For many, the 997.2 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is the one to get if you want the best of the best in the GT3 RS family. It was the last GT3 RS with a manual gearbox, if you don’t count whatever family the 991 911 R falls in, and some say feels like the perfect size. Don’t get me wrong, I love the 991 GT3 RS and I’m probably going to love the not-yet-released 992 GT3 RS, but if you want a manual transmission, the buck stops here. Just 541 examples came to the US, but today’s car as you might have noticed by which side the steering wheel is located, isn’t one of those 541 cars. Also, it is Cobalt Blue Metallic.
If I could find whoever spec’d this car out, I would give them a firm, but polite, handshake to thank them for bringing this car into the world for all of us to enjoy. This 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS up for sale in Northwest Germany is finished in none other than paint-to-sample Irish Green, and boy does it look amazing. Even better, the madmen at Manthey Racing put a few little special touches on this.
I have been featuring the GT3 RS a decent bit lately, with a few of those being the 997.1 models, so I thought I’d add in a couple of the less common colors we come across. As I’ve noted previously this model itself is one of my all-time favorite Porsches. I like the very bright Orange over Black version. As it turns out those are the most common, which is something we don’t get to say very often about an orange car.
The two we’ll see here aren’t nearly as common. However, assuming the numbers I have seen are correct, they only occupy second and third respectively on the rareness chart. The claim for most rare actually belongs to the Silver version I posted a couple of weeks ago. Nonetheless we don’t see these very often so they are always worth a look.
Let’s start with the highest priced, the very bright RS Green, which here sits with 9,078 miles on it:
I have been thinking a lot about these cars lately. This is a Black 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 with 3,743 miles on it. This is the last of the breed produced for the 997. Only 600 were made in total with 156 of those coming to the US (I’ve actually seen varying numbers on that one but it’s around there). They are purported to be the last manual transmission GT3 RS that Porsche will produce. Hold on to that point. It also is the last of the “Mezger” engine GT3 RS models that will be produced. So it’s got a lot going for it.
I was particularly interested in finding a black one. I just missed one for sale on Rennlist recently, but as these things go another one popped up for sale. So here we are. Why black? First, because I like those better than the white ones. But mostly because there were a lot more white ones produced. While I can’t say this is 100% accurate I’ve seen quoted that only 36 of those that came to the US were Black. I certainly see far fewer of them. There are, of course, a few PTS examples running around and those are even more special. Good luck finding one.
I have been thinking about these a lot because I think they are the car to have (along with the GT2 RS of the same year) for those really looking for a high-dollar collectible Porsche. They also may just be the best to have for those looking to spend time behind the wheel of the best Porsche can offer. Some might prefer the extra ferocity of the GT2, but I’ll take the GT3, no question.
A problem that might persistently plague some shoppers of track-oriented Porsches is that it actually can be pretty hard to find one that hasn’t had a bunch of options tacked onto it. This isn’t a new problem either. Try to find a low-option RS America and you might face similar challenges. And those only had four options! To a degree I think we can understand why this happens. Most drivers don’t want to sacrifice basic creature comforts in order to have the lightest possible version of a particular car just so they can shave a few tenths off of their weekend drive. Even for cars that do see track time it takes a driver of serious quality to exploit the significant capabilities of these cars. So why pretend? Enjoy some A/C and some music.
However, if you do want to sacrifice those things then this White 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS might be the option for you. Under the options you’ll note that both the radio and A/C have been deleted and the rest of the options list remains fairly limited. I don’t know how many such examples have been spec’d in this way, but this is the first one I have seen. I’ve come across examples with the radio delete, but not both radio and A/C. That should make this one pretty rare and, of course, even lighter.
Of the various iterations of the GT3 RS to now exist the 997.1 is the one I most consistently return to in my mind. I think that is in part because it was the first model to make it to our shores, but for me it also is the model that brings everything together in just the right package. The Orange/Black ones remain the 911 I aspire to most. The 997.2 is the better car and some may find the looks better, but they’ll cost you a bit more and that nostalgia of being the first still brings me back to the 997.1. They look great, are great performers, and as we’ll see with this one can come in at pretty attractive prices.
