How do you like your eggs?
For the record, I like them sunny-side up. But since we’re here for the cars, my answer comes in the form of my favorite P-car.
This is the 996-generation Porsche 911 Carrera. You know, the one manufactured from the late-90’s to the mid-2000’s. Also known as the “runny egg” or “fried egg” 911 because of its blobby headlights, people don’t like it for that very reason. The Carrera has always looked more or less the same, generation after generation, and the headlights have always been circular—with the exception of this particular one. And who says different is a bad thing? If people chastise the 911 for its stagnation in design, then they should applaud Porsche for making a bold design choice for once. More eggs for me, please.
To go into further detail, there are actually two different versions of the 996, each of which has a different headlight design. The first version, represented by the red GT3 on the left, is where the nickname originated from. You can see that the correlation is pretty strong here. These headlights are also shared with the first-gen Boxster, and so Porsche later gave us the facelifted version of the 996, represented by the feature model on the right, to visually separate their entry-level offering from their halo car. These new headlights look less like runny eggs, but are more aggressive in shape and, overall, more attractive as well.
This 996 GT3RS, by AUTOart, is another one of those models that has eluded me for some time. In the meanwhile, I had already covered all the bases with the high-performance 996’s, from the Turbo, to the GT3, to the GT2. I needed the RS to complete the family, and I finally came across an opportunity to get one in my preferred colorway, with the blue accents, for a sweet deal. Patience always pays off in this game. A last-second bid and a few heart-pounding moments later, the Porsche was mine—for far less than I ever imagined I could nab one for.
Despite this AUTOart’s age, it’s still an eggs-cellent model by modern standards, with far better quality, detail, and accuracy than you’ll find on a Minichamps or Norev today. Everything opens, eggs-actly as you would eggs-pect from the eggs-perts of 1:18. Seat belts, roll cage, faux-Alcantara steering wheel, and carpeting on the inside are eggs-travagant features for a model of this age. Steerable wheels allow you to pose it for eggs-tremely glorious photos, and carbon fiber details on the wing mirrors and rear wing are welcome eggs-tras. I love the way the bright blue accents pop against the bare white eggs-terior of this RS.
And, despite what anyone says, I will always fancy those egg-centric headlights. You go, 996.