Paint-to-sample 911s always hold their own special place. They are obviously unique, but mostly they’re just fun to see because of their utilization of colors that Porsche no longer makes available and in many cases only made available for a short period of time. When the paint-to-sample color in question is said to be the only extant example for a particular model, well, then we really take notice.
Such appears to be the case with the car here: a Vesuvio Metallic 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. We’ve seen Vesuvio Metallic a few times previously. It’s a very interesting color that shifts and changes hue under different lighting and in the shade. It’s also a unique color in its own right showing a purplish charcoal combination that few other colors replicate. It would seem to make for a good PTS option. Yet this is the first time I’ve seen it selected for such duty. Maybe it’s not as desirable as I might think. Or maybe Porsche themselves have rarely allowed it as one of the PTS options. I don’t know, but it certainly looks good here!
I’ve been looking for one of these to feature for a little while. Not the GT3 RS 4.0 itself; I’ve featured a few of those. Rather a paint-to-sample GT3 RS 4.0. When Porsche announced it would release the 4.0 as its ultimate send-off for the 997 they also announced the standard colors: Carrara White or Black. This being a special edition Porsche that didn’t stop some buyers from opting for a different color palette, thus making an already rare car – only 600 total were produced – even more rare.
If I’m honest this isn’t the best of the PTS 4.0 I’ve seen, at least with regard to color. There are a few running around with better and more historic Porsche colors. This owner opted for Orange. As Orange goes it is a nice color though and it certainly shows more flash than the standard black or white. Also, this one is for sale and those others are not.
How much do you like green cars? The impetus for the question will be somewhat obvious, though it isn’t just the exterior that raises the question. This is a Green 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, located in Ohio, with 10,016 miles on it. Typically this exterior color is referred to as RS Green since it was first made available from 2007-2008 for the GT3 RS, though as we can see the CoA lists it simply as Green. Many also call it Porsche Green. It is paint code 2D8.
Back to my original question. RS Green is a pretty great shade of green. For a car like the GT3 RS it works incredibly well. It also is very rare to come across one. This particular RS is…extra green. The interior too has taken on that green hue with green stitching throughout along with a variety of trim pieces in the dash, doors, and center console painted that same bright green. It’s a lot of green so you’re going to have to love it.
The other reason you’ll really need to like green is the price. As I said these are rare among the already relatively rare GT3 RS and with an asking price of $325K you’re gonna have to pay a lot for that rare green.
How much does it matter to have a unique car? This is the question I was left with during the search that ended with this 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe.
I had set myself a task: I wanted to find a 997.2 Carrera S with manual transmission and I wanted it to be in an interesting specification. I also hoped it wouldn’t cost too much. I didn’t have much trouble with the 997.2 Carrera S aspect. The manual transmission did eliminate quite a few options since a lot of them seem to have PDK. After that things became much trickier. They’re kind of all the same with a couple basic exterior and interior color options. There are a lot of 997s out there though so I kept looking. And to a degree I’m still looking. Ultimately I was left with that question about the degree of uniqueness.
I feature a decent number of black on black classic 911s. I like them a lot and never really find myself wondering about whether they are unique enough. Due to lower original production numbers and the effects of time pretty much any classic 911 is unique. There are certainly those that are far more unique, but still a good 911SC or 3.2 Carrera is a worthy find regardless of spec.
While understandable that seemed unfair to what are surely a large number of very good modern 911s. These cars are faster, more comfortable, and overall easier to live with on a daily basis. They are in most all regards phenomenal cars that I think many of us would be very happy owning. They may not be as visceral or engaging as certain classic cars; their electronic wizardy will cover up plenty of your mistakes. That doesn’t mean they aren’t fun.
After yesterday’s 996 Turbo S Coupe I thought it might be worthwhile to look at an obvious alternative. As some readers noticed quite quickly, with Turbo S prices moving up that brings into play a few other cars. The two most obvious are the 996 GT3 and the 997.1 Turbo. Because it’s the much closer comparison I’ve chosen the Turbo for this post. Also because I’ve featured the GT3 quite a bit over the past year. I love them and have thought prices were quite good considering what you’re getting. It’s ultimately what I would choose were I in the market. But the GT3 isn’t a Turbo (obviously) and for those looking for that combination of luxury and performance that only a 911 Turbo can provide the 997 makes the better choice.
Here we have a Basalt Black Metallic 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe, located in Ohio, with Sand Beige leather interior and 26,483 miles on it. It has sport seats, the sport chrono package, and a 6-speed manual. With 480 hp on tap you’re getting more power than the Turbo S and arguably a much better looking 911 both inside and out.
