1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 TouringSOLD

COYS Nürburgring Auction - Saturday 11th August 2007

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Estimate: €157,500-180,000

Sold: €159,635

One of the most famous Porsches ever built, the Carrera RS has come to be regarded as one of the top sports cars to emerge from the 1970s. It was designed with ambivalence very much in mind: Porsche's engineers wanted a car that could be successfully used on the race track and the road. Few people could ever argue that they did not succeed in their aim, for the RS is an eminently useable car just as at home trickling through traffic as it is ploughing down the overtaking lane of the autobahn; yet when competing at Le Mans, Daytona and in the Targa Florio it was almost invincible, often winning outright against pure racing prototypes.

The RS (for Rennsport) was based on the 911 model but used lightened bodywork and a revised 2.7 litre, fuel-injected version of the ubiquitous flat-six cylinder engine, the largest then used in a road-going Porsche. With a weight of around 950kg and an honest 210bhp on tap the RS could sprint from standstill to 60mph in just over five seconds and achieve a genuine 158mph; it was one of the fastest production cars in the world.

This example is finished in the most striking colour scheme of Racing White with red 'Carrera' decals and matching Fuchs alloy wheels. Having been owned in recent years by a prominent driver of historic racing cars, whose mechanic carried out its maintenance, the car is in good cosmetic and mechanical order throughout. It is worth noting also that this is an original 'matching numbers' RS, a rarity with a marque that is so often seen on the tracks and loose stages of the world. Manufactured in 1973, this left-hand drive Porsche benefited from a restoration in 1998 and is an exciting representative of one of the most easily recognisable and best loved automotive icons.

Reference Number 11785

as of 7/28/2007

Car 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring
VIN 9113600038