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Mileage: 40,100 Miles
Engine: 3.8-Liter Flat-6 Engine
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Transmission
Exterior color: Carrera White Exterior / Contrasting Color - Guards Red
Interior: Alcantara/Black Leather Interior
1 of 541 U.S. Market 997.2 GT3 RS
Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCC)
Front Axle Lifting System
Dynamic Cornering Lights
Mirror Attachment Point Painted
Carbon Fiber Dashboard Trim
Carbon Fiber GT3 RS Bucket Seats
Red Door Releases
Black Instrument Dials
Silver Faced Rev Counter
PCM 3.0 w/ Extended Navigation
Sound Package Plus
Porsche Crest in Headrests
Wheels Painted Silver
Sharkwerks Bypass Center Muffler
RSS Rear Control Arms
PPF A-Pillars Forward, Mirrors, and Fenders
19-Inch GT3 Wheels w/ Center Lock
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tires
Recent Gearbox Rebuilt
PPIs from Blue Chip and Vollig Autowerks
The 997.2 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a pinnacle 911. Simply put, there are few better 911s than the 997.2 GT3 RS, okay, well, maybe the 4.0-liter version. Viewed from the lens of the present, the 997 strikes the sweet spot of size, weight, power, and old-school Porsche goodness—it was the last GT3 offered exclusively with a proper manual gearbox. The 997.2 was the best of the 997s, and the GT3 RS was the best of the GT3s. Only 541 997.2 GT3 RS’s were brought to the U.S. Market. The market has reflected this with stratospheric appreciation over the last few years, which is no surprise to those of us who always knew how absolutely wonderful the 997 GT3 RS is.
This 997.2 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is finished in Carrera White with contrasting Guards Red accents—one of the best color combos available. The inside is a mix of Black leather, Alcantara, red accents, and carbon-fiber trim. With just over 40,000 miles, it is a GT3 RS that you can use and enjoy without being riddled with guilt and anxiety for adding miles to. Factory options include Carbon Fiber/Alcantara Buckets (likely dealer fitted), Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCBs), Front Axle Lift, Red Seatbelts and Door Releases, the Sound Package Plus, and Silver 19-inch GT3 RS Center Lock wheels. It was originally allocated by Beverly Hills Porsche, then transferred and sold by Porsche of North Houston in May of 2010. From there, it did short stints with multiple owners in Texas, Florida, and California, before landing with a relatively long-tern owner in Kentucky who had it serviced at Maserati Alfa Romeo of Louisville. Prior to us bringing it to Colorado, it traded hands in Southern California and Arizona, being serviced at Auto Gallery Porsche (now Porsche Woodland Hills), McLaren of Scottsdale, and Porsche of San Diego. We brought it to Colorado for a member of the Glen Shelly fold from an independent dealer in San Diego.
A third-party pre-purchase inspection from Porsche San Diego was healthy, so we purchased it and had it shipped. Unfortunately, as is the case with some less than scrupulous—or outright nefarious—dealers, it showed up with some undisclosed issues in the form of an overly notchy gearbox and the PCCBs nearing the end of their life. Fortunately, we had accounted for unforeseen issues and had the budget to set some things right. It wasn’t the worst shifting GT3 we’ve ever driven, but it left enough kernels of doubt that we turned it over to local GT3 specialists 3R Racing. They diagnosed it as an improperly installed clutch that resulted in several bad gearbox synchros. The Carfax shows Maserati Alfa Romeo of Louisville replacing the clutch in 2013 with 20K miles, which may have been the culprit. The gearbox was sent to local specialists GBox for fresh synchros before the clutch was replaced and was reinstalled by 3R Racing. Then, we had them do a four-wheel alignment and an oil service.
In the meantime, we reached out to the GT3 RS community for background and acquired a comprehensive pre-purchase inspection from Vollig Autowerks that was done by another potential buyer last summer. The pre-purchase was consistent with our findings, showing a healthy DME scan with only Range 1 and 2 over-revs (not bad for a GT3 RS that has seen track time). The exhaust cam deviation was measured at 5.98%, which is high, but within factory spec of 6%. The oil was visually sampled and healthy, and it was noted that the coolant pipes were not pinned (we recommend doing this if you plan on tracking it). After 3R Racing was done with the gearbox repairs, we turned it over to Chance Chenoweth at Blue Chip Services for our own independent pre-purchase inspection. We had the engine compression tested and the cylinders borescoped, both of which were healthy. Since the last measurement, the exhaust cam deviation showed no change (several other GT3s Blue Chip has sampled showed similar measurements). The brakes will need replacement in the near future and could be replaced from various options from steel blanks to full PCCBs. Cosmetically, the only notable flaws are some yellowing and minor imperfections in the paint protection film, slight fade on the RS center locks, slight fade in the caliper paint, typical wear on the Alcantara steering wheel and shift knob, a small chip in the passenger side of the windshield, and a hair-line crack in the carbon fiber cup holder trim.
