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Autotrader Find: LS Swapped 1999 Porsche 911 Show Car

For today’s Autotrader find, we have a one-off SEMA show car that, in my eyes at least, actually looks pretty good.  It’s a 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera – from the 911’s controversial 996 generation – that’s been heavily modified and served as the focal point of the Hawk Performance Brakes booth at the 2014 iteration of the Special Equipment Manufacturer’s Association show in Las Vegas, NV.

The 996-generation Porsche 911 was the first to employ modern manufacturing techniques and a water-cooled engine.  The 996 came from a time when Porsche was faced with a do-or-die scenario; become a modern automaker or face a takeover from a competitor. With the help of consultants from – believe it or not – Toyota, Porsche re-imagined itself for the new millennium.  The 996 was the first ground-up redesign of the famed Porsche 911, and the vehicle shared components with the new entry-level Boxster that debuted during the same period.

As usual, the 996 spawned a higher-performance Turbocharged variant, along with a number of track-oriented GT models as well.  The one for sale here is a 1999 model, which shared its controversial headlight design with the Boxster.  Only after an update for 2002 would the 996 receive its own unique headlight design, which was somewhat truer to the original, but still overall maligned by Porsche purists.

As for this one, in particular, it’s been painted a delightful metallic green color and comes with a gray and black interior.  It wears a custom widebody kit, deep-dish HRE wheel finished in gold, and perhaps most notably, it packs a GM LS3 crate motor in place of the straight-six around back.  That engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. Other modifications include a hydraulic suspension, a Borla exhaust, KW coil-overs, a Sparco steering wheel and Sparco seats, and a modernized Alpine infotainment system. This custom Porsche 911 has just 9,212 miles on the odometer and is offered by a private seller in Paducah, KY, with an asking price of $49,500. Find a Porsche 911 for sale


Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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