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Caitlyn Jenner (purchased new in 2011 from The Auto Gallery, Los Angeles, California)
With the introduction of the second-generation 997 in 2009, the performance of Porsche’s GT3 RS was heightened further. The engine was enlarged to 3.8 liters and produced 450 hp. Mated to a six-speed transaxle with shorter gears – the only choice available – the GT3 RS was capable of hurtling to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and reaching a top speed of 196 mph. Likewise, handling was sharpened via dynamic engine mounts, revised aerodynamics, a larger rear wing, and a wider rear track for improved cornering grip and stability. Most journalistic outlets described the GT3 RS 3.8 as “the best driver’s 911 yet.”
This 2011 997 GT3 RS 3.8 has been owned from new by Caitlyn Jenner, and it is the car she was photographed in when she chose to reveal her reborn identity in the June 2015 issue of Vanity Fair. The proceeds of this sale will go to the Caitlyn Jenner Foundation, which promotes equality and combats discrimination, with a focus on providing grants to organizations that empower and improve the lives of transgender people, including programs for youths, efforts centered on preventing suicide and bullying, and assistance with healthcare, housing, and employment.
Ms. Jenner has had a longtime relationship with the Porsche marque and with speed in general. She has said that the desire to earn enough money to buy a Porsche 930 Turbo helped fuel her drive to win a gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. In the 1980s, Bruce Jenner competitively raced in the IMSA GTO and Trans Am series with great success, scoring many class wins, multiple podium finishes, and posting a 4th Overall at Sebring.
This GT3 RS, resplendent in Grey Black paint over black leather, and offset by Guards Red graphics and wheels, was purchased new from The Auto Gallery in Los Angeles, California. It was specified with an enviable list of options, including Porsche carbon-ceramic brakes, sport bucket seats, deviating stitch color on the seats and dashboard, and interior carbon fiber trim.
Original throughout, this GT3 RS 3.8 has been driven less than 16,600 miles from new. Presenting in excellent condition, and arguably one of the most satisfying manual transaxle sports cars you can’t buy new, it would be the perfect addition for the enthusiast looking for one of the finest GT3 RS examples available.