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2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S (997.1)

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Details

Price: SOLD

Mileage: 96,300 Miles

Engine: 3.8-Liter Flat-6 Engine

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Ruby Red Metallic Exterior

Interior: Special Cocoa Leather Interior

Additional features:

Silver Instrument Dials

Silver-Faced Stopwatch

Sport Chrono Package Plus

Sport Exhaust System

Bose High-End Sound Package

Navigation for PCM

3-Spoke Leather Steering Wheel

Bi-Xenon Headlights

12-Way Power Memory Seats w/ Lumbar Support

Heated Seats

Self-Dimming Mirrors

Headlight Washer

Metal Door Sill Model Insignia

Floor Mats in Cocoa Color

Press Finish (Media Edition)

Wheel Caps with Colored Crest

19-Inch Carrera S “Lobster Claw” Wheels

Hankook Ventus V12 Evo 2 Tires

Background

2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S (997.1) exterior photo

The world is a better place thanks to the 997 Porsche 911—at least the world of those who care about Porsche 911s. The 997 was Porsche’s reconciliation for the dramatic departure that it made with the 996 911. When the air-cooled age ended with the legendary 993, its successor the 996 had herculean shoes to fill. When it lacked the personality of the air-cooled (and how could it not have), it stoked fears that Porsche had lost its way. It wasn’t that the 996 was bad (in fact it was excellent), we just weren’t ready for the change that it brought. The 997 put those fears to rest, and in the eyes of many, steered the 911 ship back on course. The 997 featured refined, yet classic styling, better materials and build quality, and proper headlights. As time has marched on, the 997 has become the sweet spot of the water-cooled 911-era striking a wonderful balance of modern amenities without compromising the proper 911 driving experience.

Summary

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This 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S finished in Ruby Red Metallic over Brown Cocoa Special Leather is a very special 997. The Ruby Red/Cocoa combination is the defining element of this Carrera S and stands out from the typical black and silver colors that the majority of 997s are finished in. It was reported to us as one of two examples for the 2008 model year in this color combination, but we have not substantiated that. The VIN decode does show option code 741, revealing that it was a Press Finish car. Other notable options are the Sport Chrono Package Plus, Bose High-End Sound Package, Sport Exhaust, self-dimming mirrors, heated seats, and 19-inch “lobster claw” Carrera S wheels. The options list pushed the original MSRP just shy of the $100K mark—in 2008 money. It was originally delivered in January of 2008 and moved through several owners before landing with the long-term owner we purchased it from in 2014. The Carfax shows regular services prior to that point, with records from the previous owner continuing throughout their ownership. In addition to regular oil changes, recent maintenance includes the starter, spark plugs, engine air filter, cabin air filter, brake fluid flush, shift cable assembly, and trunk actuator. In preparation for sale, we replaced all six ignition coils (due to cracking in the plastic), along with the water pump, thermostat, and completed a coolant flush. We also bore-scoped the cylinders during our inspection, which showed no signs of scoring. The DME report shows no concerning over-revs. The shocks are serviceable, but approaching the end of their useful life, we have several options we can recommend and install for an additional cost if desired from OEM, Bilstein B6 or B8, or coilovers. The previous owner had the bumper cover repainted due to a parking lot incident, which is also reported as minor damage on the Carfax. Our paint gauge report shows 3-4 mils over the entirety of the car, with the exception of the rear quarters, which are 5-6 mils. As it sits, this is an outlier 997.1 Carrera S, one that stands out from the typical example. We are proud to have it at the hangar and are excited to find the person who will tell the next chapter of its story.

Exterior

2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S (997.1) exterior photo

The Ruby Red Metallic paint is in excellent condition with minimal flaws. Close scrutiny does show minor imperfections in the form of small nicks and scratches, but there is nothing glaring. The paint gauges at 3-4 mils with the exception of the rear quarter panels, which are 5-6 mils. The front bumper cover was repainted by the previous owner and is free of the typical rock chips that would be expected at this mileage. The VIN sticker and other warning stickers are present, All trim is present and accounted for, and there is no typical UV fade of a western car. The headlight lenses have slight pitting, but are crystal clear, as are the fog lights. The taillight lenses are very nice as well. The windshield is crack-fee, with minimal pitting. The wheels are almost perfect, with no curb rash or notable flaws. They are wrapped in Hankook Ventus V12 Evo 2 tires with 8/32s tread remaining and 2017 DOT dates.

Interior

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The Cocoa Special leather is also in excellent condition. There are no odors, and it has never been smoked in. The carpet does not have any rips or tears, and the factory floor mats are presentable. Typical 997 plastic wear areas like the center console trim and door switch surround panels have only minimal wear. There is some visible wear on the door sills and slight wear on the center console. The dashboard leather is very nice, and the cupholders function correctly. One of the center vents does have a broken vertical louver, but it doesn’t affect the airflow. The multimedia screen and instrument cluster have no blown-out pixels, and there are no warning lights. The CD changer does show the “not available” error. Other than that, all interior functions, options, power accessories, and controls work correctly. The steering wheel has slight leather wear; the trim and airbag cover are nice. The volume knobs and HVAC rocker switchers are presentable. The shift knob also has slight wear, as does the emergency brake handle. The seats are very nice, with only slight bolster creasing on the driver’s side outer bolster. The rear seats are in excellent shape, likely having never been used. The frunk carpet is clean and there are no odors. The owners’ manuals are present; only one key FOB is included.

Mechanical

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This 911 has clearly been well cared for and we did the list outlined in the summary paragraph to bring it up to par, including the water pump and thermostat. The M97 engine starts on command, idles smoothly, pulls very strongly to redline (once the oil temp is warmed up, of course). There are no warning lights, and it has no leaks or seeps. Our borescope revealed no bore scoring and the DME report is very healthy, showing 2,761 total engine hours, with one Range 3 at 2,500 hours and one Range 4/5 at 1,864 hours for two ignition cycles. The clutch take-up is correct and does not slip. The shifter is tight and precise. The brakes are wonderful, with plenty of life remaining. The suspension bushings are tight and the suspension strikes a wonderful balance between compliance and sport. The shocks will be in need of replacement in the near to medium-term future; the left rear is just starting to seep. We can assist in this if desired. We ensure it passes and pay for emissions in the State of Colorado. We look forward to finding a new owner who will enjoy and care for it for years to come.

VIN Decode

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VIN Decode

  • 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
  • Division: PCNA
  • VIN: WP0AB29988S730816
  • Production Date: 11/1/2007
  • In-Service Date: 1/28/2008
  • Ruby Red Metallic
  • Cocoa Special Leather

Additional Equipment

  • 023 Silver Instrument Dials
  • 026 Silver Faced Stopwatch
  • 288 Headlamp Washer
  • 342 Heated Seats
  • P15 Power Seats:
  • 437 12-Way Power Seat w/ Lumbar
  • 438 12-Way Power Seat w/ Lumbar
  • 537 Seat Memory Left
  • 575 Seat Memory Right
  • 640 Sport Chrono Package Plus
  • 680 Bose Surround Sound System
  • XPA 3-Spoke Steering Wheel Leather