1999 Porsche 911 GT3: A Short History


Porsche’s 911 family of cars offers a blend of style, handling, and power that has earned it respect among sports car aficionados for over half a century.  One of its most exhilarating modern derivatives, the GT3 offers an especially exciting driving experience thanks to its light weight, minimalist engineering, and no-nonsense interior.  These qualities combine to offer an outstanding blend of speed, performance, and tactile satisfaction that can please virtually any enthusiast. 

Porsche debuted the GT3 in 1999 at the Geneva Motor Show.  Four years later it introduced the GT3 RS, which at the time was considered one of the world’s most desirable sports cars because of its technical sophistication, outstanding performance, and bold appearance made all the more extreme by a distinctive rear wing that keeps the vehicle securely on the ground at high speeds. 

The model remains at the apex of desirability thanks in large part to the great power generated by its flat-six, water-cooled, rear-mounted engine.  Yet as capable as the GT3 is on the street, it remains the choice of vehicle for series such as the Porsche Carrera Cup and the Porsche Super Cup.  It offers a reminder that, even though production has topped 14,000 (a vast amount by Porsche standards), the GT3 remains a coveted performance car offering rare performance.

Photo by CFlo Photography

Photo by CFlo Photography