996.1 GT3-308 RHD cars, 1858 worldwide.
It was never released to the American market, due to of all things, too low a ride height!!! Hence the lower number of the MK1.
I have a print out of the Australian delivery figures....see attached pdf
The interesting thing is-996.1 only 13 Touring vs 77 Clubsport, which makes the touring a much rarer car in Australia, with Arctic Silver and Speed Yellow being the most popular.
I guess most were bought to track, rather than commute!
They are being held onto in increasing numbers and in my perusal of Autotrader UK, which I consult monthly, there have been occasions where NONE are listed for sale in the UK.
Presently, there are around 5940 Porsche's for sale in the UK, with 2 Mk1's for sale and 6 MK2's.
Every new generation produces a better/faster car and the MK2 is undoubtedly a better car than the MK1. Better suspension, better brakes, more power etc..etc... Porsche's mantra is constant evolution and its easy to quantify that with numbers...power...lap times... 1/4 mile etc...
But how do you quantify feel and connection to car? This is purely subjective and is like asking- 'Whats your favourite colour...and why??'
I have had 7 Porsche's now- 77SC targa, 2 X 944's, a Boxster, 964 carrera 4 cab, 996 Turbo and lastly the 996 GT3.1. I have also driven a couple of 991's- Carrera and GTS ( in Germany) Each have their strengths and weakness', but the one that makes me feel the best, the one that gives me a sense of achievement every time I nail a corner and get it just right......is that old GT3. And, if I screw the corner up, it lets me know about it.....even if it is in a very forgiving way for a 911.
This is a cheesy and slightly inappropriate analogy, but here goes-
Its kind of like the 'Hot IT' girl from high school. Everyone wanted to date her, but only the coolest and wealthiest guys did. Then you bump into her a few years later, your more of a man now, so you get up the courage to ask her out. Shes says yes. You take her out a few times and your a little rusty, not as suave as you think you are.... But you keep at it, trying your hardest to make it work. Slowly she comes around and you form a bond that you have never had before. It grows to point that you start hearing yourself say' This is it, I'm never breaking up, I'm in it for the long haul, learning and growing together- I'm keeping her forever!'
That just about sums up the last 3 years with 996.1GT3 for me...