Speed Yellow 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

I’m sticking with my two running themes here: yellow, in this case another example of the very vibrant Speed Yellow, and value 911s. As I’m sure you can guess I love Speed Yellow. If you’re still reading this I’d guess you’re at least somewhat a fan because with yellow cars in general they’re usually love/hate. For me, part of what makes Speed Yellow work is because it is so bright. I suppose I figure if you’re going to go with a bright exterior color there’s no reason to go half way. Own that brightness and enjoy every minute of it.

Here it looks quite stunning on this 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe, located in Virginia, with 57,900 miles on it. It looks to be in pretty good condition and it’s up for auction with no reserve. So if you’re in the market for a more budget-friendly 911 and you happen to like bright colors this one should be worth checking out.

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2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet with X51 Powerkit

If yesterday’s beautiful 997 Coupe was a little too bright for you or too closed off, what with it having a fixed roof and whatnot, then perhaps this 911 will be more your speed. Here we have an Arctic Silver 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, located in Pennsylvania, with 14,598 miles on it. Of even greater import, it’s a 6-speed manual and had the X51 power kit fitted from the factory. I don’t know the specific numbers, but I suspect a Cabriolet equipped like this isn’t all that common. Cabriolets tend more toward the refined luxury side of the Porsche market (unsurprisingly) and we find quite a few with Tiptronic rather than a manual. To have both the manual transmission and the power kit is a nice treat indeed for those hoping to get the most out of their open-topped motoring. At least without going all the way to the Turbo.

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Year: 2004
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 14,598 mi
Price: $44,900 Buy It Now

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I’ll admit from a purely aesthetic perspective this isn’t the most exciting 911 we’re going to come across. It’s a silver and black 911 produced during a time in which it seems more than half of the 911s Porsche sold were silver. I like Arctic Silver as a color and generally don’t hate silver for the exterior, but I find it more appealing on earlier 911s when it was a little less common. That’s perhaps a strange sentiment, but it is what it is. On the 996 I like something a little more wild. But sometimes a color is popular for a reason so perhaps this one will still have plenty of appeal. For me this C4S is more about the other aspects anyway, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t prefer a better color.

As a potential daily driver the C4S serves as a pretty good option. There’s plenty of power, good stability in a variety of conditions, and it can provide comfortable cruising. For those who enjoy putting the top down the Cabriolet version makes this one even better. So far with only 14K miles on it this 911 clearly has not been used as an everyday driver, but that shouldn’t deter its new owner. It comes with the usual caveats that any non-Turbo, non-GT3, 996 model comes with concerning IMS failure. Have it inspected and then proceed as you see best.

The asking price here is pretty much identical to that of yesterday’s Speed Yellow 997 so combined these make for a couple interesting options. With this one you certainly have to consider the price of a 996TT. You wouldn’t find a Turbo with this mileage for this price, but once mileage moves above 50K there are some out there.

-Rob

2002 Porsche 911 GT2

The Granddaddy. Top dog. Ultimate 911. Widowmaker. I don’t know. Whatever we want to call it the GT2 has been the pinnacle of 911 performance since its introduction as part of the 993 model lineup. Like with some of its predecessors the intention behind GT2 production was to meet homologation requirements for racing purposes. Naturally power is higher and weight is lower. Unlike every other 911 Turbo since the 993 the GT2 also stuck with purely rear-wheel drive rather than the now standard all-wheel drive. Everything about the GT2 is jaw dropping and on those rare occasions I’ve seen one on the road it’s been very difficult to take my eye off of it.

The 911 Turbo always has served as a showcase of Porsche’s ability to deftly meld high performance and luxury. They are cars you can drive every day with little sense of performance compromise. The GT2 is what you get when you remove some of those luxuries and push the performance limits. Here we have a very low mileage example located in Montana: an Arctic Silver Metallic 2002 Porsche 911 GT2 with 3,124 miles on it.

