The Porsche Carrera GT is unquestionably one of the most desirable cars in the world. Very few were made and – perhaps unsurprisingly – they don’t come up for sale all that often.
Which is why we were slightly surprised to receive a press release from BCA Blackbushe alerting us to the forthcoming auction of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT on Bank Holiday Monday.
Of course, the Porsche Carrera GT hit the news for all the wrong reasons last year, when actor Paul Walker and racing driver Roger Rodas were killed as the result of a crash in Los Angeles.
Kristine Rodas, the widow of Roger Rodas, is suing Porsche Cars North America, claiming the car was only travelling at 55mph, suggesting the Carrera GT was “unsafe for its intended use”.
Clarkson: notorious Carrera GT “brutal and savage”
Even before the tragic incident, the Porsche Carrera GT had developed a reputation for being a difficult beast to tame. Jay Leno spun whilst driving one at Talladega in 2005 and two were killed when a GT hit a Ferrari on track, leading Porsche into a multi-million dollar settlement.
In an episode of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson described the car as “the most exciting road-going Porsche ever made”, but also referenced its “brutal and savage” nature.
Yet despite the car’s notoriety, there will be no shortage of interest at the BCA Blackbushe action next Monday. We take a look at some of the cars highlights.
Secondhand star cars
The British secondhand car market is enormous. Used car sales outnumber new car sales by four to one. Reflecting the decline in new car transactions, secondhand car sales are also down this year, but even so, trade body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says it’s no time to panic: “With demand easing over recent months, this could offer motorists the opportunity to get some great deals,” reckons its chief executive Mike Hawes. Search for a used car on Auto Trader