1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8 & 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 – Video
In accordance with homologation rules, Porsche built a limited number of street-specification versions for public consumption. Running on pump fuel, they produced 430 hp and had a handful of creature comforts inside but otherwise largely mirrored the race cars that performed so well on the track. The cars were initially marketed by Porsche as the 911 GT, but quickly became known as the GT2.
Inside, the 911 GT2 did without its Turbo sibling’s dressy, luxurious interior, but it was not quite race car-basic, either. Hard-shell sports seats, RS-specification door cards and a rear-seat delete kept it looking properly spartan. The weight-savings measures trimmed 500 lbs.
The silver 911 GT2 is offered here for the first time since being delivered new, having spent its entire life in the hands of just one caring owner. It retains its factory appearance, including its distinctive fender flares, its two-tier fixed spoiler and its wide alloy wheels. Delivered to 430 bhp specifications in 1996, the engine was upgraded to produce 450 bhp in 1998 by Porsche Zentrum MAHAG in Munich, the same dealer that delivered it new. Inside, its black and grey leather-covered two-tone fixed sports seats show limited wear, commensurate with the 136,000 km shown on its odometer. Red seatbelts and a red-embroidered GT2 cover over where the standard 911 Turbo’s rear seats added some visual flair to its otherwise business-like interior.
Finished in Grand Prix White (P5P5) with a black and grey (YY) leather interior, this RS 3.8 strassenwagen was heavily optioned from the factory. Its build sheet includes M491 Turbo-look bodywork, a five-speed transmission, a 40/40 limited-slip differential, power-assisted steering, a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel without airbags, a 92-litre fuel tank (the normal 964 petrol tank held 77 litres), driver and passenger sport seats with their hard-back shells painted body colour, a set of 18” Speedline three-piece polished alloy modular Carrera Cup wheels with anti-theft locks, controls labelled in English and H4 headlamps for left-side-of-the-road-British traffic.
Of the 55 3.8 RS’ constructed, just three, including 7098, the beautiful example offered here, were outfitted to RHD specifications for ‘C16’, or England/Australia. This car was ordered through Porsche Customer Racing Service in Weissach by its first owner, Australian exotic car collector and restaurant chain owner Barry Fitzgerald.