Formally the property of Martina Hingis ,1997 Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZWS600357 Engine no. 400.788.534

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Lot 105
1997 Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé
Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZWS600357 Engine no. 400.788.534

Sold for CHF 25,300 (US$ 27,224) inc. premium
Formally the property of Martina Hingis
1997 Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé
Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZWS600357
Engine no. 400.788.534
• Won as 1st Prize at the WTA Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart/Filderstadt in October 1997
• Delivered new to Switzerland
• 116,451 kilometres from new

Footnotes

  • Representing a major step forward for the Porsche 911, the Type 996, introduced in 1997, really did justify its maker's claims to be 'all new'. With the 996's introduction, Porsche finally adopted water cooling for the flat-six engine, which remained behind the rear wheels of a car that shared no panels with its immediate predecessor and was longer, wider and higher than before. Despite the overall increase in size, Porsche's engineers managed to lower the 996's drag co-efficient by raking back the windscreen, achieving a figure of 0.30 (down from the 993's 0.34) with a beneficial reduction in fuel consumption at high speeds. Bonded-in front and rear screens contributed to a significant increase in the stiffness of the aluminium chassis, which was clad in galvanised steel body panels. Water radiators were mounted at the front: two for manual transmission cars, three for those with the Tiptronic semi-automatic 'box. The new, more compact, 24-valve engine displaced 3.4 litres compared with the 993's 3.6 yet contrived to be more powerful, producing 300bhp (up from 285), which was good enough for a top speed of 280km/h (174mph). Inside, the 996's new dashboard represented another major departure from tradition, being considerably more complex than anything seen hitherto in a 911, boasting a 'PCM' (Porsche Communication Management) centre console incorporating controls for the radio, air conditioning, multi-function computer, car 'phone and satellite navigation.

    One of the first built, this automatic transmission Carrera was offered as the winner's prize at the WTA Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart/Filderstadt in October 1997 where it was won by the Swiss player, Martina Hingis, who beat Lisa Raymond 6-4, 6-2 in the final. At that time Martina was only 17 years old and had no driver's licence, but she nevertheless decided to accept the Porsche, which was delivered directly from the Stuttgart factory to Switzerland and registered in the name of her mother, Melanie Molitor. There is a signed dedication from Martina on the fuel filler cap.

    Subsequently owned by a few private collectors, the Porsche remains in good original condition and currently displays a guaranteed genuine total of 116,451 kilometres on the odometer. The last major Porsche service was carried out in July 2019 at 114,006 kilometres and included all new tyres, new brakes, etc while the last Swiss roadworthiness test (MFK) was carried out on 19th May 2020. Finished in Indian Red with black leather interior, the Porsche comes complete with two keys; a new tailored car cover; owner's manual; service book; and a Swiss Carte Grise.

    Livrée neuve à Martina Hingis
    Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé 1997
    Châssis n° WP0ZZZ99ZWS600357

    • Gagnée comme 1er prix du Grand Prix Porsche de Tennis de la WTA d'octobre 1997, à Stuttgart/Filderstadt
    • Livrée neuve en Suisse
    • 116 451 km depuis l'origine

    Lancée en 1997, la Type 996 constituait une avancée majeure par rapport à la 911 et était à juste titre présentée par son constructeur comme 'totalement nouvelle'. C'est sur la 996 que Porsche avait fini par adopter un refroidissement par eau pour son flat-six, toujours implanté en arrière des roues arrière. Cette voiture, qui ne reprenait aucun des emboutis de sa devancière, était plus longue, plus large et plus haute. Malgré ces mensurations augmentées, les ingénieurs de Porsche étaient parvenus à réduire son coefficient de traînée en reculant son parebrise, et ils avaient atteint une valeur de 0,30, au lieu du 0,34 de la 993, ce qui améliorait la consommation à grande vitesse. Le parebrise et la lunette arrière collés augmentaient de manière sensible la rigidité de son châssis en aluminium, sur lequel venaient se fixer les panneaux de carrosserie en acier galvanisé. Des radiateurs d'eau étaient montés à l'avant : deux pour les versions à boîte manuelle et trois pour celles à boîte semi-automatique Tiptronic. Le nouveau moteur de 3,4 litres et 24 soupapes, plus compact que le 3,6 litres de la 993, réussissait à être plus performant, avec 300 chevaux au lieu de 285, ce qui lui assurait une vitesse de 280 km/h. Dans l'habitacle, le nouveau tableau de bord de la 996 marquait lui aussi une rupture avec la tradition : il était notoirement plus complexe que ceux montés jusqu'alors sur les 911, avec sur la console centrale le PCM (Porsche Communication Management) qui regroupait les commandes d'autoradio, d'air conditionné, d'ordinateur de bord, de téléphone et de navigation par satellite.

    Cette Carrera automatique, l'une des premières construites, représentait le prix réservé à celle qui remporterait le Grand Prix Porsche de Tennis de la WTA d'octobre 1997, à Stuttgart/Filderstadt. Ce fut une joueuse suisse, Martina Hingis, qui triompha en battant Lisa Raymond 6-4, 6-2 au final. Martina était alors âgée de 17 ans et elle n'avait pas le permis de conduire, mais elle décida néanmoins d'accepter la Porsche, qui fut directement livrée en Suisse depuis l'usine de Stuttgart et immatriculée au nom de sa mère, Melanie Molitor. Le bouchon de remplissage d'essence porte la signature de Martina.

    Passée par la suite entre les mains d'un petit nombre de particuliers, cette Porsche est restée dans un bon état, d'origine, et elle affiche un kilométrage garanti de 116 451 km. Son dernier entretien important effectué par Porsche remonte à juillet 2019, à 114 006 km ; il portait sur le remplacement des pneus, des freins etc., et son dernier contrôle technique suisse (MFK) a été passé le 19 mai 2020. De couleur rouge Indian Red avec intérieur en cuir noir, cette Porsche est proposée avec deux clés, une housse de protection neuve confectionnée sur mesure, sa notice d'utilisation, son carnet d'entretien et sa carte grise suisse.
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Formally the property of Martina Hingis ,1997 Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZWS600357 Engine no. 400.788.534
Formally the property of Martina Hingis ,1997 Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZWS600357 Engine no. 400.788.534
Formally the property of Martina Hingis ,1997 Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZWS600357 Engine no. 400.788.534
Formally the property of Martina Hingis ,1997 Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZWS600357 Engine no. 400.788.534
Formally the property of Martina Hingis ,1997 Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZWS600357 Engine no. 400.788.534
Formally the property of Martina Hingis ,1997 Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZWS600357 Engine no. 400.788.534
Formally the property of Martina Hingis ,1997 Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZWS600357 Engine no. 400.788.534
Formally the property of Martina Hingis ,1997 Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZWS600357 Engine no. 400.788.534
Formally the property of Martina Hingis ,1997 Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZWS600357 Engine no. 400.788.534
Formally the property of Martina Hingis ,1997 Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZWS600357 Engine no. 400.788.534
Formally the property of Martina Hingis ,1997 Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZWS600357 Engine no. 400.788.534
Formally the property of Martina Hingis ,1997 Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZWS600357 Engine no. 400.788.534
Formally the property of Martina Hingis ,1997 Porsche 911 Type 996 Carrera Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZWS600357 Engine no. 400.788.534
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