When the new Porsche 911.2 GT3 was announced, I was already on the waiting list for one. Had been for some time. But that was certainly no guarantee that I would be getting one - on one hand, I had been lucky enough to get a GT4 allocation two years earlier and that was a car I had used as Porsche intended, driving 8,000 miles in two years on some of the best passes in Europe - Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and even Wales! Plus trackdays at Portimao and (several) at Silverstone. It had been to Le Mans and the Porsche Museum - so I clearly wasn't the type to get an allocation and then flip it for profit after a few weeks. That would hopefully work in my favour? However, as I'd had a GT4 allocation, maybe they would offer this to someone new? I had no idea, all I could do was wait. And hope.
I went to the Geneva Motor Show, still not knowing whether I would get a car. It meant I was a little subdued when I saw the GT3 on the Porsche stand - as there was no point getting excited if I'd never get one. But seeing the car in the flesh was very exciting. Such a cool looking car - and the package sounded superb. More hoping.
A few weeks later, I got the call. And wasn't expecting good news - but good news it was. They would allocate me a car as they knew I would use it as intended. They obviously cannot make enough of these cars to keep everyone happy, and there will be people that do not feel I should get a car considering I got a GT4 allocation too. And I understand that. But I was thrilled to get the offer and it was certainly one I was going to take.
The ordering process was a bit of a pain - as with the GT4, I wanted a Paint To Sample [PTS] colour - ideally Viper Green. Although Nardo Grey, Fashion Grey and Signal Yellow were also in the mix. I was then told by OPC Solihull that ALL cars ordered in the UK would not be able to have a PTS colour. It had to come from the main palette. Gutted. But, at least I was getting a car - so what colour to go with? I like black GT3's - and yellow, but there was only one real choice for me. As Fashion Grey was in the shortlist, I went for Crayon Grey as it's almost the same colour. Sure there will be a plethora of Crayon Grey cars, but I like it.
The actual spec of the car is very similar to my GT4 - Manual gearbox, PCCB brakes, Clubsport, Lightweight Bucket seats [LWB], Sports Chrono, Alcantara and stereo delete. With a classic exterior colour, I wanted that feel throughout, so went with silver wheels and a special CXX order for the seats - 911R houndstooth inserts. They were stupidly expensive, but who knows if I'll get another GT car allocation, so you have to go with what you want... I also have bespoke CXX sill plates, but you'll have to wait to see those.
The seats look magnificent. Can't wait to actually see them - I've only seen these pictures myself, so you've seen exactly what I have so far! Thanks to Daniel Taylor at OPC Solihull for taking these pics and sending them over.
The GT4 was always due to go in to them as a part-exchange. Not sure I'll drive the GT4 too much when the GT3 arrives? But, my GT4 spec is so personal, it was really making me sad to think of losing it. Will it be a future classic? Do I really care? Well, after much searching and discussing with Mrs. G, I have decided to keep the car. The price that the Dealer offered was at least £5-7k less than I was expecting, so that was the final deciding factor. The dealer had an attitude that was - well, the GT3 will be worth much, much more than I pay so I should take a hit on the GT4. Well, I don't like that. The GT4 is a GT4. The GT3 a GT3. The going rate for the GT4 should be the going rate. The GT3 will be worth more, but I don't intend on selling it. Ever. So that's irrelevant to me.
Anyway, I'll leave this feature here as I will want to do another when I actually have the car in the New Year. Will aim to do a film too - possibly with the GT4. Have a lovely Christmas everyone.