2005 Porsche Carrera GT
Sold For $786,000Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 16 - 17 JANUARY 2020 - Offered on Thursday
- One of 644 U.S.-spec examples
- Finished in attractive Black over Dark Grey leather
- Originally owned by 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Antoine “Tony” Kanaan
- Recently serviced by a Porsche dealer; currently displaying 2,540 miles
- Includes owner’s manuals, car cover, and partial luggage set
- Documented with service invoices and prior title
After Porsche’s thrilling triumph at the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans, in which the purpose-developed 911 GT1 secured a dominating 1-2 finish, much discussion mounted about the potential build of a commemorative racing model. At the Paris Salon two years later, Stuttgart unveiled a new concept car, though the model’s development had essentially tailed off after corporate priorities were refocused on building the company’s first SUV, the Cayenne.
Customer interest was undeniable, though, so Porsche resuscitated the project as a top-shelf boutique supercar that eventually became the Carrera GT. Available for deliveries in 2004, the Carrera GT was clearly predicated on the race car principles of low weight and extreme power, starting with a 220-pound tub of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). The lightweight material also composed the engine subframe and was generously used throughout the breathtaking coachwork, which sprung from the pen of Grant Larson—responsible for the popular Boxster.
Originally developed as a Le Mans prototype engine, the jewellike 5.7-liter aluminum V-10 utilized an unusual V angle of 68 degrees and employed aluminum pistons and an aluminum intake manifold, titanium connecting rods, and a forged crankshaft to maintain a low weight of 452 pounds. Dry-sump lubrication allowed for the rear-placed motor to lie very low within its subframe, and a carbon ceramic clutch and low-mass flywheel contributed to free-revving low-inertia performance encapsulated by a redline of 8,400 rpm. Developing 605 hp at 8,000 rpm and 435 foot-pounds of torque, the V-10 was mated to a six-speed manual transaxle.
The end result of such impressive technology was earth-shattering performance, with the Carrera GT reaching 60 mph from standstill in just 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph. Cross-drilled ceramic-composite disc brakes with huge 14.96-inch rotors anchored lightweight magnesium wheels, and an ingenious suspension system derived from the 911 GT1 ensured superior cornering and balance.
Larson’s exterior design was just as beguiling as the mechanical wonders that lay underneath, clearly influenced by the marque’s classic racing spyders of the 1950s. The Carrera GT was equipped with a removable lightweight hardtop that lent the car a breathtaking fastback appearance, though whether it was fixed in place or removed, the occupants’ roll-over hoops and arching meshed cam covers contributed to voluptuous curves throughout the design. Despite the model’s quasi-race-car brief, the Carrera GT was available with a host of comfort amenities such as air-conditioning, power windows, a Bose premium sound system, and fitted luggage. In tandem with leather-upholstered sport seats built around CFRP and Kevlar shells, the interior belied a car of such capable performance.
Through four years of specialized production, just 1,270 examples of the Carrera GT were built worldwide, and a mere 644 cars were specified for the United States. A darling of supercar enthusiasts and Porsche purists alike, the model has grown to be a favorite at marque gatherings and concours d’elegance, celebrated for its delicate balance of heritage cues, usability, and pure Porsche performance.
Claiming important ownership provenance and minimal use, this well-maintained Carrera GT is a highly desirable example of the venerable 2000s Porsche supercar. Chassis no. 001301 is a U.S.-spec example that was factory-finished in Black paint over a Dark Grey (black) leather interior and optioned with a carbon-fiber steering wheel and matching shifter knob. As demonstrated by a title on file, the car was delivered new to Antoine “Tony” Kanaan, the famous open-wheel race car driver who won the 2013 Indianapolis 500 and was champion of the IndyCar Series in 2004.
Experiencing a life of mild use and fastidious upkeep, the Porsche was subsequently imported to Canada and currently displays 2,540 miles. In preparation for its current offering, the Carrera GT has recently undergone an inspection by Porsche Calgary, and the clutch was deemed to be within the manufacturer’s recommended tolerances, while minor repairs were made to the spoiler and a fluid service was performed. The car is currently fitted with a Tubi exhaust system, although the original factory unit is included with the sale. Furthermore, the car includes its original owner’s manuals, car cover, and partial matching luggage set.
Ideal for track excursions or display at regional concours d’elegance, this exquisite Carrera GT would make a beautiful complement to any sporting collection, particularly appropriate for modern supercar aficionados and enthusiasts of important and rare Porsche speed machines.