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AutoHunter Spotlight: 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

The pinnacle of modern 911s

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Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is this 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet.

The Porsche 911 has always been a benchmark sports car with a history that goes all the way back to 1963. Butzi Porsche’s original exterior design language would continue on in various forms for decades, only changing with the times due to safety regulations, increased knowledge of aerodynamics, and improved technology. The 911 design changed quite a bit with the introduction of the 991 series of 911 cars, but just before that happened Porsche created what I think of as their masterpiece of all the 911 cars built.

The car that was able to take the original design of the classic 1960s 911 and somehow elegantly merge it with modern engineering and styling. This car is the Porsche 997 version of the 911. I say this having owned 33 different Porsche 911 cars over the years, so I have a bit of experience and many opinions about the 911 as you can probably tell. To me the 997 cars are the pinnacle of 911 development, and the later cars are something else entirely. Sure, they are faster and offer even more performance and technology, but I don’t think of them as classically elegant the way I do the 997. They really seem to be the end of an era.

Our AutoHunter Spotlight is one of these cars, a 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet.

The seller describes this Porsche 911 Cabriolet as an example with 25,720-miles that is powered by Porsche’s 9A1 3.8-liter flat-six that is paired with a PDK seven-speed automatic transaxle and a limited-slip differential. The car is finished in Porsche’s iconic color of Carrara White (yes that is spelled correctly) and equipped with a black power-retractable top over a red natural leather interior, which is a combination that looks absolutely spectacular.

This is a nicely optioned example which includes Bi-xenon headlights, LED taillights, color-keyed 19” Turbo wheels, a heated steering wheel, Bose stereo, red natural leather upholstery (code 998), 12-way adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, and the super cool Sport Chrono Package Plus.

This car looks and sounds, from the auction listing, like it is an excellent example of a 997 era 911 Cabriolet. The seller states that it received a service 200 miles ago and the only flaws being a slight scuff on the front bumper and some scratches on the drivers seat. Keep in mind that as this is a 997.2, so there should be no IMS bearing issues whatsoever as Porsche seems to have finally and completely solved that issue by this time.

If you are looking for what I feel is the pinnacle of modern 911 cars this 997.2 Carrera S Cabriolet is the one.

The auction for this 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet ends Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. (PDT)

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery

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Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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