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The Quail Auction / 2004 Porsche 911 'Type 996.2' GT3VIN. WP0AC29944S692461

Lot 20
2004 Porsche 911 'Type 996.2' GT3
19 August 2022, 11:00 PDT
Carmel, Quail Lodge & Golf Club

US$150,000 - US$180,000

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2004 Porsche 911 'Type 996.2' GT3
VIN. WP0AC29944S692461

3.6-Liter DOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Electronic Fuel Injection
380bhp at 7,400rpm
6-Speed Manual Transaxle - All Wheel Drive
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Carbon Ceramic Disc Brakes

*One of just 958 units delivered to the US
*Well optioned, unmodified example with ceramic brakes
*Delivered new to California where it spent most of its life
*Amongst the lightest and most analog of GT3 variants



THE 911 GT3

'Since its launch in 1999, the Porsche 911 GT3 has been the benchmark against which every other track-focused car has been rated. There are more powerful, more expensive 911s, but the GT3 represents the sports car at its purest and most intense. In fact, all four generations of GT3 arguably rank alongside 1973's legendary 2.7 RS in the annals of greatest 911s.' - Auto Express.

Intended primarily for racing, though still road legal, the Porsche 911 GT3 - first introduced in 1999 - can trace its ancestry all the way back through a succession of high-performance models to the legendary 911 Carrera RS of 1973. The car takes its name from the FIA's GT3 category of production sports car racing and has been produced in a variety of versions since its introduction in 1999 on the Type 996 iteration of the perennial 911. The 996 GT3 was produced from 1999 until 2005, although deliveries to North America didn't start until 2004. The popular 'Mezger' engine received a well-deserved power increase when the car transitioned from the previous 996.1 iteration to the updated version of 996.2, going from 355hp to a healthy 380hp from its naturally aspirated 3.6L flat-6 engine. Along with the mechanical upgrades, the 996.2 also received updated aerodynamics including newly design headlights exclusive to the 911 models. These updates made the car widely improved and ensured it was ready for its introduction to the North American market.



THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This exceptional 911 GT3 was produced in February of 2004 and amongst the first delivered GT3 models to the United States. Finished in the widely popular Black over Black livery, this fantastic machine had an original window sticker price of $123,820 when delivered new to Newport Beach, California. This example features a nice list of options displayed on its original window sticker including the extended full leather option beyond the standard appointed interior with leather wrapped on practically interior panel and dash. Other notable options include the desirable carbon ceramic brake system with yellow calipers, xenon headlights, thicker steering wheel, power electric sport seats, metal door sills, aluminum-colored gauges and a carbon fiber shifter/emergency brake combination to name a few. This 911 GT3 has been well cared for and spent most of its life in well cared for California ownership.

At the time of cataloging, this GT3 has covered just 32,943 miles with minimal wear and tear. This Porsche is in overall really good condition, clean undercarriage and comes equipped with a clean Carfax report. The carbon ceramic brakes are less than half worn, and the tires retain much tread. For many, the 911 GT3 is considered the ultimate 911, it possesses all of the creature comforts that Porsche enthusiasts have come to know and love, while being able to attain incredible lap times on the racetrack in full analog driver enjoyment. With its naturally aspirated 380hp engine, 8,000 rpm redline, scant lightweight unibody construction, this first-generation US GT3 was a great success within the Porsche enthusiasts. The sale of this car presents an incredible opportunity to acquire one of the most essential, driver focused modern analog Porsche's.

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