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1999-2005 Porsche 911
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.