Motorsport Monday Part 2: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3

Pretty much every day we look for the best rare cars we can find, and get for some reason despite our copious amounts of searching we sometimes unintentionally ignore whole swaths of cars. When I went searching for the last Porsche 996 GT3 we wrote up, I was somewhat surprised that it was over three months ago in August. It’s so surprising because in the rarefied air of limited-production Porsches, there are few – perhaps none – that offer more bang for your buck than the GT3. Very similar to that 996 I wrote up in August, today I’ve found an exceptionally well maintained, ultra-low mile GT3 for your consideration:

Year: 2004
Model: GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 22,800 mi
Price: $62,500

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Year: 2004
Make: Porsche
Model: 911
Porsche Model: GT3
Mileage (numbers only please): 22800
Options (Please check ALL which apply): Airbags, Air Conditioning, Alarm System, Antilock Brakes, Cruise Control, Foglamps, Intermittent Wipers, Leather Seats, Power Brakes, Power Door Locks, Power Steering, Power Windows
Color: Arctic Silver Metallic
VIN: WPOAC29994S692486
Price (no $ sign please): $62500
Private or Dealer Listing: Private Listing
Location (Region): NorthEast
Body Style: Coupe
Transmission Type: Manual – 6 speed
2 or 4 Wheel Drive?: 2 Wheel Drive
Engine Type: Fuel Injection
Stereo System: AM-FM CD
2004 Porsche GT3. Low miles. Extremely clean. Featured in 28 magazines worldwide by the P21S wax corporation.
Full black leather, carbon shifter and ebrake. Guard internals limited slip. Dan Jacobs suspension, Techquipment bar and belts.
GT3 Euro leather Recaro seats. Xenon lamps, thicker steering wheel options.
Full recent clear bra. OEM wheels with Michelin PS2 rubber. Roughly 75% tread remains.
Two California car covers thrown in.
This car has seen rain maybe 3-4 times max. Never driven on salty roads. Sleeps all winter under both car covers and a trickle charger.
Title in hand, immediate sale possible. All books, original window sticker and records available. Both keys.
The condition is near perfect, an immaculate example of an iconic and rare Porsche. 1200 total production, this car new was $111.8 plus $13,200 I added, a $125k car for $62.5.
Connecticut location. Many pictures available.
Dennismcohan@comcast.net

A decade on, a 996 GT3 with only 23,000 miles is a rarity for sure. The August model I wrote up had double that mileage. Offered in the same color combination, this particular GT3 has the Euro Recaro seat option. It’s obvious that the owner has taken serious care of this car, with full clear bra applied to the front; it’s also a bit of a magazine star for the P21S company, should you have any doubt of the level of detailing. In terms of the GT3, the asking price is in line with the lower mileage models that have come up for sale, and while $60,000 plus may sound like a lot of money for a 996, the GT3 is truly a special car that will certainly be appreciating in the near future. Given the level of care this car has experienced and the impending collector-status of lower-mile examples, I wonder if the seller will later regret his decision to part with this car at this time; my guess is that replacing it in the not-to-distant future will be a much more expensive proposition…

-Carter

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5 Comments

  1. I attended the annual PCA event yesterday, with 150 Porsches displayed on the lawn.
    There was a section where they displayed all the track cars. I had my RSA next to a 996 GT3 and in front of it a 911 Club Sport. Next to that was the red 911 RSA you wrote about recently, that sold on Ebay for $69k. There also, was and an ir cooled RSR and a couple of Outlaws.
    Although a great car, when looking at the 996 GT3 parked next to it’s air cooled equivalents, it was evident that it did not have the “soul” of the other cars. Seeing them together, made it obvious why the depreciation on these is so high.

  2. There is no doubt that the aircooled cars will always be coveted, but now that the GT3 can’t even be had with a manual gearbox, I think these relatively un-complex cars with great driver involvement will only appreciate. If my garage wasn’t so crowded, I’d seriously love to put this car in there.

  3. We will see in 20 years, but I think that most of today’s 911’s and Boxsters will be the future 944’s and 928’s of the world, when it comes to price.
    The production numbers are very high, the depreciation is also high, and as soon as people that can afford to buy a cheap Porsche, but cannot afford the maintain it, the values will become a reality.
    The amount of expensive electronics these cars have today, and the fact that they are built to be recyclable, shows us that they are not meant to be around for very long.
    The big money is generated by selling parts, and then, by selling you a new car when the old one is not worth the repairs anymore.
    The rare models, will be worth spending money on, because people will pay you the price. Maybe a stick shift GT3 will fall into that category…

  4. The new model Porsches are designed to last no more, and no less, than their earlier brethren. If anything, new ones have the advantage in quality simply due to the durabilty of car bodies made with modern rustproofing techniques, as rust is the most difficult and expensive repair to handle on an older car. But in all cases the key to longevity will be the owner(s). All the rest of the debating is simply an attempt by one group of owners to feel more special than another group. They are all great cars.

  5. boy do I love GT3’s….especially the 996…..this is on the list of cars to get for me…
    these hold their value fairly well…though I find that you usually come across these cars in an extreme swing of the pendulum….either they are hardly driven like this one seems to be…or they were used as intended as track monsters and have been flogged quite well……
    I would hope that 59/60k should snag this car….

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