1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 TouringSOLD

COYS - Sports Racing and Grand Prix Cars - Brands Hatch - 27th May 2007

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Estimate: £105,000-120,000

Sold £110,160

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 or the road. Few people could ever argue that they did not succeed in this aim for 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 911 S, but used lightened bodywork and a revised 2.7 litre fuel-injected six, the largest engine yet used in a road going 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.

This particular example is finished in the most striking colour scheme of Racing White with red 'Carrera' decals and Fuchs alloys. Having been in the possession of a prominent historic racing driver in recent years, whose mechanic has carried out the maintenance on the car, it is in good order both visually and mechanically throughout, whilst at the same time being a true driver's car. It is also worth noting that it is an original matching numbers car, especially rare with a marque that is so often seen on the tracks and loose stages of the world. Manufactured in 1973 this left hand drive example benefited from a restoration in 1998 and is an exciting representative of one of the world's most easily recognisable, best loved automotive icons.

Reference Number 9506

as of 5/13/2007

Car 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring
VIN 9113600038