The Carrera GT owes its origins to a Porsche motorsport project which didn’t reach the end. In fact, its naturally aspirated V10 was the very same powerplant which was supposed to power Porsche’s new Le Mans prototype at the time. After a study was presented at the Paris Salon in 2000, the customer interest was so overwhelming that Porsche decided to go through with building a production version, which was very similar to the concept. Arguably the last analogue supercar, with its rewarding driving experience, screaming V10 engine, and 6-speed manual transmission, the Carrera GT was at the same time civilized and did offer luxury its rival from Maranello did not. The interior was a combination of Kevlar, carbon fiber and leather. The roof section could also be removed as a Targa to better enjoy the exhaust symphony. In total, only 1270 cars left the factory in Leipzig.
Our Carrera GT
Our Carrera GT was delivered on the 14th of July 2006 through Porsche Zentrum Karlsruhe in Germany to its first and only German owner. Specified in the incredible color of Fayence Yellow which is the perfect fit to a Carrera GT, and quite rare, at only 89 cars made for the world in the color, of which 44 were made for the North American market and thus with the questionable side reflectors. The interior was kept simple but tasteful in black with yellow stitching and carbon fiber options. The Porsche was registered in its delivery city and driven sparingly over the years, totaling on 18,515km over 16 years, which amounts to less than 1,200km per year. No cost was spared in maintaining this Carrera GT, with a service book filled with services, fluid changes, and condition checks, all done either at the delivery Porsche Zentrum Karlsruhe or Porsche Zentrum Stuttgart just in front of the museum. The history of the car is limpid and clear and the mileage fully traceable. A stack full of invoices accompanies this marvel from Stuttgart, with as much as 21k Euros invested in 2018, as well as its full luggage set, and its original keys. It presents today in an almost new-car condition and is fully paint protected, with the carbon weave visible throughout.
The Carrera GT is without a doubt the greatest road car to ever come out of the Stuttgart firm and an instant icon. Often referred to as a “Widow Maker” given its sometimes unpredictable nature, it has gotten much more docile thanks to the new tire technology and is thus an absolute joy to drive. Extremely collectable nowadays as it is increasingly difficult to find good examples like the one offered here. Let’s not forget that this is a one-owner, German car, with a detailed and complete service history, finished in a rare color and showing only 18.5k km from new. It doesn’t get much better than this.
- Service, brake fluid change, condition control at 5080km on 24/03/2009
- Service, brake fluid change, condition control at 7721km on 18/05/2011
- Service, brake fluid change, condition control at 9667km on 26/03/2013
- Service, brake fluid change, condition control at 12759km on 18/05/2015
- Service, brake fluid change, spark plugs changed at 16587km on 06/02/2018