1999 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

Here’s something kind of rare. And I mean that not necessarily as referring to this car in its own right, but rather as a rare appearance on our pages. For a variety of reasons we don’t feature the 996 very often outside of the 996TT and the GT2. That’s in part due to some of the reliability issues that have plagued 996 engines and in part (truthfully, in large part) to the incredible performance value that those two models, especially the 996TT, represent. But the 996, even in standard form, is itself a bit of a performance value when compared to its air-cooled predecessors so unique examples should still attract our notice. Any quick internet reading will tell all that most need to know about potential reliability issues of the 996, especially of the earlier examples like this one, but it’s not as if every 996 is a time bomb waiting to go off. So they should be approached with caution, but for the right price not outright ignored. Here we have one in a fairly interesting and rare color combination: a Mirage Metallic 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe, located in New York, with a Boxster Red leather interior and 37,000 miles on it.

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Year: 1999
Model: 911 Carrera 4
Engine: 3.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 37,000 mi
Price: $36,800 Buy It Now

This Porsche Carrera 4 Coupe is nearly flawless with an impeccable history and in an extremely rare color combo – it does not get more honest for a Porsche. Everything is in top condition and almost showroom new.

Aside from the Exterior Color and Interior Leather selection this Carrera 4 911 sports the following factory installed options;

18″ Sport Classic wheels – just put on brand new tires
Colored Center Caps
Xenon Headlamps
Rear Wiper Addition
Self Dimming Rear View Mirror
Heated Self Dimming Side view mirror
Full Leather Front and Rear Seats
Electric Seats w Lumbar Support
Heated Front Seats
3 Spoke Steering Wheel in matching Boxster Red Leather
Matching Carper and Floor-mats
Trunk mounted CD Changer
Upgraded Hi Fi Speaker/ Sound System

It also has a K40 Radar System installed (hide away – behind the front and rear bumpers $2000)
Factory Radio will be included the current Pioneer has bluetooth ( w remote microphone), pandora, sirius/xm and is USB/iPhone compatible.

I will start with the admission that this one isn’t currently at the right price, but hopefully that can be remedied. Also, most publications I’ve read will tell you to avoid a ’99 so we aren’t really starting off on the right foot here. But I do like the general look of this 911. The interior has perhaps gone a bit too red given that it’s got the dash, the steering wheel, pretty much everything covered in red, but as a contrast to the exterior it does work pretty well. It’s the type of subtle and vibrant juxtaposition that I always find alluring and interesting on many cars. The exterior provides a heavy dose of elegant class, while the interior shows a bit of a wild side. It works. This 911 also looks well cared for which may help to stem some of the reliability concerns that arise with these models. Given the way a ’99 is typically viewed the asking price is too high. That doesn’t mean this isn’t a nice 911, just that you should be able to get one for less than this. Just where it should be priced I’m less sure, but I’d suspect we’d be looking at something at or just below $30K. For a 911 in an interesting color combination with good performance that’s not a bad value.

-Rob

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10 Comments

  1. Good looking car, but without an IMS bearing retrofit, the real value of this car is more like $25-6k, IMO.

  2. @David +1….if I’m the owner of this 99 and I had this addressed, that is the first thing I’m letting perspective buyers know…if I did not have it done..then I am doing it myself prior to selling…
    this is going to effect price unless they find a completely clueless buyer…
    other than that…I have always liked the 996…never had issue with the Egg-shaped lights or the other things that the 993 crowd hated…the interior is a little lackluster but that would seem to me to be a sign of the times it which is was built….I like the silver/red….maybe a bit of black to break things up would have been nice.

  3. Truly one of the best looking 996’s that I’ve ever seen.
    I was in San Antonio back in May, 1998. I visited the Porsche dealer. The sales guy said “follow me, I want to show you something”. We went back to a warehouse. Sitting there was a silver 993 and a silver 996. It was the first one that they had received. They both looked great. I compared the two. I remember that I liked the 993 better, but the 996 was nice. Lately they have been growing on me.

  4. 996’s are growing on me too. Just like the 74-77 911’s, in due time these will also find their way to enthusiastic owners. Great value for an extremely capable car – this one’s color combo is fabulous. IMS – yes – get the retrofit done. Otherwise you have a very nice car overall. A bit pricey though but at $30K USD is not bad for that low mileage.

  5. Zero bids so far.. To the Owner- there’s a reason for that!

  6. Wasn’t this just on autotrader for about 26k??? Same year, wheels, color combo, I sent a link to a friend. Had mismatched Conti tires…… Quick flip?

  7. I had a Mirage with Black ’99 Carrera 4 with aero kit. It was (I assume still is) a fantastic car and a bargain for people who actually want to drive. Some people say the older cars are more susceptible, others say they are less susceptible. Some say Tips are less susceptible. No one really knows…

    I sold mine to a gentleman who works for Porsche of North America in Altanta. I did not replace the IMS bearing in my car and he told me the factory tech guys told him they wouldn’t bother changing it unless they were in there for something else. The last time I talked to him (about 2 years ago) he had still not replaced the IMS bearing.

    A friend spotted my old car at Caffeine and Octane earlier this month, so it’s still out there.

    I suspect that this car won’t gather any bids at this price point.

  8. Toulouse-Lautrec called and he wants his moulin rouge bordello interior back.

  9. I just helped a friend buy a 2003 C4S with just a shade more miles for several thousand less than the buy it now.

    The current owned will have lots of time to enjoy this car while he waits for someone to pay anywhere near that price.

    Its ashamed because its a nice looking car.

  10. You’re correct! This car was at lomedico motors in Red Bank, NJ three weeks ago, they were asking $24,500. I was trying to buy this car before someone, I guess this guy, bought it sight unseen and then jacked the price up for resale.

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