Even from its earliest days in the US, the Porsche 911 has had a remarkable competition history. One of the first two 911s sent to the US won its class on its first outing – and at none other than the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1965. That car had been received by Brumos Porsche of Jacksonville, Florida, first as a demonstrator, and was then purchased by Patrick Ryan, a VW dealer from Atlanta. Porsche wasn’t happy when Ryan entered the car at Daytona, as it did not deem the model ready for competition. But Ryan won the two-liter touring class, with only one production-based car finishing ahead of him. It was the first road-racing win for a 911 anywhere in the world. Later, overall victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring and at Daytona cemented Porsche’s reputation for competition success on American soil.
Staying true to this racing heritage today, Porsche is one of the few manufacturers that sells turn-key race cars to privateer teams. Introduced in 1998, the GT3 Cup offers a reliable and competitive package to a wide variety of skill levels and is eligible for many racing series worldwide. The 991 GT America, introduced in 2013, was built for use in the GT Daytona class of the US Car Racing Series, and is based on the 991 GT3 Cup car. Modified to meet the specific needs of endurance racing, the model received a new four-liter engine producing 470 bhp, quick-fill couplings on the fuel tank and oil filler, and brake calipers designed for quick removal. A series-specific rear wing was added, along with a host of other changes. Built in limited numbers, the 991 GT Americas were raced with success including a class win at the 2015 12 Hours of Sebring, where they defeated Ferraris, Vipers, Audis, and BMWs.
This example, chassis 198087, was bought new by the current owner to join the WeatherTech Racing Team for the 2014 USCR GT Daytona Series, and it was primarily used as a backup and practice car. As a result, today it presents in exemplary condition; since its retirement, it has been maintained in the consignor’s climate-controlled facility with his other significant race cars.
The 991 GT America offers incredible performance and engineering, as it is an even more developed version of the already potent Porsche GT3 Cup car. This example has led a relatively subdued racing life, accounting for its outstanding condition today. Owned and cared for by a highly respected major racing team, this stunning GT America offers great potential as an approachable but extremely fast track car, or an ideal entrant for club racing or other Porsche events.