The new 992 GT3 RS is still some way off – so what about a good-as-new version of the old one?
By Matt Bird / Friday, November 20, 2020
Venturing into the discussion of used Porsche values – specifically the GT models – is always done with some trepidation. Because according to some, you'll only get on the list for a new one after buying nine Macans and sending the dealer fresh flowers every week; or you'll be faced with paying way over the odds for a flipped example suspiciously close to the launch. That residual values are so fiercely strong only compounds the problem. Those who didn't make it onto that original list are forced to pay over RRP for years after. Which would be quite annoying.
There's another problem, too, as the GT cars at list price aren't all that expensive. As an experience, the original Cayman GT4 was worth way more than the £65k asked, in a similar way that 991 GT3s were significantly more exciting than everything else around £100,000. All that meant, however, is that secondhand prices were hoiked up further, sellers apparently pricing recent GT cars as the second coming of the automobile rather than reflecting their true status as merely great value sports cars.
Sadly, this particular GT3 RS isn't suddenly the return of the bargain basement track Porsche – it's £165k. But if we accept that the original £131,296 asking price perhaps sold the RS's abilities short, and that a car like this would have been nearer £140k with options, the premium appears begrudgingly acceptable rather than overtly antagonising.
Especially so given the spec. This GT3 RS has just 59 miles on it, which was presumably just the drive to wherever it has been stored. There it has sat for five years, serviced twice since new and with another one to happen at the point of sale. It's painted that incredible Ultraviolet purple colour, and is about as hardcore a 991 as you'll find: Clubsport with half cage and harnesses, PCM delete, lightweight lithium battery, ceramic brakes, carbon buckets, fire extinguisher and so on. Its complete lack use is at odds with a list of options that screams track car; perhaps it was configured as the ultimate expression of the GT3 RS philosophy, but only to exhibit. Like a stuffed grizzly.
Whatever the case, it's now for sale, and looking just as sublime as you'd hope. Which presents something of a quandary, because the best GT3 specification for a collector is surely the same as for a buyer keen to drive it: they both want the lightest, purest, most focused derivative out there. Whichever kind of RS fan ends up with this one, they're in for an absolute treat.
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