9 March 2013
2005 Porsche Carrera GT
- Serial no. WPOCA29835LOO1258
Sold for $357,500
- The ultimate modern Porsche road car
- As-new, with less than 800 actual miles
In 1999, Porsche began developing a successor to its 911 GT1 of the 1990s. While FIA rule changes frustrated plans at endurance-racing the new model, Porsche forged ahead with a production version nonetheless, resulting in what was possibly the most highly anticipated Porsche of all time: the Carrera GT.
The Carrera GT’s technical specifications are still stunning nearly a decade later. Italy’s ATR Composites Group produced and assembled a carbon fiber monocoque and sub-frame structure. Both clutch and brake components employ ceramic composite materials, combining strength and lightness, and the massive 19- and 20-inch wheels are made from ultra-lightweight forged magnesium. A large, mid-mounted, 5.7-liter V-10 produces 605 horsepower, delivered through a traditional six-speed gearbox, and it is sufficient to move the Carrera GT from rest to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, with the 100 mph mark in under seven seconds, en route to a top speed of 205 mph. Should one elect to take their supercar to the drag strip, it could also deliver monstrous elapsed times of 11.4 seconds on the quarter mile.
Production of the Carrera GT took place at Porsche’s then-new facility at Leipzig, Germany. When the assembly line halted in May 2006, some 1,270 of the cars had been produced, of which only 604 were destined for the performance-hungry American market. The model proved a major success for Porsche, and it was described by smitten MotorWeek host John Davis as “the best motivation to get rich that we’ve ever driven.”
For those who missed out on buying a Carrera GT new, take heart, for the car offered here is the next best thing. Finished in GT Silver with black upholstery and yellow brake calipers, it has been driven less than 800 actual miles since departing the factory, and as such, it still presents as the virtually “new” car that it still is today. It is offered here with original books, a battery charger, and a car cover, and it is ready to go to a new home, where it will either be preserved in its “fresh” condition or broken in as the factory intended and enjoyed.
Eight years later, the Carrera GT is still remarkably exciting, and it rules as the most advanced Porsche ever manufactured for the public’s enjoyment. To acquire a nearly unused example such as this is a rare opportunity indeed.
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