2004 Porsche Carrera GTUK Registered - PTS Vesuvio by Porsche GB
Year of manufacture2004
Mileage24 075 mi / 38 745 km
Car typeConvertible / Roadster
The Carrera GT's roots can be firmly traced back to its predecessors, the 911 GT1 and LMP1-98 racing cars. In 1998 Porsche planned on a new Le Mans prototype for 1999. The car was initially intended to use a turbocharged flat-6, but was later redesigned to use a new V10 engine, pushing the project back to planned completion in 2000. The V10 was a unit secretly built by Porsche for the Footwork Formula One team in 1992 but had been shelved. The engine was resurrected for the Le Mans prototype and increased in size to 5.7-litres. Unfortunately, the project was cancelled after two days of testing for the first car, in mid-1999, mostly due to Porsche's wish to build the Cayenne SUV with involvement from Volkswagen and Audi, thus requiring engineering expertise to be pulled from the motorsports division. It was also speculated that VW-Audi chairman Ferdinand Piëch wanted Audi's new Le Mans Prototype, the Audi R8 not to face competition from Porsche in 2004.
Porsche did keep part of the project alive showing a concept car at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show, mainly in an attempt to draw attention to their display. Surprising interest in the vehicle and an influx of revenue provided from the Cayenne helped Porsche decide to produce the car, and development started on a road-legal version that would be produced in small numbers at Porsche's new manufacturing facility in Leipzig. Porsche started a production run of Carrera GTs in 2004, the first Carrera GT went on sale in the US on January 31, 2004. The Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7-litre V10 engine producing 612 horsepower. Porsche claims it will accelerate from 0 to 62.1 mph in 3.9 seconds and has a maximum speed of 205 mph although road tests indicated that in reality, the car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds! The Carrera GT has a basic five colour paint schemes which included Guards Red, Fayence Yellow, Basalt Black, GT Silver and Seal Grey. Custom colours were also available from the factory. A traditional six-speed manual transmission is the only available.
Elements pointing to the car's stillborn Le Mans routes are abundant throughout the car. Attached to this gearbox is a Beechwood gear knob which pays homage to the wooden gear knob used in the Porsche 917 Le Mans racers. In typical Porsche fashion, the ignition is to the left of the steering wheel. This placement dates back to the early days of Le Mans racing when drivers were required to make a running start, hop into their cars, start them and begin the race. The placement of the ignition enabled the driver to start the car with his left hand and put it in gear with his right.
Supplied new to Mexico by Lizen Motors (now Porsche Guadalajara) in 2004, this example would spend just a couple of weeks in the country before moving to North America. Sold in June 2004 by The Collection, Florida, the car would remain in the local area for the following 3 years. As noted on the CARFAX, The Collection sold the car initially and then it returned on four occasions for service work.
The car passed through Braman of Miami in May 2007 who serviced the car and then oversaw the export to its new owner in Holland. The car was serviced twice by Porsche Centre Leusden in Holland where the car continued to see regular exercise. By the time of its second service in Holland, it had covered 15,350 miles.
In late 2014, the car was imported to the UK and registered by Mr Cox who immediately took the car to Porsche Centre Reading. Whilst carrying out a major service and clutch replacement, the car also had its lights converted to UK specification.
The car was used more sparingly in the UK. Arriving with 17,600 miles in 2014, the mileage has risen by an average of 750 miles a year and today presents with 24,050 miles from new. Throughout his ownership, the car was exclusively returned to Porsche Reading for service work and the MOT history in the UK further corroborates the mileage.
This fantastically usable Carrera GT present superbly, ready to be used and enjoyed by its next custodian complete with a fresh major service at Porsche Reading in March 2022. This Carrera GT is available to view at our showrooms outside London immediately.
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