This will be a study of complete contrasts. Light and dark. Two examples of the 997 GT3 RS that look equally stunning, but achieve that through entirely different means. One is paint to sample, the other a standard color. Both are somewhat rarely seen in this form, though in the case of the white RS it is more the lack of adornment that produces that rarity.
I had seen this paint-to-sample Black GT3 RS previously and knew I would want to take a closer look. Then I forgot about it. When I came back around to it a Carrara White GT3 RS had also come up for sale. White and Black: neither color is much outside the norm for most cars, but the GT3 RS is not like most cars. Black even was a paint-to-sample option, which almost beggars belief. Let’s take a look at that peculiarly rare black example first:
I don’t think I need to belabor this one. After all it wasn’t that long ago that I featured a GT3 RS 4.0. That particular example was quite special in that it was one of the very rare paint-to-sample 4.0s that were built. This one is not paint to sample, but it does provide its own special features. And a very high price to match!
This is a Carrara White Metallic 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, located in Houston, that is one of the handful that was optioned without the audio system. Also, it sits with only 15 miles on it. Yes, 15.
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.