When people think of the wildest Porsche on the road it's no surprise that the Carrera GT is the first car that comes to mind. With 1270 units sold from 2004 to 2006, and 604 that made it stateside the GT is an iconic piece of work, but it may have never seen the light of day if it weren't for the 911 GT1 Straßenversion.
first developed the 911 GT1 to race in the FIA GT Championship in 1996. Unlike other manufacturers who typically took versions of their road-going cars and modified them for racing, Porsche built the GT1 as a race car from the ground up. As with others in the class, approximately 25 Straßenversion or Street Versions were built to meet regulations for the series, and this one that is for auction in Montery is said to be the only one to have been imported into the U.S.
Being such a limited issue car is just the beginning of what makes this car great. These street legal monsters were barely altered from their race setup, receiving a slight detune, softer suspension, different gearing, and a steel brake setup. Their mid-mounted 3.2 liter twin-turbo flat-six was still good for a whopping 544 bhp and a sprint from 0-60 in roughly 3.7 seconds. Weight was kept to a minimum thanks to the GT1's full carbon fiber body and partial tube frame chassis.
As with its siblings, this GT1 was initially sold in Europe before making it into the hands of RV dealership mogul and avid car collector Don Wallace in early 2004. Though records seem unclear, the going theory is that the GT1 traded hands once again in late 2009. It was also listed on consignment last December for $1,950,000 however it's unclear if the car was sold at that time.
It's not every day that a car comes up for sale that can make a McLaren F1 feel pedestrian, and there's no doubt the sale price of the GT1 will reflect this. The interesting part will be seeing if it goes for more than the Carrera GT, and whether or not the two cars go to the same bidder. For any Porschephile or outright car enthusiast this is an incredible piece of kit, and the ultimate trump card whenever someone says "Yeah, my car is basically a race car with license plates".