This window tint is probably dangerous and inconvenient

While looking for my next Porsche to post, I skimmed through an old shoebox with a good deal of classic racecars and such in it. It wasn’t until I picked this up and went to put it aside that I realized it, itself, was a Porsche! So hey, that skips a step, and saves you all the tedium of any repeats or a good deal of the Boxsters and such I have lying around.

Yep. That says Porsche on it

The Porsche 911 GT1-98 was, as it sounds, Porsche’s entry for the GT1 category in 1998. It’s really about as much of a 911 as a Cup Series Toyota is a Camry. It’s not even rear-engined like the 911; it’s pretty much a massive overhaul of the 962, refitted with the 911-esque headlights up front to stay on-brand. It was also Porsche’s first carbon-fiber-bodied race car.

There’s a little paint damage. It was definitely played with, back when I had a whole Hot Wheels city in my attic. And I had an attic.

The GT1-98 may not be the most memorable car from the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans. You may instead think of the Toyota GT-ONE, or the Mercedes CLK-LM vehicles. This wasn’t as powerful as those. This wasn’t, perhaps, as distinctive in the public consciousness as those. But it did something they didn’t.

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A little sparse on the sides, but I think it’s more than made up for and probably works better this way

Namely, it finished. And thus, it won, taking first and second. It had a top speed of 194 mph and it was maybe a bit too aerodynamic for its own good, but it won at Le Mans, giving Porsche their 16th win there, a record yet to be beaten. (Audi’s come close at 13, but in the intervening years, Porsche’s bumped it up to 19, so...)

The #27 is almost perfect. Porsche’s actual ‘98 entries were #25 and #26. The #27 was actually Toyota

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This particular model comes from the World Racers 2 pack of 5 Hot Wheels cars, from 2000. I know I have the police Escort (ha), Ferrari, and Countach (I’ve showed that here before), but while I definitely have *a* Panoz GTR-1, I don’t think I have the one from that set. Odd. Maybe they changed it in later releases or some such.

I don’t think I have any other Le Mans cars that outright *say* Le Mans on them

Whenever you see a bunch of original sponsor logos on one of these cars, it’s a solid bet that it’s a whole lot of artist signatures and trademarks. In this case, Mark Jones designed this casting (Jones Race Products), it seems a pretty safe bet that Michael Heralda designed this particular paint scheme (Heralda Racing), and Terry Choy made quite a few of the original castings from the late 90's (Choy Mufflers). I may be wrong on some of these, but it certainly seems like it’d line up.

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What’s old is new again and what’s new is old again

All in all, I’d say this carries a heck of a lot of the hallmarks that have gotten me to love the far more recent, yet far more old-school 917 casting. The headlights, the windshield wiper, the ridiculous wing, and the undeniably Le Mans style... maybe it was a pang of nostalgia for this one that got my attention? Still, they’re both awesome racecars either way.