1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Is Today’s Bring a Trailer Auction Pick

1999 porsche 911 carrera cabriolet
BaT Auction Pick: 1999 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Bring a Trailer
  • The oft-maligned 996-generation 911 ushered in a new water-cooled performance era for Porsche's iconic rear-engine sports car.

  • This manual 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera cabriolet could be an affordable way to experience 911 fun in the sun.

  • The no-reserve Bring a Trailer auction ends on July 31.

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You can't go wrong with a Porsche 911. Whether you want high-rpm, stick-shift canyon slicing, or dignified, luxurious grand touring, there's a 911 out there for you. And older models are arguably even purer sports cars than the latest version, though not always cheaper. But if you don't have six figures to drop on a 911, you're in luck. Today's pick from Bring a Trailer—which, like Car and Driver, is part of Hearst Autos—is a manual 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera cabriolet. Before we get into the details, though, let's pause for the inevitable fried egg and intermediate shaft (IMS) jokes. Got it out of your system? Good.


Yes, the 996-generation 911 swapped the beloved air-cooled flat-six for a water-cooled one. Yes, that M96 engine is known for its IMS-bearing problems. Yup, Porsche had to do some serious cost-cutting when it launched the 996, hence why it shares quite a few parts with the contemporary Boxster.

But guess what? A 996-gen 911 like this Speed Yellow 1999 Carrera cabriolet is still a 911. That means its 3.4-liter flat-six still lives in the back, driving the rear wheels through a six-speed manual. With 296 horsepower and 258 pound-feet in stock form, it's more powerful and torquier than the outgoing air-cooled Carrera, too. And there's virtually no performance penalty with the soft top. In our period testing, a 1999 Carrera cabriolet had the same 4.9-second 0-60 and 13.5-second quarter-mile as the 1999 coupe. Both cars stopped from 70 mph in the same 170 feet, too. And they both had cross-drilled four-wheel disc brakes, like the soft-top example up for auction.

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Admittedly, our tester recorded slightly lower skidpad numbers for the convertible than the coupe. But handling-wise, we said, "[its] attitude in corners is almost identical to the coupe's." This car's Michelin Pilot Sport tires wrapped around 18-inch wheels will undoubtedly help demonstrate that. And dropping the top means you'll hear the engine barking through its stainless-steel exhaust pipes more clearly. Though if you do tire of its song, you can play your own through this car's aftermarket speakers—complete with Rockford Fosgate amplifier—and Pioneer head unit. The factory stereo is included in the sale, by the way, as is the CD changer (if you still treasure physical media).

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At this point, prospective bidders undoubtedly want to know about the IMS bearing. Good news, a previous owner replaced it with an LN Engineering kit. The top's cylinders and actuators were also replaced under previous ownership, as were several repair items. This Carrera has also had its spoiler hydraulics rebuilt, its engine cases recoated and honed to accept JE pistons, and an expansion plug crack repaired under previous ownership, too.

According to the auction page, the seller has only added 100 of this 1999 911 Carrera cabriolet's indicated 72,895 miles. If you're the high bidder, we'd encourage you to add considerably more. The auction ends on Monday, July 31.

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