39K-Mile 2005 Porsche 997 Carrera S 6-Speed

Now up for auction is this 2005 Porsche 997 Carrera S finished in Seal Grey Metallic over a black standard leather interior.  Showing just over 39k miles on the odometer, this well-kept 2005 example features a 6-speed manual transmission, the Bose High-End Sound Package, and 19” Carrera Classic wheels.  Said to be preserved in very nice condition throughout and with a service performed recently in 2021, this first-generation 997 Carrera S is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Florida accompanied by original books, keys, and a clean title

The Seal Grey Metallic finish is reported by the seller to be in exceptional original condition with clear paint protection film applied over the forward half of the nose. Detailed images are provided in the photo gallery along with paint meter readings and a clean CARFAX.  The brake calipers have been custom refinished in light green and the factory optional 19” Carrera Classic wheels have been retained.  This 997 rides on a set of healthy Michelin Pilot Sport tires dated from 2018.

The driver is situated in a black standard leather interior with power-operated and heated front seats.  The cabin is noted to be in very good condition aside from some typical wear on the soft-touch material.  Other factory options include a rear window wiper and the Bose High-End Sound Package.  An aftermarket double-din radio has been installed which supports Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity.  The original head unit will also be included in the sale and the seller reports all gauges and accessories to be fully functional.

This Carrera S is equipped with a naturally aspirated 3.8 L flat-six engine that sends 355 HP and 295 lb.-ft of torque to the rear wheels by way of a sought-after 6-speed manual transmission.  All available maintenance history is recorded on CARFAX including a recent oil service and inspection carried out in January of 2021 at just under 39k miles.  The seller reports this Carrera S to be in excellent mechanical condition for its next owner.

This sale will include a set of 2 keys, owner’s books, the original radio, original window sticker, and a clean title.  The market has never been hotter for 6-speed Porsche 997s, do not let this 39k-mile Carrera S pass you by.

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Comments (31)

  • axestranger 5 hours, 23 minutesago

    Bid in the amount of $28,000

  • Redpill 12 hours, 48 minutesago

    Bid in the amount of $22,500

  • AtPorsche (seller) 1 day, 23 hoursago

    DME Over-rev report has been submitted to PCar. Should be in the gallery soon.

    Zero ignitions in range 5 &6. 20 in range 4.

  • Mercyhealth (registered bidder) 1 day, 23 hoursago

    @Entomodonata I hope you are serious about the presence of a bore scoring evaluation. At least as far as bidder interest and value of the 997.1 variants. I think this issue will become the new IMS question in the gen 4s. Bore scoping is not an inexpensive bill but maybe now required. I have my own opinion but more than likely no one cares about it. Unfortunately scoring can go completely undiagnosable. This car demonstrates none of the commonly known diagnostic features all ready mentioned.

    I think you could live in fear of it or like many 996 owners with original IMS and 100k on the clock don’t care about it.

    This car is a lovely example of the 997 with great presentation. Good Luck!!

  • MSQ (registered bidder) 2 days, 12 hoursago

    First, great looking car.
    Regarding signs of bore scoring - once the signs you mention appear, you are already toast, so using those a metric is a bit too late.
    Also, regarding this car being manufactured in 2004 and having the smaller serviceable bearing - yes in general that is a good metric (date of mfgr or engine serial #) from my perspective, since you can upgrade to the LN bearing that has lifetime warranty (most LN ones don't have lifetime warranty, only one does), and yes in general date of manufacture and serial number typically indicate if it is a serviceable bearing BUT there have definitely been instances of early 2005's which are mfg'd in late 2004 and had the engine serial # that would indicate the car has the smaller/serviceable bearing - but they ended up with the larger non servicable bearing. Bottom line is you never know until you drop transmission and look.
    Having said that, if oil analysis is clean, even if it doesn't have the "serviceable" bearing, the buyer can put in a Turner Motorsports Direct Oil Feed and the chances of failure are next to none after that.
    Net - if oil on this car is clean (before oil change) there are good options regardless of which kind of IMS bearing is in this car.
    You put some nice cars up here. This car looks really nice, 997 - the last generation of hydraulic steering and analog car with old school design and if the oil is clean then there are two great options to ensure worry free experience.

  • Attorney_hen 2 days, 22 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $22,000

  • Entomodonata 3 days, 22 hoursago

    @AtPorsche I appreciate your perspective, but disagree that bore scoring on 997.1’s is as black and white as you’ve presented it, especially on a car that’s spent some of its life in a cold climate. I also appreciate your willingness to accommodate a PPI to have this inspected, and that speaks to your trustworthiness as a seller, however PPI’s dont make a lot of sense for an auction format. Private sale, where you have an agreement in place already, 100%.

    This is a beautiful 997, however its my opinion that sellers of 997.1’s on the big auction sites will fetch better results for their cars if they have a DME and bore scope available at time of listing. Best of luck with your sale!

