The Porsche Carrera GT was originally developed as a racing car prototype for the Le Mans
Series (1999). Its roots are from the legendary 911 GT1 and LMP1-98 racing cars. Porsche cancelled this project a year later and started the project for a street legal supercar, the Carrera GT, equipped with a 5.5 litre V10 mid-engine with 612 HP. Constructed and built with carbon fibre, aluminium and lots of high tech parts, 1270 examples were built from 2004 – 2006, each one numbered and 604 of those went to the US. The roof can be taken off to transform it into a roadster. Originally a production run of 1,500 cars was planned.
However, Porsche announced in August 2005 that it would not continue production of the Carrera GT through to 2006, citing discontinuation was due to changing airbag regulations in the United States. By the end of production on May 6, 2006, more than 1,270 GTs had been sold, with at least 604 of those being in North America. The Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7 litre V10 engine producing 612 hp whereas the original concept car featured a 5.5 litre version rated at 558 hp. Porsche claimed the car would accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a maximum speed of 330 km/h (205 mph).
A road test in June 2004 by Car and Driver showed that the car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, 0-100 mph in 6.8 seconds] and 0-130 mph in 10.8 seconds. The Carrera GT was offered with a basic five-colour paint scheme which includes Guards Red, Fayence Yellow, Basalt Black, GT Silver and Seal Grey.
Custom colours were later available from the factory. A traditional six-speed manual transmission is the only available transmission. Attached to this gearbox is a beechwood gearknob which pays homage to the wooden gearknob used in the Porsche 917 Le Mans racers. In its second year of production, a carbon fibre knob was also made available
The car on offer today is production number 270. It was delivered new to Porsche Antwerp on 13th March 2006 and sold to well-known Belgium collector Pauwels, who then sold the car in 2012 to its current owner with a mileage of 29,000 kms. The current owner is also a well-known Porsche collector and the car has covered a mere 2000 kms during his ownership with the current mileage showing as 31,000 kms.
Needless to say that the car is mint, fully operational and totally accident free, having spent its life with 2 collectors in dehumidified garages. During its life it has been serviced by Porsche Brussels and Porsche Gelderland and Manthey in Germany, with all the invoices included with the car.
The very delicate carbon clutch plates are said to be only 30% worn with plenty of life still to go. Manthey in Germany built in an official Porsche suspension system especially developed for the Carrera GT, with a 40mm lift of the front and rear axle which is usable up to 80kmh; this is included in the Manthey invoice. This Carrera GT is in all over fantastic condition and comes complete with board folders, 3 car keys, tools and the complete original travelling luggage. A simply superb offering.