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From The Jan Koum CollectionPrivate Collection, Georgia (acquired new)Jan Koum (acquired from the above)
Developed to homologate the 911 in the FIA GT3 sports car racing class, the 996 GT3 was introduced by Porsche in 1999. A “Carrera Cup” car for the road with a few creature comforts added back in, and a spiritual descendant of the iconic 911 Carrera RS, the GT3 enjoyed considerable success on the track with class wins at Le Mans, Sebring, and Daytona. In 2003, Porsche introduced a stouter RS variant – standing for rennsport or “racing sport” – which was even sharper and more track-focused.
Guided by Andreas Preuninger, head of Porsche’s GT department, the next-generation GT3 – based on the Type 997.1 – launched in 2006 with a new and more powerful 415 bhp, dry sump, 3.6-liter flat-six engine, “zero lift” aerodynamics, and a track-oriented version of Porsche Active Suspension Management, which went a long way in smoothing out imperfect roads.
Shortly thereafter, an RS version – still meeting the requirements for use on public roads – served as a homologation model for a variety of racing series. The new RS upped the model’s performance potential with additional weight-reduction measures, increased grip and stability via wider bodywork and rear track, and a close-ratio six-speed transaxle with a single-mass flywheel, which benefited engine response. Porsche conservatively estimated the 997.1 GT3 RS of blasting to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and a 192 mph top speed. In October 2006, Britain’s Car magazine said the new RS “is 911 distilled, a concentrated hit of rear-engined Porsche adrenaline and we are absolutely hooked.”
This 2008 Porsche 997.1 GT3 RS was delivered new to its first owner through Jim Ellis Porsche of Atlanta in December 2007. One of 53 examples finished in extra-cost RS Green for North America, this GT3 RS was specified with no graphics or stripes and a black full-leather interior with contrasting green trim. Well-equipped from the factory, the car’s notable options include PCCB, bi-xenon headlamps, Chrono Package Plus, Porsche Communication Management with navigation, Interior Carbon package, and a host of other Exclusive Department enhancements in carbon fiber and Alcantara that brought the MSRP to $156,820.
Displaying less than 12,500 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloguing, this RS is offered with its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, books, window sticker, and a CARFAX Vehicle History Report that notes regular authorizeddealer servicing and no history of accidents or damage.
Limited production, exclusive options, and an eye-catching, rare color make this example a great choice for a Porsche collection or for the enthusiast who craves driving one of the most visceral 911s ever.