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One of the rarest modern Porsche 911s will cross the block at Mecum's Monterey sale in August: a 1995 993 GT2 Evo race car, one of only 11 built.

GT racing was booming in the early 1990s and Porsche responded with a range of increasingly wild variants of the 964-generation 911. By the time the 993-gen car was launched in 1994, Porsche's customer teams were demanding more power than the existing 3.8-litre, naturally-aspirated engine could provide. A 3.6-litre, twin-turbo engine was already in development and with it, Porsche created the 911 GT2.

It dominated the second-tier GT2 category, but Porsche felt the car had more to give, so it developed the GT2 Evo for the GT1 category. The Evo had bigger wheelarches, a more aggressive front splitter, a distinctive bi-plane rear wing, and quite a lot more power. 600 horsepower, in fact, about 150 hp more than the standard car. It easily topped 200 miles-an-hour as a result.

Unfortunately, the GT2 Evo hit the circuits in 1995, the same year as the McLaren F1 GTR. Quite frankly, it didn't stand a chance. Not that it mattered too much, as the Evo was only intended as a stop-gap until the 911 GT1 was ready for the 1996 season. As such, only 11 were built, making it one of the rarest 911s of modern times.

Mecum's car is as fresh as the day it left the factory. It's reportedly in completely original condition and shows just 7,000 kilometers on the odometer, having only had one owner. Mecum's description doesn't list any race entries in it's history, and it's condition suggests it hasn't been subjected to the white heat of competition. But it isn't road-legal, so all of its mileage has probably been accumulated on track. Hopefully while being driven as hard as a pure-bred racer should be.

There are plenty of race series around the world that would welcome this car with open arms, but is it a bit too nice for that?

Gallery: Porsche 911 GT2 Evo race car

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