Buy­ing a 996 cup car

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If you’re con­sid­er­ing the pur­chase of a Cup car, re­mem­ber you will ei­ther need a full work­shop to main­tain and ser­vice the car, or you will need the sup­port of an­other work­shop or spe­cial­ist to as­sist you with the prepa­ra­tion and main­te­nance, even if it is just for oc­ca­sional track-day use.

Lawrence Stock­well of Parr UK elab­o­rates: “It is very im­por­tant to get a [Cup] car in­spected by some­body who has knowl­edge of Cup cars of its vin­tage, not only from the point of view of check­ing the car’s phys­i­cal con­di­tion and spec­i­fi­ca­tion, but also to en­sure any ac­ci­dent dam­age – and it will have had some – has been prop­erly re­paired. In ad­di­tion, it’s of ut­most im­por­tance to un­der­stand the ve­hi­cle’s his­tory and main­te­nance records. There is no ser­vice book with a race car, so it can be very hard to piece to­gether a ve­hi­cle’s his­tory and main­te­nance un­less own­ers or teams have kept a log. All parts are ‘lifed’ in hours, rather than mileage, so again records and in­voices make it an eas­ier task to see if the car has been main­tained in ac­cor­dance with the Porsche spec­i­fi­ca­tion,” he says.

“A typ­i­cal buyer is a cur­rent track-day en­thu­si­ast or am­a­teur racer who wants to step up to the

‘purist ex­pe­ri­ence’ that a true race car can of­fer. It then gives them the op­tion to en­ter motorsport as well. Most Cup cars are fit­ted with data ac­qui­si­tion sys­tems, so it gives de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on a driver’s per­for­mance.”

It’s al­ways a good idea to speak to race teams, as they may have cars they are wish­ing to sell or are think­ing of sell­ing in the near fu­ture. Al­ter­na­tively, a good in­ter­na­tional web­site to surf for Porsche race cars is race­cardi­, where we found a 996.2 priced at €50,000 in the Nether­lands. In the UK an­other 996.2 was of­fered at £93,500, a one-owner car that had never been raced.

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