The auction still has over a week left.
Before the Porsche 918 Spyder and the latest 911 GT3, there was a whole other kind of crazy from Stuttgart. The Porsche Carrera GT, built from 2003 through 2007, is still rated as one of the greatest sports cars of all time for endless reasons.
Among them is its heart and soul: a naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V10 rated at 603 horsepower and 435 lb-ft of torque. All of that power is directed to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. In general, the Carrera GT was about the closest thing Porsche could build to a street-legal race car with both Formula 1 and Le Mans development roots.
Just 1,270 were built and surviving examples will always be highly sought after. Now, we must stress the word "surviving." The Carrera GT became infamous following the tragic death of Paul Walker nearly seven years ago. The actor, along with friend and business partner Roger Rodas, perished while driving one at a high speed in the wrong place. Both men were accomplished drivers but Rodas somehow lost control. Even Jay Leno previously expressed his concerns over the car's high output and lack of traction control.
None of these realities are stopping collectors, and here's proof. Up for auction on Bring A Trailer is this 2004 Carrera GT with just 2,700 miles. Its first owner kept it for 16 years and, quite clearly, hardly drove it.
Finished in GT Silver Metallic over Ascot Brown leather, it comes bone stock with features like those staggered forged magnesium wheels, an electronically-actuated rear spoiler, and removable roof panels. The car has been meticulously maintained over the years; the fuel tank, battery, tires, and fluids were all changed last year. The sale includes a matching luggage set, window sticker, owner's literature, and a complete service record history. Sound good? Oh yeah, and the bidding clearly reflects that.
As of this writing, the highest bid has already reached $1,026,000 and the auction still has nine days remaining. It's too early to know if this will set a new Carrera GT auction record, but demand clearly remains extremely high.