2005 Porsche Carrera GT
Sold For $720,000Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
Lot Location: Monterey, California
RM | Sotheby's - MONTEREY 15 - 17 AUGUST 2019
- Offered on Saturday
- Incredibly desirable modern Porsche supercar and an instant classic
- Presented in GT Silver Metallic over Ascot Brown leather
- Complete with owner’s manuals and factory accessories
- Includes optional matching luggage set
- Showing fewer than 5,200 miles from new
Please note that due to California emissions, this vehicle must be sold to a dealer or out-of-state resident.
Porsche’s Carrera GT saga starts five years before the first production model left Porsche’s facilities in Leipzig, Germany. Porsche sought to develop a new Le Mans prototype to replace the venerable GT1, which was powered by a 5.5-liter V-10 engine. However, a change in FIA rules quickly shelved their racing plans while the model was in development. Porsche remained undeterred and continued forward with plans to make the platform suitable for road use. To attract attention to their stand at the Paris Motor Show in 2000, Porsche displayed a road-going concept alongside their other production models. With the amount of attention that the concept received, combined with additional revenue from the Cayenne, Porsche decided to go ahead and produce the car. The Carrera GT was first offered for sale in 2004, alongside the Ferrari Enzo, Ford GT, and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, and it more than held its own in what proved to be an incredible year for supercars.
The materials that went into the construction of the Carrera GT were simply those of an engineer’s dream. By utilizing a carbon-fiber monocoque and subframe, as well as carbon-ceramic brakes, Porsche’s engineers pushed the envelope of what was mechanically possible in order to offer a car that was as light as it was strong. Porsche also designed a three-disc carbon-fiber racing clutch for the car, which measured 7.5 inches in diameter and was about a third the size of a normal clutch. Similar attention to detail was applied to nearly every facet of the car. The ultra-lightweight forged magnesium wheels had center-locking bolts that were color-coded for each side of the car, ensuring that wrong bolts were never put on the incorrect side of the car.
At the heart of the Carrera GT beats a fiery 5.7-liter V-10 engine. Performance was incredible, with 605 horsepower and 435 foot-pounds of torque, and the Carrera GT could rocket from 0–60 mph in 3.6 seconds toward a top speed of 205 mph. The Carrera GT truly showed its racing roots when, in July 2004, one piloted by Walter Röhrl lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:28. It was a record for Porsche that was not broken until the release of the 911 GT2 RS in 2010.
Slide into the Carrera GT’s carbon-fiber bucket seats, and it is clear that Porsche’s engineers did not limit the car’s track-focused nature to just the mechanical components. Every surface within reach is either leather, aluminum, or carbon fiber, and nothing in the car, minus the requisite stereo with CD player and air-conditioning, distracts the driver from the task at hand. Everything else in the cockpit is typical Porsche, from the instrument layout with the tachometer in the center to the left-hand placement of the ignition. Porsche topped the gear shifter, which was mated to a six-speed manual transmission, with a retro-inspired wooden shift knob, tying an organic link from past models into their technological tour de force. By the time production ceased, 1,270 examples had been built.
This stunning GT Silver example presently records fewer than 5,200 actual miles at the time of cataloguing and is in spectacular original condition. A two-owner car, this GT was serviced at Rusnak Porsche less than 200 miles ago with four new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, alignment, new spark plugs, oil service, TPMS sensors, and a clutch measurement of 30.5 mm. It is offered with its original manuals, two keys, a valet key, covers for the roof panel, and optional matching seven-piece luggage set, including garment bag, shoulder bag, briefcase, duffle bag, console bag, and two small leather pouches that fit neatly into the ends of the doors, as well as a center-lock socket, air compressor, and the Tire Mobility System.
Automotive critics hailed the Carrera GT as one of the greatest supercars of all time when it was introduced, marveling over its incredible performance in a lightweight, race-ready package with exotically beautiful styling. Considering this example’s low mileage and factory-fresh condition, it is an opportunity not to be missed.