Used Porsche GTS

For lucky read­ers who can af­ford a used Gt-se­ries 911, and those of you happy just to fan­ta­sise about own­ing one, An­drew Frankel has the in­side track

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Like the sound of a used Gt-se­ries 911? We don’t blame you. But, as ever, you must look be­fore you leap. The good news is that none of the GT cars were af­fected by the oil seal is­sues suf­fered by many 996 and 997-se­ries en­gines. The bet­ter news is the Mezger engine they all used un­til the 991 is strong. Also, the new units fit­ted to the 991-se­ries cars that had a rep­u­ta­tion for self-im­mo­la­tion at the time of in­tro­duc­tion have all long since been re­placed with re­vised units.

Even so, there is stuff to re­mem­ber here. Like the fact that all Gt-se­ries cars are two-seaters and ho­molo­gated as such. You can’t just put the rear seats back in and take the kids to school.

Also, al­most all Gt-se­ries 911s were not lim­it­ededi­tion cars but built in rea­son­able num­bers – though de­lib­er­ately never quite enough to sat­isfy de­mand – so there are prob­a­bly more out there than you might think. And just be­cause a car has an ‘RS’ badge, that doesn’t au­to­mat­i­cally make it far rarer than one that does not. In some cir­cum­stances, it does – like the 996 – but in oth­ers, such as the 997 se­ries, it ab­so­lutely does not. And, yes, all Gt-se­ries cars come in ‘gen 1’ and ‘gen 2’ spec, which is just a cool way of say­ing pre or post mid-life facelift. But Porsche be­ing Porsche, gen 2 cars are al­most al­ways sig­nif­i­cantly up­graded over their gen 1 fore­bears.

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