2005 Porsche Carrera GT

The Carrera GT might be my favorite Porsche that I almost never feature. But I guess hypercars are like that. There isn’t much difference between all of the various Carrera GTs we see and there are always a few available. So it’s only the very interesting and special examples that attract my notice enough to post one. This one is proclaimed to be “the highest known invoiced Carrera GT sold new in the States” and that obviously attracted my attention. It’s also pretty eye catching, as just about any Carrera GT might be, so looking it over I felt like it was worth bringing to everyone else’s attention as well. I don’t know that any significant percentage of our readers might really be thinking of pursuing a Carrera GT, but even if it only serves as a nice break to the day – a moment to pause and look at something both beautiful and ferocious – then that’s good enough.

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Arancio Borealis 2005 Porsche Carrera GT

We don’t really do revisits of previous posts all that often anymore. It’s easier simply to update links as auctions or sales come back around. However, there are exceptions. There are always exceptions. Certain cars deserve a second look. In some cases they have actually been off the market for a little while. With this car, both situations apply. This is a 1 of 1 Arancio Borealis 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. I featured it a couple years ago when it was first offered for sale. The price – $1.99M – was spectacularly high, but this is a spectacular car in as eye-catching a color as you are likely to find. It never sold and now the owner figures he’ll try again.

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How Much Flash Do You Need? 2004 Porsche Carrera GT

This won’t be the first orange Carrera GT we’ve featured, but I do think it’ll be the brightest. The Arancio Borealis Carrera GT we featured last year appeared softer, thanks in large part to its metallic orange paint. It still was incredibly eye-catching no matter how much softer its appearance might have been. The Carrera GT we see here isn’t soft at all. It’s bright and showy and makes no apologies for blinding you. It also has a brown leather interior that I can’t say I’ve come across on any other Carrera GT. On colors alone, this is a pretty unique specimen. I’d love to see these two orange GTs next to one another just for a comparison of shades. Helping to further distinguish them: unlike the Arancio Borealis car and its nearly $2M asking price this one almost seems reasonable at $670,000.

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Year: 2004
Model: Carrera GT
Engine: 5.7 liter V10
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 3,181 mi
Price: $670,000 Buy It Now

Crevier Classic Cars is pleased to offer our 2004 Porsche Carerra GT. #53 of 1270.
One private owner from new; 3,181 actual miles
Complete with books
Recent Porsche dealer service
Incredibly desirable modern Porsche supercar
Clean and detailed Carfax report

The story of Porsche’s Carrera GT 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, but 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 of the car 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 that of an engineer’s dream. By utilizing a carbon-fiber monocoque and sub-frame, 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 lies a monstrous 5.7-liter V-10 engine, the first V-10 produced for use in a Porsche. 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 one piloted by Walter Röhrl lapped the July 2004 Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:28, which was a record for a Porsche that was not broken until the release of the 911 GT2 RS in 2010.

Slip 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 exterior and 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 wooden shift knob, tying an organic link from past models into their technological tour de force, thereby showing that their most powerful creation to date indeed had a soul. By the time production ceased, 1,270 examples had been built.

The Carrera GT offered here has had only one private owner since new and presently records fewer than 3,181 actual miles. It has had a fresh service by Porsche of Newport Beach, at 3,080 miles. It is offered with its original books, and two keys, as well as a center-lock socket, an air compressor, and the Tire Mobility System. Additional options noted include manual air conditioning and the Porsche/Becker CD-radio.

When new, journalists hailed the Carrera GT as one of the greatest supercars of all time, as it featured incredible performance in a lightweight, race-ready package that had gorgeous bodywork. Even 10 years after the first car was produced, it is still remarkably exciting to drive, and ownership of a Carrera GT has become a life goal of many Porsche aficionados. Considering this example’s low mileage and factory-fresh condition, it is an opportunity not to be missed. Please contact us at 714-426-0238 or mark@crevierclassiccars.com

I suspect much of the reason behind the relatively lower asking price of this Carrera GT is that I think it’s been painted, i.e. this orange was not its original color. Part of why I think it’s unoriginal is because the seller somewhat shockingly makes no mention of the color in the ad text. That would seem an important detail, along with some documentation to support its originality (also not present). A trip over to the seller’s website shows it listed as GT3 RS Orange (code: 8C6). Judging strictly by the photos that seems about right, and the GT3 RS from which that orange would be derived had not been produced during the Carrera GT’s life, lending further credence to my assumption that it’s been painted.

