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Here's the Ultimate Porsche Snob Vanity License Plate
In the world of Porsche snobbery, there's Porsche snobbery...and then there's this. Here's a Porsche vanity plate that will make all other Porsche snobs seem like acceptable, regular human beings, eager to bridge the gap between air-cooled and water-cooled, Tiptronic and manual, fried egg headlights and regular circles.
For those of you who don't "get" this license plate right off the bat, allow me to explain: What you're looking at here is a Porsche 911 GT2 from the "996" generation, which is a tremendously rare car: It's effectively a track-prepped 911 Turbo, except with more power, and without some of the equipment that makes the Turbo a little easier to drive. The GT2 is very, very rare -- much rarer than its sibling, the less expensive and slower GT3. Hence, we have this vanity plate: This owner is making it clear that he has a GT2, the ultra-expensive, high-performance one, and not a mere GT3, the cheaper, less exciting one. GT2, the owner is saying, not GT3.
The thing about this vanity plate is that only a few thousand people are going to understand it -- and if they're anything like me, they're going to roll their eyes when they see it. Nobody in normal traffic will get what it means. Nobody in the Whole Foods parking lot has any idea why "GT2 NOT 3" is anything noteworthy. Indeed, this license plate just speaks to the car enthusiast who knows the difference between the GT2 and the GT3 -- and understands why the GT2 is considered more impressive.
Admittedly, I find it very clever.
By the way, I took this picture exactly where you'd expect to find this license plate -- and right in the heart of "people who understand it" territory: at Laguna Seca Raceway, several years ago, during Monterey Car Week. It was parked next to a helicopter landing pad. Just a few feet away was a Ferrari 288 GTO. In such company, I suppose it's important to distinguish yourself appropriately.
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.