Amelia Island

The Ritz-Carlton
10 March 2012
Lot 151

2005 Porsche Carrera GT

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$385,000 USD | Sold

United States | Amelia Island, Florida

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Chassis No.
WP0CA29885L001577
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605 hp, 5,733 cc mid-mounted DOHC V-10 engine, six-speed manual gearbox in rear-wheel transaxle, front and rear independent pushrod-activated coil-over suspension, and four-wheel ceramic composite disc brakes. Wheelbase: 107.5"

• Uniquely-specified colors

• One private owner from new

• Complete with all factory-original extras

• One of only 604 Carrera GTs sent to the U.S. market

• The awesome pinnacle of modern Porsche road-car performance

• Clean Carfax report

Throughout its history, Porsche blessed the motoring world with many homologation specials engineered to meet international competition requirements while remaining perfectly adaptable and legal for road use. The stunning Carrera GT traces its roots as a planned successor to the 911 GT1 of the 1990s, with development commencing in 1999. While FIA rule changes frustrated its endurance-racing plans, Porsche forged ahead nonetheless, and when production ended in May 2006, some 1,270 of the highly anticipated Carrera GTs were built at the new Porsche facility in Leipzig, Germany. Of those, just 604 were destined for America’s hungry supercar market.

The Carrera GT has a large mid-mounted 5.7-liter V-10 engine producing 605 hp, and as expected performance is astounding. Acceleration from rest to 60 mph is achieved in just 3.8 seconds, with the 100-mph mark shattered in under seven seconds, en route to a top speed of 205 mph. While never intended for the dragstrip, the Carrera GT can also deliver monstrous 11.4-second elapsed times. Mated to the race-bred engine is a traditional six-speed manual gearbox and a simple yet elegant beech-wood gearshift knob that pays silent homage to the Le Mans-conquering Porsche 917 racecars of years past.

Technical specifications remain stunning today. A carbon-fiber monocoque and sub-frame structure were produced and assembled by the ATR Composites Group in Italy. Both the clutch and brake components employ ceramic composite materials, combining strength and lightness. Even the Carrera GT’s massive 19- and 20-inch wheels are made from ultra-lightweight forged magnesium. Similar to other contemporary Porsche models, an automated rear wing deploys above 70 mph, providing additional downforce and stability. The Carrera GT interior is an example of purposeful luxury, and safety features include front- and side-impact airbags as well as anti-lock brakes. The Carrera GT proved a major success for Porsche, and perhaps MotorWeek host John Davis summed it up best: “The Carrera GT is the best motivation to get rich that we’ve ever driven.”

This late-production example was factory supplied in striking custom colors and is in fact a “one-off,” with its Blue Mirabeau Metallic (PPG 525) exterior and contrasting Maserati Cuoio interior (both to owner samples as stated on the Maroney sticker). With no accident history and a clean Carfax report, it shows fewer than 11,000 miles today and has only had one private owner from new. All maintenance records are on file with service performed at Salt Lake City-area Porsche dealer Ken Garff Porsche.

Many Porsche enthusiasts may well know this car, having been enthusiastically driven to the Rennsport Reunion IV at Laguna Seca in October 2011. It is further optioned with thicker factory-installed steering wheel (in leather), equipped with the removable, Porsche-supplied Schroth four-point racing belts and offered complete with all factory books, tools, luggage and programming DVDs, with original packing intact, along with its correct battery tender. This is truly a unique example, and with many supercars suffering from misuse, the opportunity to acquire a superior Carrera GT such as this may not come again soon.