The Porsche Carrera GT that got away

I’m really bummed out right now. Just 5 years ago I almost had my hands on a red 2004 Porsche Carrera GT showing 8,322 miles on the odometer. The car had what had been reported by the selling (non-Porsche) dealer as a minor incident that was noted on Carfax. At the time it was the lowest price CGT I could find.

I never drove the car but I listened to a startup in the showroom and the engine sounded absolutely fabulous, as expected. The only visual blemish I could see was a slight mismatch of paint on one door and fender.

So after much back and forth, the dealer informed me that he could go as low as $225,000 (!!!) but that I would need to move quickly. So I arranged for a pre-purchase inspection at McKenna Porsche in Norwalk, California. My friendly and professional service advisor with whom I had previously done business, received the car from the seller and proceeded with the PPI. Upon finishing the work, they invited me to visit the service facility so that they may walk me through what they had found.


Upon arriving in the service bay, I observed that the car was up in the air on their lift and that the underbody panels had been removed. The technician, Ken, a very knowledgeable person and an enthusiast, showed me all the key areas of the chassis and under-carriage. He pointed out that he could not find anything out of order nor was there any sign of structural damage to the chassis. The written inspection report noted this absence of structural damage and indicated that the only other faults were: (i) “ashtray does not open”, and (ii) “some discoloration of interior carbon fiber.” I paid the PPI fee and circled back with the dealer. But while I was still thinking about it a few days later, dealer called to say the car was gone. Sold!

It’s gone alright…gone out of my range likely forever. I am a fool for not having acquired this car and they are now priced in the stratosphere. Recently they have been appearing for sale at prices way north of $600,000

So….wanted immediately. 2004 – 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. My budget is way way less than $600,000. Waaaay less. (Hey, you never know!) Must have clean Carfax but might still be interested if there are truly minor blems. Thank you very much.

Terry Sullivan
Los Angeles, CA

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