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The last, best limited production air-cooled Porsche!
One of only 193 road-going cars produced
As-new condition – Full concours-level cosmetic restoration/servicing by Canepa
26,321 original miles (42,360km)
3.6-liter twin-turbocharged 430hp/398lb-ft of torque flat six engine
6-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive
Porsche’s homologation model for entry into GT2 racing
Porsche is no stranger in making special homologation-series production cars, thinly disguised with some modern amenities that masked a racing monster underneath all of the carpet and leather. While the German car company had done this with the 964 Carrera RSR 3.8 and the 964 Turbo S2 before (potent racing adversaries and fantastic street cars), Porsche set its eyes on the GT2 category using the newest 911, the 993, as its base. What resulted from Porsche’s precision engineers was one of the most memorable and performance-oriented 993 road cars ever made: the Porsche 993 GT2.
The GT2 moniker was born with the 993, a special project developed by Weissach’s racing engineers. Built to be lighter, faster, more powerful, and supremely competitive, the 993 GT2 took the racing-car-first mentality and ran with it. While prior iterations of homologation cars (Carrera RS, 964 RS 3.8, etc) from Porsche looked like slightly reworked versions of the base model, the 993 GT2 by comparison looks menacing. An aggressive front splitter, riveted fender flares to accommodate special Speedline wheels, and an intense rear wing with special intake ducts positioned for maximum airflow, directing cool air to the twin turbochargers. An aluminum hood and doors helped remove excess weight from the car along with a spartan interior. Making a stout 430hp and 398 lb-ft of torque from its twin turbo 3.6-liter flat six engine and with an impressively low curb weight of 2,850 pounds (with a full interior), its power delivery and handling is nothing short of awesome!
The interior of the GT2 was made with simplicity in mind, removing what wasn’t needed and keeping the bare minimum. Composite bucket seats were utilized, rear seats removed, with lightweight carpeting throughout the cabin with minimal sound deadening materials. Lightweight door cards, manual windows, door pulls instead of handles, and others were all things that were thoughtfully included to ensure that the GT2 was as light as possible while still feeling unique and like a luxury sports car.
Porsche built 193 road-going GT2s, easily surpassing the homologation requirement for the racing car. The GT2 racing version proved to be a formidable opponent, quickly becoming the GT2 car of choice and began dominating championships worldwide, including the BPR Championship in Europe and the IMSA Sports Car Championship. In 1996 and 1997, privately entered 993 GT2s at the 24 Hours of Le Mans took class wins, with the 993 GT2 eventually even challenging the superior GT1 race cars to outright wins.
This 993 GT2 was completed at Porsche on June 13th, 1996. Originally built for the Japanese market (per the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity) it was optioned with air conditioning, a high amperage battery, reduced radio preparation, green graduated tint windshield, and Michelin tires. Finished in Porsche’s stunning Speed Yellow color over a black interior with black/grey leather seats, this GT2 was reportedly delivered to a Japanese customer via Japan’s most famous Porsche agency and importer, Mizwa Motors. Believed to have been with a single owner while in Japan among a collection of more than 50 cars, it remained there until being imported into the UK briefly before coming to the United States in 2016. There the GT2 completed EPA and DOT testing while service was also performed on the car, with documents showing the EPA and DOT process as well as service items performed.
The GT2 remained with this owner until being acquired by the most recent owner in Southern California in late 2019. He had the car serviced by TLG Auto in Los Angeles after the car first arrived, and then was subsequently sent to Canepa in early 2020. Upon a thorough inspection at Canepa, the owner and Bruce Canepa decided that it would be the best for a car of this caliber to have a complete cosmetic restoration, with the sole intent being returning the GT2 back to as-new condition, just like it would have left from the Porsche factory. This would include a complete concours-quality repaint of the factory Speed Yellow color, a reupholstered interior, a comprehensive mechanical servicing of all systems as needed, and a complete cleaning of all surfaces and parts, ensuring that nothing was left untouched.
