With the current iteration of Porsche’s 911 GT3 RS now having been on the streets for nearly a year why not take another look at its predecessor and, in some ways, most natural competitor, the 997 GT3 RS 4.0. Released right at the end of 997 production, the GT3 RS 4.0 appeared to extract every possible ounce of power from the usable space of the 997. It’s a tried-and-true formula of stuffing the largest engine into the smallest space and then keeping weight to a minimum. But for some the real comparison comes not in the design or the performance, though both are very important, but rather in the piloting. The GT3 RS 4.0 appears to be the last of the breed that will come with a fully manual transmission, with the current – and presumably all future – generations of the model all coming equipped standard with PDK. This is a distinction that may largely be of concern to collectors as the last manual GT3 RS should be a prized commodity over time, but I’m sure there are some who simply desire the ability to row their own gears. The GT3 RS 4.0 we see here may be aimed more squarely at that crowd as it shows with a few more miles than is typical with these machines, and as such has a somewhat lower price tag relative to lower-mileage examples we’ve come across. For those searching for that money-no-object toy the GT3 RS 4.0 ticks just about every box.
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Some cars manage to stop me dead in my tracks. That can be for a couple of reasons. Most commonly it occurs with something amazing that you simply can’t pass by. But other times I pause out of confusion. This 911 is a little bit of both. At first glance with just a thumbnail and the brief description this seemed like any other black 911 Carrera, except it had a $265K price tag. My first impression was that this was just another extremely ambitious seller that threw a car on eBay hoping to attract some attention. So I wanted to see what was so special to even bother with this kind of price. Now I see. The subheading reveals to us everything we need to know: this is a Club Sport and as such the high price is very much warranted. The last Club Sport I featured was so heavily modified that its designation as a Club Sport model was no longer of huge significance. The example here looks to be a full 180 degree turn as it sits in completely original condition and with very low miles. With only 28 sold in the US these are about as rare as they come for a 911 Carrera and in typical Porsche Club Sport fashion they bring serious performance pretensions a la the RS models that both preceded and followed them. Naturally we almost never see them, but when we do we stop.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Club Sport on eBay
Following upon the heels of Tuesday’s Grand Prix White 930, here we have another 911 showing really nicely in that same color. This time that exterior is combined with a very nice Burgundy interior, a combination that always works well and the situation is no different here. The 911 Cabriolet had only been around for four years when this one was produced and this would be the first year one was produced with the G50 5-speed transmission. Of course, that sort of first-year status isn’t going to elevate its price relative to examples from the following two model years, but for fans of an open-top 911 there really weren’t a lot built in the classic design. With its nice color combination and what sounds like a pretty thorough history, though not completely documented history, this 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Scottsdale, shows a lot of promise. The price is high, as we’ve come to expect from these Carreras, so we’ll have to see where this one goes.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet on eBay
We don’t see a lot of 911s come up for auction with no reserve, especially those of the air-cooled variety, but as the market has slowed naturally sellers look to attract added attention through the promise of a sale, rather than concern sellers with the possibility of a sky-high reserve. Even as the market cools I’m still surprised to see relatively low mileage examples for sale with no reserve, but that appears to be just what we have here. Granted, we may have some questions about this 911 (see below), but on the surface it presents well, comes in a nice color, and is claimed to have belonged to only one owner. There is a ton to like and for those looking for a later Carrera – meaning one with the G50 transmission – this could make for an interesting possibility. Here we have a Red over Linen 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in California, with 62,900 miles on it.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe on eBay
I have a couple reasons for wanting to feature this 911: 1) the exterior color is Gemini Blue Metallic, one of the better early blues that Porsche offered and definitely one of my favorites. 2) It’s a Sportomatic, the quirky clutch-less manual-automatic transmission Porsche experimented with in the early years of the 911. A Sportomatic is pretty rare to come across, though this is one of the times where rarity doesn’t always mean increased desirability. Still, for those with an interest in Porsche’s engineering history, either as part of a collection or simply for one’s own curiosity, this one comes from about as late in long-hood design as we can find and should make for a nice example. It is equipped with the MFI 2.4 liter flat-six that was standard in the 911E and 911S – though with less power – but only available in the first half of ’73 for the 911T. That it comes in such a wonderful color makes it just that much more appealing. So here we have a Gemini Blue Metallic 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in Oregon, with 109,802 miles on it and the 4-speed Sportomatic transmission.