What we see here in retro-inspired Oak Green metallic and its magnesium wheel faces painted gold is a fully reconstructed Porsche Carrera GT. Though not the colour combination we’d have personally chosen, it was the selection of a collector in the United States who commissioned the project from Porsche Classic.
They spared no expense, it seems, to deliver a near truly new Carrera GT, requiring a complete and custom reconstruction of the vehicle, disassembling it into individual parts for custom refurbishment or replacement should the component’s condition not be as good as perfect.
Another objective of the “recommission” was to make this example as bespoke as possible without deviating from the original car’s philosophy, hence the unique body colour and wheels that have had its inner ring coated in high gloss silver.
The attention lavished on the car to bring it back to its off-the-factory condition when it was first built in 2004 is immense and obsessive, explains Porsche, requiring 350 hours to revive the coating on the carbon fibre parts alone, including the monocoque.
There should be no doubt that the Carrera GT is one of the finest production cars to ever emerge from the Zuffenhausen automaker, even the world. It was designed to be an uncompromised supercar flagship road car, something only previously seen with the 959 in the 1980s.
While the latter was a turbocharged rocket ship stuffed full of cutting edge technology (much like the 918 Spyder that succeeds the Carrera GT), the engineers behind Carrera GT took a more analogue approach to every facet of its execution. The naturally aspirated 5.7-litre V10 used techniques and innovations taken from Formula 1 to produce a 450kW at 8,000rpm, peak torque of 590Nm at 5,750rpm, and a truly spine tingling soundtrack.
Famously, a beechwood-tipped gear lever is used to row the gears of its 6-speed manual transmission, funnelling drive to the rear wheels. While that remains unchanged, Porsche Classic have also given the car’s interior oxblood leather seats replete with houndstooth inserts. The Oak Green and gold combination is also repeated on the steering wheel centre marker.