Porsche 993 GT2 Evo racer – a very rare collectible – is up for grabs at auction image

When it comes to very modern Porsches there’s a rather narrow band of truly exclusive models. Luckily one example of the breed is going under the hammer at Mecum’s Monterey sale in August.

We’re talking here about a beautiful 1995 993 GT2 Evo racer, a model that packs 600 hp and was one of just 11 examples ever manufactured. GT racing was of course a blast in the early 1990s and Porsche took part in the mayhem with more and more wild variants of the 964-generation 911. Just as the 993 generation version was presented in 1994 the Porsche customer teams were already calling for even more oomph than what the existing 3.8-litre, naturally-aspirated engine could deliver. So the 3.6-litre, twin-turbo engine that was already in full development was instead used and thus appeared the Porsche 911 GT2. This was the king of the second-level GT2 category, so Porsche tried its hand on delivering a GT1 category model – the GT2 Evo.

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The model came up with larger wheel arches, a different front splitter, a distinctive bi-plane rear wing, and of course an upgrade to the power level. With 600 horsepower – about 150 more than the regular version – it had a maximum speed of more than 200 mph (320 km/h). The only thing – it was on the racetrack in 1995, the year the McLaren F1 GTR came out… Because of that and since the GT2 Evo was just an intermediate step to the 911 GT1 that was ready for the 1996 season the model was only built in 11 units – making it extremely rare. Mecum’s model is actually entirely fresh – completely original condition and with just 7,000 kilometers on the odo, as it only had a single owner.