Right now, the market for Porsches is booming. It seems like they are the it car of the moment. Yet, any smart Porsche-lover knows that they are all certainly not created equal. No matter if you consider yourself a German car groupie, or simply love a beautiful example of design and engineering, it’s easy to spot an incredible model, however rare.
Speaking of stunning rare models, maybe we should discuss the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that’s entering the market in mere weeks at Gooding & Company’s 12th annual Amelia Island Auction presented by Gooding & Company the Friday before The Amelia Island Concourse of Elegance. It’s kind of perfect, if you ask us.
This Carrera GT is not like the others. First unveiled as a concept car at the Paris Motor Show in 2000, it immediately stole hearts by being more exotic than any other road-going model Porsche had ever built, especially considering that this model is paint to sample. The high interest in the car led to a limited production run in 2003, with 1,270 examples made.
Somewhat reminiscent of the 911, the lines of the Carrera GT are simple and taut, with a sleek front fascia and meticulously radiused wheel openings. The cockpit is particularly driver-focused, finished in magnesium, leather, and carbon fiber. A surprise Beachwood gearshift lever pays homage to the iconic 917 race car that brought Porsche trophies at Le Mans in the 70s. The car was designed for Le Mans, and although never raced, tests by Car and Driver in 2004 proved the car could accelerate from 0–60 mph in 3.5 seconds, and 0–100 mph in 6.8 seconds, on the way to a 205 mph top speed.
Famed Porsche enthusiast Jerry Seinfeld once said, “take it from someone who has turned almost every dollar I could get my hands on into something made by this company. The Porsche Carrera GT is not just the new benchmark, it’s the new bench.” With only 2,400 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloging, this Carrera GT is in gloriously original condition.