These two Porsches look identical but one’s worth $1m more than the other

Some surprising differences put a huge gulf between their prices.
  • These two classic Porsches look virtually identical
  • The TikTok takes a deep dive into the 1979 GT3 RS lightweight and non-lightweight
  • He explains what puts $1m between their prices

Published on Nov 1, 2023 at 2:44PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Nov 3, 2023 at 3:25PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Kate Bain
Porsche 1979 GT3 RS lightweight and non-lightweight

These two classic Porsches might look the same – but the 1979s GT3 RS have some subtle differences that make a big difference to their value.

“You won’t believe how much these Porsches are worth,” TikToker, TJ Lamb says.


He goes on to explain that, while they look alike, one is worth almost $2 million and the other about $1 million.

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The TikTok was posted last week and has already had a huge 322.1K views.

First up the Porsche 2.7 RS lightweight and second the 2.7 RS, which isn’t a lightweight.

No brainer: the colors are slightly different.

But for the real difference in value you’re going to have to dig a little deeper.

The non-lightweight has a latch on the back, which can be unlocked in the door.

Lift it up and you’ll see the impressive engine in there.

Switch to the lightweight and its rubber straps on the back.

Those are pulled to lift up the back to save weight.

Switch back to the non-lightweight and the armrests and leather seating front and back alongside carpet makes it feel more polished.

Step inside the lightweight and there’s a string and plastic grab handle in place of an armrest.

There’s also no carpet and the seats, ironically, look very budget compared to the car’s heavier and less expensive counterpart.

It seems, therefore, according to the TikTok video, that all those luxurious touches come at a cost: added weight.

And ironically that drives the value down.

So despite looking like a lower spec version – the Porsche 2.7 RS lightweight is actually around $1 more than its heavier alternate.

TikTok, as always, had thoughts.

“Those seats don’t look too comfortable,” said one, punctuating their comment with a crying laughing emoji.

“So you get less and pay more? The wonderful world of cars,” said a second.

“Bros really pay double for a worse user experience for mods they could do themselves to a base model chassis.”

Others questioned paying huge amounts for a classic car minus the modern perks when “most people” can’t tell the difference.

However some comments leapt to the defence of classic cars.

“Well it’s collectors that are paying 2m, not ‘most people’.”

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