In the mid-1990s, the most successful carmaker in the history of Le Mans was spurred by McLaren’s success to return to endurance racing.
Porsche’s weapon of choice debuted at the La Sarthe circuit in 1996. Although it was named 991, it was mid- and not rear-engined and the flat-six was water cooled and featured four valves per cylinder. In fact, the only thing borrowed from the (then current) 993 was the front structure, which was mated to the rear of Stuttgart’s previous all-conquering racer, the 956/962.
Homologation rules dictated that to be eligible for the series, “at least” 25 road-legal models had to be manufactured. Porsche obliged and created the Strassenversion.
It was effectively a racer with a slightly detuned engine (with 544 instead of 562 bhp) to comply with emissions regulations and offered some amenities like carpeting and a 993-sourced dashboard.
The car that is heading to the auction block is based on the racer’s second iteration, the GT1 Evo. Built in January 1998, it’s barely run-in as the odo reads only 7,180 km (4,461 miles).
The 911 GT1 is a thinly veiled racer that due to regulations, can also be driven on the streets. Besides, if you can afford it we guess you already have a garage full of modern supercars anyway.
There’s also one final thing that may interest you: RM Auctions says that this particular car, chassis number WP0ZZZ99ZWS396005, is the only one known to have been imported to the US of A.