1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7SOLD

COYS - Legende et Passion - Monaco - 21st May 2007

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Estimate: €160,000-190,000

Sold €159,734

The RS is one of the most famous Porsche models ever built and has come over the years to be regarded as one of the top sports cars to emerge from the 1970's. It was designed with ambivalence very much in mind: Porsche's engineers wanted a car that could be successfully used on the race track, yet which at a moment's notice and with no modifications could equally be used for shopping or long distance travel. Few people could ever argue that they did not succeed in this aim. The RS is an eminently usable car, just as at home trickling through traffic as it is ploughing down the fast lane of the Autobahn, yet in competitions such as Le Mans, Daytona and the Targa Florio it was almost invincible, often winning outright against pure racing prototypes. The RS (or Rennsport, to give it its German name) was based on the 911S, but used lightened bodywork and a revised 2.7 litre fuel-injected six, the largest engine yet used in a roadgoing Porsche at that time. With a total weight in the region of 950kg and an honest 210bhp-plus on tap, the RS was able to achieve a genuine 158mph with 60mph from standstill coming up in just over 5 seconds. It was one of the-fastest production cars in the world and still maintains the simple clear lines that so beguile those new to the Porsche scene and connoisseurs of the marque alike. It is no surprise that the essence of the 911 has not changed too much over the years. Ferdinand Porsche was famously quoted as responding to a journalist on the launch of the new 911 as to why the doors are exactly the same as the previous model. 'It's a good door,' he said. And, detail aside, the shape has remained the same. The difference with the Rennsport version lay under the skin and respect is what it quietly whispered in your ear.

This particular 1973 Porsche Carrera RS lightweight started life as a RS Touring version and was later converted during the '70s to lightweight specification by a well known Porsche specialist. This fantastic example has been fitted with a full roll cage, original specification lightweight seats and a sports exhaust. Comprehensively restored to quote the owner 'to as new condition' within the last two years this RS is finished in the fabulous Gulf light blue colour and has been barely run in. To complete the package a full photographic documentation of the restoration is available. Complete with up to date German papers, FIA papers and the Porsche data sheet for the car, which confirms the original specification and colour scheme. This must be one of the best examples of the seminal 911 RS on the market.

Reference Number 9244

as of 5/7/2007

Car 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7
VIN 9113600762 
Exterior / Interior Color      Light Blue 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift