Amongst the most desirable models in the 997 family
Launched in 2009 and limited to just 250 units, the Sport Classic was a visual homage to great 911s of the past, albeit boasting the most desirable options from the 997.2 catalogue. So popular was this recipe of modern performance combined with retro aesthetics that every build slot for the 250 examples was spoken for in under 48 hours.
This example is number 40 of the 250, and like every Sport Classic, it is instantly recognisable with its iconic ducktail spoiler, inspired by the 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7, Fuchs-style alloy wheels, Zagato-esque concave roof and unique Sport Classic Grey paintwork with a pair of subtle grey stipes. Suffice it to say that it does not take an aficionado to detect that a Sport Classic is not an ordinary 911.
However, it is in less ostensible details where the engineering pedigree of the Sport Classic reveals itself, whether it be the unique combination of the wider Carrera 4S bodyshell with rear-wheel drive or the standard fitment of the 997.2 Sport Chassis pack, Power Pack and carbon ceramic brakes. Even the six-speed manual gearbox received a short-shift kit to produce a more rewarding action.
To enhance the retro credentials further, Porsche also tuned the Sport Classic’s exhaust and intake to evoke aural memories of the 1970s, whilst on the inside Espresso leather was combined with woven grey and brown inserts for the unique seats and door-cards. Even the gear lever, instrument dials and steering wheel were tailored for the car, all in the pursuit of exclusivity and creating the ultimate driver experience.
Having covered just over 6,000 km from new, this example presents in exceptional condition throughout. The 997.2 is already regarded as one of the finest naturally aspirated 911s, and the Sport Classic stands out as one of the best iterations of the class. Already highly collectible, it would make for an extremely fine addition to any collection. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/ve19.