The year 1999 was perhaps one of the most significant years for Porsche in recent memory, as it signaled the beginning of a new era for the venerable 911. Gone were the direct links to the past, such as air-cooled engines, round headlamps and fixed quarter light glass. The type 996 was indeed an all new design, by famed stylist Harm Lagaay and while it didn’t share any components with its predecessor, it did share much of its front end with the less expensive, mid-eingined Boxster. While some 911 purists derided the new model, it did bring about evolutionary touches to increase usability, while retaining the trademark rear-engined layout. Over a decade later, prices for 996s have lagged behind other, more desirable 911s, but it allows less wealthy enthusiasts access to the brand. This particular 911 is owned by our reader Joe and is very well sorted despite having just passed the 100,000 mile mark.
I have the California title in-hand. Payment should be by wire transfer, check, or cash. Car is located in Los Angeles area. Please contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I searched far and wide for this car. I wanted an LSD-equipped, no accident, all-original paint 996 coupe. It had 60,000 miles when I purchased it 2 years ago. I used it as my daily driver and racked up 40,000 miles in short order. My job requires me to drive all over California. It only let me down once when the crank position sensor started to go. Other than that it has been a fantastic car to own and drive. It is plenty fast, comfortable around town and perfect for long drives.
Not the fastest, nor, despite only 17 being produced in 2001, the most exclusive RUF model, but a RUF RGT is certainly both fast and exclusive.
The RGT is a great car, a GT3 Porsche available in the early 2000s for cruising the streets. One of the things that makes the RGT so appealing was the potent power, close to 400 ponies, coming without lag from the turbo free 3.6 liter engine.
While a casual observe may mistake this for one of the myriad of odd Porsche editions, those who recognize the RUF badge will know that only a mere handful of these cars exist.
New price on these was in the $250,000 range and this 13,000 mile model is being offered at $67,500. This is a pure driver’s car for the enthusiast who wants rarity and speed that comes from a wheels-up, factory built tuner car, not a stock Porsche saddled with various bolt on bits with questionable longevity. A new owner here can expect many miles of trouble free track and street performance and it is almost a necessity to get a car like this out to the track to let it stretch its legs.
I can see this car falling into the hands of someone with more money than brains resulting in a fairly unhappy ending.
What we have is a twin turbo 996 that has a 3.8 liter engine and rear drive conversion full of speed parts. Mahle pistons, Carrillo rods, new turbos, wastegates, exhaust, and more. On race fuel the seller states the car puts out 1200 horsepower. That is a fairly ridiculous number, but the seller has a certificate from the legendary Texas Mile showing the car crossed the line at a few ticks over 212 MPH, last fall. Even with the low 3150 lb weight thanks to things like a carbon Gemballa hood, that top speed shows the car is packing some serious punch in the engine compartment.
55,000 miles on the clock with $79,500 buy it now. It is unclear when the engine work was completed. It would be nice to know how many miles are on the engine since the work was done.
There are plenty of automotive ways to get your self in a heap of trouble for less, but not too many that can get you into trouble at over 200 MPH for this price.
According to the listing on eBay from Ruf Auto Centre, this is a real RGT with matching VIN code. A rare sight indeed and especially with only 2400 miles! Check out this :
quote from the listing:
The RGT is equipped with a RUF 3.6 Liter flat six producing 385HP. This dry sump engine was derived from the European version of the GT3 and was not available in the US until 2004. The RUF version of this engine has ported heads, larger valves, RUF catalytic converters, RUF mufflers and a RUF tuned ECU.
Some of the highlights on the car include:
* RUF Coil Over Suspension
* RUF Big Brake Setup
* RUF Integrated Roll Cage
* Sunroof Delete
* Rear Seat Delete
* Full Leather Interior
* GT3 Sport Seats ( OEM RUF Seats are available )
* Custom Estoril Blue Paint
Covering only 2400 miles since new, this car has been extremely well cared for by it’s previous owner.
This car has some very impressive engineering and figures to back it up. Not to mention it makes this noise:
1999 Porsche 911 Black with Black leather. 6 speed. Only 59k miles. Great color combo. Newer Toyo tires. Lightweight BBS rims, 3k when new. Very Tasteful looking car. Tinted windows. Factory CD. Buying newer Porsche from dealer and not wanting to trade in. Just want a bit more than the dealer buy offer. Very clean! FIRM on the price. Could fetch 3k more in current condition. 60k preventative service done.
It’s no secret the 996 is not one of my favorite Porsche 911’s. That said, I’m a big fan of the Boxster of the same generation; and when the the 996 and Boxster suddenly share the same price point, well let’s be serious, which would you really rather have? My thoughts exactly.
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