The Carrera GT's routes can be firmly traced back to its predecessors, the 911 GT1 and LMP1-98 racing cars. In 1998 Porsche planned on a new Le Mans prototype for 1999. The car was initially intended to use a turbocharged flat-6, but was later redesigned to use a new V10 engine, pushing the project back to planned completion in 2000. The V10 was a unit secretly built by Porsche for the Footwork Formula One team in 1992 but had been shelved. The engine was resurrected for the Le Mans prototype and increased in size to 5.7 litres. Unfortunately, the project was cancelled after two days of testing for the first car, in mid-1999, mostly due to Porsche's wish to build the Cayenne SUV with involvement from Volkswagen and Audi, thus requiring engineering expertise to be pulled from the motorsports division. It was also speculated that VW-Audi chairman Ferdinand Piëch wanted Audi's new Le Mans Prototype, the Audi R8 not to face competition from Porsche in 2004.
Porsche did keep part of the project alive showing a concept car at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show, mainly in an attempt to draw attention to their display. Surprising interest in the vehicle and an influx of revenue provided from the Cayenne aided Porsche’s decision to produce the car, and development started on a road-legal version, to be produced in small numbers at Porsche's new manufacturing facility in Leipzig. Porsche started a production run of Carrera GTs in 2004, the first Carrera GT went on sale in the US on January 31, 2004.
The Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7 litre V10 engine producing 612 horsepower, good for a 0-60 sprint of around 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 205mph. The Carrera GT has a basic five colour paint scheme which includes Guards Red, Fayence Yellow, Basalt Black, GT Silver and Seal Grey. Paint to Sample was available in extremely limited numbers. Of the 1270 cars built, around 40 examples benefitted from Paint to Sample.
This is one of those few cars. Ordered new by a customer in Greater London in 2005, it is presented in the particularly elegant Paint To Sample Midnight Blue Metallic (L39C) over Ascot Brown leather. The first owner would retain the car for 11 years covering just over 9,000 miles, regularly returning the car to Porsche Centre Reading for servicing requirements.
Purchased by its current owner in 2016, the car resided in Italy until January 2020 when it returned to the UK. Covering just 1,500 miles with its current owner it has had two recent services with Porsche Varese. This fantastic example has covered just 12,650 miles from new and is available to view at our showrooms just outside London immediately.