The car was first majorly disassembled, with the engine and transmission removed from the car. All components that were removeable, including the bumpers, hood, doors, fenders, fender flares, and rear decklid/wing were removed from the car, along with the car’s lights and trim to allow easy access to all parts of the car. Even the factory glass was removed to ensure a seamless paint finish. With the body now devoid of all major components, the car was moved into Canepa’s detail department the entire underbody and chassis was detailed to as-new condition. After intensive cleaning, the underside presented like new with all of the factory-original finishes intact. No corrosion, scratches, or even dents were present, leaving the underside of the car in absolutely pristine condition. During this time various componentry that were removed during the engine and transmission separation were now cleaned by hand, including the drivetrain.
With the body now completely spotless, it was time to prepare it for its new Speed Yellow paintwork. Countless hours were spent on preparing the factory sheet metal along with all of the panels that were removed from the car. The Speed Yellow paint was matched perfectly with the original specification from Porsche, and each part was prepared to be painted individually and off of the car to ensure a perfect paint finish. During this time, the entire body was sanded down, any imperfections were addressed, and then primed to be final sanded. Only the exterior of the GT2 and body panels were painted, leaving the factory original paintwork underneath the exterior panels untouched. The car was painted to a concours-level, ensuring that the paint finish was both excellent and would last for years to come. After the paint had cured, all of the body and components were carefully wet sanded then polished ensuring a show-quality finish. The factory Speedline wheel centers were also refinished, and the rim halves of each wheel were restored to like-new condition.
As part of this intensive process, every single mechanical system and function were serviced or restored as new, including the engine, transmission, suspension, and others. Following the same philosophy as before, bringing the car to as-new condition as Porsche first did when it left the factory, the car went through a rigorous mechanical inspection per the “Canepa Difference” process. Any and all items that needed repair, replacement, or adjustment were attended to with every mechanical function restored back to new. With all of the work completed, you would be hard pressed to tell if the car had been restored, or was fresh and new from the Porsche factory.
With the chassis fully complete, Canepa’s in-house trimmer was busy at work making a completely new interior for the car. The interior was disassembled, removing every piece of carpet and leather to reveal the factory original Speed Yellow paint underneath. Following the goal of returning the car to as-new condition just like it left from Porsche, all the materials, from leather to carpet, were the same specification that Porsche had used. Canepa’s trimmer took the originals and made templates for them, making new seats covers, carpet, floor mats, and other trim pieces within the cabin. The interior of the car was cleaned by hand to remove any remaining residue from the factory interior, revealing again the original factory Speed Yellow paintwork.
Completed in mid 2019, the project had finally come to an end. With a total project cost of $209,729.82, it was nothing short of near perfection. Ecstatic with the final result, the owner had enjoyed the process and seeing his car return to as-new condition, and how it would have looked had he picked it up from the Porsche factory himself. A few months later, after enjoying and being satisfied with this project, he decided that he was looking for the next challenge and spoke with Bruce about the car. Shortly afterwards, the as-new GT2 came back to Canepa to find a new enthusiastic owner. A complete book of photos is available with the car to illustrate the level of detail and craftsmanship that went into this car’s restoration.
A homologation road car from Porsche is a unique and special part of the German brand’s heritage. Directly linked to their motorsport history, these cars played a critical role in ensuring that Porsche could continue on the racetrack around the globe. With this particular GT2, one of only 193 examples built, with a concours-level cosmetic restoration and new interior by Canepa back to as-new condition, is one of those cars that anyone would be lucky to experience yet alone own. With its twin-turbo 430hp air-cooled engine, rear-wheel drive, 6-speed manual transmission and with its race car looks, you very well might think that you’re driving a race car on the road. The 993 GT2 is nothing short of a special occasion to drive, and is a perfect snapshot in Porsche’s long homologation history.