|Porsche Carrera GT|
The Carrera GT began production in 2004 and was built through 2005, with a final production total of 1,270 cars. This actually made it the first achievable Porsche supercar in the States, since only 25 911 GT1's were ever built, and none of the 300 or so 959's were street-legal in the U.S. As a result, nearly half of the Carrera GT production run was sold in America.
In terms of performance, the Carrera GT was a serious machine, The mid-mounted 5.7-liter V10 was originally created for a Porsche LMP car that never saw the light of day. In the Carrera GT, it put out 612 horsepower, allowing brave drivers to hit 60 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds. Top speed was a claimed 205 mph. A six-speed manual transmission was the only option, and power was sent directly to the rear wheels.
This particular car was a show-stopper, and looked great in what I presume is Guards Red (the Carrera GT only had five official color options). The design is truly something special, incorporating Porsche's iconic visual cues into a low-slung supercar shape that is guaranteed to quicken your pulse. Looking at this car, it's easy to see elements of the Carrera GT in Porsche's latest supercar, the 918 Spyder. This was one of the ultimate supercars of its decade, and in person it's very clear why that reputation still stands.