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Lot 218

1996 Porsche 911 GT2

  • Chassis no. WP0ZZZ99ZTS392120
  • Engine no. 61T02497

$1,100,000 - $1,500,000


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Type 993. 430 bhp, 3,600 cc SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with twin turbochargers and Bosch Motronic M 5.2 management, six-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with McPherson struts, Bilstein coil-over dampers, and an adjustable anti-roll bar; independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms, Bilstein coil-over dampers, and an adjustable anti-roll bar; and four-wheel cross-drilled ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 105 in.

  • One of just 57 homologated 993 GT2s
  • Only 33,000 kilometers from new
  • Stunning Speed Yellow over black


The 911 GT2 took the top-of-the-line 993 Turbo to new heights, while reverting from the 959-derived all-wheel-drive to a traditional rear-wheel-drive configuration. Eliminating the front- wheel-drive system, rear seats, power-adjustable front seats, and various other items trimmed some 500 pounds from the GT2’s curb weight, while, in racing form, the M64/60R engine with its twin intercooled KKK turbochargers developed 480 horsepower; the street version dialed that back a bit, to 430, along with 457 foot-pounds of torque at 13 psi. This still equated to only 6.6 pounds per horsepower, a figure that surpassed the fabled 959. All this energy was fed to the rear wheels through a new six-speed transaxle and an asymmetrical 40/60 limited-slip differential (ABD).

The GT2’s bodywork included aluminum doors and front trunk lid, and very aggressive aero package, with a front air splitter with up-turned canards and a huge bi-plane rear-deck-mounted wing incorporating air ducts that fed the intercoolers. Special 18-inch diameter multi-piece Speedline alloy wheels with aluminum outer rims and magnesium centers filled the bolt-on fiberglass wheel arches.

The result was utterly stunning performance, including a 0–60 mph sprint in less than four seconds, and a top speed of nearly 190 mph. The new GT2’s power-assisted four-wheel carbon-fiber/ceramic disc brakes were fully up to the task of hauling the car to a halt without fade.

To meet homologation rules, Porsche had to construct and sell at least 200 examples, of which 57 were road-legal. This special group of cars was specially hand-prepared by Roland Kussmaul’s Race-Sports Department and were assigned the name 911 GT, while the track versions were labeled GT2. After 1997, both versions carried the GT2 name.

The GT2 immediately proved itself to be extremely competitive on the racetrack. One early example enjoyed high podium finishes at the Sebring 12 Hours in both 1995 and 1996, as well as at Watkins Glen and Daytona. In the hands of expert drivers, the GT2 was indeed a very sharp and reliable scalpel. The street versions were also brilliant performers, but many owners specified various comfort options, and as a result, the GT2 was the most expensive model within the 911 lineup that year.

Offered here is one of 57 homologated 911 GT coupes, a well-optioned example that was delivered in March of 1996 to a private collector in Japan. Factory records indicate that this ultra–high-performance street-legal Porsche GT version was delivered with Japanese market specifications around the first of March 1996, wearing Speed Yellow paint with a black partial leather interior with hard-shell sport seats, whose back rests can be adjusted for rake. It was fitted with a 40 percent limited-slip differential with ABD, 235/40 and 285/35 Michelin tires on 18-inch Speedline three-piece alloy wheels, a 92-liter fuel tank, power steering, electric windows, air conditioning, a tinted windshield, a suede-wrapped sports steering wheel and white-faced instrumentation, fog lights, external hood and engine lid locks, RS-style lightweight door cards, and numerous other items.

Its previous owner exercised the car periodically over the years and “wanted something different.” As a result, modifications were undertook to re-trim the interior to Clubsport specifications, including the fitting of a roll cage and lightweight MOMO Porsche steering wheel, removal of carpeting, and installation of new racing seats. Recently imported to the United States, at the time of purchase it was discovered that none of the modifications were detrimental and that they were easily undone. Jim Newton of Automobile Associates in Canton, Connecticut, was then entrusted to remove the Clubsport modifications and re-trim the interior. Following federalization by the respected JK Technologies, the odometer now reads 33,000 kilometers, or about 20,500 miles.

Recently imported to the United States, this two-owner, now-Federalized, rare and desirable GT2 offers its next fortunate owner a combination of brilliant engineering and thrilling over-the-road performance.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more