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911 Millenium 3.4 – 300 ch [2000]

Porsche 996 Carrera 4 Millennium Edition driven

Sixteen years ago. It all seems so fresh, the idea that at the turn of the millennium the world could stop revolving, while computer programmers would be cashing in sorting out the will-it-or-won’t-it ‘bug’. Never has a date change been so potentially cataclysmic, or in hindsight, such a let down.

We all partied like it was 1999 because, finally, it was. Porsche celebrated with a special edition 911: the 996 Millennium. Fittingly it was painted in Violet chromaflair where, according to the brochure, “the colour changes from black to dark green to an elegant shade of violet.”

Sitting under the sun today, that hue’s flipping between a deep brown to near black, with a bit of green there too, depending on how the light’s hitting it.

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Porsche certainly isn’t averse to a special edition, though I’ll admit before the Editor alerted me to it, the existence of the 996 Carrera 4 Millennium Edition had escaped me. I’m not alone, either.

It’s said there’s just three RHD UK cars, making the Millennium exceptionally rare

It was introduced in December 1999, with the limited build number set at 911 – what else? – and was based exclusively on the Carrera 4. Trawling through contemporary magazines there’s no mention of it anywhere – not even a news story, let alone a drive.

That’s perhaps not so much a reflection of the Millennium’s status, but rather the fact that, at the time, the GT3 had just landed, its hardcore status being perfect fodder for the automotive press hungry for a 996 to really love.

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Throw in pent-up demand for the new Turbo, rumours of the GT2 and – outside our remit here admittedly, but relevant – the build up to the Cayenne, and it’s not surprising that the Millennium Edition could have been overlooked.

Even with standard ‘Turbo Twist’ wheels (8×18-inch front and 10×18-inch rear sizes fitted with 225/40/ZR18 and 285/35/ZR18 tyres respectively) finished in chrome and that trick paint, the Millennium has escaped the attention of all but the most obsessive Porsche fans.

There’s no firm data on how many arrived in the UK, though it’s said there’s just three RHD UK cars, making the Millennium an exceptionally rare car indeed. That might not come as a surprise when you consider what it cost, the Millennium adding just under £5,000 to the price of a standard Carrera 4.

To read more about the Porsche 996 Carrera 4 Millennium Edition, including our thoughts from behind the wheel, pick up Total 911 issue 145 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now. 

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Rare 996 Millennium Edition set for Silverstone Classic auction

According to the sales figures, the Porsche 996 Carrera and its four-wheel drive C4 brother are two of the most popular Neunelfers of all time. “Rare” wouldn’t be a word you’d often use to describe a 996 Carrera or Carrera 4.

Unless, of course, that 996 Carrera 4 happens to be one of just 911 Millenium Edition examples, built by Porsche to celebrate the year 2000 (and guaranteed to be the only such special edition for the next 983 years).

A super-rare right-hand drive 996 Millenium Edition (one of just three such UK cars) will go under the hammer this weekend at Silverstone Auctions’ latest sale at the Silverstone Classic race meeting.

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While the estimate of £35,000-£40,000 may seem step, the 996 Millenium Edition has a number of unique features, the most eye-catching of which is the Chromaflar Violet paintwork and chromed ‘Turbo Twist’ alloy wheels.

Inside, there are a number of further Porsche Exclusive touches, including the Millenium Natural Brown leather and dark maple wood trim while the mechanicals also got a seeing to with sports suspension and a short shift gear lever.

Car no. 493 – originally delivered to Jersey – has only had two owners during its life, the duo covering a combined 23,088 miles. Suddenly that estimate doesn’t seem so steep, does it?

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Among the 11-strong Porsche 911 contingent under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ latest sale, there are also a number of tantalising Turbos, including a Porsche 964 Turbo 3.3 finished in the unusual Tahoe Blue shade.

One of two Neunelfers on the Saturday side of the sale, the 1991 964 Turbo has covered just over 65,000 miles from new and comes with a guide price of £85,000 to £100,000.

The Sunday sees the real Porsche 911 auction action though, with a 3.2 Carrera SSE, 930 SE and a 996 GT2 among the rear-engined start from Zuffenhausen set to go under Silverstone Auctions’ hammer.

To see more of the Porsche 911s up for sale at the Silverstone Classic auction, check out Silverstone Auctions’ website now.

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