Keith’s Blog: Put The SCM 911 Into Your Garage!

Suddenly we have more cars than we have parking spaces. It’s those darn “accidental purchases” catching up with me.

So our 911 has to go.

It’s a 2003 996 6-speed coupe with sunroof. It’s an unusual and attractive seal gray with a light gray interior. The wheels have been powder-coated a dark gray. The VIN of the Porsche is WP0AA29973S620903.

We bought it about a year ago, and it’s been a delightful car. Read what I had to say about it when it joined the fleet here.

I bought it because I wanted a six-speed 911 to use on a regular basis (“regular” translating to about 4,000 miles in a year). Unlike my old cars, the air blows cold, it has airbags, the heater works, and it’s reliable. It’s a joy to drive.

Since the purchase, we’ve added an Apple Play music and nav system; it makes the dash seem almost modern. We also upgraded the amplifier, and the factory high-end Bose system sounds great.

We had the 60,000 mile service done, and once again a careful inspection of the oil filter showed no evidence of a faulty IMS bearing. The school of thought I subscribe to here is that there is plenty of warning if the bearing is starting to go. Why replace it if it looks okay?

The previous owner already replaced the clutch and the water pump.

The high-performance Continental Extreme Contact Sport tires are nearly new.

The CarFax shows indicates that there was some paint work done in its past on the driver’s side, but even under close examination with a paint gauge, we can’t find any evidence of a repair.

Matt Crandall of the Avant-Garde Collection, a long-time Porsche expert and racer, previously sold this car to the aircraft mechanic,. Matt did the PPI for us as well as the 60k service.

We bought the car (from an Alaska Airlines mechanic) last October, and it had 67,225 miles showing. We’ve put about 4,000 miles on it in a year.

It’s been written many places that these early-year 996s are the “best buys” in the world of modern sports cars, and after owning one, I have to agree. It’s quiet, comfortable, reliable and the 330-hp it delivers has proven to be more than enough.

I’m asking $24k OBO. The car has to go unless I want to park one of the cars coming in on top of it.

For the money, it’s an enormous amount of car. I recommend you fly in and drive it home. Make your own adventure!

If you’re interested, text me at 503.970.1070, or contact me via email at


Keith Martin

Keith Martin has been involved with the collector car hobby for more than 30 years. As a writer, publisher, television commentator and enthusiast, he is constantly on the go, meeting collectors and getting involved in their activities throughout the world. He is the founder and publisher of the monthly Sports Car Market, now in its 33rd year. Keith has written for the New York Times, Automobile, AutoWeek, Road & Track and other publications, is an emcee for numerous concours, and had his own show, “What’s My Car Worth,” shown on Velocity. He has received many honors, including the Lee Iacocca Award, the Edward Herrman Award, was inducted into the Concorso Italiano Hall of Fame and more. He is on the boards of directors of The LeMay Museum and Oregon Ballet Theater, and was formerly the chair of the board of the Meguiar's Award.

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