Created to appeal to the purist enthusiast, the Touring variant of the GT3 caused a sensation when it appeared for the 2018 model year. Without the extraverted wing of the conventional GT3 and available only with the traditional 6-speed manual that enthusiasts missed from the 991.1 generation GT3 when it appeared for the 2014 model year, the Touring is for the buyer who appreciates the spectacular performance that only a GT division Porsche can provide, yet also enjoys the analog and interactive character that has traditionally defined the vintage 911 experience. The centerpiece of the car is its 4.0 liter naturally aspirated flat-6, the last remaining naturally aspirated Porsche engine in their entire entire model lineup. With lightened internals and sophisticated new valvetrain, it revs to a spectacular 9,000 RPM giving it an unmistakable character that simply doesn’t exist in a turbocharged motor.
This particular car’s MSRP was $159,520 and included chalk paintwork, bucket seats, front axle lift, extended range fuel tank, red seat belts, fire extinguisher, black trim, dash and center console trim painted to match the exterior of the car, satin platinum finish wheels. The car was ordered on 30 April 2018 for European Delivery, which occurred at the Zuffenhausen factory on 24 September 2018. The owner then proceeded to take the car on 3075 km trip in Germany, Switzerland, Corsica, and Italy, which is obsessively documented with not only photos, but invoices and many other documents, down to gas receipts and the label affixed to the windscreen when the car traveled via ferry from Genova to Corsica. Despite the first service being due at 7,500 miles or 1 year, the owner booked a service for the car at the Porsche dealer in Bologna, Italy at 2062 km just to get the invoice and the stamp in the service book. On the 5th of December 2018, the ship carrying the car crossed under the Golden Gate Bridge, so naturally the owner was there to photograph the moment. The car was delivered to him by Porsche of Walnut Creek a few days later.
The car received its first service in November of 2019 and its second service in January 2021 and also traveled to Washington State and back twice. In November 2020, the owner’s brother spun the car into a grass highway median, necessitating the replacement of the front and rear bumpers, as well the front right fender. The repair was completed without regard to cost: anything with so much as a mark on it was replaced. Aside from the fitment of a Soul exhaust system, clear bra on front surfaces, and houndstooth seat inserts, the car has not been modified.
Included with the car are the following items: window sticker, tools, books including stamped service book showing first service in Italy, internal Porsche newsletter from the factory from the date of the car’s delivery, two German temporary zoll plates (front one still covered in bugs), GT3 factory brochure, misc other brochures from the dealer at time of purchase, Euro delivery gift box from Porsche, miscellaneous Euro delivery documents, original purchase invoice,original order confirmation form (as well as a few other configs that were considered but not bought), copy of check from deposit, all service records including first service done in Italy, warning triangle (required by German regulations), Porsche first aid kit (required by German regulations), safety vest (required to be in car within reach of driver’s seat by German regulations), shipping manifest and logistics label, front and rear CA plates including original envelope, paper plate from dealer that supplied car new, front license plate bracket, issue of the Sports Car Safari magazine issue in which the car was featured, two keys, one with leather pouch, original key chain from dealer that supplied car new, original fabric seat inserts, original exhaust system, stack of receipts, maps, ferry label etc. from Euro delivery trip, a spare Swiss autobahn vignette sticker in case the windscreen ever needs to be replaced in the future, most importantly, Bill the rubber duck, who was a gift from a German hotel and rode on the dashboard for the entire European delivery trip.