Amelia Island | Lot 256
2005 Porsche Carrera GT
Offered from a Private Collection
$770,000 USD | Sold
| Amelia Island, Florida
11 March 2017
- Offered from a private collection
- Stunning in Black over Ascot Brown leather
- Three owners and 3,665 miles since new
- Includes original tools, manuals, and complete luggage set
610 bhp, 5,733 cc DOHC water-cooled mid-mounted V-10 engine with Bosch Motronic electronic fuel injection, six-speed manual transaxle, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 107.5 in.
It is difficult to overstate the impact the Carrera GT made on the automotive world upon its unveiling at the Paris Auto Show in 2000. The project had actually begun in 1995, as Porsche’s engineers sought a replacement for the stunning 911 GT1 Le Mans prototype. With a new design already well along, an unexpected change in regulations forced Porsche to go back to the drawing board. Hoping to recoup its considerable investment, Porsche turned to creating an exclusive high-performance automobile that could be driven on the street.
The new carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and sub-frame were manufactured by the Italian specialist firm of ATR Composites Group. Power came from a water-cooled, normally aspirated V-10 of 5.7-liters, originally designed—in slightly smaller form—for the Footworks Formula 1 effort of the early 1990s. When that program folded, the engine design was put aside until the aforementioned Le Mans prototype project emerged. After economic pressures forced Porsche to turn its engineering prowess to developing a new SUV rather than a new race car, the V-10 was resurrected for the Carrera GT.
This fascinating powerplant feeds through a small-diameter flywheel and multi-plate carbon-ceramic clutch, allowing an extremely low ride height, and improved handling characteristics. The V-10’s massive power (more than 600 horsepower and 442 foot-pounds of torque) was delivered via a rear-mounted six-speed transaxle with limited slip. The engine was fitted with dry-sump lubrication to ensure proper oiling at high RPM or extreme driving conditions.
The fully independent double wishbone suspension was highly advanced and based on proven racing designs, featuring a single coil spring surrounding a gas-pressure shock absorber at each corner, individually adjustable and mounted inboard and actuated via pushrods and levers. Anti-roll bars were similarly adjustable front and rear. Stopping chores were assigned to Porsche’s hugely effective ceramic-composite (PCCB) disc brakes with power assist. The front brake calipers were eight-piston aluminum alloy monoblock units, while those in the rear were four-piston aluminum monoblocks, clamping ventilated brake rotors nearly 15 inches in diameter. Elegant lightweight forged magnesium alloy center-lock road wheels, 19 inches in diameter up front and 20 inches in diameter in the rear, were fitted with 265/30R and 335/30R high-performance tires. Color-coded locking nuts ensured that the wheels would be mounted correctly.
Weighing just 2,755 pounds, the Carrera GT is capable of mind-bending performance, achieving 60 mph in less than four seconds, and can double that speed in just 10 seconds, with a maximum track speed of about 200 mph. To ensure safety and stability at higher speeds, there is a traction-control system, while the underside of the chassis incorporates a thoughtful ground-effects package that draws the car closer to the pavement. A retractable rear wing extends at speeds above 75 mph to aid rear downforce. To prove its over-the-road capabilities, factory test driver Walter Röhrl achieved an astonishing lap of 7:28 at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in July 2004, a Porsche record that stood until 2010.
Notwithstanding the GT’s racing heritage, inside the cabin, the driver and passenger are cosseted by rich leather, brushed aluminum, and carbon-fiber trim. There is a pair of manually adjustable racing-style seats with special leg and knee bolsters to ensure comfort, as well as air conditioning and power windows. Along with the standard array of instrumentation, there is a color TFT screen that provides varying levels of data to the driver, along with a comprehensive navigation system. A pair of removable lightweight roof panels can be stored aboard when not in use. The 24-gallon fuel tank allows reasonable distance between refills.
This stunning Carrera GT was originally delivered to Hoehn Motors in Carlsbad, California. Finished in Black over a beautiful Ascot Brown leather interior, the GT was originally acquired by news reporter Connie Chung for her husband and television presenter, Maury Povich. After several intervening owners, it was then purchased by the current consignor in April 2015. At the time, the Porsche was showing just 3,608 miles. Service records on file note that prior to his ownership, a major service was performed at Porsche of Fairfield, Connecticut, in August 2014, at which point the GT had been driven 3,460 miles. Work included valve adjustment and replacement of the spark plugs, engine and cabin air filters, as well as the drive belts. At the same time, the new tires were fitted and balanced and all four wheels were aligned, including camber adjustment. Finally, the clutch was measured at 30 millimeters and found to be in good condition. Since acquiring the Carrera GT, the consignor has driven the Porsche less than 50 miles. It currently shows just 3,665 original miles and has been maintained in his private collection.
The Carrera GT remains one of the greatest modern Porsches, and it is arguably the finest road-going Porsche most true to the company’s performance heritage. Finished in rare black over brown, it is supplied with its original tools, including the center-lock tool, owner’s manuals, and its original optional dark grey luggage set. This exceptional Porsche supercar is described by the consignor as being in fantastic overall condition and would be an enviable addition to any gathering of the world’s best sports cars.