Those who have been following along will know that I have had my eye on the GT3 in general, and the 996 GT3 specifically, for a good while now. I know it’s the 996 and we’re not supposed to like their looks, but I keep coming back to these cars in part because I do find them to be stellar looking machines from the outside. I do hate the interior, but I can live with it and given the GT3’s pedigree and prowess we certainly don’t need luxury. There is something about its exterior lines that I do really love and I dare say it’s my favorite of the GT3 models.
I will admit that price does have a little bit to do with the attention I have given these cars and it is in that regard that this particular GT3 has piqued my interest. This is a Carrara White 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 which sits with only 16,396 miles and only has had one owner. It looks in phenomenal condition and has a complete service history. The asking price is above $100K and that’s where I’m curious. I really haven’t seen many 996 GT3s with this sort of price tag. Has the market for these finally picked up a bit of steam?
When I first came across this Signal Yellow 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 I could have sworn I had seen it before and already had posted it. The selling dealer looked familiar (and not just familiar as a dealer, but familiar for having this particular car for sale) and the overall look of the car looked familiar. I was sort of right.
The car I was thinking of was not in fact this GT3, but a Signal Yellow Cayman GT4. I assume you can see the resemblance. Given that the seller is the same I do wonder if the original owner of both cars was the same person, or maybe the owner of this dealer just really likes Signal Yellow. Regardless, pretty much everything I said about that GT4 applies to this GT3. Signal Yellow is one of Porsche’s best historic colors and it looks great in most any application.
There is something invigorating about a well-kept track car. It’s food for the enthusiast’s soul. I’m operating a little bit on assumptions here. The first, of course, being that this Carrara White 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 has been used on the track. It’s likely a safe assumption given the model and a couple of modifications, but if incorrect it wouldn’t be the first GT3 to avoid a track. The second assumption rests entirely on appearances, but again I think it’s well founded as this GT3 looks in very nice shape inside and out. Everything will need to be checked out, that should be obvious, but what we see is promising. The promises of a Porsche used as its engineers intended and capable of continuing to operate in that manner for years to come.
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!