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Saturday, February 25, 2017

 2002 Porsche 996 Turbo

Dreams can come true. The Porsche 996 Turbo.

The Porsche 996 Turbo continues to sell for less than it’s worth and may represent the opportunity of a lifetime for those who dream of owning a used 911 Turbo.

Its flat-six, 3.6-liter, 24-valve, twin-turbocharged and intercooled engine with VarioCam Plus outperforms most air-cooled 911 engines and is far more reliable than the engines on naturally aspirated 996 models with their infamous IMS bearings.

Generating 420 PS (309 kW) of horsepower and 415 lb·ft of torque, the engine powers the Porsche 996 Turbo from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds and delivers a top speed of around 190 mph (310 km/h). Thrust is powerful across the power band whether the engine is mated with the 6-speed manual or 5-speed Tiptronic transmission.

Handling is phenomenal even on slippery surfaces thanks to a stiff chassis, four-wheel independent suspension, stability management and the foolproof traction of four-wheel drive. There are none of the high-speed cornering issues found in earlier 911s. So you can enjoy spirited driving with greater peace of mind.

This pristine Basalt Black Metallic 2002 Porsche 996 Turbo features a handsome brown and black leather interior, 5-speed Tiptronic transmission and low-profile alloy wheels. From teardrop headlamps to sporty rear spoiler, every detail has been well cared for. You’ll enjoy convenient power amenities, highly supportive front leather seats, rear seats large enough for adults, decent storage space under the hood, and a ride that’s firm yet comfortable on long drives. Parts are also more reasonably priced than for air-cooled 911s.

Porsche owners in Japan take great care of their vehicles, making them perfect for a trip back home to Europe and elsewhere. Japan Car Direct will exceed your expectation when it comes to sourcing a luxury vehicle, especially Porsche, and we have a proven track record to back that up! We will find you a great Porsche for a great price at the Japanese dealer auction and confirm its condition with 3rd party, pre-bidding live inspection reports.

Let’s satisfy your dreams today while making you a solid investment at the same time!

Year:            2002
Make:            Porsche
Model:        996 Turbo
Mileage:        63,637km
Transmission:    5-speed Tiptronic
Fuel Type:        Gasoline
Drivetrain:        AWD
Engine:        3.6L Turbo
Exterior Color:    Basalt Black Metallic Z4
VIN Number:    WP0ZZZ99Z2S682023

The Porsche that started it all. The Porsche 356.

Before the Porsche 911, there was the Porsche 356 sports car with rear mounted engine and raised round headlights. It was Porsche’s first production car and set the stage for all Porsches to come.

The Porsche 356 was developed by Ferry Porsche, son of founder Ferdinand Porsche who was imprisoned in France at the time. Its body was based on a design by employee Erwin Komenda and it shared many components with the Volkswagen Beetle. The first 49 units were fully handmade in Austria and required two years to construct (1948-1949). The remaining approximate 76,000 vehicles were manufactured in Germany between 1950 and 1965.

The beautiful aerodynamic body of the Porsche 356 changed little over the years despite nearly annual performance upgrades. Various coupe and convertible models were available throughout the 17-year production run, but Porsche found few reasons to modify the styling that everybody loved.

From the start, the Porsche 356 was successful in major rally competitions such as the 24 hours of Le Mans and Carrera Panamericana because of its excellent handling, aerodynamics and response. Models favored for racing over the years included the super lightweight 356 SL, A Carrera GT, Super 90 and 356 B Carrera GTL Abarth coupé.

The rear-mounted air-cooled 4-cylinder boxer engine features a Volkswagen Beetle engine case, but produces twice as much horsepower as the Beetle thanks to higher performance components and the use of two carburetors. Carrera versions of the Porsche 356 available from 1955 onward further increase power by replacing the pushrods with four overhead camshafts and adding a dual ignition system.

Depending on model and year, the engine displacement ranges from from 1.1 to 2.0 liters and horsepower ranges from 40 to 130 hp, which is powerful enough to accelerate the lightweight Porsche 356 from 0 to 60 mph in around 10 to 12 seconds. These figures may not be impressive by today’s standards, but the Porsche 356 still feels fast and easily keeps up with modern traffic. Acceleration is especially strong above 50 mph and the top speed ranges from 100 to 120 mph depending on model.

