Originally created as a Le Mans prototype to replace Porsche’s legendary GT1, the Carrera GT was a stillborn project that never got its chance to compete due to changes in FIA regulations. Porsche, however, believed that it had something special on its hands and decided to go forward and develop the platform for road use as an extreme motorcar with unparalleled features. First seen in concept form at the Paris Motor Show in 2000, the Carrera GT received an tremendous amount of attention. Porsche then was confident to launch the Carrera GT for production. With a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and a race-derived 5.7-liter V-10 at its heart, its competition genes were quite obvious. Ultimately, only 1,270 examples were built, of which 644 cars were sent to the US market.
This would be the first V-10 engine used in a road-going Porsche, and it proved to be the defining feature of the automobile, providing the car with not only a breathtaking soundtrack but also incredible performance.
The Carrera GT we are offering here is chassis WP0ZZZ98Z6L000061. It was supplied new to the Middle East market, and sold to its first owner on September 2005 via Ali & Sons Motors of Abu Dhabi. Finished in extremely rare Carrara White (code B9A) with Terracotta leather to the interior, this example will remain in Abu Dhabi until 2009 before being acquired by its second UK-based owner and showing circa 6,000 original KM. During its life in the United Kingdom, WP0ZZZ98Z6L000061 received a comprehensive maintenance program by Porsche Center of Reading before being purchased by third and actual owner from Germany in Spring 2017. Immediately upon purchase the car was sent to Porsche Zentrum Stuttgart for a complete service and is today showing a mere 9,100 km from new.
Presented in exquisite condition throughout and accompanied with its complete set of original books and tools, this example is surely one of the finest available today.
Service history for WP0ZZZ98Z6L000061:
01.04.2007 – 1,563 km – Al Nabooda Automobiles / Official Porsche dealership
10.02.2008 – 2,809 km – Al Nabooda Automobiles / Official Porsche dealership
09.02.2009 – 4,062 km – Al Nabooda Automobiles / Official Porsche dealership
28.03.2011 – 6,168 km – Porsche Center Reading
15.08.2012 – 6.464 km – Porsche Center Reading
19.06.2013 – 7,004 km – Porsche Center Reading
06.06.2017 – 7,767 km – Porsche Zentrum Stuttgart
Photos: Stephan Bauer for Auxietre & Schmidt