Rare 996 Millennium Edition set for Silverstone Classic auction
According to the sales figures, the Porsche 996 Carrera and its four-wheel drive C4 brother are two of the most popular Neunelfers of all time. “Rare” wouldn’t be a word you’d often use to describe a 996 Carrera or Carrera 4.
Unless, of course, that 996 Carrera 4 happens to be one of just 911 Millenium Edition examples, built by Porsche to celebrate the year 2000 (and guaranteed to be the only such special edition for the next 983 years).
A super-rare right-hand drive 996 Millenium Edition (one of just three such UK cars) will go under the hammer this weekend at Silverstone Auctions’ latest sale at the Silverstone Classic race meeting.
While the estimate of £35,000-£40,000 may seem step, the 996 Millenium Edition has a number of unique features, the most eye-catching of which is the Chromaflar Violet paintwork and chromed ‘Turbo Twist’ alloy wheels.
Inside, there are a number of further Porsche Exclusive touches, including the Millenium Natural Brown leather and dark maple wood trim while the mechanicals also got a seeing to with sports suspension and a short shift gear lever.
Car no. 493 – originally delivered to Jersey – has only had two owners during its life, the duo covering a combined 23,088 miles. Suddenly that estimate doesn’t seem so steep, does it?
Among the 11-strong Porsche 911 contingent under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ latest sale, there are also a number of tantalising Turbos, including a Porsche 964 Turbo 3.3 finished in the unusual Tahoe Blue shade.
One of two Neunelfers on the Saturday side of the sale, the 1991 964 Turbo has covered just over 65,000 miles from new and comes with a guide price of £85,000 to £100,000.
The Sunday sees the real Porsche 911 auction action though, with a 3.2 Carrera SSE, 930 SE and a 996 GT2 among the rear-engined start from Zuffenhausen set to go under Silverstone Auctions’ hammer.