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2004 Porsche (996.2) 911 GT3

2004 Porsche (996.2) 911 GT3

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Price: SOLD

Mileage: 43,600 Miles

Engine: 3.6-Liter 375-Horsepower H6 Mezger 6-Cylinder Engine

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Arctic Silver Metallic Exterior

Interior: Black Natural Leather Interior

Additional features:

1 of 1018 North American 996 GT3s

1 of 128 North American Arctic Silver 996 GT3s

GT3-Tuned Suspension

6-Piston Front Brake Calipers

4-Piston Rear Brake Calipers

GT3 Door Sills (Metal Door Sill Model Insignia)

Air Conditioning w/ Full Climate Control

Alcantara Headliner

3-Spoke Steering Wheel

Metal Door Sill Model Insignia

Aluminum Foot Rest

California / New Mexico / Colorado Car

Clean Carfax

Background

2004 Porsche (996.2) 911 GT3 exterior photo

There has been no more controversial Porsche 911 than the 996. It was the first water-cooled 911, the first complete redesign—not evolution—of a lineage that arcs back to 1963. It was also the 911 that saved Porsche from near collapse. Traditionalists were appalled by its dramatic break in form, but time has been kind to the 996. By the late 996 years (996.2 in Porsche-speak) Stuttgart had rectified those offensive headlights with eggs that were fried, rather than runny, and upped the interior build quality. Then, in 2004 Porsche did something staggering; it offered the U.S. market the 996.2 911 GT3—a car that’s production was originally a necessity for Le Mans GT class homologation requirements. The 996.2 GT3 was powered by a 375-horsepower version of the iconic Mezger 3.6-liter racing engine (no IMS issues) paired with a GT3-specific transaxle, GT3 suspension, aerodynamics, and a focus on weight reduction. Richard Hammond called it, “A Porsche that offers less, so that it can give you so much more.” In many ways the 996.2 GT3 is the most GT3 of them all. It is the lightest, most visceral, and most unapologetic 911 GT3. The only driver aid available was anti-lock brakes, which means you’d better have some talent if you visit the limit. Pushing that Mezger engine to its 8,200 rpm redline over a race-tuned suspension in a rigid chassis with minimal sound deadening is brutally wonderful—a throwback to the air-cooled era when hard work and bravery were required of the high-performance Porsche driver. The 996.2 GT3 may be the one Porsche where the 996 truly honors its predecessors and outshines its successors.

Summary

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This 2004 Porsche 996.2 911 GT3 came to us on consignment from a local Porsche enthusiast, along with a 997.1 Turbo that we recently sold as well. Finished in Arctic Silver Metallic over Black Full Leather it is 1 of 128 such examples over the entire 2004 and 2005 North American market production runs. All standard GT3 kit is present, with the exception of the front spoiler (which we can install at the buyer’s request). With a production date of July 1, 2003, its original MSRP was $105,420 ($145,053 in today’s money), which was likely a lot less than it actually sold for considering the dealer premium. The Carfax shows multiple owners, with it spending most of its time between California and Colorado, along with a stint in New Mexico as well. The Carfax shows it being serviced by Porsche of Beverly Hills, Porsche of Colorado Springs, along with several independent specialists. The current owner purchased it private party on Rennlist (the sale post is included in the records binder), who purchased it from Porsche of Colorado Springs. It has clearly always been well cared for, with good service records dating back to 2013. We had an independent pre-purchase inspection done by Porsche specialists Black Canyon Performance and a second look by Chris Cervelli of Cervelli Techincal Service. Both noted that the suspension is serviceable, but due for replacement, especially if track use is planned—we have priced it accordingly. In preparation for sale we had Black Canyon change the oil and do a brake fluid flush due to time interval. We also replaced the battery. As it sits, this is an excellent example of a 996 911GT3 that is ready for the next chapter of its story.

Exterior

2004 Porsche (996.2) 911 GT3 exterior photo

This exterior of this GT3 is in very nice condition. It has clearly lived indoors and has been well taken care of. The Arctic Silver Metallic paint is glossy with no excessive swirling or marring. It has clearly seen some track use, as the front bumper has some chips, along with some scuffing on the underside. There is a scratch on the rear bumper cover that has been touched up, but is still visible. The body is very straight with no dents, and the paint appears to be original. The VIN tag and hood sticker are present. The wheels have some minor chips; the front left has some minor curb rash. The brake calipers appear to have had a decent amount of heat in them, likely from track use; as such, they have some clear coat peeling and could use a refinish. The glass is great condition; the windshield has minor pitting, but no chips. The headlights, taillights, and corner markers are all in excellent condition with no pitting, cracks, or scratches. The tires are Michelin Sport Cup 2s with 2015 DOT dates. The fronts are at 40% and the rears are around 30%.

Interior

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The interior condition is as exceptional as the exterior. When you open the door, you are greeted with nothing but the smell of fine leather. The carpet is clean and free of stains or tears; Weather Tech floor mats have protected it. It has never been smoked in and there are no odors. The interior leather is soft, with no rips or tears. There is some minor creasing on the outer bolsters of both seats but no notable wear of the finish. The rubber door seals are soft and seal quietly. All interior functions, options, power accessories, and controls work correctly. The HVAC control has no failed pixels. The heat blows hot and the A/C blows cold. The front trunk carpet is clean. The only interior flaws are some scuffing on both of the doorsill plates, and some minor nicks on the emergency brake trim. One key and the factory owner’s manual are included with the sale.

Mechanical

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This 911 GT3 has been the recipient of great stewardship. It has no glaring mechanical issues; however, it is coming due for a suspension refresh per the PPI from Black Canyon Performance. We had them do an oil change and brake fluid flush to meet time intervals. The legendary Mezger engine fires on command, idles well, and pulls very strongly to redline. The power is plentiful, and the sound it makes at its 8000 RPM redline is glorious! An over-rev report from Black Canyon showed 20.5 seconds at category 1 at 100 hours on the engine and a category 2 for 7 seconds, which was at 300 hours engine time. The current engine time is 1,200 hours. The important thing about the Mezger engine is its proven reliability and strength both on and off the track and no IMS issues. The clutch take-up is positive and precise and does not slip; the factory lightweight flywheel adds to the already fast-revving nature of the Mezger powerplant. The only aftermarket modification is aftermarket front camber plates. The ride is stiff, but still comfortable on longer drives to and from the track. The suspension is due for replacement, but is still useable for street driving. The brakes are firm with plenty of life left. We pay for and ensure it passes emissions in the State of Colorado.

VIN Decode

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VIN Decode

  • 2004 Porsche 911 GT3
  • Division: PCNA
Commission #: 498282
  • Prod Month: 2003-07-01
  • VIN: WP0AC29984S692236
  • Price: $105,420.00
  • Exterior: Arctic Silver Metallic
  • Interior: Black Leather w/ Full Leather
  • Warranty Start: August 20, 2003
  • Warranty End: August 21, 2009

Options

  • BASE Porsche Base Model
  • 04 Natural Leather
  • 375 Sports seat bucket rest left
  • 376 Sports seat bucket rest right
  • 454 Cruise Control
  • 573 !Delete!
  • P74 Litronic Headlights w/ Washer
  • X1 Arctic Silver Metallic