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Year: 2002
Model: 911 GT2
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 3,124 mi
Price: $169,000 Buy It Now

If you are reading this you probably don’t need me to tell you about the rarity and collectability of this car. You probably want to add a 996 GT2 to your collection and you will not find another example as worthy of being in your collection than this very low mileage example. I found this car sitting in a garage in Kona Hawaii a couple years ago. It had only been driven a couple thousand miles by its previous owners. I shipped the car to Montana and even though it had a fresh service in Hawaii, I went through the car again myself.

The tires have 0 miles on them and I just changed the oil. The car is ready to be driven or join a fine automobile collection.

This is hands-down one of the finest, original, and well preserved 996 GT2’s in the world.

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Pretty stunning scenery for this GT2 to take in. While I’m sure any 911, let alone a GT2, will spend most of the Montana winter safely tucked away in a garage, once the summer sun begins to shine there’s probably some spectacular driving to be had out there and probably about as much fun as a GT2 can be on public roads. But we aren’t buying the house, we’re buying the car. It looks fantastic. I’m not sure there’s a ton to say. The mileage is very low and it looks in collector-quality condition. If you’re looking for a GT2 this is probably a good one to pursue. I’d prefer a better color, but that’s me.

The asking price, of course, is pretty high. We have a reasonable comp from last weekend as a 5K mile ’02 GT2 sold in Monterey for $160K. It also was Arctic Silver and in seemingly equal condition. Is 2K fewer miles worth $15K? Probably not. But we’re in the right ballpark with this price and if you really desire a very low-mileage GT2 there probably aren’t a ton more out there. Maybe enjoy those mountain roads one more time before winter returns though.

-Rob

Right Hooker Week: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a love of cars. Whether it was the childlike wonder for whatever my Dad happened to have at the time or the lust-driven desire of my teenage years, cars were one of those things that occupied way too much of my mind. I even used to be able to identify almost any car at night from a distance simply by its headlights (a pointless skill that actually was useful in a police investigation once). But the car that really impacted my thinking the most is the one we see here: the 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. It was the first car in my post-college years – you know, when I might actually be able to purchase my own car – that grabbed my attention and held it firmly.

At this point I can’t even recall when I first encountered the car. It was in magazine articles and Top Gear tested it. I lived in the U.K. during its production and actually wrote about it for a Theology course. So I’ve seen it in various media and once in the flesh. When Porsche announced that the 997 GT3 RS would be available in the U.S. market I was overjoyed, even if it was well out of my price range. Yet I have always come back to the 996. I actually prefer the design over that of the 997. I don’t know why. It possesses the same problems we typically associate with the 996 design, but on the RS it all works beautifully.

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Year: 2004
Model: 911 GT3 RS
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 28,320 km (17,597 mi)
Price: Price on Request

Presenting this very sought after Australian complied and delivered new 996 GT3 RS.

By Porsche enthusiasts, the 996 GT3 RS has now become a true collectors car. The 996 GT3 RS is the second rarest RS ever made behind the 997 4.0 litre.

This example comes with full service history and has also been fitted with a fron lift kit.

Inspection is a must. Please contact us for more details.

Naturally, for our Theme Week the 996 GT3 RS was one of the first cars I tried to find available. I found only 1 RHD for sale. It isn’t from the U.K., but rather it is one of the very few sold in Australia (I believe I’ve seen 17 total quoted). The mileage is reasonably low (~17,600 miles) and the price likely will be high. I’m almost sure it will be worth it.

Those familiar with the GT3 RS will know that buyers could choose either Carrera White or Carrera White for the exterior paint. Graphics and wheels came with a little more choice: Red or Blue. Of the total production, said to be 682 worldwide, the choice of Red appears to have dominated. I prefer Blue. All those available were White over Red. My search wasn’t entirely exhaustive and I’m sure someone, somewhere, is selling a White over Blue RS, but you get the point. So the color here is the less rare of the two, but being RHD already makes it more rare than its LHD peers so I guess we shouldn’t get too greedy and demand a Blue one.

