I'm always on the look out for interesting finds on eBay with regard to Porsche cars and products. This one was too good to pass up. According to the seller, this car was purchased new by Dennis Rodman (of NBA fame) and "optioned accordingly". Here's the catch, the car has little to no service history and nothing to prove the provenance of celebrity ownership.
However, according to the seller:
This particular 993TT was purchased new by Dennis Rodman and has been personalized accordingly. Upgrades were carried out in a no expense spared fashion, with thousands of dollars of equipment not found on stock 993 Turbos. In addition to all the modern amenities like air conditioning, central locking, and security system, it is also extremely well-optioned. Original options include litronic headlights, rear wiper, headlight washers, supple leather, full leather (including upper and lower dashboard, door panels, emergency brake handle, and center console), headrests embossed with Porsche crests, full power seats, embroidered Lloyd`s floormats and 6-disc CD changer. This car also has the full carbon fiber interior, which covers the dashboard, door panels, and handbrake handle. Aluminum gauge faces are also fitted, along with aluminum accents to the bezels, shifter, and handbrake lever.
Furthermore, the car was ordered in a special order color, Ferrari Fly Yellow, which is not quite as pale as the more frequently seen Speed Yellow. This car has been further personalized with an upgraded stereo receiver, amps and a number of performance and cosmetic upgrades. The wheels are modular Speedline, which were added at a cost of nearly $6,000. The cost of the TechArt bodywork upgrades was in excess of $6,000 and includes front bumper, rear spoiler, and Turbo S-style combined brake ducts and fog lights. A performance exhaust system with generously proportioned oval tips has also been fitted. The car has tinted windows, clear bra, and aluminum pedals. In early 2007 (mileage was 37,988) it had a complete engine out major service performed. The clutch was replaced, Stage I DME software was added, complete Bilstein PSS9 suspension kit with proper alignment and new Bridgestone tires. All work performed at Beck's Independent Porsche in Phoenix, AZ.
I recently wrote about Jerry Seinfeld's 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S (a car in a completely different league from this one) and if celebrity provenance was worth an extra price premium (i.e. John Voight's car for George).
Regardless of celebrity provenance or not, this is a 1996 Porsche 993 Twin Turbo with nice options, reasonable miles and a reasonable starting price. It could make a very nice car for someone assuming a thorough Porsche specific Pre-Purchase Inspection. I did leave a message with Rodman's agent (Darren Prince of Prince Marketing) and will update this post when and if I hear back with regard to provenance.
For more pictures you can visit the complete eBay listing here.