Canepa is offering this 2004 Porsche Carrera GT for sale. A technical tour de force, derived from a Le Mans prototype, this Porsche Carrera GT is a 612 horsepower racing car, with road registration. Now showing just 1,992 original miles, this fascinating piece of Porsche history has arrived in Canepa’s inventory, ready to thrill its next caretaker.
Early in the morning of 28 September 2000, before sunrise, Porsche presented the Carrera GT concept car to the world’s press in Paris. Behind the wheel, two-time rally world champion Walter Röhrl navigated the V10 mid-engined car around the Place Charles-de-Gaulle, with the Arc de Triomphe rising majestically at its centre. As the rain fell, Röhrl had the job of transferring the engine’s sheer power as cleanly as possible from the rear axle to the square’s wet and slippery cobbles in front of the international media. The photos of Röhrl in the open-top Carrera GT en route from the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre, escorted by French motorcycle police, caused a sensation among car fans around the world.
The concept was never intended for production but Porsche already had a V-10 engine on hand. One of the best engines ever fitted to a production car, the V-10 was originally developed in the early 1990s for Formula One, and when that didn’t happen the engine was further developed for the Le Mans program. Eventually it would end up in the Carrera GT, where it displaced 5.7 liters and delivered 603 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque.
With the Carrera GT weighing just 3,042 pounds thanks to its lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque and a host of other weight-saving mods, the V-10 was able to rocket the car from 0-62 mph in just 3.9 seconds.
Once the green light was given, the first production Carrera GT’s rolled off the assembly line at the then-new plant in Leipzig, Germany, in 2003. Production would run for four years, during which time Porsche built 1,270 examples.
A visit to Canepa’s facility in Scotts Valley, Northern California, affords the unique opportunity to view in person, both the original Carrera GT Concept Car, originally piloted by Walter Röhrl at the cars unveiling in September 2000, and this incredible low-mileage production example, side-by-side.
Delivered new on October 29, 2004 at New Country Porsche of Greenwich, Connecticut, this GT Silver Metallic example was special-ordered with the rare Black Leather interior option. Additionally, a full Paint Protection Film wrap was applied to the entire exterior and underside of the car, ensuring that it remains in pristine condition. Religiously maintained on an annual basis by the original selling dealer, its original owner accumulated a total of 1,345 miles on the odometer before it’s second long-term owner purchased the Carrera GT on May 7, 2009 from Porsche Gold Coast in Jericho, NY.
Adding an additional 590 miles to the odometer, over the next twelve years, the second owner kept the Carrera GT in show worthy condition, and in July, 2019 relocated the car to his residence in Florida. Most recently, in December 2020, at 1,931 miles a full engine-out service was performed by The Collection in Coral Gables, Florida.
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