I’ve been looking at the 911 GT3 quite a bit lately. It’s a car I like a lot and prices really aren’t that bad. But even for less cost the GT3 will always take a backseat to the GT3 RS. I just love these!

-Rob

2004 Porsche 911 GT3

I have had my eye on this GT3 for a while. It is an example I absolutely love for its color, condition, and added equipment. I can’t remember when I first came across it for sale, but I know it’s been quite a few months, maybe even longer. So why post it now? I guess because it’s my birthday. So if anyone was trying to think of the perfect present….

Anyway, here we have a Speed Yellow 2004 Porsche 911 GT3. It was originally ordered with the only options being a thicker steering wheel and red seat belts. It has since received a number of upgrades from Porsche’s Clubsport collection: full factory roll cage, a pair of very sexy GT3 Club Sport seats, 6-point harnesses, fire bottle, and 993 Carrera RS engine mounts. The Clubsport options were all available as no-cost substitutions on RoW GT3s, but were never available for the US market. That makes this one that extra bit more special.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 on Excellence Magazine

Year: 2003
Model: 911 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 52,000 mi
Price: $80,000

I ordered this GT3 back in ’03 with thicker steering wheel as the only option, in Speed Yellow with red seat belts just like the promotional posters. This GT3 has full Clubsport equipment that includes a full factory roll cage, Nomex Euro GT3 Club Sport seats, 6 point harnesses, Cup fire bottle, console and ash tray deletes. A Guard LSD and 993 RS engine mounts have been the only updates.

In 12 plus years of my ownership it has been a dead reliable and fun Porsche. 52,000 miles all by one single caring owner, zero over revs. This GT3 has been maintained with an open checkbook by one single technician since new. If you are a serious, ready buyer please call me only, 631-786-6511.

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Of course anyone with an open wallet could fit their GT3 with the various Clubsport bits so that will need to be taken into account when determining whether the asking price here is worth it. And at $80K this asking price isn’t low. Hence the somewhat long time it’s been for sale. It is a one-owner car and the seller is well regarded (and always has a fantastic array of 911s available) so those factors certainly will count for something when considering the price.

That said during my foray into GT3 world a few months back I found plenty priced below this one with less than half the mileage. Granted, none of those had the Clubsport pieces, nor do I recall any of them being Speed Yellow, but at more than 50K miles we would expect a little lower price here. This is sure to be a fantastic example though with excellent provenance and shown great care. Add in the cost of the Clubsport options and we probably aren’t too far off on price given that many others seem to be selling around $70K. If you do buy it, feel free to stop by D.C. and give me a ride.

-Rob

2002 Porsche 911 Turbo

Too many 911 Turbos come in Black or Silver. That’s no fun. We see Guards Red too, though by the time we’ve reached the 996 even red has become a much more fleeting alternative. So I always like coming across those in other colors. Speed Yellow is probably not even that uncommon, but it provides plenty of brightness to help attract attention with all of that horsepower. Granted, nothing will top the Signal Green Turbo S we featured last year, but bright yellow does a good enough job and it’s for sale for half the price of green. Not too bad!

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Year: 2002
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 35,659 mi
Price: $49,888 Buy It Now

2002 Porsche 911 Carrera

2002 PORSCHE 911 AWD 996 TWIN-TURBO SPEED YELLOW/BLACK FULL LEATHER, 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION, YELLOW STITCHING, 12-WAY POWER SEATS, DRIVER MEMORY SEAT, 10 SPEAKER PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM, CD CHANGER, SELF DIMMING MIRRORS, 3-SPOKE SPORT LEATHER STEERING WHEEL, POWER SUN ROOF, 18″TURBO WHEELS, BI-XENON HEAD LIGHTS, SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM, POWER HEATED SIDE MIRRORS, (PSM) PORSCHE STABILITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM, PORSCHE CREST IN HEADREST, REAR WINDOW WIPER, B&M SHORT THROW SHIFTER, BILSTEIN (PSS09) SUSPENSION KITS FEATURE RIDE HEIGHT ADJUSTABILITY WITH 10-STAGE MANUALLY ADJUSTABLE DAMPERS IN AN OEM QUALITY, 3-M CLEAR ARMOR FRONT PROTECTION, CLEAN CAR FAX REPORT, NO ACCIDENTS, NO DINGS, NO DENTS, NO SCRATCHES, NO ODOR, RECENTLY SERVICED INCLUDING SPARK-PLUGS, OIL CHANGE, AIR-FILTERS, WIPER BLADES, ETC, LOCAL CALIFORNIA CAR COMES COMPLETE WITH ALL BOOKS, TOOLS, KEYS, ORIGINAL MSRP WINDOW STICKER $122,710.00. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL SAM 408 307 4093

I’ve kind of been going back and forth lately with my 996TT features with some of them being very low mileage and testing the potential collector market – while also stretching our sense of their performance value – and others coming in at much more reasonable prices as the miles go up. Most of those higher priced examples also had the X50 performance package as really it is only those cars that are likely to elicit much interest from collectors. This one slots in between those various others, though given that it does not have the X50 package that puts it on the higher end of the standard Turbo. Still at under $50K – just under! – the performance value is still pretty good. The premium asked here comes because of the fairly low mileage and the less common color, as we’d expect. As usual, there will be plenty of questions to be asked, but a PPI and service records should address most concerns. If everything comes through in good shape, then a new owner should be getting into a really nice Turbo.

-Rob

2001 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

I tend to lean much more toward naturally aspirated cars in my own general desires. Forced induction is fine, though in some of the cars I’ve driven I’ve really not cared for it. I like high revs and instant response. There are exceptions though. For shoppers looking at the 996 the Turbo may be just the area to do your shopping. They are a bit more expensive than a standard Carrera, but you’re getting a lot more performance and the Turbo (along with GT3 and GT2) does not suffer from the IMS issues that have sometimes plagued the first generation of Porsche’s water-cooled 911. So I’m always looking for decent 996 Turbos on the market and I think the one we have here fits that bill. Here is a Midnight Blue Metallic 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe, located in California, with Metropol Blue leather interior and 73,500 miles on it.

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Year: 2001
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 73,500 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($43,000 Buy It Now)

2001 Porsche 996 Turbo 6 Speed Manual

Midnight Blue Metallic/Metropol Blue Full Leather

OEM Carbon Fiber dash, door pockets, steering wheel, leather covered vents, aluminum/carbon shifter

Completely Stock, no accidents, all original paint.

73,500 miles

Second owner. Michelin PSS tires are about two years old and plenty of tread.

Car is in excellent condition, everything works perfectly as it should.

It was bought new at Carlsen Porsche in Palo Alto and serviced regularly.
All maintenance records included since new. Car has never left California.

Two keys, car cover, all books, tools, records, original window sticker.

Negatives:
A small dime size ding on driver-side rear quarter panel, hard to see in pictures.

Scuff mark on left side of rear bumper. Could easily be touched up but then car wouldn’t be all original paint.

Interior carbon fiber trim on top of dash and near corner AC vents is coming up.

See last three pictures for the negatives.

Questions and inspections welcomed

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Clean CA title

This Turbo is far from perfect and definitely befitting of the “driver-quality” label, but that’s ok. In many ways that’s just the type of car we’re looking for when we search for a Turbo and hope to find good value. The mileage is a little higher than we see with many Turbos, but it’s certainly not unreasonable for a 16-year-old car. It’s said to be completely original and accident free. It comes with a full service history, has only had two owners, and has spent its entire life to date in California. Among driver quality cars those details might matter more than its mileage and a few minor scuffs. I’m not sure I’d have too much concern over maintaining the fully original paint at the expense of a scuff, but that can be a decision made by the next owner.

All told there’s a good bit of promise to be had here. Bidding sits at a very reasonable $24,103.03 at the moment, but regardless of how high that goes the BIN price itself isn’t too bad. For a Turbo in one of the less common colors that looks in nice shape, the price here doesn’t seem too bad and suggests that there remain good performance values to be found among these 911s.

-Rob

2002 Porsche 911 Turbo

I’m going to move now to the other side of the 911 Turbo spectrum. Away from ultra-low mileage air-cooled Turbos to a water-cooled model with some miles on it. I’ve been looking around for better values among these cars, something that has become increasingly difficult as has been evidenced by a few of my recent 996TT features. Most of those I see with lower prices are Tiptronic. If you’re fine with that, then there’s plenty of choice. But I want to keep searching for the more desirable manual-equipped versions.

Here may be just one such beast: a Carrera White 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Georgia, with Natural Brown leather interior and 76,985 miles on it. I’ll say from the start that even though the asking price is sub-$50K it’s still a good bit higher than what we used to see with these Turbos, especially those not equipped with the X50 performance package. But it’s a much more reasonable price than the low-mileage cars we’ve seen and the condition looks good.

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Year: 2002
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 76,985 mi
Price: $47,900 Buy It Now

2002 Porsche 911 Turbo.

Vin WP0AB29932S685775.

76,985 Miles.

Carrara White.

Natural Brown Leather Interior.

6-Speed Manual.

Clean Carfax.

$119,850 MSRP.

Books, Manuals, Service Records, 2-Keys, Car Cover, Tools, Spare and a Jack.

This great looking 996 Twin Turbo comes in a very desirable and highly sought out Carrara White, which bares the the nickname “Unicorn” among the Porsche enthusiasts.

The white exterior is beautifully matched up with a Brown Leather Interior, that is complimented with factory correct Sport Seats. The interior is in phenomenal shape and every instrument and gadget works.

Performance wise, this car is an absolute beast, and the Turbo effect is immediately evident.

The car has been maintained with no expense spared, and there is a big stack of records that come with it. The latest service conducted in March, 2017, consisted of a new clutch assembly, a Dual Mass Flywheel, an oil service, and brand new Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Also installed, was a 997 Short Shift Kit. (The original shifter mechanism comes with the car.) It is important to note that in 2015 the car received a new rear spoiler assembly, and the wing works flawlessly.

Option Codes for this car:

139 – Seat heating, left.
340 – Seat heating, right.
375 – 2-way electrical sports seat, left.
376 – 2-way electrical sports seat, right.
424 – CD compartment.
539 – Mechanical seat-height adjustment, left.
540 – Mechanical seat-height adjustment, right.
635 – ParkAssistant.
692 – 6-disc CD changer Becker Porsche CDC-3.
696 – CD-radio Becker Porsche CDR-220.
P78 – Sport Seats w/ Full Leather Interior.
X99 – Natural leather interior.
XPA – Thicker steering wheel.

“I would like to share my personal observations about the 996 Turbo’s! The engine was designed by Hans Metzger, probably the best Porsche engine designer ever. Mr. Metzger designed the engines for my Porsche factory team cars that we won the 2000 American Le Mans Series with. They were absolutely bulletproof, enabling us to win 10 out of 12 races. We also won the European Le Mans Series in 2000. The 996 Turbo engines are not the same design as used in the normal 996 911’s. There was a intermediate shaft bearing problem with those cars and some have thought the Turbo’s also had a problem. Not true, Mr. Metzger’s engines feature a totally different design. Serviced properly, they will provide many hundred’s of thousands of miles with spectacular performance.” Dick Barbour.

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I don’t have specific production numbers, but I don’t see very many White 996 Turbos so there may be decent rarity to this one. The interior seems to be equally as rare. Given that collector interest won’t be very high that rarity shouldn’t be of great significance except to those who are fans of the colors. For those people this Turbo makes for a nice opportunity. The natural leather interior and sport seats make for a couple of nice options as well. All in all a good looking Turbo that is said to be well documented. If it comes through with a good PPI and its service history looks good, then for $47.9K it should make for a very fast option.

-Rob

2003 Porsche 911 Turbo X50

For those who may be speculating on the 996TT market we have another example that should provide more insight into whether we can expect much collector interest to arise for what are typically our go-to-examples of performance value. Here we have a Seal Grey Metallic 2003 Porsche 911 Turbo with only 12,017 miles on it and, crucially, the factory X50 performance package. These very low mileage Turbos optioned with the X50 package, along with the very similar 2005 911 Turbo S, tend to draw a good bit of attention when they come on the market and the question as always is where we should value them. We aren’t told much about this particular Turbo, but the overall condition looks excellent so we at least have a nice place to begin further inquiries.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Porsche 911 Turbo X50 on eBay

Year: 2003
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 12,017 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Stunning 2003 996 Turbo Coupe X50 Package – 3 Owners – 12,017 Miles – 100% Original Example.
2003 Porsche 911 Turbo X50 2-Door Coupe

A while back I featured an even lower mileage (~4,500 miles) X50-equipped 996TT that came up around the same time as a couple examples of the Turbo S. The X50 car originally was priced at $72.5K before coming down to just below $70K where it eventually sold. The two Turbo S I featured provided further data points. One had very similar mileage to the car we see here and was priced at $76.5K. It sold, though whether that was for the full asking price, we aren’t sure. The other had higher mileage (~48K miles) and bidding ended just shy of $60K.

So, where does that leave us here? As noted above we need more information on this Turbo’s history, but assuming there aren’t any problems lurking I’d guess high-$60Ks is probably the ballpark. That places us below the price of a similar Turbo S and I think that’s pretty reasonable. Bidding right now sits at $60,200 with reserve unmet so at least at this stage things are progressing about as I’d expect. Whether it moves up any higher we’ll have to see.

Ultimately, these examples of the 996TT fit into a tough spot. Even at prices somewhat elevated relative to their peers they still represent pretty great performance value, especially among 911s. That said, the point of performance value is to drive the darn thing so paying a premium for a low-mileage example doesn’t really make much sense. The best case probably lies with a higher-mileage Turbo S given the slightly lower cost of entry and additional cachet of the S. But a Turbo S is very hard to come by. That leaves us with Turbos like this one. It does make more sense than the 4K-mile Turbo mentioned above as this one could certainly gain a few more miles without suffering too much. It also comes in great condition, certainly better than many of the higher-mileage Turbos we come across. There is value in all of that and I suspect for some buyers it will make a good bit of sense.

-Rob

Feature Listing: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3

I’ve been looking at and writing about the 996 GT3 market for a little while now. I’ve become somewhat captivated by these cars and their place on the current 911 market. The basics are simple: the GT3 is a fantastic driver’s car with purity and focus that typifies the love of motoring felt by many of us, but among Porsches the price remains reasonable all things considered. A GT3 is by no means inexpensive, but the craze of the air-cooled market sometimes distracts us from the performance value available when we step outside of that arena. Thus, I was delighted to see this Basalt Black Metallic 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 come our way. Within the GT3 world the mileage on this one is a little higher, but correspondingly the price a little lower. The condition looks excellent: the metallic black paint shows really well and the interior looks crisp and clean. It isn’t entirely original, but that’s okay. The appeal here is to have one of the best driving cars Porsche has unleashed upon the American market and for that we can let certain things slide.

