Introduced as a concept at the 2000 Paris Auto Show and put into production in 2003, the Carrera GT was only Porsche’s third supercar of the modern era, following the 959 in 1986 and the GT1 in 1998. Intended for road use but with origins firmly rooted in Porsche’s motor sports program, the Carrera GT featured a removable roof panel and styling that sharply departed from the traditional Porsche shape, displaying a flat body, long rear deck, and sculpted air inlets. A driver-focused cockpit – incorporating magnesium, leather, and carbon fiber – featured a prominent central housing containing the shifter and all switchgear. Underneath was a monocoque chassis, constructed from bonded layers of carbon fiber and aluminum-and-plastic honeycomb, that weighed just 220 pounds. Completing the package were ground effects that could pull the car to the road at speed, along with racing-derived pushrod suspension and powerful Porsche ceramic composite brakes.
Evolved from an engine developed first for Formula 1 and later for LMP1 competition, the naturally aspirated, mid-mounted 5.7-liter V-10 produced 605 hp at 8,000 rpm and 435 lbs./ft. of torque at 5,750 rpm. That power was routed to the rear wheels through a ceramic composite clutch and six-speed transaxle, which was actuated by a shift knob made from Birch wood, a tribute to Porsche’s legendary 917. Performance was reported to be stunning, with acceleration from standstill to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.
This 2004 Carrera GT, finished in GT Silver over a Terracotta interior, retains its books, tools, and desirable five-piece matching leather luggage set. Registering under 4,500 miles on its odometer at the time of cataloguing, this Carrera GT is accompanied by numerous invoices from Prestige Imports in Lakewood, Colorado, the Porsche dealership that has serviced this car since new, demonstrating the care it has received throughout its ownership.
Delivered new to its original and only US-based owner in 2004 through Porsche’s European Delivery program, this example was erroneously completed by the factory in Rest-of-World specification, not the intended US specification. Porsche elected to reimburse the consignor any costs incurred to federalize this example so it could be registered in the US. The federalization team at JK Technologies in Baltimore performed the work at a cost of more than $53,000, as supported by receipts accompanying the sale, and federalization is confirmed by a plate in the car’s doorjamb and accompanying letters from the US Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation. Offering a stunning V-10 engine and highly engaging driving experience, the sale of this Carrera GT presents a great opportunity to acquire a low-mileage example of one of the best analog supercars of all time.