I featured one a few months back that pretty much is my ideal. Here we have another one though this time in the much less common color combination of Arctic Silver with Orange accents. It currently resides in southern California and sits with about 20,400 miles on it. As an added bonus, for extra cost it’ll come with a set of very desirable and fantastic factory GT2 seats.
I think most of us by now are familiar with Riviera Blue. Though only available since the introduction of the 993 it has become perhaps the most iconic of all the Porsche colors. Among Porsche’s deeply vibrant non-metallic blues it only is rivaled by Mexico Blue, which has a full twenty years longer existence than Riviera. When it comes up as a PTS option Riviera always attracts notice. And very high prices.
So when I came across two pretty similar PTS 997s in the color I figured I’d throw them together for a post. I’ve come across a decent number of 991s in Riviera Blue, but if we go back just one model they become far more rare. I can’t say I know how many exist, but it doesn’t appear to be very many. At the very least, opportunities to purchase one are fleeting. Here are two such opportunities: a 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 and a 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. For me these are two of the best looking 911s produced and especially in the case of the GT3 RS I tend to prefer their looks over those of their successor. In Riviera Blue both look phenomenal.
Let’s look at the GT3 first:
This is pretty much my favorite 911. I can’t say there is any particularly great reason it’s my favorite since there are probably more rare, more iconic, and better performing 911s in existence, but since the day I first saw one I’ve been in love. Some of the appeal for me is timing and because the 997 was the first GT3 RS sold in the US. Though it obviously was not the first RS entirely. There also is something about the 997 GT3 RS’s looks that I really like and prefer over newer models and, probably not surprisingly, over the 996 GT3 RS. And it’s Orange. When I say this is my favorite 911 I don’t just mean the 997 GT3 RS in general, but specifically the Orange over Black option that we see here. I have a model of one that my wife begrudgingly allows me to display on our bookshelf. I love it.
Here we have what happens to be a really nice looking example of these great cars and to make things even better it’s an example an owner actually has driven. Imagine that!
Driving home yesterday I passed a BMW M2 that was stunning. It wasn’t the model itself that caught my eye, but the color. While I’m not as well versed in BMW colors as Porsche, I believe it was Long Beach Blue Metallic. For those like me who are more familiar with Porsche colors, it reminded me a bit of Minerva Blue. If you’re in the market I highly recommend checking it out.
This post isn’t about a BMW though. That BMW reminded me how much I love blue as an exterior color. It had such depth to it and brightness and the way the color shifted as we drove by really was something. I could have spent a lot more time looking, but that probably would have annoyed the people behind me. (Interestingly, coming the other way was a bright blue, non-metallic, Volvo C30. It was nice as well, but not nearly as pretty as the BMW.) I post a wide variety of Porsche colors and I really do like a lot of them, but as a whole I think blue might just be the best.
This seemed a good time to post this car, which I’d seen a couple weeks back and hadn’t gotten around to: here we have an Aqua Blue Metallic 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, located in Miami, with 12,811 miles on it. I’ll say from the start that I don’t think this blue is quite as good as Long Beach Blue, but it’s still quite attractive and among the GT3 RS it’s quite rare. I can’t recall coming across another one.
There is a part of me that didn’t want to post this car. There is another part of me that is way too attracted to bright things. I love seeing these colors on the GT3 RS too much simply to pass them by. And this one, dressed in PTS Birch Green, is about as bright and rare as they come.
With Birch Green part of the rarity is linked directly to that brightness; bright cars are one thing and they aren’t for everyone. This is so bright that even those who love bright colors may shy away. The funny part of this one, to me, is that the interior is so subdued. Outside of red gauge faces, it’s pretty standard. At first I didn’t like that, I wanted more color, but as I look at it more I think it might be the way to go. The exterior really screams. A toned down interior may just be the right juxtaposition. (I’d have gone with yellow gauge faces though.)