Liv­ing the Leg­end

Our con­tribut­ing en­thu­si­asts from around the world share their real-life ex­pe­ri­ences with their Porsche 911s

Total 911 - - Contents - Ben Przekop Mercer Is­land, WA

Say hello to a fa­mil­iar face among our global group of real-world 911 own­ers

I’m back! Long­time read­ers may re­mem­ber me as a con­trib­u­tor to T911 since is­sue 6; I took a bit of a sab­bat­i­cal af­ter is­sue 147 to move back to my home in Seat­tle, and I was also Porsche­less for a while so I had noth­ing to write about! But I do now, and this par­tic­u­lar story starts 14 years ago…

It was love at first sight! The year was 2004, and sit­ting there in the Porsche show­room was a very spe­cial-look­ing 996 in GT Sil­ver Metal­lic with Gt3-style rocker pan­els, a Turbo front end and a very be­spoke in­te­rior in dark grey nat­u­ral leather. There was a sim­ple 911 badge on the rear deck along with a dis­crete plaque read­ing ‘40 Jahre’. Glanc­ing in­side I saw a sim­i­lar plaque on the cen­tre con­sole which des­ig­nated this car’s build num­ber out of 1,963 ve­hi­cles.

The sticker re­vealed that this An­niver­sary Edi­tion pack­age in­cluded de­sir­able op­tions such as Sport sus­pen­sion, the X51 Pow­erkit which in­creased power to 345bhp and even four pieces of cus­tom-fit­ted lug­gage. Then I saw the price… over $90,000! Hav­ing just pur­chased a 996 C4S a few months be­fore, which I loved, I de­cided to let prac­ti­cal­ity rule over sen­ti­ment and passed on that spe­cial car. But over the years, every time I saw one my heart skipped a beat and I felt a pang of re­gret.

You can un­der­stand my ex­cite­ment when I saw a pris­tine 40th An­niver­sary 911 sit­ting on a dealer’s fore­court a cou­ple of weeks ago. I ex­am­ined every inch minutely: orig­i­nal paint with mi­nor road rash on front bumper, no ap­par­ent dings or body­work is­sues, no curb rash on any of the pol­ished wheels and the full leather in­te­rior and grey car­pet­ing in fan­tas­tic shape! A thor­ough test drive was shock­ingly eye-open­ing. My first thought was: ‘this car feels more like my old 1988 air-cooled Car­rera than my more re­cent 991.1.’

The car was so much more com­mu­nica­tive with its more ana­logue ap­proach that it in­spired the im­me­di­ate con­fi­dence that I could push it and know ex­actly what was go­ing to hap­pen. Thanks to the X51 en­gine up­grade and Sport sus­pen­sion the car had truly im­pres­sive power and han­dling; I am not sure my 997.1 GT3 cor­nered any flat­ter!

Two days of in­tense re­search re­vealed that the car had 62,000 doc­u­mented miles, no ac­ci­dents, three own­ers all in Washington and a stack of records

show­ing reg­u­lar ser­vice with no alarm­ing prob­lems. I also chat­ted with an en­thu­si­as­tic 40th An­niver­sary registry group on Face­book and other own­ers on Rennlist who an­swered my many ques­tions and heartily en­cour­aged me to get this car. A PPI at a lo­cal in­de­pen­dent Porsche spe­cial­ist re­vealed only one sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem, a leaky power steer­ing line, and a con­fir­ma­tion that I would want to re­place the as yet un­ad­dressed and po­ten­tially prob­lem­atic IMS bear­ing, along with clutch and fly­wheel as soon as pos­si­ble.

Even adding those costs to the of­fer price this car was still fan­tas­tic value, and also one which might ac­tu­ally ap­pre­ci­ate in the years to come. So, my heart and head were both scream­ing ‘YES’, and I re­alised I might not get an­other chance to find one this per­fect, so I bought it! And I am so very glad I did, be­cause love ful­filled feels so much bet­ter than love lost.

996 40th Model An­niver­sary 2004 Year 2018 Ac­quired

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