Porsche Classic has now restored one of the newest cars that’s likely ever been sent to a manufacturer restoration shop. A Porsche Carrera GT. A model that’s only just barely old enough to drive. And they brought it back in a colour that was never offered by the factory.
How much work could a model that was new in 2003 need? Potentially a lot, says Porsche. It starts from the ground up, turning yellowed into gold. “The coating on older carbon fibre parts tends to yellow and fade,” said Porsche Classic Factory Restorations Manager Uwe Makrutzki. To fix that required sanding of the clear coat. 350 hours of manual sanding and then recoating of all of the carbon fibre components of the car. That includes the carbon fibre chassis, not just bodywork and trim. It’s delicate work. Sand too far and you damage the carbon. You can’t just weld in a new panel or blend in some filler and call it a day here. Carbon patches take hours of complex work if they’re even possible.
Every component of the car got a similar treatment. The owner wanted a “complete, custom reconstruction of the vehicle, implemented at a manufacturing quality that can only be achieved by Porsche itself.” If a component couldn’t be refurbished, it was instead replaced.
The reassembled body was coated in Oak Green Metallic paint. That shade first appeared on a Porsche in the 1970s, but was never an option on the Carrera GT. Setting off the deep green is a gold paint finish for the trim. The badging and even wheels are finished in the colour.
The five-spoke magnesium wheels were inspired by classic BBS models with gold spokes and a polished lip. But the Porsche R&D center said polishing the magnesium ones would alter the alloy, making it potentially dangerous. The solution was applying a layer of silver to the wheels. A high-gloss silver that is coated in lacquer to prevent oxidation.
Look inside and find other details that call back to the exterior finish. Gold lettering on the brake calipers, for example. And a steering wheel center stripe that flanks the gold with two stripes of green. The leather seats are a deep red with houndstooth inserts, plus matching green accents.
Of course the 5.7L V10 was part of the disassembly and restoration. Making sure that it still delivers 603 hp, 435 lb-ft of torque, and can spin to 8,400 rpm.
Porsche and the owner were so proud of this one, they threw a party. Bringing 100 guests to the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta to show it for the first time.
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