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Synonymous with Porsche's endurance racing programme particularly at Le Mans, where they had triumphed some 17 times, the design of the Porsche Carrera GT is firmly rooted in its motorsport lineage. After success in 1998 at the famous 24-hour race, a team of engineers started work on a new mid-engined V-10 model utilising advanced technologies and materials. However, the project was soon put on hold as the company decided to focus its energies in a different direction with the introduction of a new SUV and the development of the Porsche Cayenne. Fortunately, the Carrera GT project was kept alive, and a prototype was shown at the 2000 Paris Auto Show eliciting such a positive response that Porsche was virtually obliged to commit to a limited production run of 1,500 cars.
By the end of that production run in 2006, only 1,270 cars had been built, making it rarer still. With its 5.7-litre, dry-sump V-10 (producing around 612 brake horsepower) sitting low in the carbon-fibre chassis, the Carrera GT weighed in at 1,380kg and was capable of 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 205 mph. Open the driver's door and you are immediately aware that this is a totally focussed, seriously fast Porsche with the sense of function only just lightened by the Beechwood gear knob, a nod to the famous Porsche 917 and its racing past.
This, European-delivered example has covered just 4,300 miles from new and is finished in the dramatic combination of Basalt Black with a matching black leather interior. Having lived for the first year of its life in Germany, this Carrera GT then spent the following years in Italy, regularly being maintained during that period as confirmed by its detailed service records.
Our vendor acquired this special car in January 2018 and it's been in his care ever since. Porsche Reading, the acknowledged GT specialists have looked after it and in March of this year carried out the annual maintenance service along with converting the lighting for UK roads, all of which is fully detailed in the accompanying history file.
Fitted with the full carbon pack and accompanied by both sets of keys, this superb, UK-registered, example has been treated to full-body paint protection (£7,000), boasts a set of bespoke fitted Porsche luggage, and is now ready for its next owner to cherish and enjoy.
With its removable top, howling naturally-aspirated V10, unmistakable styling, and class-leading driving dynamics, the Carrera GT offers unrivalled performance and excitement and, with its Italian counterpart, the Ferrari 'Enzo', fetching premium prices, these cars are to be taken seriously, with this wonderful example surely not to be missed.