1973 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA RS 2.7
Chassis no. 9113600125
Engine no. 6630156
2,687cc SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
210bhp at 6,300rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Desirable "first 500" production Carrera, with rare Ducktail-delete option
*Matching numbers example, owned by US Air Force officer for 25 years
*Class winner at the 2012 Porsche Parade
*Great provenance and less than 70,000 kilometers from new
*Offered with extensive history file, books, tools and spare Ducktail spoiler
THE PORSCHE 911 RS 2.7 CARRERA
Revealed at the 1972 Paris Auto Salon, Porsche revived the Carrera name for its luxuriously equipped, top-of-the-range 911 for model-year 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. Of the 1,590 units, only the first 500 cars were built to exacting homologation specifications, by the use of thinner gauge sheet metal and glass. 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-liter, fuel-injected, air-cooled six-cylinder engine's 210bhp boosted top speed to around 150mph. Today these 1973 model-year 911 Carrera RS's are among the most collectible Porsches ever produced, and stand out as one of the most iconic and hallowed cars of the era. Collectors around the world have their eye on these cars, and they will undoubtedly remain as collectible as they are today decades from now.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Even with a considerably high production number for the legendary 1973 model-year 911 RS 2.7 Carrera, it has become increasingly hard to locate "best-of-the-best" examples. The exceptional example offered here, chassis no. 9113600125, must be considered among the very best examples of the iconic model available anywhere.
Completed at Porsche's Zuffenhausen factory in November of 1972, 9113600125 was the 125th example in the RS 2.7 Carrera model range produced. Being one of the desirable first 500 examples produced, 0125 benefits from being built under the initial homologation directives, and features the thinner gauge sheet metal used in the bodywork, and thinner side windows. Built to the Touring code 472 specifications, 0125 was completed much as it appears today, finished in India red over a black leatherette hounds tooth interior, fitted with both passenger and driver side headrests and seat belts, and equipped with antenna, loudspeakers and a rear fog light. Perhaps the most exciting, and certainly very rare detail on 0125's production record was the "Ducktail-delete" and no "Carrera" script request. Very few RS 2.7 Carrera's were delivered like this, and gives 0125 the ultimate "wolf in sheep's clothing" appearance, and a very uncommon RS badge on the grille, only seen on the "Ducktail-delete" cars.
0125 was built for the home market, and delivered through legendary racing driver and Porsche dealer Otto Glockler practically in the backyard of Porsche itself. On December 15, 1972, an executive at the Stuttgart-based Gradman-Holler, GmbH insurance company became the RS's first owner. 0125 is believed to have remained in this first owner's possession for about two years, amassing some 9,800 kilometers before Otto Glockler Porsche resold the red Carrera on May 27, 1975, to a US Air Force officer, Mr. Thomas Dahlstrom.
Mr. Dahlstrom would keep 0125 for decades. He first brought the car to the US in 1977, an easy task when you are connected in the Air Force! In 1984, Dahlstrom brought the car back to Germany, where he entrusted the Porsche specialists at RUF in Pfaffenhausen for a cosmetic re-commissioning. 0125 had started to rust, as was not uncommon on these early homologation Carrera RS's, as all rust proofing had been spared during production to save weight. 0125 was here repainted in the original color, and a thorough re-commissioning of the mechanical's was carried out, so Dahlstrom could bring the thoroughbred sports car back to the US without worry of having to hunt down a specialty shop to work on the car in the near future. The work carried out at RUF is all neatly summarized in receipts located in 0125's history file, and with a personal letter from Alois Ruf himself describing the work.
In May of 1985, now with 10,386 kilometers on the odometer, Dahlstrom officially imported 0125 into the US, handling all DOT and importation paperwork for the car. Dahlstrom settled in Las Vegas, Nevada, keeping 0125 with him until he passed away and his estate sold the red Carrera in March of 2000, to Mr. Steve Thein of San Diego, California. At this time, the car recorded just 57,600 kilometers on its odometer, a figure that is believed to be the actual original mileage at the time. Mr. Thein kept 0125 for a few years, before selling it on to another Porsche enthusiast, Mr. Richard Moran, of Irvine, California. In need of some service and re-commissioning work, Mr. Moran entrusted noted Porsche specialist shop Andial to do an engine-out service and full brake and suspension service. This work is also neatly documented in 0125's extensive history file, and took place in 2004 at 62,582 kilometers.
In the late 2000s, 0125 was purchased by Mr. Terry Noonan of San Juan Capistrano, California who kept the car until it was purchased by the consignor, an enthusiast from Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2012, 0125 was given the ultimate scrutinizing and evaluation, when it was entered in that year's Porsche Parade. Not surprisingly, 0125 was here awarded a 1st in class.
Today, 0125 presents extremely well, and appears to be a car with integrity and no "stories". With fewer than 70,000 kilometers recorded on its odometer, a figured believed to be original and backed up by service documentation through the years, the RS has been cared for and kept largely original over the years while in the care of a few long-term owners. 0125 retains its original, matching numbers engine, and fit and finish throughout is remarkable. Original paint can be found in many areas under carpets and panels, and with the exception of the later installed all black sport seats the interior is also largely original.
As previously noted, 0125's extensive history file thoroughly documents the lineage of this great Porsche, and includes original paperwork dating back to when the car was new, with copies of the Glockler Porsche purchase agreement, international transport and shipping paperwork, RUF re-commissioning receipts, DOT forms, numerous registration cards from Dahlstroms, and a large quantity of subsequent service and maintenance receipts. Also included is a copy of FIA homologation paperwork for the 911 RS 2.7 Carrera.
Furthermore, 0125 is offered with a full set of tools, the correct spare and jack, owner's manual and supplement, and copies of the car's original pflegepass (warranty card). 0125 has its original alloy rear decklid in place, but a "Ducktail" style lid, painted to match the car, is offered with the car should the new owner desire that signature look. A very good example of the early-production RS 2.7 Carrera, 0125 will serve as a cornerstone, and a go-to driver's car, in nearly any collection.