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Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Mystic, CT, United States
I'd go with a late model, e.g., 2002 998 or 748. All of the year over year engineering tweaks are incorporated, e.g., 3 Phase electronics, and if you go with the 998 you get a Testastretta to boot. I happen to like the '02 slab side look, but if you prefer the fairing cooling vent then something from '01 would do the trick. If I am not mistaken, the 996 that year was a Desmoquattro, with the exception of the R, so with all of those engines you will have to be on the look out for any sort of flaking rocker issues.
I went with an '02 748 and with the exception of blowing the entire throttle body assembly out of the intake manifolds before a random Sunday right a couple of years ago, it has been entirely problem free.
'02 748R, #0954