Vintage Porsche colors on modern Porsche models always attract my notice. That’s especially true with colors that Porsche only used for a short period of time, though I must admit in many cases while the color itself no longer was used other choices are so close to that original color that it’s pretty much still present in the lineup. That’s more or less the case we have here with this paint-to-sample Oslo Blue 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, located in Illinois, with 2,339 miles on it.
Oslo Blue is a color I love to see on the 356 and for me is one in a large number of really nice non-metallic blues Porsche has produced. If you scroll through those blues you’ll find quite a few that were similar. It’s not one of the pastels, but still brings with it plenty of brightness and in a nice rich deep blue. As an option on the GT3 RS it makes a wonderful choice.
The GT3 RS. The king of the naturally-aspirated 911s and the personal favorite of many, myself included. As an individual model it’s been around only since 2003, but the RS has roots all the way back to the 1973 Carrera RS and we may even take that further back to the extremely limited 1967 911R or the 356 Carrera. Regardless of which model we see as the progenitor it’s clear these run deep in Porsche’s roots.
The version we see here is the penultimate example built for the 997 featuring a 3.8 liter engine delivering 450 hp to a 6-speed manual transmission. While not the top dog – that position falls to the very rare GT3 RS 4.0 – these still produce plenty of power and provide plenty of road and track ability. This Carrara White with Red graphics example is in near flawless condition and sits with only 3,400 miles on it.
There are good and bad ways to sell a car. You can provide a wide array of pictures under different lighting and from different angles utilizing shots taken from a distance and detail shots close up. You can show all of the body panels, the full interior, and while not always useful a shot of the engine never hurts. The ad text could follow a similar tack: details on the model, history, and available documentation. There’s no need to go overboard, but you put yourself in the buyer’s position and provide the answers to the questions you’d expect to ask were you buying the car.
Or, you can take a seemingly random array of photos under poor lighting and provide only the barest details in the ad. This seller has chosen the latter course for the photos and a mix of the two for the ad text. So it definitely could be less informative, but from a picture perspective there’s a lot to be desired here. But we shall persevere because the point of this 911 is the exterior color and that we get to see: Mexico Blue.
Alright, let’s continue with the value theme, but now we’re going to leave the air-cooled market behind. Once we’ve done that reasonable values become much more the norm. Not only that, but we get better performance and typically far fewer miles. Those preferring the air-cooled models and the analog versus digital nature of most earlier cars, I hear you. But once you step into this century you really do get a lot for your money.
For this one we have a very sexy Speed Yellow 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe, located in Oregon, with 22,029 miles on it. I definitely could be accused of finding the 997 a bit boring, a bit too refined, but this one isn’t boring at all. With the Carrera S you get more displacement and more displacement equals more power. In this case that means 355 hp all being delivered to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual.
Model: 911 Carrera S
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 22,029 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
2006 Porsche 997S, only 22k miles!
This is a stunning local Porsche that is very well equipped. The Carrera S was the largest displacement engine in 2006 with a 3.8 litres and 355 horsepower. Hard to find in many Porsches today, three pedals and 6-speed manual transmission. This car is very special in how it is optioned inside and out. It has all the top of the line options like Sport Chrono Plus, Bose high-end sound system, and Full Leather interior. The exterior is Speed Yellow, and is protected by 3m clear paint protection, so it is just like new. It has the optional 19 alloys with painted crests and Michelin Pilot Sport rubber.
I have been featuring a lot of fairly expensive Porsches lately and my plan for this week was to feature a few that were of a more normal variety. The sort more people might think seriously about purchasing and could afford to do so. Unfortunately, I have immediately become distracted by this very pretty Carrara White 2007 Porsche 911 GT3. The asking price actually isn’t that bad so in a way this does fit within the scope of my original plan, but a reasonably priced GT3 is still an expensive car so it isn’t precisely what I had in mind. I just can’t take my eyes off of it!
Model: 911 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 40,619 mi
Price: $97,000 Buy It Now
We are pleased to present this clean 2-owner Carrara White 2007 911 GT3 for a local client who currently resides out of state. The car has been in our care since it was purchased in February 2016. It is presently stored in a climate controlled garage with 40,619 miles.
Price with GT2 seats – $97,000
Price with stock GT3 seats -$89,000
The car has four (4) desirable upgrades, each of which is reversible:
-Factory leather GT2 carbon buckets
-Factory Porsche Motorsport GT3 Cup lip
-Factory clear corner markers (stock orange markers included with sale
-FVD side muffler bypass (stock mufflers included with sale)
A PPI performed by Minneapolis Porsche on 08/15/17 includes a perfect DME with zero over-revs in all ranges. We’ve changed the oil in 3,000mi intervals with factory recommended fluid and parts. A 40,000mi major service (plugs, fluids, filters, chassis lubrication) was recently completed as well.
As mentioned above, we’re familiar with the car and would be happy to answer any car-related questions.