Is this the most forgotten version of the Porsche 996?

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The YouTube channel “Seen through glass” is a great place to see some amazing and rare vehicles. Sam – the presenter of the channel - spends as much time exploring the automotive world abroad as he does with his own cars. In this case, it’s the latter, as he walks us through a very rare and forgotten version of the Porsche 911 – the 996 40th anniversary. He spares no detail talking about this modern classic and there’s actually a lot to talk about.

The Porsche Itch

This is a Rare Porsche 996 40th Anniversay 911 That You've Probably Never Heard Of
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Sam has never been a Porsche guy, but this is his third Porsche, which confirms that Porsches have a way of worming into your brain and heart. Some praise goes to the Porsche community, which, according to Sam, “opened their arms” for him and now he just needs to own a Porsche. After selling his Carrera T, Sam needed another Porsche to fill the void and this was it.

The best 911 for the money

This is a Rare Porsche 996 40th Anniversay 911 That You've Probably Never Heard Of
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Sam, of course, does not forget to mention the controversy surrounding the 996.

The “fried egg” headlights and introduction of water-cooling were among the main reason for that controversy.

Not all is bad. Sam mentions that in the £30,000 range, the 996 is your only bet if you want a well-sorted Porsche 911.

Think of it as a 911 GTS

This is a Rare Porsche 996 40th Anniversay 911 That You've Probably Never Heard Of
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Throughout the video, Sam mentions that this is so much more than a silver 911. “Think of it as a 996 GTS”. The Porsche 996 was never offered as a GTS, but this 40th-anniversary edition is the closest it can get to one. Sam quick-wittedly explains that “essentially, the GTS is the top-spec you can get, before the motorsport team gets involved. It’s the best standard 911”.

The car ticked off all the options while celebrating the 911’s 40th anniversary, and just 1,963 cars were made. This isn’t a random number, as the original Porsche 911 was introduced in 1963.

GT Silver

This is a Rare Porsche 996 40th Anniversay 911 That You've Probably Never Heard Of
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Those of you who are 911 fanatics would recognize the color of Sam’s 996 “Vierzig Jahre” (40 years). It’s called “GT Silver” and was never offered on the 996. Instead, the 40th anniversary borrowed it from the Carrera GT mid-engine supercar.

The most driver-focused modern-classic?

This is a Rare Porsche 996 40th Anniversay 911 That You've Probably Never Heard Of
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Sam continues explaining how this is a narrow-body, rear-wheel-drive, manual 996 and he didn’t get a 996 Turbo because he wanted to celebrate the normally-aspirated 3.6-liter flat-six. Another great thing about this 911 is that it’s very lightweight – just over 1,300 kg (2,886 pounds). A proper Porsche then!

Unique body kit

This is a Rare Porsche 996 40th Anniversay 911 That You've Probably Never Heard Of
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Okay, “unique” is a bit of a stretch, since the front bumper is borrowed from the 911 Turbo and the side sills – from the GT3, but the combination of elements is unique to the car. The polished wheels, however, are bespoke and match nicely with the GT Silver.

Performance enhancements

This is a Rare Porsche 996 40th Anniversay 911 That You've Probably Never Heard Of
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As mentioned earlier, the 996 40th anniversary ticks off all the options. This includes all performance upgrades you can get on the normal 911. These include the N030 suspension package, which lowers the ride height, a limited-slip differential, and the X51 power upgrade, which, according to Sam, gives 20 extra horsepower.

However, according to some, the listed engine upgrades – a GT3 intake manifold, new camshafts, larger headers, modified cylinder heads, a third radiator, and a reprogrammed DME – give up to 40 more horsepower.

Whatever the case may be, the 911 40th anniversary closes the power gap between the 996 Carrera S and the GT3. “Think of it as a Carrera 2S Plus”, Sam jokingly says.

The luggage pack

This is a Rare Porsche 996 40th Anniversay 911 That You've Probably Never Heard Of
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The options for the 911 include “the very sought-after luggage pack” – a set of bags that came standard with the 40th anniversary. Sam explains how “Back in the day, some Porsche dealers were a bit naughty and when the cars went back on sale, or even before they originally went for sale, sometimes these were taken out and didn’t come with the car”. Of course, they sold aftermarket for huge amounts of money. “On eBay today, these can go for multiple thousands of pounds” Sam exclaims.

Almost ready to be enjoyed

This is a Rare Porsche 996 40th Anniversay 911 That You've Probably Never Heard Of
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Sam explains that he has already done about 350 miles on the car since it needs some work. He quickly puts our minds at ease, sharing that the car runs great and has not shown any of the usual 996 weaknesses, but he’s just not ready to “floor it” just yet, as it needs a bit of TLC in order “ bring up that mechanical level, so it’s in real tip-top shape”.

In the end, Sam is stoked about properly putting the limited-edition 996 through its paces, as he had never driven a 996 before. With this in mind, we can expect future videos of this car to be a pure and unadulterated impression of what a 996 feels like.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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