Silver San Francisco Special – 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Auctioning Now

Sold – $30,250 (plus fees)

Also coinciding with the 911’s 996-generation model refresh of 2002, was a new variant debut: the Carrera 4S. It was a revisitation of the original concept that launched during the previous 993 era. As such, the 996 C4S was similarily upgraded: wider Turbo bodywork, all-wheel drive, special wheels, upgraded brakes, and upgraded suspension pieces. Aside from GT and Turbo models, the C4S was range-topping. Coincidentally, the C4S now reside among the higher valuations of the 996 models, with truly specialized examples, like the one we are auctioning today, deservingly commanding a premium for their exclusivity. Here are the highlights of our 2003 Carrera 4S. 

 The broad bodywork was optioned with paint (L92M), or Polar Silver Metallic. Aside from the wider hips, the C4S rear bumper featured a heckeblende taillight panel and lower heat extracting ducts; this particular example was fitted with rear parking sensors. Other aesthetic enhancements include flared rocker panels and a front splitter attached below the large-grilled front bumper. Paintwork over this paneling is in good condition, although there is a large scratch on the rear bumper and scuffing is present on the front splitter and bumper. To further complement the Turbo bodywork, C4S also inherited the 18” Turbo Twist wheels; ours wear Sumitomo HTR ZIII tires. 

Incorrectly detailed within the Carfax report is a damage incident at 33,000 miles. After the accident, the front left fender and door panel were replaced; however, the report falsely informs readers of pillar damage. To alleviate this concern, body repair documentation proves that it was not necessary to work on the pillar. 

Harmonizing with the argent exterior hue is a full-leather interior factory-dyed in Metropole Blue with silver stitching. Despite the door panel damage, the original coverings were successfully transferred onto the replacement. The heated, electrically-adjustable front seats present minimal wear marks on the bottom cushion and side bolsters. Throughout the cabin is blue carpeting protected by matching factory floor mats. Other accessories and options include a cubby-tray and CD holder in the center console, an aftermarket Parrot Bluetooth pairing module, a Bose hi-fi sound system, and anti-dazzle rearview mirrors. 

Located behind the three-spoke sports steering wheel are exclusive option aluminum-faced gauges (X71). The five-gauge cluster features an 8,000-rpm tachometer, 200-mph speedometer, an integrated digital readout, and several auxiliary dials. Currently shown on the digital odometer is nearly 59,000 miles. The factory climate control works as intended; as does the radio head unit. Porsche Stability Management (PSM) was standard on all C4S and can be controlled via a centralized button next to climate control.

Accompanying the styling revisions of 2002 was an engine displacement increase. Now at 3.6-liters, the water-cooled flat-six engine produced 315 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. In the C4S this energy was supplied to all four wheels after leaving the six-speed manual transaxle. Serviced since new at Sonnen Porsche or S Car Go in San Francisco, our 911 currently has a new alternator and front shock mounts. Meanwhile, at 38,000 miles, a single-row IMS bearing kit was installed during a clutch replacement. Aside from the interior and exterior options, our example also was selected to have the sports suspension (030) installed, which lowers the ride height by 10mm. 

Singularly owned since new, this 911 is a gem, even with the accident damage. Complete with all the factory-supplied literature in a leather-bound portfolio, service records, spare tire, toolkit, Carfax report, and a clean California title. The C4S is a pleasurable cruiser that bears sure-footed competence in any weather; smartly optioned from the factory, our example is absolutely a fantastic high-end Porsche 911. 

To see the auction of our resplendent silver C4S, follow this link here! 

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