Yes, it still runs and drives.
This could be the possible deal of a lifetime for anyone who desires to own a Porsche Carrera GT, a supercar that makes the 911 GT2 RS seem tame. Alternatively, it could become a financial money pit. But fortune favors the brave, right? Hopefully. Currently up for auction on everyone's favorite car salvage site Copart is this 2005 Carrera GT. It's one of just 1,270 examples built beginning in 2003 through 2007. Like all Carrera GTs, it's powered by a naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V10 rated at 603 horsepower and 435 lb-ft of torque, all of which is directed to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual.
Some say it's one of the most dangerous modern cars in existence due to its high power output and lack of stability control. It's for experienced and cautious drivers only. But the temptation to own one by the inexperienced with money to spare remains as strong as ever.
And this could be a rare opportunity to make that happen. This 8,384-mile Carrera GT was evidently involved in a front-end collision judging by what's left of the bumper. There also appears to be some slight hood damage. Fortunately, that shouldn't have affected the engine given its midship placement. Inside, the passenger airbag is still deployed but everything else appears to be in fine shape.
The listing states it still runs and drives. Of course, a closer inspection is a must, but that's not something prospective buyers can do beforehand. Like with all Copart salvaged cars, this one is being sold as-is. And it appears that enough people think it's worth the risk.
There is a bidding war going on with the highest amount, as of this writing, reaching $384,000. The auction isn't scheduled to end until December 17. The Carrera GT is currently located in St. Louis, Missouri and comes with a Missouri Salvage Certificate of Title, so it can't be registered in its existing state.
But, with some proper attention post-purchase, this Carrera GT could be something of a bargain, assuming the winning bid doesn't come too close to $1 million, about the price a low-mileage and undamaged example costs these days. The repairs won't be cheap either but, done right, this could be one helluva deal.