Stuttgart, we have liftoff!

The biggest challenge of the #hunzikerartcar was always going to be the very first trade for the donor car. So it feels incredible to type the following:

Trade #1 is in the books: I traded two paintings for a 2004 Porsche 911 GT3

One of my previous painting customers (who values his privacy and wishes to remain anonymous, for now we shall call him Mr. Topanga) was absolutely enthralled with this project. His first comment was:

“I don’t own a GT3… but I could give you the money for the car in trade for the paintings. I know it’s not a straight trade but I’m hoping that you will say ‘yes’.”

Of course, that was a no-brainer for me. My only stipulation was that Mr. Topanga would wire the money directly to the seller of the GT3 donor car.

Mr. Topanga and I also discussed the subject matters of the paintings that I would create for him, in the end we agreed on the following pieces: One painting would depict a Singer modified Porsche 911 and the other subject matter would be the Porsche IROC at Riverside. I’m currently in the sketching phase for these two painting commissions so stay tuned.

After Mr. Topanga and I had agreed on the deal, he joked: “Tomorrow you’ll be on the internet, looking for a GT3!” – He was almost right, I was scouring the internet for a donor car that very same evening.

After a week of searching every car site, forum and after having reached out to various friends in the trade, I came across this gem on the Rennlist forum:


This 2004 GT3 pretty much ticked all the boxes: It was white with a black interior and the car came back with a clean DME over rev report. The car did have some bolt-on mods (such as a rear roll cage, Fabspeed exhaust and uprated brake discs) and it even had the European Clubsport seats. It looked like a well cared for example with just a bit over 79,000 kilometers on the clock. Why kilometers and not miles? The car was in Nova Scotia, a scant 3,642 miles from my studio in California.

I did find other GT3s that were not in Nova Scotia but most of the GT3s on the market fell into two categories: Either they were low mileage and pristine stock examples that, at $75K+, were too expensive and frankly too nice and too rare to be turned into my GT3R Strassenversion build. The second category consisted of heavily modified and extensively tracked GT3s.

I talked it over with Mr. Topanga and we both agreed that in spite of the car’s location, the white Nova Scotia car would make for the best donor vehicle. I approached the seller and made him an offer on his GT3. I didn’t want to be too cheeky so I figured I’d offer him 10% below his initial asking price. After a day or so I got the following reply:

“Thanks again for your offer, I’m having second thoughts about selling the car. I think I am just going to hang on to it for now. Hope you find the right car.”

Obviously, this wasn’t the answer that I was hoping for. I thought about it and I figured that this wasn’t really about money. There was a reason why I had found so few first generation GT3s on the market: Owners love them and don’t really want to sell. While there were other GT3s on the market, this white car really fit the bill. I hadn’t told the seller anything about project #hunzikerartcar but I figured in the spirit of this project, why not make him a creative offer? I wrote back to the seller:
“Could I entice you to change your mind if I included one of my original paintings in the deal?” 

Alessandro’s Last Ride – The original 18″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas painting that helped seal the deal in the acquisition of the GT3 donor car.

I included a link to my original paintings and waited for his answer. His reply surprised me: Not only had he heard of me, he was a PCA member and PCA instructor and had read my art&canvass features in Porsche Panorama magazine. He inquired which painting I was offering or if he got to choose. I told the seller that he could take his pick.

He thought about it for a couple of days and in the end we came to a deal: In addition to the original offer on the car (which would be wired to him directly by Mr. Topanga) the seller also received a small original canvas Alessandro’s Last Ride and a couple of prints.
When I started on the #hunzikerartcar one of my aims was to convey that art has value. The first trade illustrated that point nicely, what I didn’t know is that we can now also add:
Art is influential when buying a GT3.

So there you have it, I managed to clear the biggest hurdle of the #hunzikerartcar project and I’m now the proud owner of a white 2004 Porsche 911 GT3. I still can’t quite believe it. When I started this project, I wasn’t sure that it could be done, I just knew that I had to try. When I told friends about this idea at first, they all thought that it couldn’t be done. Art has literally given me everything in my life. To think that it could be traded for a car that I could never afford to pay for: Surreal.


The donor car for the #hunzikerartcar project: A white on black 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 with 79,000 kms.

I also want to thank all my supporters, patrons and of course my better half: Heather Norwood – her constant support and inspiration have enabled me to get to where I am today.
Special thanks also go to Mr. Topanga, who immediately grasped the vision and message of the #hunzikerartcar when it was just an idea on a piece of paper. Thank you for joining me on this ride.
Let’s see where the next chapter takes us.

5 thoughts on “Stuttgart, we have liftoff!

  1. Pingback: The Hunziker Art Car Project: Bartering Art for a Porsche | FLATSIXES

  2. Fantastic. I have a MK1 GT3 with 55,000 km and the same seats and half cage from the factory. Outstanding car and never for sale. Really interested in watching your car develop. Good luck.
    Bill in NZ


    • Thanks. This car was a 09991 as well (Manufactured from the Exclusive Programme) and has a factory half rollbar and Clubsport seats.
      Your car sounds fantastic, what color is it?



  3. Pingback: Hunziker Art Car: Nova Scotia to California in a GT3 Days 5 & 6 | FLATSIXES


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