The Porsche GT3 was introduced in 1999 as the latest in the series of high-performance Porsche 911 derivatives that stretches back to the 1973 Carrera RS and beyond.
Just like those revered RS models that came before, the GT3 was designed with the track in mind, with the 1999 ‘Cup’ the first of the racing versions produced, as the basis for the one-make national and regional Porsche Carrera Cup and GT3 Cup Challenge series, as well as the international Porsche Supercup.
The latter series has supported the FIA Formula 1 World Championship since 1993, often providing the best racing over a Grand Prix weekend.
Chassis number: WPOZZZ99ZXS698063
Engine: 3.6-litre flat six-cylinder
Gearbox: 6-speed manual
Colour: Glacier White/Porsche GB Team ‘Parabolica-McCulloch Motorsport’ 1999 livery
One of just 61 cars produced, this left-hand drive 996 chassis GT3 Cup was manufactured by the Porsche factory in December 1998 before being delivered to Porsche Cars GB and sold in January 1999 to Parabolica-McCulloch Motorsport.
The GT3 boasts the naturally aspirated 3.6-litre water-cooled unit based on that of the GT1 race car designed by legendary Porsche engineer, Hans Metzger.
Confirming its status as an out-and-out racer, the car’s bodywork was fitted with a large rear wing and front spoiler, welded-in roll cage, fibreglass doors, racing seat, six-point race harness, fire extinguisher and more, as well as full racing suspension and brake system setup.
In 1999, the car was run by the UK-based Parrabolica-McCulloch team in the Porsche Michelin Supercup on behalf of Porsche GB, who were the original owners of the car.
With leading British sportscar racer Johnny Mowlem at the wheel, the team finished the competitive championship 11th overall, with a best result of third place in the opening round in Melbourne.
Following the season, the car was sold to Michelin who put the car into a corporate livery to feature it in their promotional activities throughout 2000. The car then competed in various events in the hands of subsequent owners before returning to the Mowlem livery.
In 2013/14 the car underwent a mechanical overhaul by Parr Motorsport.
Values of low production number Porsches remain strong, and particularly those of competition cars. It is interesting to us that Cup cars in general, and Supercup cars in particular, have been largely unaffected by this trend.
When you consider the performance available, the sensible running costs and the well-documented international competition history of the cars, they seem to us to offer remarkable value in the market.
This Porsche racing car would suit the track or performance driver who is looking to take his hobby to the next level. It is also eligible for the new Global Endurance Legends series of events. Despite not having traction control, this car is a quick, benign and extremely presentable racer.