One of a mere 9 delivered new to Belgium,2005 Porsche Carrera GT Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ Z4L 000 145

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Lot 43
2005 Porsche Carrera GT Coupé
Chassis no. WPOZZZ Z4L 000 145

Sold for € 644,000 (US$ 656,558) inc. premium
One of a mere 9 delivered new to Belgium
2005 Porsche Carrera GT Coupé
Chassis no. WPOZZZ Z4L 000 145
*One owner and fewer than 2,000 kilometres from new
*Modified for racing
*Comes with its original parts
*Front-ranking supercar

When Porsche decided to attach the 'GT' appellation to 'Carrera' in 2004, it marked a return to its competition roots, the new flagship supercar's looks recalling those of the original Type 550 of 50-plus years ago. Known as 'Project Code 80', the programme to develop a front-ranking supercar had begun following Porsche's Le Mans win with the 911 GT1 in 1998. Although a couple of dozen GT1s were adapted for road use, something more practical would be required for volume production, though it was intended that the GT1's advanced technology would be carried over to the new model.

The first hint that Porsche was planning something very special was dropped in 2000 when a concept car designed by American Grant Larson appeared on the Stuttgart manufacturer's stand at the Paris Motor Show. Its overwhelmingly favourable reception gave Porsche the green light to commence development of a version suitable for production.

It would have been all to easy to stick with the tried and tested flat-six engine design used in the 911 and Boxster but the new model needed to be significantly different in order to achieve the desired impact. Fortunately there was a suitable power unit to hand: a 5.5-litre four-cam V10 developed a few years previously for a still-born Le Mans racer. The latter had incorporated a carbon-fibre monocoque, as had the GT1, and this state-of-the-art method of construction was carried over to the Carrera GT, albeit in a form that met the requirements of a road car. Porsche's engineers gave themselves an additional set of problems to solve by extending the use of this material to the engine support structure. The development of a small-diameter, multi-plate clutch incorporating ceramic composite materials enabled the V10 engine to be mounted low in the chassis, resulting in a lower centre of gravity than would have been possible with a flat six. Before production commenced, the V10 would be enlarged to 5.7 litres, producing its maximum of 612bhp at 8,000rpm. A six-speed manual transmission was the only one available.

Clearly, a car of such importance would have to possess perfect road manners before being released for sale, and to ensure this perfection Porsche employed racing driver Walter Röhrl to assist with development, which included countless laps of the demanding Nürburgring circuit. In the interests of high-speed stability the rear body incorporates a wing that rises automatically at around 75mph, retracting when the speed drops back to 80km/h. This was no mere gimmick but a vital necessity in a car capable of exceeding 300km/h.

The Carrera GT's suspension is pure competition car, featuring unequal-length control arms all round with horizontally mounted gas shock absorbers operated via pushrods and rockers. Its brakes too are racetrack developed, consisting of six-piston aluminium callipers gripping 15" diameter ceramic composite discs that are more heat resistant and 50% lighter than cast-iron equivalents. More weight was saved from the wheels, which are made of forged magnesium (19" front, 20" rear) while ABS was standard equipment, as was power assistance for the steering.
When the production Carrera GT went on sale in 2004 it looked remarkably similar to the 2000 Paris Show car yet was subtly different in countless ways. One more obvious difference was the GT's roof, a feature lacking on the open prototype, which consisted of two parts that could be removed for stowage in the front luggage compartment. Inside, the seats were made of leather-trimmed carbon fibre while the gear lever knob was made of wood, recalling the unlikely use of this traditional material on the legendary Porsche 917 endurance racer.
Of course, it is no longer sufficient merely to deliver the ultimate in on-the-road performance: these days the discerning supercar buyer also demands the very latest in in-car mobile telecommunications technology. The Carrera GT project engineers did not skimp in this respect, equipping it with 'Porsche Online Pro' satellite navigation incorporating a Bose sound system, hands-free 'phone, and email and Internet connectivity. A five-piece luggage set was included in the specification at no extra cost though, perhaps surprisingly, air conditioning was an optional 'extra'.

Porsche stated that only 1,500 Carrera GTs would be made, thereby emphasising the car's exclusivity, and each example carries a numbered plaque on the centre console (the factory retained 'No.1' for its museum). In the event, the Carrera GT would turn out to be even more exclusive than its maker had originally intended, for when production ceased in 2007 only 1,207 had been completed.

Purchased new by the current vendor, this rare example of what is still a front-ranking supercar was delivered new in Belgium by Carrera Motors (sales invoice on file) and was immediately rebuilt as a Carrera GTR ('R' for Racing) by GPR Racing with the intention to race this Porsche. Modifications include a Motec engine management system; Stack instruments; Moton suspension; custom made wishbones and track rods; AP Racing braking system with steel discs; pedal box; air jacks; special heavy-duty clutch; Thiebaut roll cage; BBS custom made racing wheels; automatic fire extinguishing system; and a competition fuel system.

The rebuild cost over €220,000 but 98% of all its original parts remain with the car and are included in the sale. The owner planned to race the car professionally but Porsche refused permission. Its use has been confined to track days, adorned with 'body coach' publicity material, and the car has never raced. The driver was usually Marc Duez. It is estimated that the GT has covered a maximum of 2,000 kilometres. The car remained unused for the past 7 years until it recently underwent a major service including an overhaul of the fuel system. Presented now in its original colour of Silver Metallic (without stickers), the car is said to be in excellent condition having been hardly used. With its original parts included in the sale, this Carrera GT could be brought back to its original specifications.

With relatively few produced and all in the hands of private collectors, this unique one owner from new Porsche Carrera GT represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire an example of what Car & Driver rated 'arguably the finest sports car the company has ever produced.'
One of a mere 9 delivered new to Belgium,2005 Porsche Carrera GT Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ Z4L 000 145
One of a mere 9 delivered new to Belgium,2005 Porsche Carrera GT Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ Z4L 000 145
One of a mere 9 delivered new to Belgium,2005 Porsche Carrera GT Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ Z4L 000 145
One of a mere 9 delivered new to Belgium,2005 Porsche Carrera GT Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ Z4L 000 145
One of a mere 9 delivered new to Belgium,2005 Porsche Carrera GT Coupé  Chassis no. WPOZZZ Z4L 000 145
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