Is the Widowmaker really worth seven figures?
A brand new Porsche 911 GT2 RS will set you back by around $300,000. That may seem like a bargain compared to what this 1996 example could ultimately sell for at auction. RM Sotheby's is offering this stunning 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 for its online-only Palm Beach auction later this weekend and the final price tag could be ridiculously high. How much? It's estimated to bring in anywhere from $950,000 to $1,100,000. The question is whether it's worth that high-dollar amount. The short answer is 'yes.'
You see, the 993-generation 911 GT2 will turn 25 years old next year and will thus be able to be registered in the US. For now, it's limited for only show and display. This Polar Silver example is only one of 194 street-legal 993 GT2s in the world and it has a total of only 18,712 miles. It's also completely stock. But unlike the regular 911 Turbos and legendary 959, the GT2 is rear-wheel-drive only.
Power comes from an air-cooled 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six developing 430 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. Its period correct six-speed manual transmission was recently rebuilt. Performance? Try 0-60 mph in less than four seconds and a top speed of 190 mph. With that much power and performance capabilities, it's no wonder the GT2 was given the nickname "the widowmaker."
The auction listing claims this example was imported to the US from Japan a few years ago. Its bodywork features aluminum doors and trunk lid and an aggressive aero package. Take special notice of its front air splitter and its massive bi-plane rear wing. It also wears a set of special 18-inch "Speedline for Porsche" alloy wheels.
The interior is finished in two-tone black and grey while factory options include air conditioning, electric windows, front airbags, and tinted windscreen. The seats are lightweight buckets with inserts in order to make sure both driver and passenger are held in place because, well, they'll need to be if this thing is driven the way it's meant to be.
Given this 993 911 GT2's insanely low mileage and nearly perfect condition, it's hard not to imagine someone forking over at least $1 million. The fun will begin in 2021.