Minichamps Porsche 911 GT2 - "Recession Proof"

Minichamps Porsche 911 GT2 - Daytona 1996

History

1995 Launch (911 GT2)

911 GT2 ('1995')

When the GT-revival happened in the early 1990's, Porsche was quick to create a customer car for the BPR series. In keeping with Porsche tradition, the GT2 was quick, reliable, and had excellent factory support. The GT2 designation refered to the class that this car would race in during the 1995 season.

All GT2's are easily recognized by the turbo inlet scoops on the rear wing, but there are other subtle differences. The best way to tell the different forms of 911 GT2 cars apart is by looking at the ground effects below the front bumper. This first batch of cars from 1995 had two wide openings that ran almost the entire width of the car.

While Vitesse made models of this 1995-spec car, Minichamps did not.

911 GT2 Evo (1995)

911 GT2 Evo (1995)

There was a variation called the 911 GT2 Evo that was designed for the GT1 classes in the BPR series and at Le Mans. This car featured even wider wheels and fenders than the "standard" GT2, and a rear wing that was higher. This version also has its own distict front end aerodynamic design. Unfortunately, these cars were no match for the Mclaren F1 GTR, so Porsche went on to make a "proper" GT1 car for the 1996 season.

Once again Vitesse made models of this 1995-spec car, and Minichamps did not. The Frankfurt Auto Show 'Arlequin' livery car is one of those that collectors should buy or avoid based on personal taste.

911 GT2 (1996-Spec)

911 GT2 ('1996')

With the increasing popularity of the BPR series and the GT classes at Le Mans, the Porsche GT2 became the car of choice for privateer teams. For 1996 there was another change to the front aerodynamics and rear wing. The front fenders have a distinct slanted rectangular vent before the front wheels. The rear wing is wider, and has end plates that extend forward.

911 GT2 (1997-Spec)

911 GT2 ('1997')

Porsche made its final revision to the front ground effects in 1997. This last iteration had a triangular vent before the front wheels. These cars would compete at Le Mans up until 1999, and for several years after that at the international level.

Minichamps Diecast

Minichamps made versions of the '1996' and '1997' spec cars. While the quality of these cars is generally good, the wheel and headlight details are a bit crude compared to modern standards. The Champion Porsche shown above has very complex graphics, which are all printed and applied very well.

These Minichamps cars are probably best known for how their value has increased over the years. Most cars regularly sell for over $100, and the "naked lady" car often sells for over twice that figure. While other models such as the McLaren F1 have fallen from their peak values, the 911 GT2 has bucked the trend and maintains its position in the marketplace. To capitalize on this demand, PMA issued the 1997-spec car as part of the "Homologation in Black" series for the lucrative Japanese market.

Minichamps Porsche 911 GT2

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

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Daytona 24 Hours 1996
54Porsche 911 GT2 'STP'
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Bill Adam
Thierry Boutsen
74
GTS-1
Minichamps
430 966774
Le Mans 1997
11Porsche 911 GT2 'Jumbo'
Manuel Mello-Breyner
Pedro Mello-Breyner
Tomas Mello-Breyner
73
GT2
Minichamps
430 976773
10Porsche 911 GT2 'Navision'
Bruno Eichmann
Andy Pilgrim
André Ahrlé
74
GT2
Minichamps
430 976774
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'Chereau'
Jean-Pierre Jarier
Jean-Luc Chéreau
Jack Leconte
77
GT2
Minichamps
430 976777 
9Porsche 911 GT2 'Tullies TBF'
Michel Neugarten
Jean-Claude Lagniez
Guy Martinolle
78
GT2
Minichamps
430 976778
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'TSW'
Michel Ligonnet
Toni Seiler
Larry Schumacher
79
GT2
Minichamps
430 976779 
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'Pulverlac'
Enzo Calderari
Lilian Bryner
Angelo Zadra
84
GT2
Minichamps
430 976784
Daytona 24 Hours 1998
N/CPorsche 911 GT2 'Notter'97
GT2
Minichamps
430 986797 
Le Mans 1998
20Porsche 911 GT2 'Tullies TBF'
Jean-Luc Maury-Laribiére
Eric Graham
Hervé Poulain
68
GT2
Minichamps
430 986768
TestPorsche 911 GT2 'Playstation'61
GT2
Minichamps
430 986760 
TestPorsche 911 GT2 'Navision'65
GT2
Minichamps
430 986765 
Le Mans 1999
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'FATurbo'
Bourdais
Pierre de Thoisy
Jean-Pierre Jarier
67
GTS
Minichamps
430 996767 
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'TSW'
Wolfgang Kaufmann
Michel Ligonnet
Ernst Palmberger
61
GTS
Minichamps
430 996761

