Porsche Classic was tasked by a US collector to not just restore his Carrera GT, but completely reconstruct it according to his personal preferences. The result is this as-good-as-new Oak Green Carrera GT.
It’s been 12 years since Porsche ceased production of the Carrera GT, and while this might make us feel a bit old, it hardly renders the iconic V10 supercar as a vehicle that needs to be restored.
However, Porsche Classic wasn’t going to refuse the project, accepting the custom order and getting to work. The car was completely disassembled into parts which subsequently were individually checked and then refurbished or replaced where necessary.
Porsche’s specialists spent 350 hours manually sanding and recoating all the carbon fiber components as the coating on older carbon fiber tends to yellow and fade over time. They also gave this Carrera GT a complete refinish in Oak Green Metallic, a color that was not originally available for the V10 supercar.
The five-spoke magnesium wheels were also redone, with a center section finished in gold and a “polished” rim ring. Material experts from Porsche’s R&D center in Weissach said that polishing the rim would dangerously weaken the material, which lead them to an alternative -and never before tested in production- solution: the use of actual silver. They then applied a high-gloss layer on the rim, achieving a chrome-like surface finish, topping it off with a final coating of clear lacquer to protect it from corrosion.
The reborn Carrera GT was presented at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta.