Year of manufacture2000
- Proceeds will be donated in support of Trillion Trees
- An early iteration of Porsche’s iconic 911 GT3
- Extensive service and maintenance records
Following the release of the 996-generation 911, Porsche’s first 996 variant intended either for spirited road use or the racetrack was the GT3. The Hans Metzger–designed 3.6-litre engine derived from the Le Mans–winning GT1 was rated at 360 horsepower and 7,200 rpm, providing 60 additional horsepower over the base 3.4-litre engine. The car was also fitted with adjustable suspension and a unique body kit, including a dual-plane rear wing. The interior featured sports seats and the deletion of some trim deemed nonessential in an attempt to keep weight down. The 996 GT3 is an incredible drivers’ car and won the coveted Evo Car of the Year award in 1999, beating Ferrari’s 360 Modena into second place. Indeed, years later, Evo magazine would place the 996 GT3 Mk 1 above the Mk 2 for driving pleasure, placing it third in the all-time drivers’ car ranking behind the Pagani Zonda and Lotus 340R.
This 996 GT3 is an early version of the revered model. Sold new in France via Raulet Automobiles in Le Mans, this GT3 has been well maintained throughout its life and boasts 15 stamps in its original service book—all via Porsche main agents or specialists. Accompanying this GT3 are a range of invoices for service and maintenance from Porsche main agents or specialists. Indeed, in just the last few years, invoices total more than €6.000. This car has been enjoyed as intended and maintained to a standard in which this enjoyment can continue with the next owner. Such a highly regarded car warrants a place in any Porsche collection, but would surely be best placed where the new owner uses this superb car as intended. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/lf19.