Porsche’s 911 series is the definitive sports-car family and a legend in endurance racing. Many consider the GT3 as its crowning achievement. In the tradition of the Carrera RS 2.8, the 996-based GT3, introduced in 2000, was a street-legal homologation model — a raw, track-ready car with a highly modified 3.6-liter, liquid-cooled, flat-6 engine. Whereas the Turbo and the GT2 achieved their incredible performance with turbocharging, the GT3 was a visceral, naturally aspirated monster.
With 400-plus horsepower on tap, an 8,600 rpm redline, a close-ratio 6-speed gearbox and wider rear bodywork, the race-bred GT3 was the driver’s first choice. Competition variants, logically designated GT3 R, were homologated for FIA GT and IMSA American Le Mans Series competition. Featuring purposefully stripped interiors with full roll cages, racing seats, fire-suppression systems and other competition enhancements, these lightweight race cars furthered Porsche’s long-running dominance of international GT-class endurance racing.
Precious few racing-spec GT3 Rs were produced to meet FIA and IMSA homologation requirements. This car remains extremely fast and is an excellent choice for current Porsche Club of America races, Porsche Owners Club races and a variety of other vintage-racing events. This example is, therefore, not only very rare as a GT3 R model, but it is also very desirable with its Dick Barbour and Paul Newman history.