Friday, January 7, 2022

2005 Porsche Carrera GT - $1.9m

This 2005 Porsche Carrera GT sold for $1,902,000, making it the most expensive car ever sold on Bring a Trailer. The Carrera GT might be considered the last analog supercar. Its 5.7-liter V-10 is naturally aspirated yet features titanium connecting rods, dry-sump lubrication, and an 8400-rpm redline. It's mated to a six-speed manual transaxle with a twin-plate ceramic clutch that drives the rear wheels. There's no stability control, although there is traction control and ABS.
1,270 examples were built during a four-year production run. The car has a central tachometer with an 8,400-rpm redline, a 235-mph speedometer, and auxiliary gauges. The digital odometer shows under 800 miles. The Carrera GT has a carbon fiber central tub and front structure and carbon fiber bodywork. The control-arm suspension features pushrod-actuated horizontal coil-over shocks, and the brake rotors are carbon-ceramic. Just before the Carrera GT went on sale, Porsche test driver and race car driver Walter Rohrl said it was "the first car in my life that I drive and I feel scared." The Carrera GT went on to develop a reputation as a widowmaker. With no electronic stability control (ESC) there's nothing to save a driver making a mistake.
A series of high profile crashes, including the death of actor Paul Walker, fostered the widowmaker reputation. The Porsche Carrera GT is an uncompromising race car for the road. It is unforgiving of mistakes from drivers.