Among Porsche’s various highly sought after and iconic colors, Riviera Blue stands out. On the one hand, I have a sense of why that is, but on the other I’m not quite sure why it stands so tall. Typically Porsche’s most well known colors come from the ’60s and ’70s. They are the colors we saw on the original longhood 911s. That they are iconic is just as much a testament to their longevity, i.e. long-term desirability, than it is to the attractiveness of the color itself.
In relative terms, Riviera Blue is young having only debuted on the 993. So why does it seem to command the most attention and dollars? That’s a question I’m less sure about. One thing seems clear: when a Riviera Blue 911 comes up for auction the selling price almost always moves higher. It is a heck of a head turner, there is no doubt about its allure in that regard.
Here we see it as the paint-to-sample choice on this fairly new 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, located in Pennsylvania.
I have a very specific interest with this post. Though even once my question is answered I still think this 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 is worth some attention. My interest: what color is this? I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it. The ad description says it’s Meteor Gray Metallic. The ad also says it has 24,866 miles. The mileage obviously is wrong; the odometer reads 11,137 miles as indicated in other parts of the ad. The color too presumably is wrong, unless Meteor Gray Metallic now looks completely different than it did originally. I’m assuming that isn’t the case and that this is the ad text for a different car. The dealer’s site provides the same text so it isn’t simply a problem with the eBay listing.
So, does anyone know what color this is? Is it paint to sample? The asking price is quite high for a 2015 GT3 so it could be paint to sample. It’s an interesting color. I’d like to know more. (My first guess is that it’s Chalk. I haven’t seen many 911s that color, but those I have seen have shown a little more gray than this one. Perhaps that’s the lighting, or perhaps it’s a different color entirely.)
I just can’t get away from these cars. Between the GT3 and the GT3 RS I’ve been featuring newer Porsches more frequently than ever in the past. Now that the newest version of the GT3 RS has been around for a little while we’ve begun to see quite a few PTS examples come up for sale. Obviously, those grab our attention. The GT3, well, it’s just about perfect with a mixture of hard-core performance and usability that might just make it the best 911 you should buy.
For the past few years neither has been available with a manual transmission. That changes with the 2018 GT3 (the GT3 RS will remain PDK only) and I’ve been seeing a few basically new GT3s come up for sale. I’ve had my eye out for those in interesting colors and reasonable prices. Generally, when prices have been below $200K they’ve been snapped up pretty quickly; above $200K and they linger. Guess where this one is priced? You’re still paying a premium for the immediacy of having one now, just a lower premium, and it seems like $200K is where the figurative line has been drawn. Like we saw when the last GT3 RS debuted, patience will save you money, but who said patience is a virtue?
This 911 GT3 presents me with a do over. A little while ago I came across this Anthracite Brown GT3 and was quite impressed. As GT3s go it was a stunner, though not necessarily in the traditional ways in which these cars attract us. However, I had just written about a couple similar 911s and had a few others I wanted to post. So I sat on it for a little bit. It sold. Darn.
When I first saw this Mahogany Metallic 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 I thought it might actually be the same car. Perhaps this dealer had bought it and was now trying to flip it. Once I read what color it was I knew it was a different car, but it remains no less impressive than that Anthracite Brown example. They are fairly different colors: Mahogany is a much deeper shade of brown than Anthracite, but each still represents a departure from the norm for these models. That makes them quite rare and, for some, also quite desirable.
The 996 GT3 remains one of my favorite Porsches. I like any GT3 – I mean, how could you not? – but the 996 has always held precedence for me as the first GT3 Porsche produced. I think I also tend to particularly like it because the GT3 and GT3 RS are the two 996 models where I don’t mind the appearance. With its revised lines I actually think the 996 GT3 is a good looking machine, while I remain bothered by the standard 996 offerings.
Over the past year I’ve looked at these GT3s a lot. I’ve long thought they were a nice value and with the values of our perennial performance-value favorite, the 996TT, on the rise the GT3 suddenly started to make even more sense. I think those days are (slowly) coming to an end. Asking prices for the GT3 appear to be steadily rising. I guess the cat is out of the bag and buyers are recognizing the value these represent. They’re also one of the few 996 models where collectors are likely to take notice.
Value still exists though so long as we allow for higher mileage. There aren’t a ton of higher mileage GT3s out there so at the moment opportunities are scarce, but they do exist. Like this one: a Speed Yellow 2004 Porsche 911 GT3, located in Dallas, with 86,410 miles on it.
The manual transmission is back!
Well, at least for the GT3. After a few years of criticism over its decision to make the GT3 and GT3 RS only available with PDK, Porsche has now had a rethink and decided letting buyers choose is a worthwhile endeavor. I’m not sure if the GT3 RS will follow suit. As the GT3’s even more track-focused sibling the GT3 RS may remain PDK only, but we shall see (the recently released GT2 RS only offers PDK). Still, having the manual back as an option on the GT3 certainly is nice to see.
Here we have one of the few currently on offer. I’ve only seen two others so for now choices are limited and both have sold pretty quickly. I don’t expect that to remain the case, but if you must have one now, then here you go: a Lava Orange 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, located in Florida, with 105 miles on it. Of course, there is a premium attached to getting a car like this immediately.
I’m going to follow upon yesterday’s Viper Green 911T by jumping forward a few decades straight into the depths of modern technology, all the while retaining that beautiful color. At least I think that’s what I’m doing. This paint-to-sample 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 appears to be Viper Green. We aren’t told the color specifically, but the look is right. I do always enjoy coming across modern 911s (and Caymans) painted in these colors. They add panache to an already alluring car and serve as a nod to those enthusiasts who’ve been with Porsche since nearly the beginning. And this one even comes in at a price a good bit under that of the 911T. There are just so many choices!
I saw this 911 GT3 on Rennlist a while back and kind of went back and forth on whether to feature it. The car itself looks phenomenal so that wasn’t really my hesitation. My hesitation was with the price because it’s quite high for a GT3. Also, I figured it either would sell almost immediately, even with that high price, or sit for a good while. Well, here we are and it’s still available. The price has come down a bit, though it’s still very much on the high end. But what you’re getting definitely has value.
This is a Carrara White 2004 Porsche 911 GT3, located in California, with 25,500 miles on it. It has been extensively modified to both lower its weight – the seller claims a weight of around 2,780 lbs – and improve the performance of the engine and suspension. They say the devil is in the details, and here there are lot of details with a mixture of aftermarket and Porsche Cup or GT3 RS parts.
I wouldn’t necessarily have considered a white 911 GT3 to be one that would appeal much to me, but here I am with my second consecutive feature (third consecutive if we count the 996 GT3 RS). Of course, given unlimited options I doubt white is what I’d go for myself, but still I do think it’s a color that looks quite good on these cars. White and black are similar in the sense that both colors can look great when kept very clean. Allow them to dirty and, well, they just look unkempt and uncared for. So a clean one is nice to see. On the GT3 white gives it that wolf in sheep’s clothing look. I’ll admit that I do like the look better on the 997 than the 996, but still the one we see here, a 2005 Porsche 911 GT3 with just 24,100 miles on it, looks good.
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.