1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution (LHD)
- Ultimate 911 variation
- One of just 18 Race cars
- The Winningest Porsche GT1 ever
- Only road-legal GT1 Race car
- Subjected to a £300,000 restoration in 2014/2015
As a car, the Porsche 911 GT1 speaks for itself, one of the greatest race cars of all time and one of the very best Porsche models ever produced. Built in low numbers, 41 cars were built of which the majority, 25, were built as “Strassenversion” road cars and 18 as Race cars. A 911 arguably only in form and name, the GT1 shared few common traits with its namesake beyond its design language, headlights, taillights and door handles, the main similarity being the frontal chassis and next to nothing more. If anything, the GT1 was a successor to the legendary Porsche 962s which is itself one of the most successful racing models of all time. The rear of the chassis of the GT1 was derived from the 962, as was the 3.2 Litre, water-cooled, twin turbo Flat 6 engine that produced a terrifying 600+BHP.
The GT1 was a car developed from the ground-up which was revolutionary in the world of GT1 racing where most cars were derived from road cars, the Porsche was an all-out race car which was produced in limited numbers to make for arguably just a street legal race car. It was only further developed with the introduction of the GT1 evolution which received brand new styling more akin to the newly launched Porsche 911 996. This cosmetic redesign proved to be far more aerodynamic than the 993 inspired standard GT1 and consequently benefitted from noticeably faster acceleration.
In its final variation, the 911 GT1-98 benefitted from entirely new bodywork, looking entirely unique from the previous models with prototype-style proportions. This combined with a new sequential gearbox led Porsche to a 1st and 2nd place victory at Le Mans in 1998, giving them their 16th overall victory at the iconic 24 Hour race. Europe was not the only forte of the 911 GT1 as our car proves.
We are truly honoured to present to you a once in a lifetime opportunity of a 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution. Beyond being the only Race car converted to road use, Chassis #117 has achieved more victories than any other 911 GT1. Raced when new by the successful Bytzek in Canada, our GT1 raced over a 4-year period between 1999 and 2003, winning 13 races in 31 starts making it the winningest 911 GT1 ever which is simply irreplaceable. Among those victories were a total of 3 Canadian GT Championships. It also raced in the prestigious Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona among many other American and Canadian races.
Since then, the car was subject to a £300,000 restoration by world-leading competition car experts Lanzante Motorsports who also converted the car to road-legal specifications, making it the only road-legal race car example of a GT1. This, combined with the unparalleled racing history and high specifications of our car make it not only a fantastic example of one of the most highly regarded race and road cars of all time but most certainly, one of the very best 911 GT1s on the planet. An opportunity not to be missed at any cost.
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