How Cheaply Will This 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Sell For?

The 996-series 911s are currently the cheap ticket for entry into the world of Porsche ownership, and this one is up for auction at no reserve. It’s going to sell, but for how much?
How Cheaply Will This 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Sell For?

When Porsche unveiled the new 911 for the 1997 model year, something extraordinary happened. Purists looked past the Carrera’s 296bhp and considerable refinement over previous models, and harped on the fact that it was no longer air-cooled as all previous 911s had been. Criticism waned when the turbo model returned in 2001, but in many ways the damage was already done. And that’s unfortunate, because the 996 is a great car, barring one notable issue with a bearing that can lead to random, catastrophic engine failure.

How Cheaply Will This 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Sell For?

These factors are why the 996 Carrera is currently the single best supercar/sports car deal in the world, hands down. In America they can be bought all day long for less than $20,000, and mind you, that’s a Carrera in excellent condition with the six-speed manual, documented maintenance history, and not a lot of rounds on the odometer. As for that bearing issue, if it hasn’t already been addressed on a 911 you’re considering, set aside $1000 to have an upgraded bearing installed and enjoy the hell out of driving an awesome German performance legend that’s as reliable as it is inexpensive.

How Cheaply Will This 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Sell For?

How inexpensive you ask? As I’m bashing away at the keyboard, this 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet in Southern California is currently on eBay with a bid price of $8900. More importantly, it’s a no reserve auction, which means someone is going to own this car-even if the bidding stops at $8900. There are still quite a few days left in the auction so I suspect it will go higher, but given this 911 has done 132,000 miles, there’s a good chance it could end up selling stupid cheap despite being a 911 convertible.

How Cheaply Will This 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Sell For?

The car is being sold by an auction company which, per the description, says it comes from a “private collection of desirable collector muscle cars.” Nine out of 10 enthusiasts don’t consider a rear-engined, six-cylinder Porsche 911 to be a muscle car (the 10th person abstains because Skylines are the only car worth caring about), so there’s already one strike against the selling team. Strike two comes with absolutely no mention of any maintenance history, yet they’ve seen fit to list every single factoid about the 996-series 911, right down to gear ratios.

How Cheaply Will This 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Sell For?

The car looks to be in great shape per the 60 or so photos of it. I hate to say it, but perhaps it’s a little too great? It would be wonderful if the car was just maintained that well, but that would mean the seats have been redone and a paint job isn’t out of the question, which is supported by the curiously de-badged rear. These are some basic questions that any potential buyer would have, and they could be addressed with even the smallest bit of maintenance history. I see this over and over; why don’t sellers of such cars understand that buyers want to know this stuff? It really makes me suspicious.

How Cheaply Will This 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Sell For?

But that’s the pessimist in me talking. This could be a well-kept, well-maintained 911 Cabriolet that the owner just loved enough to drive everywhere. For serious buyers, a phone call should alleviate maintenance concerns and then it just comes down to shrewd bidding. I’m going to guess this goes for $14,000 provided it’s tip-top, and since we’re talking about a freakin’ 911 convertible that can go from 0-60mph in about 5.0 seconds, that could be the performance deal of the year.




12/05/2015 - 22:17 |
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Lassë Lund

Wow, a 911 vert for >$10k!
My guess is it sells for: $13,300

12/05/2015 - 22:21 |
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Juha Arkkukangas

Holy crap! Hope it remains cheap until I get a profession and a job!

12/05/2015 - 22:37 |
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Well, as attractive as they are, keep in mind that they are not cheap to maintain/upgrade.The IMS bearing, unless you do the job yourself, cost more than a 1000$: A ceramic bearing ranges from 500 to 800$ and the tools to do the job can be rented for as low as 100$ or purchased for 300$.

And those bearings aren’t eternal either, if you defenitely want to fix the problem you will have to spend more than a thousand in parts with the “eternal fix” which is a plain bearing instead of a ball bearing, or with a Direct Oil Feed (DOF kit) + a new bearing.

And that’s if you can do the job yourself ! (and you’d better have it done by someone else !).The job takes at least 10 hours if done by someone that has already done it, and the hourly rate for a Porsche (yes because it’s not the same in many places!) in an independent shop is often more than 140$/hours.

Now taking in account that the M96 is far from a masterpiece and suffer a lot of problem, I wouldn’t even start to consider one without service history !

To continue, every oil change will cost you around 80$ if you do it yourself (10quarts of oil).

Finding matching front and rear tires can be hard too as the front are a lot narrower than the rear tires.

The common airbag light problem will cost you around 150$ to turn off the light (just the light, not to fix the problem).

And if you want to take to the race track to enjoy it fully … you’ll have oil starvation issue and kill the engine because the car holds the road too hard for its engine !
If you don’t really want a Porsche, don’t buy a 986 or 996, there is a good reason why they are so cheap !
They are a real pleasure to drive, not to own ;)

12/05/2015 - 22:44 |
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Slavic Clarkson

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Used to be an owner as well???

Couldn’t agree more with you…I suffered from all the problems you have mentioned :-D Great car to drive…shame Porsche screwed it up

12/06/2015 - 14:11 |
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Judging by that price so far I’m guessing this car will be bought by someone who just wants a fast convertible with a BADGE. It’s not the car “purists” would jump to buy but still a cool car barring the sketchy salesman tactics to cover up for the missing history. My guess would be $15 500.

12/05/2015 - 23:54 |
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15 grand will be my guess

12/06/2015 - 03:59 |
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Slavic Clarkson

I used to have this car…bearings failed….twice….second time, the con rod ate it’s way out of the engine…so that was the end of that story.

Great car to drive though…slightly too understeery on the limit, but that can be fixed with upgraded anti-roll bars. ;-) :-)

If you go for the 3.6 facelift, the engines are much better than the 3.4…but aint that cheap to buy :-D whatever you do, put on the FVD Brombacher exhaust on though (entire system - headers to muffler)….GT3 RS sound…still have chills when I listen to it today….absolutely epic!!

12/06/2015 - 14:09 |
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VtakYo 1

Too bad it’s ugly

12/06/2015 - 14:22 |
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