2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266

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Lot 122
2005 Porsche Carrera GT
Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266

€ 790,000 - 850,000
US$ 960,000 - 1,000,000
2005 Porsche Carrera GT
Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
• Delivered new to Germany
• Rare colour scheme of 'Fayence Yellow'
• Number '0926' out of the total production of 1,270 examples
• Circa 14,800 kilometres from new
• Six-speed manual transmission
• V10, 5.7-litre producing 612bhp

2005 PORSCHE CARRERA GT
N° DE CHSSIS WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
• Livré neuf en Allemagne
• Rare couleur "jaune Fayence".
• Numéro '0926' sur une production totale de 1 270 exemplaires.
• Environ 14 800 kilomètres depuis sa sortie d'usine
• Transmission manuelle à six vitesses
• V10 de 5,7 litres développant 612 ch.

Footnotes

  • When Porsche decided to attach the 'GT' appellation to 'Carrera' in 2004, it marked an acknowledgement of its competition roots; the new flagship supercar's looks recalling those of the original Type 550 of 60-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 always 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, where its overwhelmingly favourable reception gave Porsche the green light to commence development of a version suitable for production.

    It would have been all too 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 120km/h, retracting when the speed drops back to 80km/h. This was no mere gimmick but a vital necessity in a car capable of exceeding 320km/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 optional.

    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 2006 only 1,270 had been built of which a little over 600 went to the USA.

    The car offered here, 'No.0926', as evident by the plaque on the centre console, is a rare and desirable European specification Carrera GT, delivered new in Germany in July 2005. The car is finished in desirable 'Fayence yellow' (a rare choice and one of the 5 colours available for the Carrera GT) with black leather interior, and left the factory equipped with the following:

    Air conditioning
    Automatic climate control
    Electric side mirrors
    Electric windows
    Tinted glass
    CD player
    Sound system
    On-board computer
    ABS
    Driver and passenger airbags
    Side airbags
    Alarm
    Traction control
    Power steering
    Central locking with remote control

    Purchased in Germany in 2015 by the current vendor, a gentleman driver (he particularly liked the unusual colour), the Carrera has covered a mere 14,800 kilometres from new and has hardly been driven since acquisition (only around 20 kilometres!). The tyres the owner had fitted when he bought the Carrera are unused. Described by the vendor as in excellent condition, the car comes with a Porsche Certificate of Conformity and a German Fahrzeugbrief.

    With so few produced and all in the hands of private collectors, the Carrera GT is only rarely seen on the open market. Offered with all its original books, tools, and luggage, this eminently collectible Porsche Carrera GT represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire what Car & Driver rated as "arguably the finest sports car the company has ever produced".
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2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000266
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