The Porsche 356 is fun to drive thanks to its quick response and agile, precise handling. The steering is tight, with solid feedback. A Beetle-like stick shift provides solid control of the 4-speed manual transmission. And the hydraulic drum brakes (upgraded to discs in 1964) deliver surprisingly good braking performance. However, one must remember not to push the 356 too hard around corners since the combination of rear-heaviness and rear swing-axle suspension can lead to sudden oversteer.

The cockpit is classic in every detail from the flat instrument panel with separate meters to the three-spoke steering wheel and chrome detailing all around. The build quality is excellent throughout the interior and the thick, beautiful leather seats provide lasting comfort despite the stiff ride. On convertibles, the soft top folds down neatly behind the tiny rear seats that are just large enough to fit small adults. They can be folded flat to provide storage for groceries that don’t fit in the shallow front trunk.

Demand for the Porsche 356 has been growing in recent years. Some can still be purchased at auctions for as little as 20,000 US dollars. But the current average for desirable SC, Super 90 and Speedster models in pristine condition is well over $100,000 and Porsche 356 Carreras with DOHC racing engines are selling for as much as $250,000.

This stunning black 1961 Porsche 356 B with original 1.6-liter engine has been lovingly cared for and maintained in Japan. It brought 81,000 km of joy to its owners over the years and we simply couldn’t resist purchasing it when it came on the market. Beautiful to behold, practical for commuting and a thrill at the racetrack, it will bring pride and joy to the fortunate enthusiast or collector who purchases it from Japan Car Direct.

At Japan Car Direct, we have the right connections with used car dealers, specialty car dealers, collectors and auctions throughout Japan to find the secondhand model you are looking for at the best possible price.

Our honest, hard-working staff members simplify the entire process of searching, inspecting, purchasing, communicating and directly importing your dream car from Japan.

Why not give us a call today and take advantage of the unrivaled opportunities in Japan for purchasing used Porsches, Italian supercars, German luxury cars (LHD and RHD), JDM performance machines and just about any vehicle you can imagine at prices that put your local dealers to shame.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Topless bliss. The 2004 Porsche 996 Turbo Cabriolet.

Whether racing through the wind or slowing down to smell the roses, driving a Porsche 911 with the top down is one of life’s great pleasures.

The 2004 Porsche 996 Turbo Cabriolet was the last model of the first generation of water-cooled Porsche 911s and is a favorite among 911 enthusiasts who consider air-cooled 911s too expensive.

When the 996 was introduced in 1999, many purists were disappointed with Porsche’s switch to water cooling. But the 996 offered more tractable power and easier handling. It went where you pointed quite fast, with less effort and drama. The 996 Turbo introduced in 2000 significantly improved performance and the 996 Turbo Cabriolet (the first 911 Turbo Cabriolet since 1989) really topped off the series in 2004. 

Its twin turbocharged 3.6-liter flat-six engine delivers 420 PS (309 kW) at 6000 rpm and 415 ft lbs (563 N·m) of torque at 2,700 rpm, enough to power you from a standing start to 60 mph (97 km/h) in about 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h). Features include four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts, sequential multi-port fuel injection and VarioCam Plus variable intake valve timing for enhanced low-to-mid range torque. The engine is mated with a crisp 6-speed manual or 5-speed Tiptronic transmission.

Handling is foolproof even on slippery roads thanks to 4WD, stability management, vented disc brakes and a finely tuned four-wheel independent suspension. The all-wheel drive system includes a viscous unit that compensates for differing wheel speeds during cornering. If grip is lost, a stability management system applies braking and adjusts engine power to maintain stability.

The leather interior is relatively simple, to the pleasure of 911 purists. It’s more ascetic than luxurious, but comfortable and well constructed. The leather seats provide solid support during spirited driving and contribute to a firm but comfortable ride that’s extremely quiet with the hard top in place. A fabric top is also provided that can be folded down automatically with the press of a button while driving at up to 31 mph. Even with the roof down, the ride is relatively quiet due to a wind deflector behind the seats.

This gorgeous 2004 Porsche 996 Turbo Cabriolet in the possession of Japan Car Direct was clearly pampered by its owner. From teardrop bi-xenon headlamps to 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels and sporty rear spoiler, every detail is immaculate. The pristine leather interior includes an automatic climate control system, navigation system, rear view monitor and carbon fiber detailing. 

