a potential daily driver the C4S serves as a pretty good option. There’s plenty of power, good stability in a variety of conditions, and it can provide comfortable cruising. For those who enjoy putting the top down the Cabriolet version makes this one even better. So far with only 14K miles on it this 911 clearly has not been used as an everyday driver, but that shouldn’t deter its new owner. It comes with the usual caveats that any non-Turbo, non-GT3, 996 model comes with concerning IMS failure. Have it inspected and then proceed as you see best.

The asking price here is pretty much identical to that of yesterday’s Speed Yellow 997 so combined these make for a couple interesting options. With this one you certainly have to consider the price of a 996TT. You wouldn’t find a Turbo with this mileage for this price, but once mileage moves above 50K there are some out there.

-Rob

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

At its current price I really don’t think this Arctic Silver Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is going to sell. I also realize that’s a somewhat strange way to begin a post. The reason I’ve chosen to feature this 911 is because I think it looks superb, if not in the most exciting color combination. The mileage is low, though not absurdly so, and it appears to be in original condition. The problem really only is the price. That isn’t a small problem, but with some patience perhaps that price comes down a bit and then you may be left with a very nice looking 993 that you can enjoy with less worry about the miles affecting its value. That in itself is a lovely thing.

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 58,450 mi
Price: Auction

Truly beautiful, very clean California car. 1997 993 with 58,500 original miles. Arctic Silver Metallic with Classic Grey supple leather interior. Aluminum and chrome dials, shifter and brake handle. Wide turbo body. Always garaged, no collision history. All stock Porsche options such as Litronic headlights, power seats, dimming rear view mirror, titanium brake calipers, premium stereo with 10 speakers, door insignias, and more. Maintenance receipts, manual and original window sticker. Still smells new. Last of the air-cooled and hand-built Porsches.

Options:09991 Manufactured from Exclusive Program437 Comfort seat left438 Comfort seat right454 Automatic speed control490 Hi-Fi sound system601 Litronic Headlights650 Sunroof659 Onboard computer688 Radio cd C DR210939 Soft leather rear982 Supple Leather Seats/TrimC02Catalytic converterX52Console CD Storage for 5 DiscsX54Oval Chrome Exhaust PipesX70Metal Door Sill InsigniaX71Aluminum Instrument DialsX97Alum/leather shift knobX98Alum/leather parking break handleXE3993: Dimming rear view mirror

The Carrera 4S made its debut as part of the 993 line, thus making it the only time the model was available as an air-cooled 911. With its Turbo bodywork (sans rear wing), suspension, brakes, and wheels it effectively was a naturally aspirated version of the 993 Turbo. In that regard it recalled the M491 package made available for the 3.2 Carrera, though now with all-wheel drive, just like the Turbo itself. The widebody Carrera 4 we saw with the 964 served as a preview of sorts, but really it’s the 993 that brought everything together. The wider rear looks great on the 993 in general giving the C4S great appeal. While not as rare as its rear-drive sibling, the Carrera 2S, the Carrera 4S remains pretty sought after and certainly will come with a higher purchase price than a standard Carrera 4. As I said, this one looks in very nice shape with still quite reasonable mileage so really there’s just the matter of that selling price. Bring that down and the total package becomes quite desirable.

-Rob

Paint-to-sample 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe

I believe this will be the first of the new turbocharged 911s we will have featured here at GCFSB. Newer models aren’t featured all that often here, mostly because they tend to be readily available, but sometimes we come across one that is worthwhile. I think this 911 fits that bill. Here we have a paint-to-sample Aetna Blue 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe, located in Denver, with Black/Bordeaux leather interior and only 1,345 miles on it. Aetna Blue is both an old and new color from Porsche, having first been introduced as a color for the 356. The new version is a slightly different shade so I’d be curious which of the two they went with here. Both are attractive colors, but obviously there’s additional historicity associated with the earlier version. That unique color is part of the allure of this 911. The other part is quite simple: this is basically a new car, but with around a $20K savings. Of course, you’d have to want all of these options for that savings to be fully realized, but it’s still a good chance to let the original owner absorb a good chunk of depreciation, while you take home a nearly new car.

