Earlier this week I came across a Porsche Cayman S finished in the wonderful Forest Green Metallic. As much as I wanted to jump all over it, a bunch of things added up that probably had me passing on it. As luck would have it, a really early 996 happen to pop up for sale in upstate New York that of course had me taking a closer look. It is your typical 1999 Carrera 2 with the “fried egg” headlights, orange taillights, and maybe not the most opulent interior ever. Still, the value you can get from a 996.1 is there, so why not make the best of it with one in a good color combo?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe on eBay
Model: 911 Carrera Coupe
Engine: 3.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 111,560 mi
Location: Rochester, New York
Porsche 911, 6-speed manual transmission. beautiful uncommon color: Forest Green Metallic. Interior is Savannah Beige, in great shape. Exterior handsome, with some imperfections in paint, common due to age. Can store for up to a couple of weeks after the auction while you arrange shipping, if needed.
Look on the inside there’s classic Savannah Beige leather with some dark burl wood trim. All good so far, but that is where the fun ends. The wood has has some pretty serious cracking, there is a black residue all over the dash, and the AutoCheck says there was a “minor accident or vehicle damage reported” in 2015. Rats. Of course, no mention of recent service or any indication of the IMS bearing, just like the prior Cayman S. Sigh.
The bidding right now is at $14,000, but this one probably still has room to run. With the mileage, accident history, and cosmetic issues, this one should land somewhere between $18,000-20,000. If it gets too far north of $20,000, someone must really love this color, but at some point you have to look at the entire picture here. A bargain 911, sure? Paying a premium? Not so sure about that.
With over 111k miles and current bidding at $17k it just got stripped of its bargain status. Plenty of market choices at those numbers. I really really like to get into a 996 but how do I justify selling the Saleen to make room for one?
Somebody did a really bad job repainting the front bumper.
I have to add that the current $21k bid involves either a clueless buyer or a shill bidder. I am leaning towards the latter…
Type 996 is no longer the bargain-basement 911; especially 3-pedal coupe variants in special colors. Score one NOW while they’re still generally under $50k.
Ben, there are still plenty of decent offerings on the market at sub $20k for a n/a manual coupes and cabs. Prices have firmed up but yet to move significantly up. Of course, creme de la creme will get top billing but in general its still a bargain-basement 911. Turbos are the ones that experience the biggest boost in price moving from mid 30’s into mid 40’s price category firmly but even those can be easily found in decent shape for under $50k.
just a few examples on the craigslist in los angeles area:
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