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6 September 2017

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Lot 111

1996 Porsche 911 GT2

  • Chassis no. WP0ZZZ99ZTS392062

£675,000 - £750,000

To be auctioned on Wednesday, September 6, 2017


  • One of just 161 road-going 993 GT2s
  • Last of the great air-cooled turbocharged Porsche 911s
  • Just 18,000 km, with minimal recent use
  • Extensive service record and magnificent in black over black


One of the rarest of the 993-generation 911s, only 243 911 GT2s were built over three years, of which approximately 161 were completed to road-going specification. When Porsche introduced the new 993 variant of the 911 for 1995, it was to be the last of the great air-cooled 911s, and the GT2 sat firmly atop the 993 family tree. At the time, there was no more exciting 911 to own, and it was certainly an exciting day for this car’s first owner in 1995 when it was delivered, as it presented a chance to own a brand new Porsche with true roots in motorsport.

Porsche’s success with the four-wheel-drive 961, along with Audi’s rally wins with the Quattro and the later track success of the Nissan Skyline, led to all-wheel-drive being banned by most sanctioning bodies by the mid-1990s. This presented a problem for Porsche, whose Turbo was driven by all four wheels; the solution was the GT2, which was to be rear-wheel-drive. A side benefit turned out to be significant weight savings, and the GT2 was instantly competitive and quickly racked up a number of podium finishes.

A side effect of this competition success was that Porsche had to build a number of street GT2s in order to homologate the model for racing. At around 430 hp, the GT2s ran higher boost than the standard Turbo model and developed almost as much horsepower as its racing counterparts. It shared cutaway fenders with the Carrera RS and had removable and replaceable bolt-on flared arches in order to fit wider wheels for racing and also for quick replacement in the event of any race-related damage. Unsurprisingly, the GT, as it was initially dubbed, is highly prized by Porsche collectors.

This outstanding Porsche 911 GT2, widely considered the last of the great air-cooled turbocharged Porsche 911s, was ordered in May 1995 and today presents in excellent condition throughout.

It is offered with copies of the original order form, detailing the range of desirable options specified by its astute first owner. These options include black leather sports seats, air conditioning and electric windows, radio and GT2 badge delete options, as well as driver and passenger airbags. Throughout its life, this GT2 has covered just 18,000 km, experiencing regular and fastidious maintenance by Porsche main dealers.

That first owner was Andreas Knapp-Voith of Dusseldorf, Germany. From service and maintenance invoices on file, Andreas kept the car for at least 19 years, with the final invoice with his name on file being dated September 2005. The car has remained registered in his name, and the next owner will become this GT2’s second private owner.

In 1999, the GT2 was involved in an accident while lapping the Nürburgring, sustaining both front and rear body panel damage. Immediately thereafter, Knapp-Voith returned the car to Porsche in Stuttgart, where it was fully repaired to as-new condition. This is documented by detailed invoices in the car’s history file. Since this comprehensive repair work was completed, this GT2 has travelled less than 3,000 km.

This GT2 also includes its original owner’s manuals, including those for the original Blaupunkt radio, original registration document and service booklet, which notes the car’s regular maintenance at Porsche main dealers. Furthermore, the car has been recently serviced at a Porsche dealership and is ready for the road.

Road-going GT2s are rarely offered for public sale, and the opportunity to acquire such a low-mileage example of what is considered one of Porsche’s most iconic road cars is one that should not be missed.

Addendum

Please note that contrary to the printed catalogue description, this car will be offered with German Fahrzeugbrief. Please speak to RM Sotheby's administration department should you require further information.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more