Monterey | Lot 234
1996 Porsche 911 GT2
$1,250,000 - $1,400,000 USD
| Monterey, California
16 August 2019
- One of 194 road-going 993 GT2s
- Stunning Speed Yellow livery over Exclusive interior
- German delivery and equipped with air-conditioning and electric windows
- Accompanied by manuals, tools, and Porsche COA
- Currently showing 10,407 km
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 rear-wheel-drive GT2.
The 911 GT2 took the top-of-the-line 993 Turbo to new heights. Eliminating the front-wheel-drive system, rear seats, power-adjustable front seats, and various other items trimmed some 500 pounds from the GT2’s curb weight, while, in racing form, the M64/60R engine, with its twin intercooled KKK turbochargers, developed 480 bhp; the street version dialed that back a bit to 430, along with 457 foot-pounds of torque at 13 psi. This still equated to only 6.6 pounds per horsepower, a figure that surpassed the venerable 959. All this energy was fed to the rear wheels through a new six-speed transaxle and an asymmetrical 40/60 limited-slip differential.
The GT2’s bodywork included aluminum doors and front trunk lid, as well as a very aggressive aero package, with a front air splitter with up-turned canards and a huge bi-plane rear-deck-mounted wing incorporating air ducts that fed the intercoolers. Special 18-inch diameter multi-piece “Speedline for Porsche” alloy wheels with aluminum outer rims and magnesium centers filled the bolt-on fiberglass wheel arches.
The result was utterly stunning performance, including a 0–60 mph sprint in less than four seconds and a top speed of nearly 190 mph. The new GT2’s power-assisted four-wheel carbon-fiber/ceramic disc brakes were up to the task of hauling the car to a halt without fade. This special group of cars was specially hand-prepared by Roland Kussmaul’s Race-Sports Department and assigned the name 911 GT, while the track versions were labeled GT2. After 1997, both versions carried the GT2 name.
This car is one of the ultimate road-going 993s, of which only 161 were built, less the Club Sport variants. It is painted in Speed Yellow over an Exclusive department interior that features matching yellow seat inserts, painted seat backs, and yellow seatbelts and door pulls. Originally delivered to Germany, the accompanying Carfax shows that the Porsche was registered in the United States in 2017 in Michigan. Optioned with air-conditioning and electric windows, yet without a radio, this Porsche is the perfect and highly capable driver’s GT2.
Offered here is a chance to own the most expensive model within the 911 lineup that year. Included are the requisite accessories, including the tool roll, jack, emergency triangle, and portable air compressor. The opportunity to acquire such an impeccable and highly original example of one of Porsche’s most iconic supercars should not be missed.