Lot Number

1998 Porsche 911 Turbo

£225,000 - £275,000

RM | Sotheby's - LONDON 5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Chassis No.

Documents: German Fahrzeugbrief

  • The last year of the air-cooled 911 Turbo
  • Modified by Gemballa to 911 GT2 appearance
  • Striking Pastel Yellow paint
  • Beautifully presented throughout

Homologated racing cars are never without compromises. The Porsche 911 GT2 represented the pinnacle of air-cooled performance when it was introduced in the mid-1990s. The GT2 was built on the 911 Turbo platform, offering more power from its twin-turbo 3.6-liter flat six-cylinder engine. Its rear-wheel-drive configuration, aluminium body panels and simplified interior cut its curb weight by upwards of 220 kg.

With its race-ready fender flares wrapped around 18-in. performance tires, its bi-plane rear spoiler and its low-slung body kit, the 911 GT2 certainly looked the part—and it performed well on track, with considerable success in competition.

Had Porsche offered a 911 GT2 ‘Lux’, it would probably have looked a lot like the Pastel Yellow 1998 911 Turbo offered here. Its original owner desired the GT2’s appearance but was content with the standard Turbo’s comfortable interior and all-wheel drive.

The original owner ordered the 911 Turbo in early 1998 through the Porsche showroom in Moers, Germany, and in May of that year it was sent to Gemballa’s skunkworks in Leonberg not far from the Zuffenhausen plant where it was originally built. By the 1990s, Gemballa was a fixture in the Porsche-tuning business, but this 911 Turbo’s owner had something entirely different in mind. He had the firm upgrade the car’s appearance with GT2 fender flares, GT2 front and rear spoilers and wheels from the RS Clubsport to make an exacting aesthetic replica of the real 993 GT2.

It is not until the 911 Turbo’s door is opened to reveal its ruffled black leather upholstery, heated and power-operated front seats, a four-spoke airbag steering wheel, full door panels and Porsche’s famous pint-size rear seats. A period Nokia cell phone holstered to the right of the six-speed gear lever and a Blaupunkt navigation system give the interior a period ‘executive express’ look.

Most recently, the 911 Turbo was treated to a €2,000 service by Joos Sportwagentechnik in Balingen, Germany, including new fluids, spark plugs and a battery. It shows in nearly new condition with few signs of wear.

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