Why the Carrera GT may be the most collectible Porsche
For Porsche aficionados, there's plenty of timeless models to appreciate ― but this year at RM Sotheby’s Online Only: Open Roads auction, one set of vibrant wheels stands apart.
A bright yellow 2004 Carrera GT set for auction is one of about 664 units created specifically for the US during the model's brief two year stint of production. The ride is well-kept, having been re-imported into the US from its 2008 Swiss buyer. Finished with brilliantly bright Feyence Yellow paint, one of five standard colors, the interior is juxtaposed with sleek, understated leather in Dark Grey. With the odometer barely over 10,000 miles, the car is expected to receive bidding as high as that of other ultra-exclusive auction features, like an all-black 1995 Turbo Cabriolet that's estimated to sell for nearly a million dollars.
Originally somewhat of a market flop following the successful Porsche 911, the Carrera GT initially proved to be a hard sell for a few reasons ― one being its difficulty to control in comparison to previous popular models from the brand. With little traction control and no ESC (Electronic Stability Control), maneuvering the vehicle quickly and agilely is a task best left to accomplished drivers.
Today, its initial faults add character to the collector's item that carries a reputation for being difficult to pilot. Once the lightweight supercar of its day that required a deftly experienced driver, the ride has dated to carry a nostalgic charm for the analog age of cars ― in comparison to today's cutting-edge computerized wheels.
Expert craftsmanship characteristic of Porsche has helped preserve the ride's legacy, like the interior's lasting premium leather finish and the exterior's flawlessly executed, immediately eye-catching paint job. You can admire the rest of the auction's selective wheels here.
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