Tony’s Take: Back in 2004, our editor Robert Farago reviewed cars for The Robb Report. RF penned the magazine’s first Supercar Showdown: Ferrari Enzo, Lamborghini Murciélago, Ford GT and Porsche Carrera GT. The Porsche won.

The GT’s staggeringly swift progress is limited by only five factors: sight lines, traffic, common sense, local law enforcement, and the amount of fuel in the car’s tank.

Clearly, the Porsche Carrera GT’s rep for danger didn’t daunt Farago (quite the opposite). Nor does it ding the carbon fiber Porker’s collector value. We’ll get to that. For now, know this: the Carrera GT is a a technological triumph that will never lose it physical or visceral appeal.


The mid-engined Carrera GT has none of the push-me, pull-you vibe of the Boxster/Cayman. Credit Harm Lagaay – the brains behind the 924, 944, 968, 993, Boxster, Cayenne and 996. The Dutch designer created a car where form follows function like Lassie followed Timmy.

Although the GT’s roughly the same width and just a bit longer than the current 911, it’s an obvious branch of the Carrera family. Thanks to those enormous side air intake and double-bubble perforated stainless steel engine covers, there’s no mistaking the GT for anything other than a supercar. It has as much presence as Santa Claus.

Porsche initially sold the car in your choice of Guards Red, Fayence Yellow, Basalt Black, GT Silver metallic or Seal Grey. At some point in the proceedings, custom colors were available.The car up for sale at Bonhams has been restored to basic black – just as it first emerged Porsche’s new-at-the-time Leipzig factory.


Behold! Porsche’s only passenger car V10! And, let’s face it, the last.

The powerplant began life as a stillborn Le Mans prototype comprising 5.5 liters. When the GT Concept Car set collectors’ collective hair on fire in Paris, getting the green light from the Porsche Powers That Be, Stuttgart’s engineers enlarged the unit to 5.7 liters.

They fettled it to produce 603 hp at a blistering 800rpm. There’s not a whole lot of torque on offer – but there doesn’t have to be. The carbon-fiber monocoque machine tips the scales at a hair over 3k pounds.

ValvetrainQuad overhead camshafts
Bore x Stroke3.86 in/98 mm x 2.99 in/76.0 mm
Displacement349.71 cu-in/5,733 cc
Horsepower603 @ 8000 rpm
Torque435 lb-ft @ 5750 rpm
Max RPM8400
Compression Ratio12.0:1


The Carrera GT hooks up that marvelous mill to a six-speed manual via the world’s most famous clutch – famous for being really difficult to modulate (retrofitted with an anti-stall system). Farago says you get used to it – but never get used to the sound the engine makes at full chat. Like this.

So, how fast is it? Glad you asked!


Previous Sales prices

YearMakeMilesDate of SalePrice
2005Porsche Carrera GT7,909Dec 28, 2022$1,235,000
2005Porsche Carrera GT14,409Dec 13, 2022$1,290,000
2005Porsche Carrera GT2,050Dec 10, 2022$1,655,000


The auction house estimates this Carrera GT will sell for up to $1.4 million, which is higher than previous sales of similar cars with fewer miles. It’s possible that the additional miles and repaint (in black) may be contributing to the higher valuation. However, in my opinion, this car is more likely to sell for around $1.2 million, including fees.

ModelCarrera GT
Total Produced1,270
(est. 1070 units survive
644 U.S. spec
Number of Owners1
Condition★ ★ ★ ★
Price new$440k
Highest Previous Price$2.012m (3/4/22)
Auction HouseBonhams Scottsdale
Auction DateJanuary 27, 2023
My Prediction$1.25M with fees
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