Vitesse/Onyx/Sunstar Diecast

911 GT2 Evo (1995)

Vitesse issued a staggering amount of models of all four types of 911 GT2. While they are less valuble than the Minichamps cars, there are many cars that are not available by any other manufacturer.

Vitesse Porsche 911 GT2

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

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V065 Series
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 ('1995'-spec) 'Repsol'
Tomas Saldaña
Miguel Ángel de Castro
Alfonso de Orleans
91
GT2
Le Mans
1995
065A
Porsche 911 GT2 ('1995'-spec) 'Gitanes Blondes'
Bob Wollek
Jean-Pierre Jarier
Christophe Bouchut
86
BPR Series
1995
065E
Porsche 911 GT2 ('1995'-spec) 'Blue Coral'
John Morrison
John Greasley
46
GT2
BPR Series
1995
065F
Porsche 911 GT2 ('1995'-spec) 'Star Card/STP'
Anthony Reid
Masahiko Kondou
35
Japan GT
1995
065G
L152 Series
54Porsche 911 GT2 ('1995'-spec) 'STP'
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Bill Adam
Thierry Boutsen
NOTE: Incorrect bodystyle; Should be '1996'-spec
74
GTS-1
Daytona
1996
L152A
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 Evo ('1995'-spec) 'Chereau'
Pierre Yver
Jean-Luc Chereau
Jack Leconte
55
GT1
Le Mans
1995
L152B
15Porsche 911 GT2 ('1995'-spec) 'Systar'
Guy Kuster
Karel Dolejší
Peter Seikel
77
GT2
Le Mans
1995
L152C
16Porsche 911 GT2 ('1995'-spec) 'Sodimail'
Eric van de Vyver
Didier Ortion
Jean-François Veroux
78
GT2
Le Mans
1995
L152D
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 Evo ('1995'-spec) '0123'
Dominic Dupuy
Stephane Ortelli
Jurgen Barth
47
GT1
BPR Suzuka
1995
L152E
11Porsche 911 GT2 'Shell'
Peter Zbinden
Uwe Sick
22
BPR Monza
1995
L152F
L162 Series (Show Cars)
Porsche 911 GT2 ('1995'-spec) 95
Monza Test
1994
L162A
Porsche 911 GT2 Evo ('1995'-spec) 23
Frankfurt Auto Show
1995
L162B
L167 Series (Le Mans 1996)
Porsche 911 GT2 'Jumbo'
Manuel Mello-Breyner
Tomas Mello-Breyner
Pedro Mello-Breyner
76
Le Mans Qualifying
1996
L167F

Le Mans 1997

When Vitesse reorganized their numbering system in 1998, the cars of the "L212" series were referred to by a different numbering scheme on the official web site. However these cars seem to be labeled with the earlier L212 designation in the marketplace.

Vitesse Porsche 911 GT2

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

L212 Series (Le Mans 1997)
11Porsche 911 GT2 'Jumbo'
Manuel Mello-Breyner
Pedro Mello-Breyner
Tomas Mello-Breyner
73
GT2
Le Mans
1997
L212A / V98019
10Porsche 911 GT2 'Navision'
Bruno Eichmann
Andy Pilgrim
André Ahrlé
74
GT2
Le Mans
1997
L212B / V98020
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'FATurbo'
Patrick Bourdais
André Lara Resende
Peter Kitchak
75
GT2
Le Mans
1997
L212C / V98021
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'Chereau'
Jean-Pierre Jarier
Jean-Luc Chéreau
Jack Leconte
77
GT2
Le Mans
1997
L212D / V98022
9Porsche 911 GT2 'Tullies TBF'
Michel Neugarten
Jean-Claude Lagniez
Guy Martinolle
78
GT2
Le Mans
1997
L212E / V98023
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'TSW'
Michel Ligonnet
Toni Seiler
Larry Schumacher
79
GT2
Le Mans
1997
L212F / V98024
13Porsche 911 GT2 'Auto Spiri'
Claudia Hürtgen
Hugh Price
John Robinson
80
GT2
Le Mans
1997
L212G / V98025
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'Pulverlac'
Enzo Calderari
Lilian Bryner
Angelo Zadra
84
GT2
Le Mans
1997
L212H / V98026

1998

Vitesse Porsche 911 GT2

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Le Mans 1998
22Porsche 911 GT2 'Navison'
André Ahrlé
Robert Schirle
David Warnock
65
GT2
Vitesse
V98120
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'Chereau'
Patrice Goueslard
Pierre Yver
Jean-Luc Chéreau
72
GT2
Vitesse
V98121
17Porsche 911 GT2 'Navison'
Claudia Hürtgen
Michel Ligonnet
Robert Nearn
64
GT2
Vitesse
V98122
18Porsche 911 GT2 'Expovit'
Michel Nourry
Thierry Perrier
Jean-Louis Ricci
69
GT2
Vitesse
V98123
20Porsche 911 GT2 'Tullies TBF'
Jean-Luc Maury-Laribiére
Eric Graham
Hervé Poulain
68
GT2
Le Mans
1998
V98124
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'Giesse'
Franz Konrad
Nick Ham
Larry Schumacher
70
GT2
Vitesse
V98125
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'Star Air'
John Morton
John Graham
Harald Grohs
62
GT2
Vitesse
V98126
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'Montroit'
Manuel Monteiro
Michel Maisonneuve
Michel Monteiro
71
GT2
Vitesse
V98127
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'Charriol'
Michel Neugarten
David Smadja
Jean-Claude Lagniez
67
GT2
Vitesse
V98172
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'Playstation'
Jean-Pierre Jarier
Carl Rosenblad
Robin Donovan
60
GT2
Vitesse
V98173
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'Divinol'
Michael Trunk
Ernst Palmberger
Bernhard Müller
61
GT2
Vitesse
V98174
DNFPorsche 911 GT2 'KWZ'
Toni Seiler
Peter Kitchak
Angelo Zadra
73
GT2
Vitesse
V98175

Onyx Porsche 911 GT2

When Vitesse re-organized its brands for 1999, the moulds were used for the Onyx label. More recently, these same moulds have been re-used to make GT2 models under the "SunStar" Label.

For some odd reason, the reference number "XLM023" was initially skipped, and the model that would logically have been issued as that was put out later as "XLM023B".

The final two 911 GT2 Porsches from the year 2000 Le Mans race were planned but never issued. Vitesse group went in to bankruptcy, and the IXO brand was launched.

Onyx Porsche 911 GT2

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Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

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Le Mans 1999
Le Mans 2000

Onyx Porsche 911 GT2

Place

Car
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Car # Class

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Le Mans 1999

Spark/Ebbro/HPI?

Many collectors live in fear of superior models being issued by a new make. Right before the recent economic crisis hit, there was a flurry of releases of Porsche 935's that flooded the market. It would not be out of the question for a similar situation with the GT2, as one set of tooling could bring in much revenue in the form of many variations.