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Tim Allen, Los Angeles, California (purchased new in 2004)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
The Carrera GT was unveiled as a concept at the Paris Auto Show in 2000. More exotic than any road model Porsche had produced, high interest in the model encouraged Stuttgart to commit to a limited-production run in 2003, with 1,270 examples of the mid-engine supercar built through May 2006. Erasing doubts that the design was based on the 911, the lines of the Carrera GT were simple and taut, with a sleek front fascia and perfectly radiused wheel openings. The driver-focused magnesium, leather, and carbon fiber cockpit featured a central housing that contained all buttons and switches, while a beechwood shift knob paid homage to the legendary 917.
A production car first, the monocoque chassis was manufactured from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, and paired with aerodynamic ground effects that could pull the car to the road at speed. For the suspension, Porsche fitted race-derived spring and damper elements operated by stainless steel pushrods and pivot levers mounted within the chassis structure.
Designed for Le Mans, but never raced, the high-revving 5.7-liter V-10 delivered 605 hp at 8,000 rpm and 435 lbs./ft. of torque at 5,750 rpm to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transaxle. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes greatly reduced unsprung weight. Testing by Car and Driver magazine in June 2004 showed the Porsche 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.
This particular 2004 Carrera GT is finished in GT Silver over an Ascot Brown and black leather interior, and was sold new on December 26, 2004, to its first owner: actor, comedian, and car enthusiast Tim Allen, who held it for more than a decade. Believed to be just the third example delivered in the US, this Carrera GT is equipped with the factory suspension lift kit that increases front ground clearance by 10 mm, and this car retains its books, window sticker, jack plates, battery tender, covers, and desirable five-piece matching leather luggage set.
Now under new ownership and displaying less than 2,900 miles at the time of cataloguing, this Carrera GT presents in impressively original and unmarked condition throughout. Well-maintained, this car is accompanied by maintenance records from Beverly Hills Porsche and a November 2017 service receipt from Penske Porsche in Ohio, at which time the braking system was flushed, all fluids changed, and the ceramic composite clutch was measured as having 29.9 mm remaining, indicating practically no wear.
Offering an open-air driving experience, a true manual gearbox, a normally aspirated V-10 engine, and immensely satisfying levels of driver involvement, the Carrera GT is one of the greatest analog supercars ever produced. Given its specifications, outstanding condition, and intimate connection to a noted celebrity car collector, this example is worthy of serious consideration.