1999 Porsche 996 GT3 Club Sport LHD (996.1 GT3) For Sale

The GT3 story begins with the development of the GT3 Cup for the Pirelli Supercup championship, which supported the F1 calendar from 1998. Only 30 race cars were made, but Porsche also had an eye on the new N-GT racing class, which came into force on 1 March 2000. Alexander Klein, boss of the Porsche Museum, who’s flown to meet the Porsche Museum car we’re driving, says around 1, 200 road-going examples were required to meet the rules.

Development of those road cars was entrusted to motorsport stalwart Roland Kussmaul – the 996. 1 being the only GT3 not conceived under Preuninger, though Kussmaul’s successor was already working in a different department at Porsche. The cars were produced in two waves: 1, 350 examples of the ‘A’ cars for homologation purposes, with a ‘ZYS’ chassis code, and then 536 units of the ‘B’ cars, coded ‘Z01’. This car being number 225 of the first cars built with the ZYS chassis code.

The 996 GT3 Club Sport is a superb example of the lightweight, track-focused but road legal 911 from the first water-cooled 911. The biggest difference between Carrera and GT3 variants is the powertrain: the water-cooled M96/ 79 3. 6-litre engine isn’t an evolution of the Carrera’s, but of the Mezger engine derived from the GT1 Le Mans racer. It features titanium con-rods and an uprated crank to withstand the higher engine speed of 7, 800rpm. It churns out 360bhp and 370Nm, up 60bhp and 20Nm on the Carrera, and a more durable motor it is too.

Today, the 996 GT3 remains a fabulous drive. It might be closer in character to the Carrera 2 on which it’s based than later models, but it’s the perfect riposte to anyone who thinks Porsche sold out with water-cooling, and dismisses the 996 as the worst of the bunch. It feels old-school analogue, mechanical and intimate, but also with the easy comfort and strikingly compact dimensions to instantly quell jangling nerves.

With relatively low mileage and a comprehensive maintenance history this car presents a fantastic and rare opportunity. The odometer shows just 69, 633 miles from new.

Club Sport specification incorporates a factory-fitted roll cage, composite bucket seats trimmed in Nomex fabric, a single-mass flywheel, a cut-off safety switch, and six-point safety harnesses.

Manufactured and delivered on the 23rd July 1999 this early car was ordered new by and delivered to a Mr Theo Kleen, Hotelier from Frankfurt, Germany.

The car was bought to the UK and registered here with UK registration T795 TCF on the 15th November 2000. The car was then exported back to Germany in May 2003 to a Mr. Richard Evan Levitt, a solicitor and former partner of Slaughter and May in Frankfurt.

The car returned to the UK in November 2004 where it was re-registered with registration number T798 TGC where it has remained between its 3 UK keepers. The car is sold with the appropriate and cherished registration of G3T XX.

The current owner has had the car for over 14 years since 2006 and has kept it in superb order, maintained regardless of cost. It has a full service history, only serviced using recognised Porsche specialists for its annual service or other maintenance work, notably RSR Engineering in Hampshire where they recently (March) carried out just under £5, 000 worth of work that included replacing the rear disks and pads, brake fluid change, replacing coolant lines and o-rings, battery replacement, MOT, fault diagnostics, new coolant expansion tank, coolant system flush and refill, new radiator, new clutch with competition single mass pressure plate and competition single mass friction plate.

The engine was also recently compression tested by RSR with strong result on each of the 6 cylinders in January 2019 @ 69, 167 miles (less than 500 miles ago).

The bodywork presents in excellent condition, having had PPF (paint protection film on the front of the car, rear wing and wing mirrors.

In the cabin, the lightweight Recaro bucket seats are in superb condition, with no damage to the Nomex upholstery showing no major signs of wear. Overall the interior is in great shape.

While a modern Blaupunkt DAB head unit is fitted, the car even comes with the original Porsche CDR23 Becker radio and CD player as well as the original LHD European headlights. Also available with the car are another set of matching split-rim wheels with Toyo R888 tyres.

The owner has commented on the condition of the car stating:

The Engine: “is unmodified and recently pressure tested with good results. The engine is strong and sounds fabulous when the revs rise above 5000rpm.”

The Gearbox: “The gearbox was rebuilt in April 2016 incorporating uprated steel synchromehes. The gearbox is very nice to use with very positive shifts.”

The Brakes “New rear discs & pads, front pads are uprated Pagid RS29's The stopping power is fantastic and the degree of feel is high. The lack of servo assistance which greatly assists with modulation, does mean that firm pedal pressure is required to stop quickly, but this is something you very quickly get used to..”

The Suspension: “Fitted with KW Variant 3 coilovers, the geometry is mildly track biased, but not to the detriment of road driving”

Please contact Ben to make arrangements for a viewing or to discuss the car further. It is available for immediate viewing upon appointment in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

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