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Year: 2004
Model: 911 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 53,500 mi
Price: $70,000

2004 Porsche 911 GT3, +/- 53.5k miles, rare Basalt Black Metallic with black full leather interior. Factory options include PCCB brakes, bi-xenon headlamps, thicker steering wheel, A/C, full leather interior with deviated yellow belts and yellow stitching in seats, dash and door panels. (See attached factory build tag and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.)

Prior owners installed stainless steel headers, SS Porsche Techquipment rollbar, adjustable rear toe links, carbon fiber side mirror covers, CF GT3 Cup style engine air intake scoop, tinted windows, tinted front corner lights, clear bra (hood, fenders, door handles/surrounds), aluminum pedals and a double-DIN Kenwood touch screen head unit with sat radio and nav, trunk mounted Kenwood CD changer, trunk mounted Zapco amp, front/rear Focal speakers w/ crossovers, and rear-mounted subwoofer.

I have recently recently installed a NOS GT3 Cup shift knob, new Porsche center console storage bin, new Porsche cup chin spoiler, new Porsche GT3 lower control arm brake cooling scoops, new stock air filter, new serpentine belt, new AGM battery and Battery Tender trickle charger.

I also recently had both bumper covers repainted to remedy minor chips/scrapes. All other paint and panels are believed original. (See clean Carfax below.) I also had the windshield replaced with an OE Saint-Gobain/Sekurit inc. new Porsche seals.

Yokohama Advan Neova tires in stock sizes were installed in 2016, now with less than 2,000 miles use.

I have approximately 25 pages of service information from 2009 through an oil change in October 2016. Major service indicates new Clutch assembly, rear main seal, catalytic converters, and oxygen sensors were Porsche dealer replaced at 41k miles.

I have found no evidence (no tire rubber in wheel well liners, brake caliper piston seals intact, brake caliper paint as new) of track use after a thorough inspection. Thanks, Mike

The 996 is frequently derided for its appearance, but I’ve always found the GT3 to be a small exception to the rule. The revised front, side skirts, along with the rear wing draw the eye and provide for better overall lines to go along with the general hunkered down nature of the car. The unique wheel design also helps to pull the racy nature of the GT3 to the eye with a nod towards the 911 heritage. They aren’t a perfect design overall, but dare I say these are an attractive 911. Unlike the outside, the interior does retain much of the 996 nature – but you’re not here for the ergonomics, you’re here for the driving experience. Yet wearing its slightly more rare shade of metallic black this GT3 looks great and will have passers-by doing double-takes. Most wouldn’t expect this black to be a rare shade on the 996, but only 22 GT3s are recorded as being ordered in Basalt Black Metallic in 2004, and just 5 in 2005, making this one of the least frequently specified colors. I’ll leave it to others to decide between metallic and non-metallic black as the preference is entirely subjective, but there is little doubt that this one will stand apart slightly from the crowd. Among the options Porsche’s ceramic composite brakes are of significant note, especially for those who might want to take this GT3 to the track. There are a few aftermarket items noted in the ad, but none of them are the type that should detract from the overall appearance or nature of the car.

So what about price? While I can’t say this definitely is the lowest priced GT3 on the market right now – outside of some stripped out racers – it is the lowest priced that I’ve seen in a while. Many of our recent GT3 features have had prices not much higher than this, typically around $75K-$80K, but with lower mileage. However, I should note many of those have lacked the PCCB option, which we cannot ignore here. The key will be this GT3’s history and a buyer’s peace of mind. With any high-strung Porsche the maintenance history could determine just how much value we’re truly looking at and a savings of a few thousand could easily be eclipsed by maintenance costs. This GT3 is said to have a good deal of its recent service records available dating back to 2009. The owner sounds knowledgeable so those records along with a phone call could provide the details necessary to decide if the price makes sense to a prospective buyer.

Of the various 996 models the GT3 is one that has collector appeal. Perhaps with slightly higher mileage the first thought when considering purchase may not be to stash this car away in a garage, but with a car that aches to be driven the way the GT3 does perhaps that’s all the better!

-Rob