Ok, so it’s probably non-original paint. The important question is why? If its previous owner simply wanted the color, then that’s certainly no big deal, but if it had been banged around a bit and needed painting, that’s a separate issue. Clarity on that point obviously would be very important. Otherwise, this is one heck of a Carrera GT that will surely elicit plenty of conversation among both Porsche die-hards and laymen alike. Screaming along with the wail from the Porsche V10 all cocooned in a pastel orange package would be an experience with few rivals. It certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. And as I said above, the asking price (assuming no accidents) really doesn’t seem that bad. If I’m mistaken and the color is original (perhaps Signal Orange, which isn’t far off from GT3 RS Orange), then someone should snap this up immediately.

-Rob

Arancio Borealis 2005 Porsche Carrera GT – REVISIT

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The very orange Lamborghini colored 2005 Porsche Carrera GT we featured back in March remains for sale. Eye catching does not even begin to describe this car as it melds the insane world of Lambo colors with the staid and elegant lines of a Porsche – or at least as staid as the Carrera GT gets. There is a steep price for that color though even after the seller dropped the price by $200K. There’s certainly a price point where things will being to make sense, but frankly I’m not really sure what it is, especially when we must also consider that this is one of the lowest mileage GTs we’ve come across. For now, we simply wait.

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2004 Porsche Carrera GT

We don’t see a lot of Porsche’s Carrera GT on these pages unless one comes around that really grabs our attention. Such was the case with the last example we featured, a stunning Carrera GT painted in Lamborghini’s Aranacio Borealis. Unsurprisingly, that one came with a sky-high price. On its surface this Basalt Black 2004 Carrera GT doesn’t seem to possess quite the unique appeal of that metallic orange. And, frankly, it doesn’t. However, I can rarely recall coming across a Black Carrera GT. I know I have, but there is something about this one that takes it to another level; it possesses an aggressiveness and a level of menace sometimes found lacking in these beautiful machines. At $685K, it’s also pretty reasonably priced within the rarefied air of Carrera GTs.

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The Seinfeld Collection – Amelia Island 2016

As the final of my dream car posts we’ll settle in to the Amelia Island auctions for a group of exquisite Porsches and some of the most expensive available. Rather than stunning and rare color combinations these Porsches attract our notice through their historical relevance and, for many of them, their longevity. By now most are aware of Jerry Seinfeld’s love of Porsches; it’s been a long documented affair ever since the comedian became known across the world. He has decided to sell quite a few of them – 18 cars in all, 16 of those being Porsches – at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auctions on March 11. None of the cars are inexpensive – the lowest priced likely being his 1960 Volkswagen Beetle – and many of them will stretch well into seven figures. For fans of Porsches it’s a very interesting time as many of Seinfeld’s cars are near impossible to find in this condition, with some of them near impossible to find at all. I have chosen a few examples to show here that particularly caught my eye. I won’t go through the details of each car since those details are extensive and well chronicled on the auction listing for each. Click through to read about each car’s history and also to view the rest of the Seinfeld lineup at Amelia Island:

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2005 Porsche Carrera GT – Arancio Borealis – 1 of 1

Let’s dream a little bit. Through some serendipity there happen to be a couple of very expensive – and special – Porsche supercars currently making the rounds and it seemed as good a time as any to take a break from some reasonably attainable cars and drift into the stratosphere. Over the next few days I have some very eye-catching Porsches to go through and we’ll begin with perhaps the most eye-catching of all: a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT with a metallic paint-to-sample exterior done in Arancio Borealis – I think in common parlance it’s Pearl Orange. It’s said to be 1 of 1 and I wouldn’t find that hard to believe. If a standard Carrera GT simply isn’t exciting enough from the outside this color will certainly draw all the attention you should ever desire. It sits with a mere 260 miles on the clock, with the current owner claiming to have never driven it – a situation I could not even fathom, but here we are.

