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GT Silver | Spider | 6 Speed Manual | 5.7 litre V10 | 773 kms | AU$1,599,000
In one of those tantalizingly rare instances when a concept car gets the tick of approval to enter production, launched in the year 2000, the Carrera GT was at the time the most exotic car Porsche had ever produced- Stuttgart’s answer to the Ferraro Enzo.
Today, the Carrera GT is affectionately known within Porsche circles as the “Silver Unicorn” especially in the more desirable Euro specification. It’s also THE car of choice for many of the world’s greatest performance drivers’ including legendary racer Walter Röhrl, famously quoted as saying he’d sell his entire collection to keep and drive the CGT.
Its Franken-engine began life within a 1990’s F1 program, then made its way into the LMP1 series before Porsche threw out the rule book, increased its power and shoehorned it into the Carrera GT- a godly 605 horsepower, naturally aspirated 5.7 litre V-10 with revs that rise and fall like an F1 engine, taught handling and a bone tingling exhaust wail the car is now synonymous for.
In both design and construction, the Carrera GT roadster is based on pure racing technology. The design draws on classic Porsche racecars for inspiration, especially the 718 RS Spyder of the early 1960’s.
The body is made mainly from carbon fiber, giving the car its distinct high rigidity and low weight. What Porsche call the “ground effect body design” pulls the car to the road at high speeds for stability and safety and the rear wing extends at speeds over 120 km/h to generate stabilising rear downforce.
Aluminum, carbon and leather dominate the interior, the few concessions to luxury include air conditioning, a stereo system and power windows engineered to weigh no more than manual winders and the carbon fiber race seats stick the driver to the monocell like glue, doing without power adjusters to again, save weight.
Perfectly analogue, at the time Porsche contended that none of the paddle-shifting systems on the market were good enough for its Halo car so the Carrera GT features a quick-shifting 6 speed manual transmission fitted with a balsa wood shifter- a throwback to the lightweight 917 Le Mans racers of the past.
During its production run from 2003-2007 just 1,270 units were produced worldwide and the remarkably low kilometre car offered here was originally delivered new to a Porsche collector in Germany before making its way to Japan and then being privately imported to Australia in 2015.
One of the least used Carrara GT’s anywhere, travelling just 773 kilometres this ultra-rare, totally original and collectable car still features its original GT Silver paintwork over Black leather trim.
Indicative of the low distance the car has travelled, inside the spartan cockpit the hand stitched leather trim still wears the factory matte finish from the steering wheel to the carbon backed seats, door-cards and transmission tunnel, the quilted liners fitted to the internal firewall, inner roof panels and beneath the bonnet are in pristine condition, so too are the flashes of carbon and the general feeling inside is totally fresh and envelopingly driver centric.
All original, the exterior presents in the same fastidiously-kept condition. The paintwork still carries a glass like depth of finish, the panel gaps have the typical Germanic precision fit you would expect and original parts like the Red/Blue crested centre locks for the Carrera GT alloys, ceramic composite (PCCB) brakes, Bi-xenon headlights and even the distinct jet engine exhaust tips and rear reflectors are all still present. All hallmarks we look for in a Bluechip sportsclassic.
Accompanying the car are the original manuals bound within the leather wallet, both original Carrera GT keys, the factory stamped centre-lock removal socket, as well as the un-opened and original luggage and Porsche embossed removable roof cases.
Porsche’s answer to the Ferrari Enzo; after a romp in the GT, whatever you drive next will feel like an ocean liner carrying a full payload and powered by a 2,300 ton diesel engine.
Able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than four seconds on its way to a white knuckle inducing top speed of 334 km/h, all to the sound track of an F1 engineered engine wail, there really is nothing else like the Carrera GT. Period.
A bullet-proof Blue chip investment and landmark Supercar within the storied history of one of the world’s greatest automakers and racers, this rare and exceptionally well maintained Carrera GT offers an opportunity so rarely available to own, drive and invest in something supremely special.