  • AtPorsche (seller) 4 days, 3 hoursago

    @merediad - I'll try and get a DME report today or tomorrow.

  • AtPorsche (seller) 4 days, 3 hoursago

    @Entomodonata - Getting the bores scoped is not cheap. It would only add to the price of the car. As such, I don't do it unless need. I'm assume your asking because you're worried about bore scoring. This car definitely does not have a bore scoring issue. There are many signs. There is the tell tail tapping noise (piston slap), smoke from exhaust (usually at start up, and from one side only), and uneven black soot on the exhaust tips. Once those symptoms appear, scoping the cylinders is the way to confirm if scored cylinder walls are to blame. There is no need to scope the cylinder bores unless these symptoms are present, as one can't exsist without the other. That being said, if you would like a PPI, including scoping the cylinders, I can make the car available.

  • merediad (registered bidder) 4 days, 4 hoursago

    If I missed it anywhere please forgive me, but is there a DME report available?

  • Ziccolumbia 4 days, 4 hoursago

    Very nice example!

  • Dplin2001 (registered bidder) 4 days, 11 hoursago

    This what I found, it seems the 2005 M97.1 could go either way. I would say the seller is probably correct, but you would have to look to know for sure. IMO

    Engine (3.8) number up to M97/01 68509790 has the older IMS bearing and Engine number from M97/01 68509791 has the larger revised IMS.

    The smaller IMS bearing can be replaced, this requires removing the transmission in order to get access to the bearing. The flange uses a 13mm center nut.

    The larger IMS bearing can also be replaced but a tear down of the engine is required. The flange uses a 22mm center nut.'

  • Entomodonata 4 days, 12 hoursago

    By any chance have the bores been scoped on this car? If not, can they prior to auction end?

  • AtPorsche (seller) 4 days, 13 hoursago

    @picinkoff - All 997.1 Carrera S have an engine # that starts with M9701-68. The 8th digit, 5 in this case, represents the year. The last five numbers (not shown on the option sticker, and different for every car) are the serial number, and used to determine approximately when the motor was built. Porsche upgraded to the larger, non-serviceable bearing in early 2005. This car was built in 2004.

  • Rarsenault 4 days, 20 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $20,250

  • picinkoff 4 days, 20 hoursago

    @AtPorsche Take a look at the picture you posted in where it shows the options included, it has the engine and trans information: M9701-685 G9701 , etc

  • AtPorsche (seller) 4 days, 21 hoursago

    @picinkoff - Porsche did not switch to the larger, non-serviceable bearing until mid 2005. This is an early car, built in 2004. It likely has the serviceable bearing. I will post the engine number tomorrow.

  • picinkoff 4 days, 22 hoursago

    @AtPorsche This has an M97 engine which would require the engine to be taken apart. This does not have the M96 engine which would allow you to easily upgrade the IMS.

  • AtPorsche (seller) 4 days, 23 hoursago

    @M3tro81 - this would use either the LN Engineering Retrofit, or the Vertex Automotive unit. Buyer can choose.

  • M3tro81 (registered bidder) 5 days, 1 hourago

    @AtPorsche that seems very reasonable. What type of replacement would be installed?

  • LongPlay (registered bidder) 5 days, 13 hoursago

    Another solid offering from AtPorsche. Wish I'd waited for this beauty. GLWA.

  • AtPorsche (seller) 5 days, 15 hoursago

    @Pit - IMS has not been changed. If the new owner requires that to be done, and does not have a shop to do it, I can have it upgraded (along with the RMS) for $1900.

  • AtPorsche (seller) 5 days, 15 hoursago

    @ddnmkun - IMS has not been changed. If the new owner requires that to be done, and does not have a shop to do it, I can have it upgraded (along with the RMS) for $1900.

  • Pit 5 days, 15 hoursago

    IMS bearings changed?

  • ddnmkun 5 days, 15 hoursago

    Hi, wondering if IMS been addressed and documented.

  • Dplin2001 (registered bidder) 5 days, 23 hoursago

    Beautiful car !!! Can’t wait to see where this goes.

  • AtPorsche (seller) 5 days, 23 hoursago

    @DckWilt - Any services done at a Porsche dealer should be in their system. This is something that only the new owner can (and should) request. I personally so not have a service file.

  • DckWilt 6 daysago

    Beautiful 997. From the docs above, are you able to get any records of service from 12/13 - 1/21? Carfax does not have any notations.

  • rebell 6 days, 1 hourago

    Bid in the amount of $19,997

  • AtPorsche (seller) 6 days, 10 hoursago

    @0tohero1 - Yes, you can see it. Message me via the "Contact Seller" tab, and we'll set it up.

  • 0tohero1 (registered bidder) 6 days, 12 hoursago

    Nice car! Can I see it in person? Thanks

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