Eight-time Daytona and nine-time Sebring veteran
1974 PORSCHE 911 RSR 3.0 CARRERA
Chassis no. 9114609113
2,993cc SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch CIS Timed Fuel Injection
Approximately 330bhp at 8,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Campaigned with distinction from 1974 to 1986
*Featured in several Porsche magazines and books
*Highly competitive in vintage racing and driving events
*Authentically restored by Porsche specialist Jim Torres
*Impressive example of a Porsche racing legend
THE 911 RSR 3.0 CARRERA
Few nameplates in the automotive lexicon are more revered than Carrera, the high-performance Porsche 356 derivative named in honor of the marque's triumphs at the Carrera Panamericana. In use as late as 1967 in the racing 906, the Carrera nomenclature was retired shortly thereafter and remained dormant until late 1972, when Porsche was granted homologation status for a race-prepared version of the sport-tuned 911S.
The new Carrera RS of 1973 shaved considerable weight from the standard 911S with the removal of sound deadeners and insulation, as well as the use of lightweight interior paneling, and fiberglass construction for the bumpers, front and rear spoilers, and the new ducktail wing (or burzel). The RS proved to be so popular that far more cars than the 500 examples required for homologation status were eventually built.
The RS was split into four different subdivisions, including both touring and lightweight sport variants. The most powerful iteration was the new RS mit Rennausstattung, or RSR, a dedicated racecar developed by Norbert Singer, the 33-year old engineer who had been so pivotal in the successes of the 917 longtail coupes. Equipped with a new Type 911/72 2.8-liter motor, 1973 RSR examples were fielded by Porsche's official Martini & Rossi-sponsored team, capturing first-overall at the Targa Florio. The RSR was also offered to a handful of factory-supported teams like Penske Racing and Brumos, for whom Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood took the checkered flag at the 1973 Daytona 24 Hours and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Gregg eventually won both the 1973 Trans-Am and IMSA championships in an RSR.
For 1974, the Carrera RSR continued as a privateer race car only, featuring a new 3.0-liter engine, the Type 911/75, which was bored from the recently enlarged 2.7-liter RS motor. The replacement of a throttle butterfly with slide valve throttle openings increased total power to 330 hp. Popular with road-going customers because of its sheer performance in a legally street-able car, the RSR was trimmed with basic road amenities in roughly 54 cars, while the remaining 55 examples were completed as dedicated lightweight racing cars intended strictly for competition.
Particularly effective in American IMSA GT racing, the RSR Carrera went on to claim outright victories during the 1974 season at the Road Atlanta Six-Hours, the Mid-Ohio Five-Hours, the Daytona 250 Mile Paul Revere, and the Charlotte 300 Miles. The model was prized for its performance and reliability lap after lap, remaining a stubborn competitor in IMSA racing well into the 1980s.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Delivered to New York in October 1974, this breathtaking RSR is likely one of the last produced, given its late chassis number in the build sequence. The car was immediately campaigned by owner Roberto Quintanilla at the 1974 1,000Kms of Mexico City, where he shared driving duties with Daniel Muniz and Juan Carlos Bolanos. After finishing a disappointing 22nd place, it was obvious that much work remained, though progress was made in June 1975 at Mid-Ohio, where Quintanilla and Roberto Gonzales took 3rd overall. A month later at Mid-America, Quintanilla drove the RSR to a 4th overall finish during the second race.
In March 1976, the powerful Porsche arguably turned in its best career performance with a 3rd place finish at Sebring, again with Quintanilla and Gonzales as co-drivers. Following the conclusion of the season, chassis no. 9114609113 was sold to a team consisting of John O'Steen and John Paul, and the two campaigned the car during 1977 with modest success, highlighted by 6th place finishes at Mid-America in May and Mid-Ohio in June. The season-concluding Daytona Finale was a significant one for the car, not because of a particularly strong finish, but because O'Steen's co-driver, Bonky Fernandez, went on to purchase the car heading into the 1978 season.
Under the banner of Mr. Fernandez' Boricua Racing, the RSR began to turn in some seriously competitive outings, garnering 4th overall and 2nd in class at the 1978 Daytona 24 Hours while notably besting several of Porsche's mighty 935 Turbos. 4th overall and 1st-in-class finishes followed at both Sebring and Talladega, and the car netted another 2nd-in-class at Mid-Ohio in August.
The 1979 season yielded more strong finishes, including 5th overall and 1st in class at Sebring, 3rd in class at Laguna Seca, and 4th overall and 1st in class at the Mid-Ohio 500 in July. A year later, as competition grew ever stronger, the Carrera's performances weren't quite as impressive, though Fernandez and Juan Ferrer still managed to finish 5th in the GTO class at the season concluding Daytona finale.
Following the 1980 campaign, the RSR was shelved for most of the 1981 season before being sold from Fernandez's team and raced in the 1981 season finale at Daytona by M.L. Speers and Terry Wolters, who ran the car once more at the 1982 Daytona season opener. By April 1982, the RSR has been acquired by W/S Enterprises, with Ken Madren and Denny Wilson piloting it through the majority of the season. Top performances for the season included 4th-in-class finishes at Charlotte in May and Mid-Ohio in September.
Pegasus Racing acquired 9114609113 for the 1983 season, and drivers Paul Gilgan, Al Leon, and Wayne Pickering were instrumental in 5th-in-class finishes at Daytona and Sebring, as well as a 4th-in-class at Mosport in August. Beginning the 1984 campaign under the banner of Team Dallas, the drivers raced at Daytona and finished 6th in the GTO class. With the RSR's most competitive days behind it, it was raced less frequently over the next three years, though it still proved its mettle with 3rd-in-class finishes at the 12-Hours of Sebring in 1985 and 1986, the latter of which included an impressive 14th overall finish, a remarkable feat given the racecar was twelve years old by that time.
In 1986, 9114609113 was purchased by collector Thomas Linton of Santa Monica, California, and his logbook for the car shows outings at Willow Springs and Riverside during 1988. In 1990, the fabulous race car was delivered to Porsche specialist Jim Torres of Burbank, California for a complete restoration. After being exhibited in a refurbished state at Laguna Seca in October 1990, the car was used quite sparingly, participating in just a handful of events over the next twelve years. In 2001, the RSR was acquired by Stanton Beck of Seattle, Washington, who ran the car in the Pacific Northwest Vintage and Historic races in 2001 and 2002.
Acquired more recently by the consignor, this Carrera RSR 3.0 is the spitting image of Zuffenhausen excellence in its classic livery of Grand Prix White over a spartan black interior. The RSR was the subject of a rollicking feature article by John Glynn that appeared in issue 71 of Total 911 The Porsche Magazine. Also photographically depicted in Hal Thoms' 2001 book, Porsche Racing Milestones 356 to 962, 9114609113 is very well known in the RSR community.
A dependable workhorse racecar with characteristic longevity, this Porsche toiled with distinction from 1974 to 1986, amassing a total of eight appearances at Daytona and nine at Sebring. Stuttgart racing connoisseurs can look forward to enjoying the peerless performance of the Carrera's 3.0-liter engine in any number of vintage events, or may eagerly anticipate competitive exhibition at major Concours and Porsche club corrals, where the RSR will surely quicken the beating hearts of marque enthusiasts.