The ex-Jerry Seinfeld,2002 Porsche 996 GT2  Chassis no. WPDAB29972S696083

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Lot 372
The ex-Jerry Seinfeld, 2002 Porsche 996 GT2
Chassis no. WPDAB29972S696083

US$ 175,000 - 225,000
£ 140,000 - 180,000
The ex-Jerry Seinfeld
2002 Porsche 996 GT2
Chassis no. WPDAB29972S696083
Based on the 993 generation of the 911 Turbo, the Porsche GT2 debuted in 1993. Intended as a customer GT racer, it replaced the 964 Carrera RSR. The first generation GT2 had plastic fenders wider than the 911 profile and a smaller rear wing with air scoops in the struts. At introduction it had a twin-turbo 3.6-liter engine putting out 430 bhp; in 1998 it was uprated to 450 bhp. The name was taken from the GT2 class in which it was designed to compete. Just 57 road-going cars were built.

GT2s competed in the BPR Global GT Series, achieving seven class wins in the first season, as well as a class victory in the 1996 24 Heures du Mans. The LeMans win was repeated in 1997. The cars also won three races in the FIA GT Championship.

In 1999, the second generation GT2 arrived, based on the 996, which had succeeded the 993. Porsche had decided to concentrate on a new normally-aspirated GT3 for competition, but used the GT3’s 3.6-liter engine, in turbocharged form, in the new GT2. Power was up to 462 bhp, 483 after displacement was increased to 3.8 liters in 2000. The transmission was a six-speed manual. Similar wide fenders were used, along with a more aggressive nose. The rear wing also grew in size.

Power was not the only objective. Weight was reduced by 200 pounds from the basic 911 Turbo, and handling was improved with stiffer springs and other suspension modifications. The body modifications improved the car’s aerodynamics. The second-gen GT2s were campaigned by privateers with success in some of the national series like Belcar in Belgium. Price stickers on 996-generation GT2s hovered around $200,000, and production quantities were tiny.

Ordered from the Porsche factory for actor and comedian Jerry Seinfeld, this GT2 is the only example produced in Adriatic Blue and with its specific set of options. Seinfeld’s name became a household word when his namesake television program became the most popular and most successful sitcom ever, and the show is still in syndication. Off-camera, Seinfeld is a serious collector whose stable is said to hold one of the largest caches of Porsches in the world.

Built under Porsche’s Exclusive Programme, the car is outfitted with aluminum instrument dials, Porsche crests on the headrests and colored crests on the wheels, a leather ignition lock rosette and eleven options so rare they’re not listed in regular documentation. First registered in California in January 2002, it had covered only 3,169 miles when sold in November 2007. Having traveled only 16 miles since, it is in showroom condition, essentially a new car. A new owner will be able to enjoy it in any number of ways, from spirited driving to concours competition, or the simple satisfaction of owning a pedigreed celebrity motor car.
The ex-Jerry Seinfeld,2002 Porsche 996 GT2  Chassis no. WPDAB29972S696083
The ex-Jerry Seinfeld,2002 Porsche 996 GT2  Chassis no. WPDAB29972S696083
The ex-Jerry Seinfeld,2002 Porsche 996 GT2  Chassis no. WPDAB29972S696083
The ex-Jerry Seinfeld,2002 Porsche 996 GT2  Chassis no. WPDAB29972S696083
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