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 |  Jul 19 2011, 12:07 PM

Back in the mid 1990′s, if you wanted to compete in the GT1 class at the LeMans 24-Hour race, you had to have a car that was nearly identical to a street-legal car. Hence all the manufacturers involved in this series starting producing limited-run racing cars with license plates. This formula gave birth to some of the most extreme road cars ever made, and this is why Porsche produced the 911 GT1 Straßenversion (Street Version).

As you can tell from its styling, this car is loosely based on the 996-model 911. However, apart from the doors, every body-panel has been reshaped. This car is much bigger and wider than any other 996.

While the Straßenversion had a detuned version of the 3.6-liter, twin-turbo race-motor, it still cranked out 540-hp. This example we have featured here, which is on sale in Kyoto, Japan is said to be tuned to produce 690-hp. This added power boost will enable this version to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.3 seconds, and onto a top speed of 235 mph.

Only 25 examples of the Straßenversion were made, hence these rare machines demand serious price tags. This example here has an asking price of $1.7-million.

[Source: GT Spirit]

 |  Oct 22 2010, 12:47 PM

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One of the world’s most rare and magnificent cars is up for sale: a Porsche 911 996 GT1. Only 25 of these beauties were ever built and the one currently for sale is quite possibly the most rare of all. Why you may ask? Well, it’s never been driven, literally. It sports a big, fat 0 on the odometer.

Asking price is quite the pretty penny, coming in at 1,335,000 Euros (that’s a tad over $1,860,000). But what you get is an exotic that was designed for competition in the GT1 class at the Le Mans 24 Hours race. The 996 GT1 was sold as a street car strictly for homologation purposes.

It sports a 3.2-liter flat-six power plant that pushes out slightly under 600-hp and propels the supercar from 0-62 mph in 3.3 seconds. If you’ve got the cash and want to own a piece of real automotive history, better hit the source to get your hands on it.

[Source: Mobile.de via GT Spirit]