In what would become one of the last analog supercars, the Carrera GT was first debuted as a concept at the 2000 Paris Motor Show, featuring a V10 engine originally designed for the late-1990s Le Mans prototype that never came to fruition. As Porsche redirected its efforts towards new developing roadgoing models, the V10 was reallocated for the Carrera GT supercar. Production of the Carrera GT began in 2004 at Porsche’s new Leipzig manufacturing facility, continuing until May of 2006 after approximately 1,270 examples were built, of which 644 were sold in the United States. This 2005 example (#0558) was ordered in traditional GT Silver Metallic paint over black leather upholstery. It has been kept tucked away in one of many garages on the owner's property as part of a large private collection, driven very sparingly while maintained through a local Porsche dealer. Treated to over $72k worth of service in 2021 including replacement of the tires and fuel tank, this Carrera GT is now being offered for auction on behalf of its original owner out of New York showing under 1,500 miles on the odometer.
The carbon fiber bodywork comes finished in GT Silver Metallic, fitted to an advanced carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque chassis constructed by ATR Group of Italy. The styling of the Carrera GT is characterized by large air intakes, an electronically actuated rear spoiler, and a double-humped carbon-fiber engine cover with silver mesh grilles. The distinctive design language would come to influence the styling of Porsche’s later models such as the 987 and 997 sports cars. The factory forged magnesium wheels measure 19”×9.5” in the front and 20”×12.5” at the rear, fastened by color-coordinated center-locks. New Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires were mounted at Porsche Gold Coast in February of 2021. The exterior appears to have been very well preserved showing only minimal traces of road wear, detailed images are provided in the gallery along with a clean CARFAX report.
The cabin features racing-style seats with carbon-Kevlar shells, which are upholstered in black leather along with a matching dashboard, center console, A-pillars, and door caps. The Carrera GT features magnesium, carbon fiber, and aluminum interior trim in addition to the laminated beechwood shift knob paying homage to the historic Porsche 917 race car. Factory equipment includes air conditioning, powered and heated side mirrors, and a Porsche Online Pro stereo. The three-spoke leather steering wheel sits ahead of a traditional Porsche instrument cluster housing a central 10k-RPM tachometer flanked by a 220 MPH speedometer and gauges for coolant temperature, fuel level, oil temperature, and oil pressure. A blemish is depicted at the upper right corner of the shifter surround, signs of age are present in the leather upholstery, and the cabin emits a strong musty odor as the car sat idle in an enclosed garage nearly its entire life. The interior is recommended for reconditioning by the next owner.
The Carrera GT is powered by a high-revving 5.7 V10 featuring Nikasil coated cylinders, forged titanium connecting rods, forged pistons, dry-sump lubrication, and dual overhead camshafts with variable intake timing. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission with a special twin-plate Porsche Ceramic Composite Clutch, allowing the Carrera GT to reach 60 MPH from a standstill in 3.9 seconds, and continue to a top speed of 205 MPH. The suspension of the Carrera GT is laid out with pushrod-activated coilover struts, mounted inboard at all four corners. Stopping power is derived from Porsche carbon-fiber-reinforced Silicon Carbide (C/SiC) ceramic composite brakes with 15” SGL Carbon discs.
Major service carried out by Porsche Gold Coast in February of 2021 included the replacement of the fuel tank due to rodent damage, which required extensive disassembly of the vehicle for inspection and replacement of any other damaged components. Along with the replacement of the fuel tank, this Carrera GT received a 4-year service which a full inspection, an oil change, new spark plugs, a new battery, new belts, new cabin filters, engine air filters, and new tires. The seller notes check engine and brake system warning lights just recently appeared on the instrument cluster, although the seller’s technician was unable to reveal any fault codes in the computer. The car appears to be in proper running order, although the engine light remains present.
This sale will include the original window sticker, owner's manuals, luggage pieces (2), service records, and a clean title. A sparingly driven and unmolested example, this gem of a Carrera GT makes a strong asset for any world-class collection or museum space.
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