Used Porsche Carrera GT For Sale
Due to low numbers originally produced, availability for a Porsche Carrera GT for sale is limited as the automobiles come up to buy infrequently. Investment status has been great as the exotic car resale market continues to stay strong, especially with only 1,270 produced and many wrecked along the way. When looking for an investment grade GT its best to start with one of the more rare color options. Only five colors were available when the GT left the factory. Seal Grey, Basalt Black, Fayence Yellow, Guards Red and GT Silver.
Introduced at the 2000 Paris Motor Show, the open top convertible concept was so widely appreciated that the German automaker decided to produce the V10 supercar. Coming off the production in early January of 2004, the 2005 GT featured the adjustable wing available on the 911 and Boxster models, which would rise above speeds of 70 mph. With heritage stemming back to the 911 GT1 and LMP1-98 racecars, it isn’t surprising that this Stuttgart bullet is capable of sprinting from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and hitting a top speed of 205 mph. From 2004-2007, the car rolled out of Germany its enthusiastic owners, 604 of whom were located in the US.
Set to produce 1,500 cars, Porsche altered its goal as a result of upcoming changes in regulations and built only 1,270 GTs. Looking aside from the low production numbers, the GT is special in several other aspects. Constructed of a carbon fiber monocoque and subframes, the GT breaks the tradition of carbon fiber and aluminum monocoque and subframe combination present in earlier supercars. Additionally, as a symbolic nod to the 917 race cars, the gearshift knob was constructed of top grade beechwood. In the second year of production, a carbon-fiber knob was made available as an option for those who didn’t want the wood. Fifteen-inch diameter carbon-ceramic disc brakes were also a significant technological advance easily seen on the car. The GT price was $448,000 MSRP, the GT weighed in as a higher financial commitment than its competitors, but it soon proved that the extra expenditure translated to superior performance.
In terms of investment, the MSRP pales in comparison to ever increasing sales prices. Well-worn examples are close to $700,000 with rare models selling for over $1 million. Many factors have contributed to this unprecedented jump in demand, the first involves several high-profile accidents which have added to the mystique. Graham Rahal and Walter Rohrl, who are among the best drivers in the world, have cautioned that it demands respect. A true driver’s car, it has no form of active handling or traction control. Part of the allure is that no electronic safety systems are onboard to help intervene at the limit.
With such a temperamental nature, conservative estimates are that over 70 cars have been damaged beyond repair. It is not a street car that can be raced, it is a race car that was barely modified for street use. As such, it is unforgiving in almost any circumstance. The odd firing 68-degree V10 engine was originally developed for Formula1. In order to make more torque for a street application, it was enlarged to 5.7 liters and bestowed with titanium connecting rods. The valve train is operated by solid tappets which offer a screaming redline of 8,400 rpm. A carbon composite clutch disk is also derived from the track, and it costs upwards of $25,000 to replace. From the eight-piston front calipers to the inboard rear suspension, you will have the best chassis money can buy. Please take a look at listings from our dealers and consult with current owners to see if it should be part of your collection. Happy Motoring.
- COST/PRICE: $448,000
- ENGINE: 5.7 L V10 DOHC
- HORSEPOWER: 612 hp at 8,000 rpm
- TORQUE: 435 lb·ft at 5,750 rpm
- PRODUCTION NUMBERS: 1,270 produced
- WEIGHT TO POWER: 4.97 lb/hp
- 0-60: 3.5 seconds
- TOP SPEED: 205 mph
- TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual, two plate ceramic dry clutch
- MPG: 9 mpg / 15 mpg
- WEIGHT: 3,146 lb
- 1/4 MILE: 11.1s @133.4 mph
- Nurburgring time: 7:28:00
- PRODUCTION YEARS: 2003–2007
- PRODUCTION NUMBERS: 1,270 produced
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