The Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction | Lot 211
2008 Porsche 911 GT2
$263,200 USD | Sold
| Atlanta, Georgia
27 October 2018
- One of 194 imported to the U.S.
- $15,000 in Porsche Exclusive options
- Striking Speed Yellow with color-matched interior accents
- Only 2,800 original miles
- Porsche Production Specification certificate
After making the biggest change in its history with its 996-generation 911 in 1999, Porsche catered to its faithful with the 2005 follow-up. The 997 may have only moved its model designation one number forward, but it was far more up to date inside and out.
Most notably, the 997 marked a return to the favored ovoid headlights. At the rear, its haunches were several inches wider than the outgoing model, which both gave it more stylistic presence and allowed Porsche to push its handling limits even further. Inside, it featured an interior design that nodded to the past while allowing for modern technologies such as a standard audio display screen in the center stack.
Three years after the 997 debuted, Porsche took to the stage at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show with the 204 mph 997 GT2. It used a version of the company’s 3.6-liter flat-six with twin variable geometry turbochargers for a total of 530 hp and 505 foot-pounds of torque shuttled to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The 997 GT2 was the first Porsche with launch control, a necessity given the amount of power it sent to its two drive wheels. Carbon ceramic disc brakes brought the 997 GT2 to a halt—quickly, and reliably on track.
Numerous cosmetic upgrades, including a rear wing with functional air inlets, a titanium exhaust outlet, and a downforce-enhancing body kit helped cope with the extra power. At the time, the 997 GT2 was the fastest 911 ever made street legal.
The 997 GT2 offered here is one of fewer than 200 earmarked for the U.S. market. It was delivered new to The Collection in Coral Gables, Florida, and its $212,760 list price included more than $15,000 in Porsche Exclusive options. Even for a 997 GT2, it was exceptionally well outfitted. Its Exclusive options include numerous trim pieces matched to its Speed Yellow exterior, deviating stitching on its leather and Alcantara sports seats, door panels, dashboard, and center console, and carbon fiber accents. It also includes the Sport Chrono package, navigation, and Bose audio.
With just 2,800 miles on its odometer, the car appears today as new. It features a high-quality roll cage painted to match its Speed Yellow exterior, although its owner says it has never been driven on track. The 997 GT2 was treated to a recent servicing and features newer Michelin Pilot Super Cup tires around its black-painted 19-in. wheels. It is a superb example.