As it sits, this 997 GT3 RS is a blank canvas and represents a considerable value in the current market. It could be used and enjoyed exactly as it is, allowing an entry point into the segment that may have moved out of the financial reach of some potential buyers. Alternatively, it could be refreshed into a perfect example or used for an extremely potent track car. We have priced it appropriately, building room in the budget for the next owner to choose the direction they would like to pursue. We are happy to aid in that process if desired. The 997.2 GT3 RS is truly a pinnacle 911, and it has brought untold smiles and joy to us during its tenure at the hangar. We’ve made it better during that time and would like to find a new owner who will continue to do so.
The Carrera White paint is exceptional and all original. It has been protected from the A-pillars forward by PPF, which is also on the mirrors and fender flares. The PPF has done its job, but does show small chips, some yellowing on the lower bumper cover, and a scratch in the left front fender. We can have it replaced with modern technology PPF at extra cost if desired by the buyer. The VIN sticker and other warning stickers are present, All trim is present and accounted for, and there is no typical UV fade of a western car. The front lower lip does have some scuffing and the black radiator grilles do have a few small paint chips (both take scrutiny to find). The headlight lenses are crystal clear, as are the fog lights, marker, and taillight lenses. The windshield is crack-free and has virtually no pitting, although there is a chip in the passenger side out of view of the driver. The wheels are almost perfect, with no curb rash or notable flaws. The RS center caps are slightly faded, but they could be treated. The brake calipers also have slight fade in the brilliance of their finish, but are presentable and consistent in color. The wheels are wrapped in Michelin Super Cup 2 tires with 8/32s tread remaining and 2016/2017 DOT dates.
The Alcantara and leather are also in excellent condition. There are no odors, and it has never been smoked in. The carpet does not have any rips or tears, and the factory floor mats are very presentable. Typical 997 plastic wear areas like the center console trim and door switch surround panels have only minimal wear. There is visible wear on the Alcantara steering wheel and shift knob, both of which could be replaced if desired. The dashboard leather is very nice, and the cupholders function correctly. The cupholder carbon fiber trim has a hairline crack, which we stopped from propagating with a small piece of PPF. The multimedia screen and instrument cluster have no blown-out pixels, and there are no warning lights. All interior functions, options, power accessories, and controls work correctly. The volume knobs and HVAC rocker switchers are presentable. The seats are very nice, with only slight bolster creasing on the driver’s side outer bolster and small imperfections in the rear carbon covers. The frunk carpet is clean and the tool kit is present. The owners’ manuals are present and two key FOBs are included.
Despite the lack of transparency from the selling dealer to us, it is clear that this 911 GT3 RS has been well cared for. It has been used and enjoyed as a GT3 RS should be, with some track time in the mix. The DME supports this with no over-revs beyond Range 2. The gearbox issue was the result of improper maintenance, not driver abuse. If further track use is desired, the coolant pipes should be pinned and the cam deviation monitored—there are several preventative options available if desired. The engine starts on command and pulls incredibly strongly to redline (once up to operating temp, of course). There are no warning lights, leaks or seeps. The clutch take-up is correct, and the gearbox shifts smoothly, although it can be notchy and requires a little finesse when it’s cold. The brakes will need replacing soon, but are not at the wear sensor yet. Unless desiring the car to be perfectly stock, we recommend putting the PCCBs on display in the garage and replacing them with steel brakes before extracting any remaining life out of them. We can aid in this as well if desired. We ensure it passes and pay for emissions in the State of Colorado.
- 2010 Porsche 911
- Division: PCNA
- VIN: WP0AC2A9XAS78645
- Production Date: 3/1/2010
- In-Service Date: 4/28/2008
- Carrera White
- Black Leather
- 997-850 911 GT3 RS
- 28 Black Leather Seats
- 346 Wheels Painted Silver
- 430 Standard 19” GT3 Wheel with Center Lock
- 450 Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB)
- 474 Front Axle Lifting System
- 480 Manual Transmission
- 490 Sound Package Plus
- 510 Contrasting Color – Guards Red
- 585 Cupholders
- 603 Dynamic Cornering Lights
- 619 Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone Interface
- 686 XM Radio
- 870 Universal Audio Interface
- B4 Carrera White
- CMA Mirror Attachment Point Painted
- P23 PCM 3.0 w/ Extended Navigation
- XSC Porsche Crest in Headrests