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Unveiled as a concept at the 2000 Paris Motor Show, the Carrera GT received significant interest, which persuaded Stuttgart to commit to a limited production run of the V-10-powered supercar in 2003, with 1,270 examples built before manufacturing ended in May 2006. Erasing any doubts that the design was based on the 911, the Carrera GT’s lines were simple and taut, with a sleek front fascia and perfectly radiused wheel openings.
A production car first, the monocoque chassis was manufactured from carbon fiber reinforced plastic and paired with ground effects capable of pulling the car to the road at speed. For the suspension, Porsche fitted spring and damper elements operated by stainless steel pushrods and pivot levers mounted within the chassis structure.
Derived from an engine Porsche designed for Le Mans but never raced, the mid-mounted 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. A Porsche ceramic composite brake (PCCB) system slowed everything down while paring unsprung weight. Testing by Car and Driver magazine in June 2004 revealed the car could accelerate from 0–60 mph in 3.5 seconds and 0–100 mph in 6.8 seconds, and had a 205 mph top speed.
One of 644 examples dispatched to the US, this 2004 Carrera GT was delivered new to Porsche of Barrington, Illinois, before being sold to its first owner in Florida in October 2004. Sporting a window sticker displaying a total MSRP of $448,300, this particular example is finished in rare and desirable black over a dark gray leather interior. Displaying less than 4,700 miles on its odometer, this car presents in highly original and unmarked condition throughout, with the entire front end covered in a clear bra paint protection film.
Accompanied by past maintenance records, this Carrera GT was most recently serviced at Porsche of Beachwood in Beachwood, Ohio, in October 2019, at which time a two-year interval service was performed, the braking system was flushed, the battery was changed, and the ceramic composite clutch was measured as having 29 millimeters remaining.
In the February 2004 issue of Automobile magazine, Porsche enthusiast Jerry Seinfeld aptly stated, “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.” Accompanied by its books, keys, battery tender, cover, and original window sticker, the sale of this desirable Carrera GT is an opportunity to own one of the greatest analogue supercars ever built.