When the Porsche GT3 was launched as a new model in the late 90’s, it was an overwhelming success. All GT3s have since become among the most sought after modern Porsche collectibles. The famous Mezger engines were the foundation of all the 996 and 997 GT3s. This motor is known for being one of the best engines ever built. It is incredibly reliable and able to handle gobs of power. Sadly, only 916 997.1 GT3s came to the U.S. and only 47 were in Speed Yellow.
This example was built in February of 2007 and sold new by Blue Grass Motorsports Porsche dealer of Louisville, Kentucky on February 28th, 2007. This example was ordered with the following factory options:
- Sport Seats
- 19” GT3 Wheels
- Fire Extinguisher
- Sport Chrono Package w/o PCM
- Bi-Xenon Headlamp Package
- Speed Yellow
- Carbon Door Sill Model Insignia
- Rear Center Console Painted Exterior Color
- Seat Belts in Speed Yellow
Furthermore, the gauge surround and the rest of the center console were also painted in exterior color as well as paint to match the bolt-in roll bar. Also, a carbon fiber upper wing piece was installed and painted yellow on the underside.
The first owner was Mark Buford of Brentwood, TN. He owned the car for over 3-years and added over 12k miles. For the majority of the services, he used a local independent specialist. Based on the Carfax® report, it looks like he serviced the car nearly a dozen times. The majority of the services were routine fluid changes and inspections. He did have the A/C system serviced/charged as well as the front crankshaft seal replaced. Mark sold the car in July of 2010 with 12,635 miles to an enthusiast in Charlestown, Indiana. This owner kept the car for 4 years and added another 10k miles. The Carfax® shows 8 services during this time period. Once again, the services looked like routine fluid flushes, oil services, and inspections. Most services were performed at the selling Porsche dealer in Louisville, Kentucky. Just before selling to the next owner, the starter was replaced.
It was then sold in March of 2014 with 22,700 miles to the next owner in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. This owner was Porsche of Pittsburgh who kept it as a display vehicle for just over a year. They sold it on May 6th,2015 with 26,460 miles to an enthusiast in Solana Beach, California (near San Diego). For the next 5 years/7k miles, this owner serviced the car at local shops in Encinitas, California. In 2019, he installed a fresh set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires (around 33k miles). It was then sold in May of 2020 with 33,935 miles to the next owner in Government Camp, Oregon near the base of Mount Hood.
This owner didn’t drive it much and ended up selling it to a good friend and fellow Porsche enthusiast of ours here in the Los Angeles area. He flew up to Portland at the end of 2020 and did a 1,700-mile road trip with his wife back home. This recent owner is very handy and enjoys tinkering in his garage. He has a great setup that allows him to do quite a bit of work himself. Plus, he has help from a good friend of his who is also a Porsche tech at the local Porsche dealer. At the beginning of 2021, he performed the following services:
- Oil service
- Spark plugs
- Coil packs inspected
- Air filter
- Clutch safety switch
He gave us the car to sell for him last year. We quickly sold it to another Los Angeles area enthusiast on June 30th, 2021 with 37,375 miles. Just before selling it, this owner had a pre-purchase inspection (PPI) performed by a local independent specialist. He found the car in great original condition with no serious issues or needs. For the last 15 months and 1,500 miles, this owner has used it lightly for local cars & coffee events. He’s in the process of purchasing his first home and realizes he doesn’t use this GT3 as much as he thought and asked us to help find the next caretaker.
Upon receiving the car, we went through our normal inspection and had our local Porsche specialist perform a routine service, which included an oil service, brake flush, air filter, cabin filter, fuel filter, drive belt, and general inspection. Furthermore, a DME report was run showing zeros in all 6 ranges. He found the car to be in very good condition with no signs of abuse or damage and generally in very good original condition.
This GT3 is in excellent shape and clearly a well-cared-for example. I doubt it has ever been on the track as the paint is in too good of shape. All the metal surfaces are original and wearing their original paint. It was verified with a paint meter as well. The front bumper was painted in the past and shows hardly any signs of use. The color is slightly darker than the rest of the car. There minimal flaws on the body. For the miles and age, it’s in superb condition. The glass is in original and in good shape with no cracks. The proper factory stampings are visible. The windshield appears to be original and has one small chip and some light road rash. All the exterior lights work. The left rear taillight works but sags a ¼” due to a broken mount. The original wheels look near perfect and are wearing Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires with at least 75% life remaining. They are date stamped the end of 2018 and were installed in 2019. The brakes appear to have around 75% life remaining on the front and about 50% on the rear.
The interior is very clean as well. The leather seats have no tears or rips and some light wear on the exit bolsters. The Alcantara finishes on the steering wheel, shifter, and seats are showing some wear, but no stains. The carpet and headliner look fresh with no significant blemishes. The door panels show little to no wear as well. The dash has no cracks or other issues. All the gauges work properly. The minute and second hands on the sport chrono clock have fallen off. Also, the driver-side cup holder doesn’t latch in place. The trunk release button works but is finicky. The factory radio has been removed and is included with the car. A Bluetooth Kenwood unit has been installed which works great. All the interior lights operate properly as well.
The engine compartment, trunk, and underside are in top condition and look as good if not better than examples I’ve seen with sub 10k miles. It is clear that it was never abused. The engine area is very tidy with no signs of major issues. There is some very light oil weeping at the rear main seal, which is very common. In fact, an article by Excellence magazine addressed this as common and normal for these cars that aren’t used daily. “Ultimately, it is normal to see some engine oil seepage in the RMS area of GT3 models due to the unique design of the seal.” – Excellence 2008
This GT3 comes with owner’s manuals in vinyl case, original maintenance booklet, 1-key, tools, wheel lock key, tire pressure gauge, tire repair kit, air compressor, and original radio.
*Available for an additional fee are a pair of carbon/leather sport bucket seats that are factory units for this car, but was not ordered with this car when new. They are covered in leather and great shape.
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“Blindingly quick, surprisingly civil.” – R&T July 2006
Other period headlines include:
“Gentler Giant-Killer: Porsche’s street-racer gains civility without losing its edge.” – MotorTrend, July 2006
“Your neighbors will hate you. Your neighbors’ kids will love you.” – Car & Driver, June 2006
I enjoy going back and reading in-period first drive reviews. Did the journalists get it right? Did they understand how special these cars would become?
Compared to the previous 996 GT3 generation, Porsche was trying to make the 997 GT3 faster and more capable while easier to drive on public roads. They nailed it.
As much as I adore my 996 GT3, I can see the benefits of the 997 GT3. Porsche realized they didn’t need to build a full race car for the street. Besides, many of their customers still needed to be able to get out and walk after going for a drive.
Each generation of the GT3 further exploits this duality of street comfort and track prowess. How can they do this? I believe they must sacrifice the analog nature of these cars. For most, that’s fine. For me, it’s not.
I have a feeling, I’m going to want/need one of these last-of-an-era GT3s in the very near future.
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