2008 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

An LN Engineering 4.0-liter helped this one achieve new highs

While the standard 997.1 received essentially the same 3.6-liter flat-six from its predecessor, the 996, the 997.1 Carrera S was fitted with an all-new 3.8-liter producing 350 horsepower. While lauded as robust engines at launch, over time both units have experienced bore scoring that could result in eventual engine failure. But like other issues that have plagued the 996s and early 997s, there’s a fix. And the bore scoring fix adds MOAR POWAHHH.

That “fix”, and the most popular option is to rebuild the 3.8-liter using LN Engineering’s Nickies cylinders and sleeving the blocks. During this process, it is possible to increase displacement to 4.0 liters giving the new power unit about 425-450 horsepower.

This 2008 911 Carrera S Cabriolet is one such example that has an LN Engineering replacement 4.0-liter fitted out back. Finished in Cobalt Blue Metallic with a Metropol Blue soft-top and a Natural Brown leather interior, this Tiptronic-equipped 911 shows 56,000 miles on the odometer and is equipped with options such as PCM, ParkAssist, and BOSE.

The Cobalt Blue Metallic paint is in excellent condition with little wear shown in the close-up photos in the gallery and no paintwork confirmed by paint meter readings. The interior is in excellent condition as well with only some light creasing on the seat bolsters. Mechanically, this car is all there with the new engine being installed in 2022 and service records since. Overall a beautiful color combination in very good condition.

The market for 997.1 Cabs has been fairly steady over the last twelve months at an average price paid of $39,000 with a low of $30,500 for a 76,000-mile example and a high of $47,000 for a 35,000-mile example sold in November of last year. Our Spotlight car sold at $55,250, setting a new twelve-month high by a good clip, especially for the mileage. The 4.0-liter conversion helped here, as the new owner has absolutely nothing to worry about down the road and a few extra ponies at their disposal. Solid result.


There are many Porsche Centers here in the US, and then there are PORSCHE Centers. Those who have a deep-rooted passion for the history of the marque that shows through everything they do, especially their choice of inventory. And Porsche Salt Lake City is one such PORSCHE Center. Serving the Salt Lake Valley since 1958 as one of the first Porsche dealers in the United States, a quick browse of their inventory lets one know just how dedicated to the brand this group of Porsche enthusiasts is.

Take for example this 1993 964 Carrera RS 3.8. Produced as the base to homologate Porsche’s legendary 3.8 RSR race car, the Carrera RS 3.8 was the ultimate evolution of the standard RS as it shed around 600 lbs of weight while increasing horsepower to 300 for a most visceral driving experience. And with only 55 units produced, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another for sale on the showroom floor of another Porsche Center.

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