By 2012, Porsche had two generations of the GT3 under their belt but, this particular iteration—the 997—would feature many “lasts” for the 911. To name a few, the 997—in particular the 997.2 (facelift)—would become the last Porsche to utilize a hydraulic steering system, which was replaced in “favor” of an electronic system in its sucessor, the 991. The 997.2 was also the final 911 built by an exclusively Porsche governed assembly line—prior to Volkswagen stepping in. And, most notably, this iternation of the legendary rear-engine sports car would become the final 911 to feature a Mezger flat-6. Named after famed Porsche Motorsport engineer, Hans Mezger. Designed or the 1997 GT1 LeMans car, it used dry-sump technology to reduce oil surges (and a subsequently dangerous drop in pressure) during hard cornering. While the motor in this generation adored Hans’ name, he had been designing power plants and other integral parts for Porsche since the ‘60s.
Photographed here, our 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 (997.2) is one of less than 200 cars built for the ’11 model year and is finished in the highly desirable, Meteor Grey Metallic over an Extended, Black Leather & Alcantara interior. Having gone only 9k miles since being delivered new at Dean McCrary Imports in Mobile, Alabama in October of 2010, this GT3 is in impeccable overall condition and is powered by it’s original 3.8L Mezger Flat-Six mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Accompanied by a hefty file of routine service documents and spec’d with rare factory options such as painted (Black) center-lock wheels and carbon-ceramic brakes (PCCB), this particular GT3 is a total “blue-chip” and is represents an incredible opportunity to own what many call, the last true 911.