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1999-2005 Porsche 911

Automobile - - Classic -

TALK ABOUT TOUGH acts to fol­low. When the last 993-series Porsche 911 rolled off the Stuttgart assem­bly line in 1998, those pay­ing at­ten­tion knew that it was the end of an era of sorts for the much-loved rear-engine sports car. The 993, it is of­ten ar­gued, was the pin­na­cle of decades of devel­op­ment. It was also the last air-cooled 911, as the mar­que’s first pro­duc­tion model, the 356, had been. The car’s re­place­ment, known in­ter­nally as the 996, would break with decades of Porsche tra­di­tion—most no­tably by the ad­di­tion of a wa­ter-cooled engine.

But that wasn’t all that changed. Gone were the 993’s wide, rounded flanks and tra­di­tional cir­cu­lar head­lights, re­placed with a min­i­mal­is­tic, slab-sided body that shared its fried-egg-shaped head­lights with Porsche’s new en­trylevel sports car, the mid-engine, drop-top Boxster. So are there any 996 mod­els worth hav­ing? We asked Mar­lon Gold­berg, owner and me­chanic at Work­shop 5001, a Los An­ge­les-based bou­tique Porsche restora­tion shop. Here’s what he had to say.

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