Up for auction is an extremely special 2004 Porsche 911 (996.2) GT3 with a unique color combo and history. Finished from factory in Lapisblau (LM5W) and featuring tan leather interiors, Clubsport shell seats and extensive carbon trim, this 911 GT3 is sure to be a collectors’ item for years to come, standing out from the crowd of red and silver GT3s. The current owner has obtained from Porsche a certificate of authenticity for the car, showing that the current appearance of the car with its extravagant looks has not been altered over time.
Originally bought in France in 2004 by a yacht industry executive, the car has been preserved in factory specs till today by its second owner in Germany and the current owner in Italy, who has bought it about a year ago directly from Germany.
The car, as visible from the pictures above, is in great conditions esthetically and also mechanically; the last major service has been performed by Ruf Automobile at the beginning of the year when the car had 98,000 km. As of today, the car has 101,000 km. Both previous owners have serviced the car regularly at French and German Porsche-authorized shops. As many 996 lovers know, the Mezger engine of the 996 GT3 is not prone to the usual IMS and RMS issues of the regular 996 versions.
No prior damage from accidents is known, while the cabin is in very good shape for its age and mileage. The carbon trim around the rightmost front-facing air vent is bound to be replaced.
The GT3 moniker has been introduced by Porsche in 1999 with the first-generation 996 model, and was meant to designate a track-focused car also used for homologation in the FIA GT3 class. Similar in ethos to the RS models of before, the GT3 shows its focus on racing by eliminating most unnecessary weight (sound deadening, sunroof, etc.) and a more aggressive drivetrain.
Being a 2004 car, more commonly known as “996.2 GT3”, this model is based on the post-facelift 996 that got rid of the infamous headlights of the entry-level Boxster, and the Mezger engine has been boosted to 380 HP (up from 360 HP in the pre-restyling GT3) and 385 Nm of torque, most of it available already from 2,000 rpm. Notably, the post-restyling GT3 is based on the bodyshell of the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4, rather than the base model Carrera 2.
Here the factory specs found on the car book: