1996 Porsche 911S GT2

When Porsche introduced the new 993 in 1995, it was to be the last of the great air-cooled 911s. The new coupe retained only the roof and front deck lid from the preceding 964 model.

New items included bodywork, poly-ellipsoid low-beam and variable-focus high-beam headlights, and a 6-speed transmission. A new multi-link rear suspension carried upper and lower A-arms with transverse links. Both the front and rear sub-frames were now so strong that if they were bent in a crash they had to be replaced — they could not be straightened. There were new wheels, and the brake discs and pads were enlarged.

Porsche’s success with the four-wheel-drive 961, Audi’s rally wins with the Quattro, and the later track success of the Nissan Skyline had led to all-wheel-drive being banned by most sanctioning bodies by the mid-1990s. This presented a problem for Porsche, whose Turbo was fitted with 4-wheel drive; the solution was the GT2, which was built with rear drive only. A side benefit turned out to be significant weight savings, and the GT2 was instantly competitive.

For example, Dave Maraj of Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach, FL, bought s/n 393062 in January 1995, and it proved to be a constant threat in IMSA in the hands of Hans Stuck Jr., Derek Bell, Thierry Boutsen and Bill Adam. In its Champion DayGlo colors, the car was Second in Class at the 1995 Sebring 12-Hours, Second in Class at Watkins Glen, it won its class at the 1996 Sebring 12-Hours, and it placed Second in Class at 1997 Daytona 24-Hours.

A side-effect of all this competition success was that Porsche had to build a number of street GT2s in order to homologate the model for racing. At about 430 horsepower, they ran higher boost than the street Turbo model and developed almost as much horsepower as the racers. They shared cutaway fenders with the Carrera RS and had removable and replaceable bolt-on flares in order to fit wider wheels for racing and quickly fix crash damage.

This original and unmodified Porsche GT2 is offered in perfect condition, with the most recent major service conducted in 2012 by Porsche in Geneva. Offered with French registration, road-going GT2s very seldom come to market, and those that do seldom have a more sparkling résumé than the example offered here today. Many road cars were converted to race cars in period, so the opportunity to acquire a totally unmolested low-mileage and low-ownership example is one not to be missed by the discerning Porsche collector.

Paul Hardiman

Paul Hardiman - SCM Senior Auction Analyst

Paul is descended from engineers and horse thieves, so he naturally gravitated toward the old-car marketplace and still finds fascination in the simpler things in life: looking for spot-weld dimples under an E-type tail, or counting the head-studs on a supposed Mini-Cooper engine. His motoring heroes are Roger Clark, Burt Levy, Henry Royce and Smokey Yunick — and all he wants for next Christmas is an Alvis Stalwart complete with picnic table in the back and a lake big enough to play in.

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