The Porsche Carrera GT has been near the top of my bucket list for at least the last 8 years. So, I ended up buying a 997.2 GT3 RS that has been further “enhanced” by GMG Racing and now is badged a WC – GT3RS. Makes perfect sense doesn’t it. Well it kind of does when you understand my rather convoluted history with Porsche and their cars. I have now owned five Porsches over the years; a 993 C4, 993 Turbo, 997.2 GT3 RS, Cayenne Turbo, & a Cayenne S. The last two have served as the family “trucks” for the last 8 years with the Cayenne Turbo proving itself near bullet proof & the Cayenne S anything but. Of the two 993s, I have fond memories of the 993 C4 but did not bond with the 993 Turbo at all. When the Turbo’s front end went quite light at 150 mph on the autobahn, I lost confidence in the car and we parted company shortly thereafter. The Turbo’s air-conditioning deciding to die on a summer weekend road trip in Southern Spain also did not helps it’s case.
I have actually tried to acquire a few other Porsche’s over the years but each time it has ended in tears. When the 918 was first announced, I contacted Porsche directly twice to let them know I was interested and never heard back. Given the challenges Porsche had selling out the production run, I guess this is a good indication of where I stood on the priority list. I also once thought I had an agreed deal on a Carrera GT. This was back in June 2014. I had located a 2005 Black/Grey Carrera GT with 8,200 miles at Porsche of Newport Beach in California. We had agreed a price, I had offered to wire over a deposit (which I was told was not necessary) and I was just waiting for them to send over the pre-purchase inspection report before wiring payment. After three days and no signs of the PPI nor any response to my emails, I finally called the salesman back and was told they had sold the Carrera GT to another buyer. What made it even worse was the dealership manager wasn’t even apologetic about the situation and basically told me to go pound sand. Since that time average Carrera GT prices have jumped by $200-300k and I just can’t get my head around one at these values. I do believe Carrera GT prices will come back down to earth in the next couple of years as they are not particularly rare and can be quite a handful to drive. Hopefully the stars align, and a CGT finally finds its way into our garage in the next year or two.
All of this brings us back to the GT3 RS. With the CGT out as a short-term option, I started doing a bit of research on the various GT3 options as I considered that to be the next best thing. A traditional manual gearbox was a must have which immediately ruled out the later 991.1 series. I also reached out for input from Nick Trott (former editor of EVO Magazine & current editor of MotorSport) who is both a die-hard Porsche fan and has forgotten more about the different 911 models than I will ever know. Originally, I had settled on 997.1 GT3 but after hearing multiple rave reviews of the 997.2 GT3 RS, changed directions and decided that the rawer more focused car was a better fit to my personal tastes. The .2’s also can be optioned with a front axle lift system, which in the area I live, is a necessity. The fact that the 997.2 GT3 RS also won EVO’s car of the year in 2010 didn’t hurt.
From final decision on model to finding the right car happened very quickly. It was four weeks from search start to deposit placed. I found the car via the Porsche pre-owned vehicle locator while sitting in a ski lodge exhausted at the end of a great day on the slopes. The GT3 RS had been listed the day before and I immediately placed a call to the dealer, Porsche of Beverly Hills, as soon as I saw the listing. A quick email exchange on the history of the car followed and the next day, New Year’s Eve, a deposit was placed. Given the holidays, it took another couple of days to finalize the transaction but by the second week of January the GT3 RS was in route to its new home. The positive experience with Porsche’s Beverly Hills dealership could not have been more different from the disappointing mess on the Carrera GT at the Newport Beach dealership.
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