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Original Owner (acquired new from Auto Palace Porsche in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2004)C.J. Wilson, Fresno, California (acquired from the above)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Representing nothing less than Porsche’s supercar of the “new millennium,” the Carrera GT first raised eyebrows (and considerable interest) as a concept car at the 2000 Paris Auto Show. Debuting for the 2004 model year, after the success of the Cayenne had earned the German automaker the financial flexibility needed to produce it, the mid-engined Carrera GT put forward a number of race-derived elements, adding to its considerable allure.
Using a monocoque architecture that employed carbon fiber, aluminum, and plastic bonded together, the Carrera GT also had a body that was unlike any prior Porsche. Although the 911-like front fascia, hood, and fenders were immediately identifiable as classic Porsche, the squared-off roof, aggressively cut side air intakes, and long rear deck were decidedly unique. Inside, the cockpit featured a high-mounted shifter whose wooden knob paid homage to the company’s iconic 917 race car.
The 5.7-liter V-10 was initially developed to support Porsche’s racing programs of the 1990s. However, the engine was temporarily unemployed after the company’s financial struggles shifted its priorities away from motor sports pursuits. As Porsche’s prospects improved, it greenlighted the Carrera GT with the V-10 powerhouse. Along with 605 hp, the V-10 produces an intoxicating howl when wound out toward its 8,400 rpm redline. The prodigious power goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transaxle featuring a lightweight, multi-plate ceramic clutch. An exotic pushrod-linkage suspension, along with center-lock wheels wearing front 19" and rear 20" tires, completes the impressive specification.
This beautiful Carrera GT was purchased new from Auto Palace Porsche in Pittsburgh. Finished in GT Silver with a Dark Grey leather interior, the Carrera GT’s option list includes the XT (wider) seats, air-conditioning, Bose audio system, and the very desirable matching luggage set. According to an accompanying CARFAX Vehicle History Report, it was held by its original owner and serviced regularly by Auto Palace until 2018, when it was sold to former major league pitcher and noted Porsche collector C.J. Wilson. Under Mr. Wilson’s care, this exotic Carrera GT benefited from a no-expense-spared major service by Porsche Fresno that cost more than $40,000. That work, done in December 2018 at 4,098 miles, included a new set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and a new clutch. The consignor recently purchased the Porsche from Mr. Wilson, and it showed less than 4,400 miles at the time of cataloguing.
With its compelling combination of low mileage and well-kept condition, this 2004 Porsche Carrera GT would make a fine choice for anyone who appreciates an important chapter in Porsche’s road car history and wants to experience one of its purest expressions of performance.