2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040

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2004 Porsche Carrera GT

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2004 Porsche Carrera GT
Registration no. AN53 ORG
Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
*One of only 1,270 built
*Sought after colour combination
*1,722 miles from new
*Porsche service history

Footnotes

  • 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 50mph. This was no mere gimmick but a vital necessity in a car capable of exceeding 200mph.
    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. In keeping with Porsche tradition, the ignition switch was placed to the left of the steering wheel.
    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, email and internet connectivity and air conditioning was standard.
    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 May 2006 only 1,270 had been completed. Porsche cited changing airbag regulations in the USA as the reason for its discontinuance.
    The Carrera GT offered here, with production number '92', has covered only 1,722 miles and is presented in the most sought after colour combination of Solid Black with Natural Dark Grey leather interior. The car comes complete with a detailed specification plus its owner's manuals, owner's wallet, service book, wheel removal socket, and spare keys.
    Originally delivered to an Official Porsche Centre in New York, '92' was first registered in the USA on 1st January 2004 and sold to a collector. In May 2008, the Carrera was purchased by a well-known UK based collector and imported into the UK on 1st September 2012. Meticulously converted to meet UK requirements, the car has been in the care of Porsche Central Operations, the only Porsche-approved 918 Spyder and Carrera GT specialist in this country, since 2015.
    Painstakingly prepared to its current outstanding condition by factory-trained master technicians, the Carrera has undergone both a full mechanical, suspension and bodywork inspection, and been returned to concours condition, which included repairing some damage to the off-side front. The process of returning the car to its original factory-fresh condition involved replacing a number of expensive components including the bonnet, front wing, radiator, front bumper, headlights, alloy wheel and brake caliper.
    With so few produced, and all in the hands of private collectors, the Porsche Carrera GT is only rarely seen on the open market. With its extremely low mileage, limited ownership roster, and outstanding condition, this pristine example represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire what Car & Driver rated as 'arguably the finest sports car the company has ever produced.'

Saleroom notices

  • Please be advised that the registration in the catalogue is incorrect it should read 'AU53ORG', the chassis number is also incorrect and should read 'WP0CA29804L001040'.
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2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WPOCAZ9804L001040
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