1973 Porsche Carrera 911 2.7 RS

Fantastic matching number early example. Very extensive history file with full ownership history
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Model history

The Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS is one of the most iconic sports cars of all time. If there is a single model of Porsche that exemplifies everything that the Stuttgart automaker stands for, it is the brilliantly-conceived 911 2.7 Carrera RS. The RS (Rennsport), was the fully street-able homologation series Porsche had to build in order to qualify its pure racing 2.8-liter 911 RSR for Group 5 competition. The FIA mandated that at least 500 examples of the RS were required, so Porsche went to work.

Two versions were offered; both based on the 911 2.4 S Coupe: the Lightweight/Sport (M471) was the racing-oriented basis for the RSR, while the Touring (M472), retained much of the interior trim and features of the standard car. Both differed visually from the 911S with rear quarter panels widened to accept seven-inch Fuchs alloy wheels, and a distinctive fiberglass front bumper with space to install an auxiliary oil radiator if desired. The rear bumper was steel on the Touring coupes, and fiberglass on the Lightweights. The engine covers were also fiberglass, reinforced with balsawood strips, and nearly all RS’s sported the iconic ‘ducktail’ spoiler that had been demonstrated in both wind-tunnel and track testing to greatly reduce rear end lift and thus improve stability at higher speeds. A small number of Touring versions were delivered without the rear spoiler, but most of those were subsequently retro-fitted by their owners. The Lightweight RS was fitted with thinner steel body panels, specially-made thinner window glass, and a stripped interior with racing bucket seats.

The RS sported a much more powerful engine. The standard 190bhp 2.4 of the 911 S was given larger cylinders with 90mm pistons, taking the displacement to 2.7 liters. With a compression ratio of 8.5:1 and Bosch mechanical fuel injection, the new engine developed. 210bhp at 6,300rpm along with 202 foot-pounds of torque at 5,100rpm. The RS retained Porsche’s proven Type 915 five-speed manual transaxle and powerful four-wheel disc brakes. Up front, the fully independent suspension featured McPherson struts, longitudinal torsion bars, and an anti-roll bar. The independent rear suspension used trailing arms with transverse torsion bars, tubular shock absorbers, and an anti-roll bar. This impressive package provided the lucky owner with a car that offered brilliant acceleration (0-60mph in 5.5 seconds) and a maximum velocity of 149mph with excellent stability and road behavior, numbers that are admirable today but were nothing short of amazing when the RS first appeared.

The first production run of 500 units sold out before the car’s formal unveiling at the 1972 Paris Auto Show. Porsche management quickly realized it had a winner on its hands and a second run of 500 cars was quickly approved at a higher price – those too were quickly snapped up. A third series of 500 even more costly cars got the green light; eventually a total of 1590 RS 2.7 Coupes were produced.

This example

This iconic Rennsport Porsche is an early example – being produced in December 1972 – and was delivered new via Porsche dealer Raffay in Hamburg, Germany.

According to previous owners in 1974 the car went to Max Moritz Porsche and according them the car was modified for racing to 3.0 RS specification. Fortunately the original engine was spared. In 1980 the car went to Canada and was raced there. In the very extensive history files the car is shown in red with Max Moritz racing decals. According to the former owner Mr. Hutton the car had all Porsche factory parts and the body consisted metal RSR wings. The car had high butterfly fuel injection and Mr. Hutton raced the car in a few club races. However confirmation of the racing specification needs to be found.

After 2 more owners in Canada the car was bought by John Starkey in 1989 (author of several Porsche books, also on 911 RS). In 1993 it was bought by a collector of Porsche in The Hague, Holland.

In recent years the car received a ground up restoration. The engine and gearbox were also rebuilt. A lot of documentation of the restoration is available. The choice was made not to hide some scars the car received in its racing career and hence shows its originality.

She is a fantastic matching numbers example. The car is finished as ordered new in HellGelb (light yellow) with black sport seats in black leatherette and corduroy. An inspection report by a known Porsche specialist is available as is the Kardex and Porsche certificate.

Very extensive history file with full ownership history. The complete restoration is well documented and was finished only recently.

The car is EU registered. This car is one of the first 500 homologation units is an unique opportunity not to be missed.

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