The Porsche 911 GT3 has become synonymous with thrilling performance, reliability and respect amongst petrolheads.
The 996 is the very first in a long lineage of GT3’s built for homologation purposes to allow Porsche to compete in FIA GT class championships. At the 2000 Le Mans, the 996 GT3 ‘R’ took first, second and third place in it’s class.
The 996 GT3 Club Sport is a superb example of the lightweight, track-focused but road legal 911 from the first water-cooled 911. The biggest difference between Carrera and GT3 variants is the powertrain: the water-cooled M96/79 3.6-litre engine isn’t an evolution of the Carrera’s, but of the Mezger engine derived from the GT1 Le Mans racer. It features titanium con-rods and an uprated crank to withstand the higher engine speed of 7,800rpm. It churns out 360bhp and 370Nm, up 60bhp and 20Nm on the Carrera, and a more durable motor it is too.
Today, the 996 GT3 remains a fabulous drive. It might be closer in character to the Carrera 2 on which it’s based than later models, but it’s the perfect riposte to anyone who thinks Porsche sold out with water-cooling, and dismisses the 996 as the worst of the bunch. It feels old-school analogue, mechanical and intimate, but also with the easy comfort and strikingly compact dimensions to instantly quell jangling nerves.
The bodywork presents in excellent condition, having had PPF (paint protection film on the front of the car, rear wing and wing mirrors.
In the cabin, the lightweight Recaro bucket seats are in superb condition, with no damage to the Nomex upholstery showing no major signs of wear. Overall the interior is in great shape.
The engine was also recently compression tested by RSR with strong result on each of the 6 cylinders in January 2019 @ 69,167 miles (less than 500 miles ago). The owner has commented on the condition of the car stating: The Engine: “is unmodified and recently pressure tested with good results. The engine is strong and sounds fabulous when the revs rise above 5000rpm.” The Gearbox: “The gearbox was rebuilt in March of this year incorporating uprated steel synchromeshes. The gearbox is very nice to use with very positive shifts.”
The Brakes: “New rear discs & pads, front pads are uprated Pagid RS29's The stopping power is fantastic and the degree of feel is high. The lack of servo assistance which greatly assists with modulation, does mean that firm pedal pressure is required to stop quickly, but this is something you very quickly get used to..”
The Suspension: “Fitted with KW Variant 3 coilovers, the geometry is mildly track biased, but not to the detriment of road driving”.
Manufactured and delivered on the 23rd July 1999 this early car was ordered new by and delivered to a Mr Theo Kleen, Hotelier from Frankfurt, Germany.
The car was bought to the UK and registered here with UK registration T795 TCF on the 15th November 2000. The car was then exported back to Germany in May 2003 to a Mr. Richard Evan Levitt, a solicitor and former partner of Slaughter and May in Frankfurt. The car returned to the UK in November 2004 where it was re-registered with registration number T798 TGC where it has remained between its 3 UK keepers. The car is sold with the appropriate and cherished registration of G3T XX. The current owner has had the car for over 14 years since 2006 and has kept it in superb order, maintained regardless of cost. It has a full service history, only serviced using recognised Porsche specialists for its annual service or other maintenance work, notably RSR Engineering in Hampshire where they recently (March) carried out just under £5,000 worth of work that included replacing the rear disks and pads, brake fluid change, replacing coolant lines and o-rings, battery replacement, MOT, fault diagnostics, new coolant expansion tank, coolant system flush and refill, new radiator, new clutch with competition single mass pressure plate and competition single mass friction plate.
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While a modern Blaupunkt DAB head unit is fitted, the car even comes with the original Porsche CDR23 Becker radio and CD player as well as the original LHD European headlights. Also available with the car are another set of matching split-rim wheels with Toyo R888 tyres.
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