<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164

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Lot 117
2005 Porsche Carrera GT

US$ 600,000 - 700,000
£ 440,000 - 510,000
Amended
2005 Porsche Carrera GT
VIN. WP0CA29855L001164

5,733cc DOHC V10 Engine
Bosch Electronic Fuel Injection
612bhp at 8,000rpm
6-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Carbon-Ceramic Disc Brakes

*Extremely rare and desirable spec
*Offered by the original owner
*In like-new condition inside and out
*Fewer than 8,500 miles
*Offered with full service history and factory accompanying items


THE PORSCHE CARRERA GT

One of the most evocative model designations in motoring history, 'Carrera' has been adorning Porsches since the mid-1950s, having been adopted following the German manufacturer's triumph in the 1954 Carrera Panamericana in Mexico. 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 program to develop a front-ranking supercar had begun following Porsche's Le Mans win with the 911 GT1 in 1998.

It would have been all too easy to stick with the tried and tested flat-six engine design used in the 911 and Boxster, which Porsche had done when developing its last supercar, the 959, 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-liter four-cam V10 developed a few years' prior for a still-born Le Mans racer. The latter had incorporated a carbon-fiber 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 center of gravity than would have been possible with a flat six. Before production commenced the V10 would be enlarged to 5.7 liters, 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 is raised 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 aluminum calipers 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 of the more obvious differences 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 fiber while the gear lever knob was made of wood, recalling the unlikely use of this traditional material on the legendary Porsche 917 endurance racer.

Porsche stated that only 1,500 Carrera GTs would be made, thereby emphasizing the car's exclusivity, and each example carries a numbered plaque on the center console (the factory retained 'No.1' for its museum). When Car & Driver tested a production Carrera GT, the respected American motoring magazine recorded a 0-100km/h time of 3.5 seconds with 160km/h arriving only 3.3 seconds later. 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.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Bonhams is extremely pleased to offer this best of breed, Basalt Black Metallic over Terracotta, 2005 Carrera GT. As specified by the Tourist Delivery PAG Code, this single owner Carrera GT was picked up at the factory by the consignor. Upon taking possession of the supercar, the consignor toured Germany in what must have been the vacation of a lifetime. The car was uniquely optioned with Basalt Black Metallic paint, all leather – wider than standard - Terracotta bucket seats, a full Terracotta luggage set, air conditioning, Porsche Online Pro CD Radio, Black floor mats with silver Carrera GT logo, a car cover, and wheels painted in the exterior color (which was a seldom seen option, costing $4,830.)

Upon returning to the US after covering approximately 800 miles in Germany, the car would spend its summers in New England and its winters in temperature controlled storage. Recommended service and maintenance has been carried out by Porsche of Nashua, New Hampshire – all service records are on file and available for review. Most recently, the car was serviced at Champion Porsche of Pompano Beach, Florida. During the service, the car received a new battery and the clutch was found to have more than half of its life left. Today with less than 8,500 original miles on the odometer and having been maintained to the highest standards by its single owner, the car is in immaculate condition. The combination of the Basalt Black exterior, Basalt Black wheels, and Terracotta interior is simply stunning. One would be hard pressed to spec a more desirable combination. There were believed to be fewer than 120 Carrera GTs ordered in black, and an exceedingly rare number (if any) finished in this combination.

Accompanying this rare beauty is a full service history, full luggage set, books, original window sticker, certificate of authenticity, car cover, trickle charger, supplementary reading material/documentation, and a CARFAX.

When considering this Carrera GT's exceedingly rare and desirable spec, its outstanding condition, and its impeccable single owner history, it becomes blindingly obvious that this particular example is hands down, the one to own.

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<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
<b>2005 Porsche Carrera GT</b><br />VIN. WP0CA29855L001164
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