NEW! Award 80: 1999 Porsche 911 C2 Cabriolet – Sold?

by | Aug 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, NEW Award, Topless Thursday

September 16, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this Porsche 911 “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

1999 marked a milestone year for Porsche as it was the first model the company switched its signature 911 from air- to a water-cooled powerplant.  Unloved for many years for that fact combined with the polarizing headlight design, the 1999 996-era 911 is growing a cult following as this model with its cable-controlled throttle and lack of computerized traction control make it the last true “Analog” Porsche.  The Achilles Heel of the non-Turbo 996 vintage of 911 (and we like to point out that every vintage of 911 Porsche has at least one) is the Intermediate Shaft Bearing.  Premium pricing is awarded for cars with this service already completed.  A high tide lifts all boats and with specialty websites such as passionately extolling the true virtues of these previously unloved 911s combined with aggressive bidding on Bring a Trailer (“BaT”) it’s no surprise to see the values of these 911s back on the rise.

This black-over-gray 1999 six-speed C2 (two-wheel-drive) 996 Cabriolet was originally listed in August 2021 on Craigslist in Bristol, Rhode Island with the IMS bearing and clutch replaced in addition to a fresh set of tires is a prime example. With just under 60K original miles, the seller currently has it listed for $35,000. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller’s ask is five hundred dollars above this guide’s #1 “Concours” appraisal of $34,500. While this is a very nicely sorted and maintained 996, asking BaT coupe money for a cabriolet is a quick way for this seller to earn our latest “NEW!” (short for “No Effin Way!”) Award for their still slightly optimistic asking price. We would negotiate hard for no more than $30K and see if it sticks.

Here’s Porsche’s “What If” 996 911 Launch commercial from the Fall of 1998:

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1999 911 Carrera C2 Convertible
6 speed manual
IMS complete(with receipt)
New Clutch complete(with receipt)
Tires installed last week(with receipt)
Inspection complete
Always garaged
Optional hardtop included
Gray leather interior
60000 miles
Serious inquiries only
Please respond through CL

Show or go: what would you do with this 996 Porsche 911?  Comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. Anonymous

    This seems to be a nice cabriolet but the price is pretty steep imo. I’ve noticed that a lot of people who got into the 996 for cheap are quickly bailing on them as the market has risen. And I think that’s a shame. I bought my MY1999 996 coupe with a manual for $14,000 back in 2017—and that’s with the new IMS bearing. I have no plans on selling mine because, for me, there’s no better 911.


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