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2005 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

The 997 Porsche 911 generation continues to age gracefully in my eyes. It certainly won’t get mistaken for a new car, but I certainly think it a soothing and classic shape that will go down as a “win” for the design team at Porsche. As with almost cars, the facelift model years always get the first look, but I really like the pre-facelift examples just as much as the later cars. Today’s example, a base 2005 C2, is finished in the classic Guards Red over black leather and has just 39,000 miles. The price? Well … at least it is in the ballpark.

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Year: 2005
Model: 911 Carrera Coupe
VIN: WP0AA29965S716881
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 38,680
Location: Geneva, New York
Price: $53,900 Buy It Now

This low mileage 2005 Carrera is a true find. It has only been driven 38,000 mi has a perfect clean Carfax as in impeccable condition. The options on this Porsche are Guards Red paint with Black interior ,six-speed manual transmission, 19-in Carrera classic Wheels, Bose high-end sound system, remote 6 disc CD changer, Porsche navigation system. This Carrera also benefits the new owner because the IMS bearing clutch water pump all have been replaced recently along with new Michelin 4S tires at about 800 miles ago, the paint and interior are exceptional this car doesn’t need a thing.

Keep in mind these early 2005 997 cars were sold right along a handful of leftover 2005 996 Cabriolets and GT cars, so this was quite a bit of contrast when you walked into a dealer back when new. Personally I think this example is just classic 911 with the Guards Red and black leather, as funny as it sounds to now refer to a 997 as “classic.” Some major positives on this one with the IMS bearing already done, and some other stuff like tires, water pump, and clutch.

While everything looks great here, I do think this one is a tad overpriced. The asking price of $54,000 will buy you a lot of 997 Carrera S cars, which admittedly is the better one to buy for not much more money at all. I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way as this car has been sitting for almost a month and no one has snagged it, despite the still crazy market for anything “cool” in the car world. Somewhere in the mid-$40,000 is probably a better spot, and I can imagine that is where the offers have been coming in at. Still it is a really nice one, but just a tad too high on the ask.

– Andrew


  1. Greg
    Greg February 1, 2022

    This seems like the perfect entry level 911. I like the base 3.6 engine better as it revs better and doesn’t experience bore scoring at such a high rate as the 3.8. Also being a 2005 you can actually install an aftermarket IMSB, which this one has. That’s a big bonus as is the new clutch, water pump and tires. I would still get a PPI with a bore scope before buying. Over rev history? Was flywheel also replaced?

    These were +/- $30k car 2 years go so I would not be paying these silly prices. Wait a few months and the prices will probably be going down.

  2. jimf
    jimf February 1, 2022

    I agree…nice car, but vastly inflated price. Even though a six speed, not crazy low miles. Mid 40s should be the top for this one. Unfortunately, a 997.2 C2S can no longer be had for this 53K…maybe a base C2.

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