1996 Porsche 911 GT2 sells for £775,625 at Sothebys London Auction, results

1996 Porsche 911 GT2 sells for £775,625 at Sothebys London Auction, results

Chassis no. WP0ZZZ99ZTS392062
Documents: German Fahrzeugbrief

One of just 161 road-going 993 GT2s
Last of the great air-cooled turbocharged Porsche 911s
Just 18,000 km, with minimal recent use
Extensive service record and magnificent in black over black

One of the rarest of the 993-generation 911s, only 243 911 GT2s were built over three years, of which approximately 161 were completed to road-going specification. When Porsche introduced the new 993 variant of the 911 for 1995, it was to be the last of the great air-cooled 911s, and the GT2 sat firmly atop the 993 family tree. At the time, there was no more exciting 911 to own, and it was certainly an exciting day for this car’s first owner in 1995 when it was delivered, as it presented a chance to own a brand new Porsche with true roots in motorsport.

Porsche’s success with the four-wheel-drive 961, along with Audi’s rally wins with the Quattro and the later track success of the Nissan Skyline, led to all-wheel-drive being banned by most sanctioning bodies by the mid-1990s. This presented a problem for Porsche, whose Turbo was driven by all four wheels; the solution was the GT2, which was to be rear-wheel-drive. A side benefit turned out to be significant weight savings, and the GT2 was instantly competitive and quickly racked up a number of podium finishes.

A side effect of this competition success was that Porsche had to build a number of street GT2s in order to homologate the model for racing. At around 430 hp, the GT2s ran higher boost than the standard Turbo model and developed almost as much horsepower as its racing counterparts. It shared cutaway fenders with the Carrera RS and had removable and replaceable bolt-on flared arches in order to fit wider wheels for racing and also for quick replacement in the event of any race-related damage. Unsurprisingly, the GT, as it was initially dubbed, is highly prized by Porsche collectors.

This outstanding Porsche 911 GT2, widely considered the last of the great air-cooled turbocharged Porsche 911s, was ordered in May 1995 and today presents in excellent condition throughout.

It is offered with copies of the original order form, detailing the range of desirable options specified by its astute first owner. These options include black leather sports seats, air conditioning and electric windows, radio and GT2 badge delete options, as well as driver and passenger airbags. Throughout its life, this GT2 has covered just 18,000 km, experiencing regular and fastidious maintenance by Porsche main dealers.

That first owner was Andreas Knapp-Voith of Dusseldorf, Germany. From service and maintenance invoices on file, Andreas kept the car for at least 19 years, with the final invoice with his name on file being dated September 2005. The car has remained registered in his name, and the next owner will become this GT2’s second private owner.

In 1999, the GT2 was involved in an accident while lapping the Nürburgring, sustaining both front and rear body panel damage. Immediately thereafter, Knapp-Voith returned the car to Porsche in Stuttgart, where it was fully repaired to as-new condition. This is documented by detailed invoices in the car’s history file. Since this comprehensive repair work was completed, this GT2 has travelled less than 3,000 km.

This GT2 also includes its original owner’s manuals, including those for the original Blaupunkt radio, original registration document and service booklet, which notes the car’s regular maintenance at Porsche main dealers. Furthermore, the car has been recently serviced at a Porsche dealership and is ready for the road.

Road-going GT2s are rarely offered for public sale, and the opportunity to acquire such a low-mileage example of what is considered one of Porsche’s most iconic road cars

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