Many enthusiasts and collectors import used cars from Japan because the cars are in better condition, obtainable at lower prices, and available in an incredible range of choices from Japanese used car auctions, specialist dealers, collectors and individual owners.

Japan Car Direct can help you find exactly what you are looking for and simplify the process of importing from Japan. We help enthusiasts and collectors all over the world find, purchase and import used cars of every make and model including Japanese used cars and German used luxury and sports cars in left and right hand drive.

You can depend on the friendly service and unrivaled experience of Japan Car Direct. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

2004 Porsche 996 Turbo Cabriolet

Year:            2004
Make:           Porsche
Model:          996 Turbo Cabriolet
Mileage:        63,700km
Transmission:    5-speed Tiptronic
Fuel Type:        Gasoline (Premium unleaded, 91+)
Drivetrain:        AWD
Engine:             3.6L Turbo
Exterior Color:    Dark blue
VIN Number:    WP0ZZZ9934S670095

Monday, September 19, 2016

1987 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera

 Between 1984 and 1989, when the global economy was booming, Porsche had the right performance car to steal people’s hearts and wallets — the 911 3.2 Carrera. It featured the stunning aesthetics of a 911 Turbo, one of the largest displacement air-cooled engines in Porsche 911 history, renowned reliability and a relatively affordable price tag. No wonder the 911 3.2 Carrera was the best selling 911 ever.  

Powered by an air-cooled 3.2-liter horizontally opposed flat-six engine that produces 231 bhp and 284 Nm of torque, the 911 3.2 Carrera accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in about 5.7 seconds and delivers more linear power than earlier 911s. A smooth shifting 5-speed manual Getrag G50 gearbox introduced in 1987 is one of the reasons models from this year onward are more popular. The interior is classic911 with minimal embellishments and impressive handbuilt craftsmanship. Handling is excellent and the ride is taut courtesy of fully independent suspension with torsion bars and anti-roll bars, four large servo-assisted disc brakes and standard Boge dampers or available Bilsteins. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Porsche 911s from Japan (1993 Porsche 911 Carrera 2)

An all time classic member of the Porsche 911 family and a fine example of the good 911s available in Japan from the Japanese used car auctions, or found at the dealers here or bought from private sellers. This 1993 air-cooled 3.6 liter automatic 911 shows the sweet clean and simple lines of the 964 Series that ran from 1989 to 1993. We were very pleased to score this clean, low mileage Porsche 911 for a customer in Europe and it is now on its way to its new, and very happy, owner. This 911 is really a typical example of the condition of the high-end German sports and luxury cars that you can import from Japan these days. We see again and again how the original Japanese owners of these cars took such good care of their machines, how they treasured them, maintained them, drove them moderately and never put excessive kilometers on them.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Porsche 911s from Japan (1996 Porsche 911)

When you list up the all-time dream cars, the Porsche 911 is in the top of the list for most guys who want to import a good used German car from Japan. Super clean used Porsche 911s like this one are to be found in Japan for very reasonable prices. The 3.6 liter, turbo-charged flat six engine is putting out serious power, and the 911, be it rear wheel drive or all wheel drive, puts that power to the road. This beautiful blue Porsche 911 here (in this case a 993) with only 75,000km on it is a good example of the clean, low mileage 911s available from the Japanese used car auctions. Thanks to the excellent car auction system in here in Japan you can buy a used Porsche 911 like this one online and import it direct to your port of choice. Dreams can become reality. You really can have a good 911 for reasonable money.

Monday, August 29, 2016

1996 Porsche 911 (933) Carrera 4S

The Porsche 911 (933) 4S delivers coveted 993 Turbo looks without the turbo price tag and is one of the world’s most sought after limited production vehicles. Since its value continues to rise, you can satisfy your dreams while making a solid investment, too. Gorgeous doesn’t begin to describe the low and wide body, flared wheel arches and bold rear wing of the Porsche 911 (933) 4S. The rear-mounted engine may be naturally aspirated, but it generates an impressive 285 hp that takes you from 0 to 60 in 5.3 seconds and sounds great at high rpm. You’ll also enjoy phenomenally sure-footed roadhandling courtesy of all wheel drive, wide 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels with low-profile Pirellis, and large power-assisted disc brakes with iconic red calipers.