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Year: 2017
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 1,345 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($136,900 Buy It Now)

This Paint to Sample, loaded 911.2 Carrera 4S is finished in historic Aetna Blau (Etna Blue) and has only 1,350 miles on it. It offers incredible value; its original MSPR was $153,265. It has been completely ceramic coated and the front has been clear wrapped for paint protection. Options are very extensive: Black/Bordeaux full leather interior, PDK, Adaptive cruise and Lane Change Assist, Rear Axle Steering, heated multifunction wheel, high-gloss window trim, glass roof, Burmester sound, 18-way Adaptive Sports Seats with leather shells, Premium Package (inc. LED lights, heated and cooled seats and more) and many others. We ordered it new for its owner, who is replacing it with another Porsche after thoroughly enjoying its many charms. It has never been in an accident or had any other cosmetic work, and is fully covered by Porsche factory warranty. This is an opportunity to save tens of thousands on a like-new 991.2 and avoid the long wait for paint to sample orders. Bespoke Auto’s focus is on “tailoring” just the right vehicle to our clients’ needs, something we have done for over 25 years for over 1,200 loyal people. We live by our reputation and have worked very hard to make sure we actually do save people time, money and hassle. Please note that we have no dealer handling or other hidden fees. For more information or to arrange a test drive, contact Isaac Bouchard at Bespoke Autos.

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For those who might have found the Lobster Red interior of the ’86 930 featured earlier this week to be a bit too garish, this Black over Bordeaux contrast brings with it a lot more elegance. It’s a really attractive interior and makes for an interesting contrast to the Aetna Blue. I don’t know that I’d have necessarily thought to combine these two colors, but they work well together. I’d prefer it were equipped with a manual transmission rather than PDK, but this 911 pretty clearly has been spec’d more as a refined sports coupe than as a back-road burner and the PDK does fit that ethos a bit better.

Much has been made of Porsche’s decision to switch to turbocharging for nearly the entire 911 line, but performance remains stellar and appears to have continued its evolution from earlier 991 models. While surely some buyers will care about the switch, the continued success of the 911 Turbo suggests turbocharging itself may be of little issue. If you happen to be one of those who desires one of these new 911s and also wanted a color that would stand apart from all of the rest, this Carrera 4S provides a decent bit of value. It’s certainly worth the time for further investigation.

-Rob

Pastel Yellow 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Not everyone likes a bright colored car. But dark colors don’t necessarily suit either. Maybe you want something in between: a color that still provokes the vibrancy and enthusiasm of a bright color, but with a slightly lower profile. We aren’t talking about blending in per se, but still only attracting a suitable amount of notice. Speed Yellow, perhaps the most common (most popular?) of the yellows Porsche has offered does not really fit this standard. It’s very bright; it does not blend in, unless you’re very close to the sun, or perhaps a field of sunflowers. Pastel Yellow, on the other hand, seemingly in contradistinction to its name is a bit less bright than Speed Yellow. For the buyer interested in yellow, but without going the whole way, it makes for a very nice alternative.

Here it graces the lines of a really nice looking 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, located in Colorado, that wears the factory Aerokit Turbo II and sits with 61,805 miles on it.

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 61,805 mi
Price: $86,993 Buy It Now

This 1997 Pastel Yellow 911 993 C4S with Black Partial Leather interior and factory Aerokit Turbo II has been freshly serviced by the Porsche Factory Trained Classic Technicians at Porsche Colorado Springs.

The full 60k service has been performed along with servicing the transaxle assembly and front differential. The 60k service includes the following:
Engine oil and filters replaced
Engine air filter replaced
Spark plugs replaced
Air conditioning pollen filters replaced
Engine fan belt, alternator belt, and AC compressor belt replaced
OBDII system scan and clear

The brake system has been flushed and new front hood struts were installed during the extensive service.

The Air Conditioning system has been serviced using R 134a

The vehicle battery has been replaced and maintained using a Porsche Factory Battery Maintainer.

All 4 tires have been replaced and an extensive 4 wheel alignment including the setting of rear axle kinematic toe has been performed. Vehicle ride height and rake were checked and adjusted during the alignment process.

One rear wheel has been repaired due to a slight bend on the inner bead area.

The Black Partial Leather interior is very clean and has been well cared for. There is a 10″ split in the top section of the rear parcel shelf area that can be seen when looking through the rear window from the back of the car.

It is noted the red brake calipers have slight fading or oxidation that can be seen when the vehicle is parked. The exterior body paint shows very clean and original.

