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Porsche Classic Rebuilds Carrera GT From Scratch

The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants

Porsche Classic has done some fantastic restorations of all kinds of Porsche vehicles, but the Carrera GT pictured here is a true stunner. The owner of the car commissioned Porsche Classic to not only restore the car but to completely strip it down and rebuild it to his specific instructions. That’s how it arrived at the beautiful one-off green machine you see before you.

The Carrera GT’s production ended about a dozen years ago, but the car is still a favorite among supercar enthusiasts. The V10 machine is one of Porsche’s most unique models. Now, this particular one stands out from the pack due to its perfect-in-our-eyes restoration.

To do what the owner of the car wanted, Porsche started by completely disassembling the car. It then refurbished or replaced every single part. Mechanics overhauled the engine, transmission, and chassis. The owner then chose an Oak Green Metallic paint from the 1970s that was never used on the Carrera GT. 

The wheels are a special BBS five-spoke made of magnesium. The five spokes were painted and the rim of the wheel was polished using a special method developed for this specific application. Porsche used real silver to get the rims to shine. After that, Porsche spent 350 hours working on all the carbon fiber parts.

When finished, the car was presented to the owner and showed at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, GA. Porsche held an event with 100 people there and a symposium that coincided with the event. The star of the show, though, was undoubtedly the car.

New documents discovered related to Paul Walker’s death

A new development has emerged in the legal battle between the daughter of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker and Porsche. According to USA Today, one of Meadow Walker’s attorneys discovered files on a CD that were reportedly redacted by Porsche. The news outlet reports that information about Porsche’s stability control system and emails from Porsche employees regarding Carrera GT crashes. Walker’s attorney Jeffrey Milam, alleged that Porsche deliberately hid this information, and filed for terminating sanctions. USA Today reports this could result in a fine for Porsche at minimum, or possibly a default decision in Walker’s favor.

The emails include messages that took a rather light tone on the subject of Carrera GT crashes. One email that was shown in the attorney’s filing, which was provided to us by the law firm of Meadow Walker’s attorney, commented on a then-recent crash in 2006 involving a body shop employee. It also asks whether it was true that 200 of the 1,280 cars had been totaled up to that point, and that current owners should be happy that their cars keep getting rarer and more valuable. In an official statement that the law firm provided us, Milam called this a “callous joke.” His statement also said, “Porsche concealed this information from the public to protect its image and brand.” We reached out to Porsche, but they declined to comment saying, “As a matter of policy, Porsche does not comment on pending litigation.

These files are important because the original lawsuit alleged that the Carrera GT was unsafe, and that Paul Walker might have survived had the car been equipped with stability control, among other things. Though it is important to note that vehicle regulations did not require the Carrera GT to have stability control at the time. Also, Porsche has already won a wrongful death lawsuit from Kristine Rodas, the widow of Roger Rodas whom was in the crash that killed Walker.

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