• Jul 23, 2011
Porsche is planning a full-on return to Le Mans in 2014, and while the German marque may be the most successful in the iconic race's history, the last time it took an overall victory there was in 1998 with the 911 GT1.

The regulations for the GT1 class at the time mandated a limited run of homologated street versions, and that's what you see here. Called the Straßenversion (that antiquated ß character in the German alphabet substituting for a double S), only 25 examples were made, and one's up for sale.

As a street-legal road car, the 911 GT1 Straßenversion followed the 959 and preceded the Carrera GT at the top of Porsche's lineup. While most were fitted with a version of the competition-spec 3.2-liter flat six with 536 horsepower, the seller of this particular example says his has been re-tuned to 690 hp. The car's asking price is €1.2 million (about $1.7 million), and it's currently located in Japan.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      Jeff
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reminds me NFS: Porsche :)
      Phil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hate to be the hair-splitter, but... the 'ß' letter is not antiquated, and 'Straßenversion' is indeed the correct spelling. If Porsche named it 'Strassenversion', they probably wanted to make it easier for an international audience/client base to type/pronounce the name. üäö German out :)
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do people have a tendency to put in German words. Why does AB say Strasseversion instead of "street version"? You don't see them throwing in the Japanese descriptors for Japanese cars.
        PeterK
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        In this particular case the German term makes sense - it was also used by the guy who wants to sell (although he missspelled it horribly). Afterall, we have a lot of Germans on Autoblog..! ; )
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        I too have found this tendency to be bizarre, and its not just with German autos. Read through any review of a Lambo, and even more so, a Ferrari, and these auto scribes love to throw in Italian words in there for no good reason. I don't know if they are trying to sound worldly or they simply think its cool, but it usually comes off as just down right stupid.
        AP1_S2K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        it's cool to be Eurocentric and using Japanese would be too foreign.
      Gil Pregent
      • 3 Years Ago
      too bad it's an eye soar...
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gil Pregent
        Too bad you have bad taste...
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gil Pregent
        I actually agree that it is most definitely not the prettiest of Porsches - that whole generation of 911 was, I think, one of the low-points of the series.... then again, this version is a racecar - being pretty is rather meaningless.
        e-W01F
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gil Pregent
        I could explain why you're wrong, but your spelling of "sore" is atrocious.
      smogcheck
      • 3 Years Ago
      is this really worth $1.7M? Prob get something better for $1.7M
      Georg
      • 3 Years Ago
      thats the most softcore version of the car... they had build 3 different road version of the GT1 the 1986 GT1 1125kg/590hp http://livres-et-revues.com/1730-1642-thickbox/flat-6-77-essai-gt1-techart-ct3-462ch-911-carrera-cabriolet-1986-993-carrera-s-le-mans-cisitalia-porsche-360-carrera-27-1976.jpg 1987 GT1 1250kg/536hp (996 look alike) http://www.fantasycars.com/derek/cars/images/porsche/911gt1evo_2.jpg 1988 GT1 1120kg/542hp http://files.conceptcarz.com/img/porsche/pic28_porsche_something_01.jpg
        Mike B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Georg
        Are you the same Georg from fastestlaps? And that's not true, all 911 GT1 had the same 544PS (536hp) 3.2L I6 and a weight of 1150kg dry. Only the racing version had 600PS, most internet sources quote the stats of the GT1 Racecar because there's really no information on the '96 GT1 street version as only one was made.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Georg
        Uh oh, nagma is wrong! Who would have thought?!
        jstaatsoper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Georg
        It's quite pointless to compare performance of such ratified small volume homoligation model. WIthout doubt buyers had all paid a huge premium to get a sample and likely each one is highly customized. This one with 690hp is certainly fast enough if all this power is fully exploited.
      larshafner
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is one of the alltime great Porsche cars that ran some epic races against the CLK GTR and Mc laren F1 back in the days: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTEBeuYsmPI&feature=related
      Harry
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW.
      Turbo 4
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car takes me back to my first virtual run of the Nordscheife on some old racing game called Project Gotham Racing 2! This Porsche was my weapon of choice for that track back when Xbox Live was in it's infancy. Nice car.
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