Options fitted during production:

159

Motor Sound Package

445

Rim Caps (4) w/Porsche Crest

490

HI-FI Sound Pkg w/Speakers

P02

Technic Package

Y75

Aerokit Turbo II F/R Spoilers

I really like the look of these Aerokit on the 993. It looks especially good on the wider rear of the 4S and overall this is one of the better looking examples I can recall seeing. Assuming, of course, that you like yellow. I like yellow. This 993 isn’t perfect though as the ad notes. One of the rear wheels has been repainted and we see some curb rash on one in the pictures. I’m not sure if that’s the repainted wheel or a separate issue, but it’s present nonetheless. There is also said to be a split in the rear parcel shelf. We don’t get a picture of that, which would have been nice. Otherwise it looks good. The paint appears to be in nice shape and the interior (parcel shelf aside) shows quite well with minimal wear and it looks to be completely original.

So it’s a slight mixed bag and we don’t have a ton to go on with regard to its history. Whether that is a matter of a lack of documentation or just something left unsaid in the ad, we don’t know. That’s where our questions should begin and we hope that everything checks out. The asking price isn’t too bad. It is certainly on the higher end given the mileage, but within the general market for a C4S it comes in a good bit below quite a few others. As a balance between higher mileage and a rare color the price may be low enough to at least spark some interest. Of the various C4S that I’ve come across this is one of my favorites so I do hope it can find a nice new home. It’s certainly pretty damn good looking!

-Rob

1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

I’ve never really been a fan of the big wheel craze that has overtaken the automotive world over the last decade or so (Yes, please do get off my lawn). One of the first things I did with my car was downsize the wheels. They were lighter, wider, looked better, and they fit. Perfect. What does this have to do with this 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S? I’m in love with the wheels. They are 19″ inch Ruf wheels and they are certainly larger than stock. They might be the perfect complement to the wider rear of the 993 Carrera 4S. Simple, almost understated, yet so fantastic!

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Year: 1996
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 48,822 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLEAN CARFAX REPORT
MINT CONDITION
NO DENTS OR DINGS
ZERO CURB RASH ON WHEELS
NEW CLUTCH AND FLYWHEEL
FULL MAJOR MAINTENANCE JUST PERFORMED
SPARK PLUG REPLACEMENT
VALVE COVERS AND TIMING COVER RESEAL
NEW BELTS
ALL WORK PERFORMED BY NOLASPORT
ORIGINAL BOOKS, MANUALS, RADIO CARD ETC
2 KEYS

JON SCHEURICH
30 YEARS PORSCHE EXPERIENCE
NOLASPORT
PORSCHE SALES AND SERVICE
9700 PALM ST
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70118

LOW MILES !!!

19″ RUF WHEELS WITH NEW TIRES
FACTORY WIDE TURBO BODY
ALL WHEEL DRIVE
FACTORY TURBO BRAKES AND SUSPENSION
FACTORY C2S REAR GRILLE KIT
ALUMINUM GAUGES
ALUMINUM / LEATHER SHIFTER
ALUMINUM / LEATHER BRAKE LEVER

DRIVES GREAT
EVERYTHING WORKS

THIS 993 IS STUNNING !!

That was my first impression of this 993, but there’s plenty else to like as well. The mileage is pretty low and the condition looks quite good. The driver’s seat shows some squishyness from use; the passenger seat looks like it’s rarely been used. Curiously, it has the split rear grille from the Carrera 2S rather than the single grille that was standard on the 4S. I’m not sure whether that was an option from the factory or a later addition. The option codes don’t specifically list it, though 09991 is listed, which would suggest this has some Porsche Exclusive options. Whether that is the grille I cannot be sure.

In general, the only letdown is that we hear little of documentation. It had a recent full service performed by the selling dealer and presumably those documents are available. But was that to take care of a whole host of deferred maintenance or was it fairly standard for its age? Earlier documentation should shed better light on that. And that is where my questions would lie. Is the paint wholly original? Can the mileage be verified? I think we all know the drill. From there we can consider the price, which at the moment is bidding fairly low at $54,600. That should rise quite a bit if everything is in order and I’d expect it to approach $100K without much problem. The (presumed) lack of the original wheels might be a problem for some, but at least right now it looks almost perfect. So I guess every now and then larger wheels are a nice thing.

-Rob