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911 Porsche World - - Tried & Tested -

BACK­GROUND

The 997, a com­pre­hen­sive re-shell of the 996, also turned the ‘S’ into a more pow­er­ful ver­sion, the gen 1 engine taken out to 3826cc and 30 more bhp. The new 911’s lines met univer­sal ap­proval, as did the up­dated cabin with its notably bet­ter and ti­dier fas­cia. The trou­ble­some in­ter­me­di­ate shaft of the M96-7 re­mained though, now sup­ported by a larger bear­ing. Anec­do­tally, the in­ci­dence of fail­ure is rather lower; over 100,000 of the gen 1 997 were built. With its op­tional equip­ment, the car sam­pled here would have cost over £71,000.

WHERE IS IT?

Auto Op­tions Di­rect has been sell­ing cars in East Berk­shire since 2005 and spe­cialises in lower end premium cars, par­tic­u­larly sports cars and con­vert­ibles and usu­ally has BMWZ4S, Mercedes SLKS and two or three Boxsters in its stock. Re­cently it has started to fo­cus on the first gen­er­a­tion Cay­man and 996s and 997s as well. Auto Op­tions sources many of its cars from premium mar­que deal­ers which have taken them as trade-ins which do not fit in their own of­fer­ing; other cars are of­ten di­rect pur­chases from own­ers. Auto Op­tions valets cars, re­new­ing an MOT with less than six months va­lid­ity, but oth­er­wise aims to sell cars as they stand: “We pre­fer to sell at a lower price and move cars rather than hold on to them,” says di­rec­tor Gary who adds that he would hope to turn over 20–25 cars month from a sim­i­lar sized stock. Auto Op­tions Di­rect: au­toop­tions­di­rect.co.uk GU47 9DB 01252 878331

FOR

Orig­i­nal stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tion with gen­er­ally good body­work and leather in­te­rior; man­ual gearbox; reg­u­lar ser­vice record

AGAINST

Sus­pen­sion geom­e­try needs re­set­ting. Engine may ben­e­fit from di­ag­nos­tic check.

VER­DICT

Early 997Ss don’t come much cheaper: will suit buyer who knows his 911s and is ready to in­vest in some me­chan­i­cal re­fur­bish­ment.

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