The last RS 3.0 to leave the factory
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0-Litre Coupe
Chassis no. 9114609109
Engine no. 6840125
'Nothing that is desirable comes easily or cheaply and the Carrera RS is no exception, but without question it is one of the great cars of the 1970s; the personification of GT motoring and race breeding.' - Motor Sport magazine, February 1973.
Porsche revived the Carrera name for its luxuriously equipped, top-of-the-range 911 in 1973. Designated 'Carrera RS' (RennSport), the newcomer was intended as a limited edition product for Group 4 GT racing, a class that required a minimum of 500 built.
However, the resulting demand for this fabulous car proved so great that the production run was progressively extended, eventually ending up at 1,590 units and allowing homologation in Group 3 for standard GT production cars. The majority of cars produced were to 'Lightweight' (competition) specification, the remainder being delivered as the Carrera RS Touring, complete with 911S-type interior trim and fittings.
Based on a lightened 911S platform, the Carrera RS featured revised suspension and wider rear wheels (beneath flared 'arches) for improved handling, while the 2.7-litre, fuel-injected, air-cooled six-cylinder engine's 210bhp boosted top speed to around 150mph. Not merely a styling gimmick, the Carrera's trademark 'duck tail' spoiler made a vital contribution to high-speed stability, a virtue of increasing importance as power outputs continued to rise. Porsche claimed a 0-100km/h time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 255 km/h for the touring version, figures that were confirmed by the motoring press.
Based on the 911 Carrera RS Lightweight announced the previous year, Porsche's RSR GT-category racer collected overall wins in the World Sportscar Championship at Daytona and the Targa Florio in 1973, defeating 3.0-litre prototypes from Ferrari, Matra and Mirage-Ford in the process, an outstanding achievement for a production-based car.
In 1974 the RS engine was enlarged to 3.0 litres capacity, its maximum output increasing by some 8-10bhp to around 220 horsepower. In 'RSR' race trim this engine, with its larger valves, could be made to produce 330bhp, more than enough to maintain the Carrera's competitiveness in the Group 3 category for production GT cars. Priced at DM 64,980, it was a staggering 80% more expensive than the old 2.7-litre RS.
Chassis numbers for the 3.0-litre Carrera RS ran from '9114609001' to '9114609109', that offered here being the last of this limited series of only 109 cars, within which there were 51 built to RSR specification. First registered on 28th June 1974 in Germany, chassis number '9109' was first owned by Peter Klein and then by Jean Fernand Rey in France. Its next owner, also in France, was Philippe Aulnay, who acquired the car on 10th April 1996. The current (fourth) owner acquired the Carrera on 17th December 1998.
Partially restored, this very special car has covered a mere 90,323 kilometres (approximately 56,000 miles) from new and is presented in commensurately good condition. Noteworthy features include a semi roll cage, front anti-roll bar and 4-point safety harnesses In 1996 this car participated in the Tour Auto, while other competitions entered include the Tour de France, Coupe des Alpes and Trophée de Corse. This Carrera deserves the attention of any potential buyer. Bonhams recommend close inspection of this rare find in the year of the 50 year anniversary of the 911 model.
Les numéros de châssis des Carrera RS 3 litres vont de 9114609001 à 9114609109 et celui de la voiture proposée ici est le dernier de cette série limitée à 109 voitures dont 51 furent dotées des spécifications RSR.
Immatriculée pour la première fois le 28 juin 1974 en Allemagne, le châssis n° 9109 fut d'abord la propriété de Peter Klein puis de Jean Fernand Rey en France. Son propriétaire suivant, également en France, fut Philippe Aulnay qui racheta la voiture le 10 avril 1996. Le vendeur actuel (4e propriétaire) acheta la Carrera le 17 décembre 1998.
Restaurée en partie, la voiture qui n'a parcouru que 90,323 km depuis l'origine se présente dans un état en rapport et bon. On notera spécialement un semi arceau cage de sécurité, une barre anti-roulis avant, un harnais quatre points et un Tripmaster pour le rallye. En 1996, cette voiture a participé au Tour Auto ainsi qu'à la Coupe des Alpes et au Trophée de Corse. Cette rare et belle Carrera RS 3 litres mérite l'attention de tout acheteur potentiel.