Low-Mileage Porsche Carrera GT is an Exotic Time Capsule
2004 Porsche Carrera GT has all original parts, including the tires and matching luggage set.
Before the Porsche 918 took the helm as Stuttgart’s halo car, the crown was worn by the Porsche Carrera GT. The Carrera GT set the stage for Porsche’s entry into the new century, combining exotic materials like carbon fiber and carbon fiber-reinforced silicon carbide with a powerful 5.7-liter aluminum V10 and tons of technology to create a supercar the likes of which would only be seen again in the 2010s with the 918.
The Carrera GT is also a rarity: out of a planned 1,500, only 1,270 were actually produced between 2003 and 2007. Lucky for us (and the winning bidder), RM Sotheby’s has a 2004 Carrera GT up for auction August 24, when the auction house makes its annual trek to Monterey, California for Monterey Car Week.
This 2004 Carrera GT was one of 644 sold new to the U.S. market, assembled in Germany in May 2004 as the 138th Carrera GT to leave the line. The car landed in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport soon after, heading up to the East Coast before moving to California, where it’s lived ever since.
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Though “living” may not be the right word to describe this Carrera GT. The car’s 610 horsepower V10 hasn’t seen many miles put on it (we’re not even sure if it’s ever hit its top speed of 205 mph); only 176 miles are on the odometer to this day. Everything’s all original to the Carrera GT, too, from the CD player and two-tone Ascot Brown and Black leather interior with matching Ascot Brown luggage set, to the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires wrapped around the stock wheels.
The only thing not original to the car is its expected auction price. Originally selling for an MSRP of $448,000 in 2004 ($585,000 in 2018 dollars), this 2004 CGT will likely leave the auction block for anywhere between $700,000 and $900,000. Our only suggestion to the lucky new owner would be to replace every bit of fluid and rubber before starting up this silver stallion.