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2005 Porsche Carrera GT

We rarely feature the Carrera GT here at GCFSB since generally speaking cars like this exist beyond the purview of our site. Even in the world of high-dollar air-cooled 911s the Carrera GT is somewhat of a different breed. A quick perusal of our archives reveals that we’ve only featured one previous example and that was nearly three years ago. So why not take a look once again? Here we have a GT Silver Metallic 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, located in Missouri, with Dark Grey leather interior and 1,765 miles on it. As an all new model, the Carrera GT clearly stood apart from the rest of the Porsche portfolio, but it drew upon enough cues that any knowledgeable observer immediately would know from which brand it had come. Its 5.7 liter V10 mounted amidship produces the greatest sound of any car I’ve encountered on the road. It doesn’t thunder, it doesn’t roar, rather it shrieks and the speed with which the revs climb adds to the ferocity of that engine note. The design is both elegant and purposeful and to my eye has aged quite well over its first decade of existence. The Carrera GT remains a rarely seen beauty though one whose impact has hardly waned with the passage of time.

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1981 Porsche 924 GTR Tribute

For some times, I had grandiose plans for a derelict 924S that my father had. Source a 931 bell housing, mate it up to a spare Audi 4.2 V8 I had, slap on a Carrera GT body kit, strip it out and stiffen it up and Viola! Instant track weapon on a budget. I had planned it out pretty well, but the timing just never came together quite right, so eventually it went by the wayside. I’ve since seen a few tribute Carrera GTs pop up and even a GTR over in Europe, and every time it makes me think “what if…”; today is no exception. As I came upon this posting, a sly smile crept across my face and thought about it all over again. Today’s example doesn’t follow the plan I had though; it takes an early European-spec 924 2.0 and swaps on the super-wide GTR panels with some crazy Compomotive wheels:

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Theme Week: 2005 Porsche Carrera GT for sale

No one-percenter’s garage is complete without a stock of some serious rare. When it comes to German rare, it doesn’t get much better than the Carrera GT. Sure, the new Turbo S is now a full second faster to 60 mph, but look at this thing. It has proportions the Mercedes SLR can only dream of. From the buttresses over the screaming V10 to the high exhaust outlets begging to shoot flames, the Carrera GT will never be mistaken for anything other than an exotic hypercar.

2005 Porsche Carrera GT for sale on eBay


A brief overview from the seller:

From 2004 to May 6th of 2006, Porsche built 1,270 examples of the Carrera GT at their new facility in Leipzig, Germany. Of those, 604 examples were sent to the United States. Mounted midship in the Carrera GT was a 5.7-liter V10 engine developing 605 horsepower. Zero-to-sixty took just 3.8 seconds with the 100-mph mark shattered in under seven seconds. Top speed was in the neighborhood of 205 mph. Mated to the race-bred engine is a six-speed manual gearbox. This 2005 Porsche Carrera GT Supercar is the rare Black with Black interior combination and is a two owner car that has been very well maintained and has a complete service history. The clutch was just replaced 9/30/11 with 5110 miles and there are no open recalls or campaigns. This car comes with all books, covers, keys and luggage.

I guess all those reports of tricky clutches on these weren’t kidding, as a new clutch after 5k miles seems extreme. Seven years in, Carrera GTs are holding strong at just over $300k, and $335,000 seems fair enough for a very low-mileage example. If you can come up with the capital it will probably be a decent investment as minimal depreciation and limited numbers indicate a strong future collector’s market. If you’re really in the 1% though, your other investments can do better; get out there and let this amazing car scream to its 8400rpm redline as often as possible.

-NR