This color combination looks suspiciously like Jean Grey’s costume from X-Men!

When a car is about to die its natural death, most car owners scrap it off and replace it with a new one. However, we enthusiasts try to do our best to bring it back to life instead of just disposing of something close to our hearts. Here is one such car lover who took his dying Porsche Carrera GT to Dr. Porsche Classic for a thorough restoration.

About The Legendary Porsche Carrera GT

Porsche Carrera GT "Recommissioned" by Porsche Classic
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The Porsche Carrera GT is one of the hottest looking cars the automaker has produced. The limited-production car, 1270 copies of which were produced in total, was launched in 2004 and came with a 5.7-liter, race-derived V-10 engine that produced 612 horses and 435 pound-feet of torque. It was mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

A car with over 600 horses and three pedals is just so rare now. It can sprint from a standstill to 62 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds before topping out at 205 miles per hour.

It came with a rear diffuser and airflow channels that work with the carbon underfloor to provide a ‘suction’ effect. It also had a carbon fiber reinforced plastic module frame with a monocoque chassis, and a curbweight of just 3,000 pounds. The suspension setup was also something we have seen in motorsport cars - steel push-rods operating the spring and damper elements. This was Porsche’s first street-legal supercar with the engine mounted behind the rear seats.

What Makes the Porsche Carrera GT "Recommissioned" by Porsche Classic Special?

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Resto-mods on such exquisite cars need to be done under the supervision of the experts. Although it sounds quite unusual for a car of this caliber to undergo a full restoration at a ’young’ age of 15, the owner of this beauty decided to go ahead with it anyway. Luckily for this owner, he could get it done at the factory level itself.

Porsche Classic division actually disassembled the car into individual components, checking, replacing, and refurbishing each one as needed.

The owner did not want the factory to only give it a thorough refresh; he wanted some distinguished specification changes made to it as well. Porsche Classic also fully overhauled the engine, transmission, and chassis of the Carrera GT. There’s no word on how many miles the car had on it before this restoration, but it surely feels as good as new as new now.

The ’Unorthodox’ Color Combination

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For the exterior, the factory started by painting a shade of dark green called Oak Green Metallic.

This color made it to Porsche’s palette for the first time in the 1970s. Since the shade has not been in use lately, Porsche had to get involved to recreate it. The wheels also received a customized finish. The color chosen for the five-spoke magnesium alloys was a contrasting shade of gold, with a separate polished rim. Although it may ’sound’ weird, it actually looked quite sweet and matched with the Oak green shade. Porsche had to go through some struggles to get this job done. According to the Porsche’s Research and Development team, being a single-piece magnesium wheel, polishing the magnesium rim of the wheel would "structurally alter the material" so much that it could be "dangerously weakened", so the team had to come up with its own remedy. Porsche came up with a different solution to paint the wheels - and that was to use silver. This is a process that the company has never used in ’series-vehicle construction’ before. The engineers coated the rim of the wheel in silver, which was polished and then coated with a clear lacquer to avoid oxidation.

Everything Restored From Scratch

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This green and gold combination continues throughout the car, including the Porsche lettering on the brake callipers, in the engine compartment, and on the intake housings.

The owner and Porsche gave special attention to the carbon components, which tend to fade and turn yellow over time.

The factory spent over 350 man-hours sanding and re-lacquering the exterior carbon bits, including the tub, in order to remove the milky finish that had gotten discolored after being exposed to the Ultra Violet rays. On the inside, the owner decided to make changes to the carbon fiber buckets as well, upholstering them with Porsche’s classic houndstooth fabric, offset with a spectacular shade of mulberry leather. The engineers followed the exterior shade mismatch for the steering wheel by corresponding green and gold center-point stitched into the steering wheel. The air vents and interior carbon parts also received attention.

Conclusion

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Finally, the result was a fascinating, one-of-a-kind special Carrera GT that stands out from the other Carrera GTs. The car was delivered to the owner at a gathering at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta. The cost of the restoration was not revealed, but we are sure it must have burned a hole in the owner’s pocket. What are your thoughts on this restoration? Share them with us in the comments section below.

