Among the rarest versions of the Porsche 996 Carrera, the Targa model was introduced for the 2002 model year featuring a sliding glass “greenhouse” roof system and the first opening rear hatch on any Porsche 911. This 2003 example is finished in Seal Grey Metallic over a Black interior and comes equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, optional 18” Light Alloy Carrera wheels, the Bose High-End Sound Package, Power Seats Package, and Xenon Headlamp Package. It was acquired by the seller in late 2023 from its previous owner of 7 years who oversaw maintenance including replacements of the IMS bearing, rear main seal, and clutch all within the last 6k miles. It has been upgraded with Fister titanium sport mufflers and recently underwent professional detailing. Having remained in Dallas its entire life, this rare 996 Targa is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Texas with approximately 97k miles showing on the odometer.
The 996 Targa is characterized by its unique roof system which includes a sliding glass panel and an electrically operated sunshade. The rear window also acts as an openable hatch to provide storage access. This example is finished in Seal Grey Metallic and rides on factory-optioned 18” Light Alloy Carrera 5-spoke wheels. Other equipment includes optional bi-xenon headlamps, smoked side marker lenses, dual exhaust outlets, a speed-activated rear spoiler, and black brake calipers with white Porsche lettering. The seller notes that professional detailing was recently completed including paint correction and wax. Three small scratches are present on the rear bumper along with another scratch on the driver’s side lower rear quarter, a clear coat burn spot on the right side of the decklid, and a few small imperfections on the middle of the front bumper that have been touched up. The wheels show some curb rash, and the seller believes the front bumper may have been previously refinished. Detailed images are provided in the gallery along with a clean CARAFX report.
The Black interior features optional heated and power-operated seats as well as a leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the Bose High-End Sound Package. Other accessories include power windows and mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, an onboard computer, a central locking system, Porsche all-season rubber floor mats, and an aftermarket Pioneer Bluetooth head unit. The seller notes minimal signs of wear present on the upholstery and touchpoints. All accessories and electronics are said to be fully functional.
A naturally aspirated 3.6-liter flat-six engine delivers up to 320 HP and 273 lb.-ft of torque to the rear wheels by way of a 6-speed manual transmission. Acceleration from 0-60 MPH takes place in approximately 5 seconds while stopping power is handled by fixed 4-piston brakes and ventilated discs at each corner. The exhaust has been upgraded with Fister titanium mufflers and the following services were carried out under prior ownership at the corresponding mileages:
This sale will include owner’s manuals, a toolkit, a spare tire, carpet floor mats, and a clean title.
The seller would like you to know: “A great running and driving car with lots of recent service work. Zero mechanical flaws and is a blast to drive with the extra time of the Fister exhaust (not too loud). This is my 3rd 996 Targa and I love putting miles on these cars. This car is at the mileage where you can guiltlessly rack up more miles and not take a hit on depreciation while still having a reliable car. Especially with the peace of mind of the IMS bearing being replaced along with the rear main seal and new clutch.”