Only 28,206km from new 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Chassis no. WPOZZZ99Z5S760188
Let's play a game of word association. I say 'Porsche 911', you say... Well, that's up to you, but likely answers would surely be 'flat six', 'rear-engined', maybe even 'air-cooled', but probably not 'cabriolet'. And this despite the fact the drop top version of the 911 has been with us for nearly 30 years.
First shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in late 1981, it made it into production a year later and as Porsche's first convertible since the 356, was very well received, selling some 4,200 in its first year. Since then the Cabriolet has been a central part of the range and has been through a further five generations to get to where we are today the 997. Although successful (in many countries convertibles account for well over a third of all 911 sales), it hasn't had the smoothest ride from Porsche purists and some elements of the press.
This is basically down to the fact that because it doesn't have a roof it's less stiff than the coupé and therefore isn't such a honed driving tool. "Shaped more by marketing pressures than engineering imperatives", wrote Evo magazine in September 2008.
Well here's a shock for the diehard coupé fans. For the first time ever, when it came to creating the 997 generation, the Cabriolet came first it was designed, engineered and developed before the coupé. There was a sound basis for this approach, Porsche reasoning that if they got the Cabriolet right, sorting the coupé would be a walk in the park.
It was a successful strategy. Yes, the Cabriolet was still that bit heavier than the coupé, but the extra attention given to it ensured it drove better than any soft top 911 that had gone before. It had moved with the times and become a more central part of the 911 range as a result.
As with the hard top it was available with a raft of options. You could have your Cabriolet with a manual or automatic gearbox, with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, even with a turbocharged engine if the two standard choices (a 3.6-litre flat six with 321bhp for the standard Carrera and a 3.8-litre 355bhp option for the Carrera S) weren't quite enough.
This car is in perhaps the most driver-orientated specification: a two-wheel drive Carrera S fitted with the manual gearbox. First registered in September 2005, and sold slightly later to Peter Baumberger by AMAG in Zurich, this two-owner car has covered only 28,206km since. Outside, the steel grey bodywork blends perfectly with the black hood and five spoke alloys, while inside black leather complements the sophisticated cabin design.
It's a car you can really enjoy driving: mechanically very robust, yet engineered to entertain. Simply changing gear is something to relish in the 911, while around corners it's poised, nimble and has steering that brims with feedback. Thanks to that development process, issues that often afflict rival convertibles such as scuttle shake have been almost entirely eradicated from the Porsche.
It steers, stops and turns with a level of communication and interactivity that puts most rivals to shame, and has a roof that operates efficiently at the press of a button to tuck itself away on the rear deck. Interior space hasn't been compromised, either there really are very few drawbacks to the 911 Cabriolet experience.
As Evo concluded: "It's certainly the sort of car you'd forego sleep for to savour an early morning blast on country roads. The bodyshell is sufficiently stiff to forget about on all but the bumpiest tarmac, the handling is satisfyingly incisive and grippy."
The Baumberger Collection Carrera S Cabriolet is offered with Swiss registration (cancelled) and a full complement of owners handbooks.
Additional items included with this Lot: tyre pressure gauge