It's like we said, Craigslist is the place for supercar shoppers!
Every week we do our best to dig up cars listed for sale on Craigslist that you might not expect to be there. So far we’ve found everything from a dubiously legal R34 Nissan GT-R to a plethora of Tesla Model X SUVs and even a McLaren 675LT. This week’s find is a modern supercar classic made in limited numbers. Think of it as the grandfather to the Porsche 918 Spyder. That’s right, we’re talking about the Porsche Carrera GT. This example is up for sale on Craigslist Phoenix for $669,900.
While it would be awesome if this listing was from a private party—it’s always cool when people try and pull off sales like this alone—this one comes from a dealership, Scottsdale, Arizona’s, DDW Partners. The company seems to specialize in speed, although its inventory does include a 1963 Beetle convertible and a few pickups. Anyway, it’s this Carrera GT that deserves our attention. The model up for sale is a 2004 with 7,790 miles. There’s no word of any modifications done, which is good as the 5.7-liter V10 engine is plenty enough in stock form. While the exterior looks sharp those seats do look a bit worn. But we’re not about to fault a supercar owner for actually putting miles on their car!
Now the Carrera GT won’t outrun today’s supercars but it is plenty powerful. Its V10 engine makes 605 horsepower and 435 lb-ft of torque. The Carrera GT’s top speed is 205 mph and it can get from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Unlike today’s modern supercars—the 918 Spyder included—the only transmission offered in this supercar was a six-speed manual with a racing-type clutch. That type of setup on a supercar is unheard of nowadays. Hell, even the Ferrari Enzo had paddle shifters! Now of the 1,500 planned Carrera GTs, only 1,270 made it off the line. The stunted production run was thanks to changes in US safety regulations, the United States being the biggest market for the car.
That means the Carrera GT is rare and as such you don’t see many pop up for sale. You especially don’t expect to find one on Craigslist, even if it is being listed by a dealership. We called out a dealership last year that was selling a clean 2005 model with just 765 miles on the clock for $1.195 million. While we think that’s high it may be the norm for Carrera GTs with less than 1,000 miles. Here’s one with only 874 miles on it for sale at $1.04 million. This example comes in on the cheaper end of the spectrum at $669,900. Yeah, the color is a bit pedestrian and the mileage may be “up there” for a limited edition supercar that is undoubtedly a collector’s item, but this is still a relatively good deal (“relatively” being the key word).
The fact that the Porsche Carrera GT has found it's way to Craigslist is telling. Hell, there were probably a few Carrera GTs that were on the site long before this one. It shouldn't be long before more dealerships start taking the site seriously. But that's not the hard part. When you're trying to move something as pricey as an ultra-rare supercar you want to get the word out any damn way you can. No, the hard part will be convincing supercar shoppers to actually check Craigslist for cars that cost $500,000 and up. That may take some time, though. If you're shopping for a supercar do you really think to check on a site that has a section labeled "casual encounters?"