1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring  Chassis no. 9113600724
Lot 15
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring Chassis no. 9113600724
Sold for CHF 211,985 (US$ 227,140) inc. premium

Lot Details
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring  Chassis no. 9113600724 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring  Chassis no. 9113600724 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring  Chassis no. 9113600724 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring  Chassis no. 9113600724 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring  Chassis no. 9113600724 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring  Chassis no. 9113600724
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring
Chassis no. 9113600724

Footnotes

  • The Porsche 911 is now just three years away from its fiftieth birthday. No other sports car has had anything like the same longevity, none can rival the German car's versatility or variety. Dozens and dozens – perhaps even hundreds – of different models have been marketed and sold.

    But here's the thing: how many of them have attained true superstar status? Not very many – perhaps only a handful. And it might just be that this is the number one, the best of the breed, the ultimate 911. In November 2004 Classic & Sportscar referred to this particular model as "possibly the best 911 ever built." It's a widely held opinion.

    The Carrera RS was built with racing in mind, the road-going version helping to homologate the racing cars. As such it was the first roadgoing Porsche to wear the fabled Rennsport (Race Sport) badge and featured significant upgrades from the standard 2.4 S. The 2,341cc flat six was bored out from 84mm to 90mm, creating a 2,687cc swept volume and the alloy bores were coated with Nikasil to improve durability and reduce friction.

    The result was an extra 20bhp (210bhp in total) and 28lb ft of torque (188lb ft); good gains from the extra volume, but not earth-shattering. But that was just the start: the suspension was stiffened, bigger brakes and wider rear wheels were fitted (the first time Porsche had fitted different sized wheels front and rear) and weight was cut where possible – particularly through the use of 0.7mm gauge steel panels for the bodywork rather than 1.0mm. Lightweight glass was fitted and the engine cover, complete with iconic 'ducktail' spoiler (another Porsche first) was moulded from fibreglass.

    The result was a 980kg flyweight with a 150mph top speed and a 0-60mph time of 5.6sec. Having not tried anything like this before, the sales department thought it would flop, so only 500 were sanctioned for the initial build and the board of directors was asked to adopt them as their company cars. A few weeks later the Carrera RS was launched at the 1972 Paris Motor Show. All 500 sold within a week.

    A second batch of 500 was built and sold; 1,580 would be produced in total, only in late 1972/ early 1973. In response to customer demand, Porsche offered the RS in two versions: the M472, or Touring, which was mechanically identical to the M471 Lightweight, but restored most of the S's interior trimmings, including the glovebox, clock and passenger sun visor.

    This car is one of the Touring specification models that accounted for the lion's share of production, but has been modified to take it back towards the sportiness of the Lightweight. Originally supplied to Germany in March 1973 finished in Grand Prix White (we thank
    Jürgen Barth for this information), it was acquired by Peter Baumberger from Classic Power in Germany many years ago specifically for historic events. It features a roll cage, oil radiator, bucket seats, racing mirrors, sports steering wheel and pedals and Lightweight door trim. Braking is adjustable and the engine now fitted is believed to displace 3.0 litres. The exterior livery, a shade of yellow popular with RS buyers at the time, happens to match the Three Bears team colours...

    More than any other car in the collection, this Carrera RS was Peter's weapon of choice for events as varied as the Tour Auto or Maroc Classic, never letting him down and usually spotted outside the finest restaurants along the route.

    The Carrera RS is a fabulous car to drive, you sit low, looking out through an upright windscreen, enjoying an experience that will tingle every nerve-ending in your body. The chattering, guttural engine feels so alive and with little weight to move has a responsiveness that few modern cars can match. The same applies to the steering, which jiggles and writhes in your palms, giving you endless information and alerting you to any possible loss of grip at either end – the Carrera RS is not a car to take liberties with after all.

    Hugely desirable and very collectable, in February 2007, Evo magazine said, "It's still difficult to think of any other car that's as satisfying to drive hard... [the Carrera RS] continues to encapsulate and project the 911 experience more cogently than any other."

    The Baumberger Collection RS is offered with Swiss registration (cancelled).

Saleroom notices

  • We have received confirmation from Juergen Barth, Andy Prill, Marc De Siebenthal and Clark & Carter that the engine fitted (No. 6630208) is an original Carrera RS unit and the gearbox is also of the correct type. Our customs agent CAR Logistics will be happy to apply for the importation of this motor car on behalf of the buyer into the EU via Holland at the preferential 6% rate if required. Additional items included with this Lot: emergency tyre compressor & wheel wrench We have catalogued paperwork and tool kits/accessories as a courtesy to clients but without guarantee. N.B. We have not checked individual tool kits for completeness
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