One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469

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Lot 264
2007 Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé
Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469

Sold for CHF 669,300 (US$ 739,755) inc. premium
One of only 25 made
2007 Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé
Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
•Based on the Porsche Carrera GT
•First registered in the UAE
•One owner
•4,867 kilometres from new
•'As new' condition


Footnotes

  • "For some collectors, supercars like the Porsche Carrera GT just are not exclusive enough; after all there are 1,269 other examples to steal their thunder. To cater for these enthusiasts' needs Porsche tuner Gemballa developed the Mirage GT." – Ultimate Car Page.

    One would have thought that the Porsche Carrera GT hypercar could not be bettered, but that did not deter the German tuning firm of Gemballa from attempting the seemingly impossible. Since its foundation in 1981, Leonberg-based Gemballa has forged an enviable reputation as creator of the most 'innovative, unusual, extreme, expensive and exclusive vehicle conversions'. As well as cars from Porsche, Gemballa has modified vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ferrari and McLaren, and since 1985 has been registered with the German Federal Motor Transport Authority as an automobile manufacturer in its own right.

    Gemballa had signalled its intention to produce a special Carrera GT shortly after the first examples were delivered, but it would be some time before anyone submitted theirs for transformation into a Mirage GT. Gemballa's most significant change to the drive train was the addition of two turbochargers to the 5.7-litre V10 engine together with a stainless steel exhaust system and remapped ECU, a combination that added some 60 horsepower to the 612bhp already available. Gemballa also fitted a much-improved clutch and upgraded the suspension using gas-filled shock absorbers featuring independent adjustment for compression and rebound damping, and there was also push-button adjustment of the front and rear ride height. Gemballa's own five-spoke wheels helped cool the ceramic composite brakes.

    Externally the Mirage GT is readily distinguishable from the regular Carrera GT by virtue of it restyled nose featuring additional air ducts; a huge rear wing with integral air brake; a four-pipe exhaust system; and a roof-mounted engine air scoop, the latter necessitating the provision of a camera for rearward vision. Inside, the centre console was redesigned to incorporate an infotainment system complete with satellite navigation capable of recording the Mirage's acceleration, lateral acceleration, and deceleration. Gemballa claimed a top speed of 208mph (335km/h) for the Mirage GT, making it only marginally faster than the Carrera GT it was based on.

    Built to individual customer order and retailing for €229,800 (not including the donor Porsche), the exclusive Mirage GT was within the financial reach of only the wealthiest enthusiasts. Only 25 were made, although one of those was seriously damaged in a collision in New York City and is believed to have been written off.
    This Gemballa Mirage GT was first registered (as a Porsche Carrera GT) on 23rd September 2007 in the UAE and has had only one owner. Originally black, the car and has been repainted in matt black by Gemballa and features a red and black leather interior. It has covered only 4,867 kilometres and is presented in effectively 'as new' condition, benefiting from a new clutch. Stored for some time, the car will require re-commissioning to a greater or lesser extent before further use and thus is sold strictly as viewed. Offered with a Porsche car cover, all books, and a cancelled Swiss Carte Grise, this fabulous Gemballa Mirage GT is worthy of a place in any supercar collection.

    Une des 25 construites
    Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT coupé 2007
    Châssis n° WP0CA29855L001469

    •Sur base de Porsche Carrera GT
    •Première immatriculation aux Émirats Arabes Unis
    •Un seul propriétaire
    •4 867 kilomètres d'origine
    •État « comme neuf »

    « Pour certains collectionneurs, les supercars comme la Porsche Carrera GT, ne sont pas assez exclusives. Il est vrai qu'il y a 1 269 autres exemplaires pour leur voler la vedette. Pour répondre aux besoins de ces passionnés, Gemballa, le préparateur Porsche, a créé la Mirage GT. » – Ultimate Car Page.

    On aurait pu penser que l'« hypercar » Porsche Carrera GT ne pouvait pas être améliorée, mais cela n'a pas dissuadé le préparateur allemand Gemballa de tenter l'impossible. Depuis sa fondation en 1981, Gemballa, installé à Leonberg, s'est forgé une enviable réputation de créateur de « conversions de véhicules les plus innovantes, hors du commun, les plus extrêmes, les plus couteuses et les plus exclusives ». Aussi bien que des voitures comme Porsche, Gemballa modifiait également des Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ferrari et McLaren et, depuis 1985, est enregistré auprès de l'autorité fédérale des transports automobile d'Allemagne comme un constructeur automobile de fait.

    Gemballa avait annoncé son intention de produire une Carrera GT spéciale peu après la livraison des premiers exemplaires, mais il fallut attendre un peu pour qu'un client soumette son modèle à la transformation en Mirage GT. Le changement le plus significatif au moteur effectué par Gemballa était l'ajout de deux turbocompresseurs au V10 5,7 litres, ainsi que l'installation d'un échappement en inox et d'une l'unité de contrôle du moteur, ce qui permettait d'ajouter quelques 60 ch au 612 ch déjà disponibles. Gemballa montait aussi un embrayage très amélioré et optimisait la suspension avec des amortisseurs à gaz à réglage indépendant de la compression et du rebond, ainsi qu'un ajustement par bouton de la hauteur de caisse avant et arrière. Les jantes cinq bâtons Gemballa optimisaient le refroidissement des freins céramique.

    Extérieurement, la Mirage GT se distingue instantanément de la Carrera GT de série par son avant modifié doté des entrées d'air additionnelles, son énorme aileron arrière, ses quatre sorties d'échappements et son écope sur le toit qui a nécessité l'adoption d'une caméra pour la rétrovision. À l'intérieur, la console centrale a été redessinée pour incorporer le système d'info-divertissement complet avec navigation par satellite, permettant d'enregistrer les accélérations, la force latérales et les décélérations de la Mirage. Gemballa revendiquait une vitesse maximale de 335 km/h pour la Mirage GT, un peu plus rapide que la Carrera GT qu'elle prenait pour base.

    Construite spécialement aux spécifications du client pour 229 800 euros (sans compter la Porsche donneuse), l'exclusive Mirage GT n'était à la portée que des passionnés les plus fortunés. Seulement 25 furent construites, et l'une d'entre elles fut sérieusement endommagée lors d'une collision à New York et a probablement été détruite.

    Cette Mirage GT Gemballa a été immatriculée (comme Porsche Carrera GT) le 23 septembre 2007 aux Émirats Arabes Unis et n'a connu qu'un propriétaire. Noire à l'origine, elle a été repeinte en noir mat par Gemballa avec un intérieur en cuir rouge et noir. Elle n'a parcouru que 4 867 kilomètres et se présente dans un état « comme neuf » avec un nouvel embrayage. Immobilisée pendant quelque temps, la voiture aura besoin d'une remise en route plus ou moins approfondie, avant de reprendre la route et sera donc vendue en l'état. Accompagnée d'une housse Porsche, de tous ses livrets et d'une carte grise suisse périmée, cette fabuleuse Mirage GT Gemballa mérite sa place dans toute collection de supercars.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that upon arrival at the auction venue the car would not start. The buyer should arrange an inspection and service. The car did start and drive during the photoshoot. Veuillez noter qu'à l'arrivée sur le lieu de la vente aux enchères, la voiture ne démarrait pas. L'acheteur aura à organiser un contrôle et un entretien. La voiture a bien démarré et roulé pendant la séance photo.
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One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
One of only 25 made,2007   Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT Coupé  Chassis no. WP0CA29855L001469
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