Further reading

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Read our in-depth review of the 2004-2007 Porsche Carrera GT.

With a ten-cylinder V engine with 612 PS of horsepower derived from a Formula 1 powertrain, premium design, and – not least – the incomparable driving experience it offers, the Porsche Carrera GT remains a milestone in the world of sports supercars today, and a collector in the US has commissioned Porsche Classic to thoroughly rework one of their privately owned vehicles.

It was truly a spectacular project. The collector wanted complete, custom reconstruction of the vehicle, implemented at a manufacturing quality that can only be achieved by Porsche itself. The process involved the vehicle being entirely disassembled into individual parts, with every component extensively checked, and refurbished or replaced where necessary.

Extraordinary paintwork in Oak Green Metallic
To set off the completely overhauled engine, transmission, and chassis components to their best advantage, the Carrera GT was also treated to a full refinish. Working with Porsche Classic, the owner chose Oak Green Metallic paintwork – a colour that appeared for the first time in the 1970s, but which has never been available for the Carrera GT.

Carrera GT, 2019, Porsche AG

The complementary five-spoke magnesium tyres were specially designed, taking their initial inspiration from the legendary motorsport tyres from BBS, which had a star-spoke painted in gold and a polished rim ring. However, material experts from the Porsche R&D center Weissach advised that polishing the rim ring would structurally alter the material in such a way that it would potentially be dangerously weakened, so an alternative engineering process was required to create the desired metallic high-gloss effect rim.

A silver ring coated with silver
The solution to the challenge lay in using silver, a precious metal. In an innovative procedure that had never before been used in series vehicle construction, a silver layer was applied to create a visually chrome-like surface finish.

This high-gloss silver layer requires a final protective coating though, because silver is second only to iron in terms of metals that most readily oxidise: where prolonged oxidisation on iron results in rust, silver responds to exposure to atmospheric oxygen and water by accumulating unsightly black tarnish on its surface. This is why the silver-coated rim ring required a protective layer of clear lacquer, and the star-spoke was painted in gold to match. Serving as a technical contrast to this is the blue-and-silver central wheel lock, bearing the Porsche emblem in colour.

Carrera GT, 2019, Porsche AG

The gold of the star-spoke has also been picked up elsewhere, for example in the Porsche lettering on the brake callipers, in the engine compartment, on the intake housings, and even in the interior, where the top marking in the centre of the steering wheel is adorned by a single gold stripe flanked on both sides by a stripe of Oak Green – a discreet and individual touch.

Elaborate repair of all carbon fibre parts
Even at this stage, the work on this special Carrera GT was far from complete. “Because the coating on older carbon fibre parts tends to yellow and fade, we spent 350 hours manually sanding and recoating all the carbon fibre components, including the monocoque,” explains Uwe Makrutzki, Manager of Porsche Classic Factory Restorations in Stuttgart.

Carrera GT, 2019, Porsche AG

The vehicle is now ready for delivery, and at the invitation of Porsche Cars North America, Porsche Classic has presented it for the first time at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, to a select group of 100 invited guests including the car’s owner.

Porsche Classic also hosted a symposium to coincide with the event, moderated by motor journalist Pete Stout, and featuring Alexander Fabig, Head of Customer Center, Uwe Makrutzki, Manager of Porsche Classic Workshop Restoration, record-winning race driver David Donohue, and Porsche Designer Tony Hatter, who were all available to talk about the project and answer questions.

About Porsche Classic
Porsche Classic takes care of all vehicles whose production end date is generally more than ten years in the past. These include legendary sports cars, such as the 356, 914, 959 and 911 up to and including type 996, as well as all four and eight-cylinder vehicles, such as the 924, 928, 944 and 968, and the Porsche Boxster, type 986. Since 2016, Porsche Classic has also been responsible for the genuine parts supply of the Carrera GT super sportscar. Further information is available at www.porsche.de/classic.

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