When Porsche refreshed the 997, they made sure to remind us all that the GT3 is still very much a track-focus car and was set up as such. We saw much stiffer suspension added, as well as a switch to center-lock wheels to save weight. A cool party trick, but extremely frustrating for the weekend warriors that actually track their GT3s. You did get an increase of 20 horsepower and 17 lb-ft of torque thanks to hotter cams with greater valve lift and the addition of variable valve timing to the exhaust cams. If you sprung for the extremely expensive carbon-ceramic brakes, that shaves 44 pounds from the braking system. High entry costs didn’t stop a lot of people from racking up miles in these cars and we have a perfect example of that with this 2010 for sale in California.
I’m a sucker for a smooth blue, and that is certainly what we have today in this 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera. This color, Aqua Blue, is a shade you don’t see often despite being an option on the 997.2 – and I’m not sure why. It certainly looks great and can pair up just fine with the tan, grey, and black leathers. Whatever is the case for why it was not ordered much, if you are looking for a deal because this is a base C2, it will not be found here.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe on eBay
While the United States might be Porsche’s second largest market, that doesn’t mean we always get the fun stuff when it comes to special edition models. A lot of times it just isn’t worth it for Porsche to make a US legal version, thus we are stuck with every single other model they do bend over backwards to sell us. One of the most popular, and now most expensive models, was the 2010 911 Sport Classic. Porsche claimed it was inspired by the 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7 and it had one of the most interesting and subtle changes you might not even notice, a double-dome roof. Other special equipment includes 19″ Fuchs-style wheels, a SportDesign front lip and ducktail spoiler, some contrasting racing stripes, carbon-ceramic brakes, adaptive sport seats with some cool trim, and the “Power Kit” on the 3.8-liter flat-six. Production was limited to 250 cars and the sticker price came in at €169,300. That was nearly GT2 money at the time. However, if you were lucky to buy one of these when new…..it was money well spent.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic at Serge Heitz Consulting
I think as much as I fantasize about daily driving a Porsche 911 GT3 or at least using it for all my mundane tasks that require driving, it probably isn’t the best idea ever. Outside of the ride being extremely stiff, you plain old just put a bunch of wear on the car doing something any car could do. In a sense, it’s massive overkill. However, you can still can get your 911 fix by being a reasonable person and do what most people do: just buy a Carrera 2. It is still an extremely capable and rewarding sports car, but it’s also tame enough to handle the daily driving duties. Not to mention they are nearly half the price as a GT3 in the same chassis. Today, we might have one of these perfectly daily-driver 911s without spending anywhere near $100,000.