1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé  Chassis no. 9113601500 Engine no. 6631460 (not fitted but offered with the car)

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Lot 273
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé
Chassis no. 9113601500 Engine no. 6631460 (not fitted but offered with the car)

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1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé
Chassis no. 9113601500
Engine no. 6631460 (not fitted but offered with the car)

Footnotes

  • 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. Only 100-or-so cars were delivered to the UK in right-hand drive configuration, of which approximately 17 were Lightweights, the car offered here being one of them.
    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.
    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.
    Manufactured in June 1973, this rare right-hand drive Porsche 911 Carrera RS to 'Lightweight' (M471 Sport) specification was sold new via the AFN dealership in August of that year finished in Grand Prix White with black leatherette trim. It was delivered equipped with 2-stage heated rear window, limited-slip differential, driver's side outside mirror and full harnesses.
    Chris Maltin received the car brand new, later becoming 'Maltin Car Concessionaires of Henley'. The 911 was never registered but converted to 3.0-Litre 'RSR' racing specification (fitted with a 2.8 'RSR' motor, one of the three engines marque specialists Autofarm brought back from the factory in 1974) for David Pennell, for whom Alan Broad raced it in 1974. The car had '3.0-Litre' bodywork, 917-type brakes and centre-lock wheels. Fortunately it was never 'properly' converted to 'RSR' specification and always retained its original suspension and trailing arms, doors, windows, wings (with bonded on flare) and glass. All instruments were retained except the tachometer, which was replaced with a 10,000rpm item to match the higher revving 'RSR' motor.
    The car was sold to John Cooper in 1975 who raced it in international and UK Modsports events. In 1976 it was sold to Mike Fisher whose team Casbah Racing Organisation continued to campaign the Carrera for a further two seasons. Indianapolis 500 winner Danny Sullivan raced the 911 for 'Casbah' at the World Championship for Makes 6-Hour race at Brands Hatch in 1977. Mike informs us it was very competitive and its competition record between 1974 and 1977 involved 47 races with 19 wins, 14 2nd places, three 3rd places, one class win, two class 2nd places and one class 3rd with 11 lap records. According to Mike, the car has never been 'stuffed' and only suffered minor scrapes when racing - incidentally none of them during his ownership!
    In 1978 the Porsche passed to Tony Wingrove who used it for club racing for a year or two. Mike Fisher bought the car back circa 1980, at which time its odometer reading was only 5,500 miles. It then spent the next eight years in storage before Mike commissioned Josh Sadler at Autofarm to restore the car back to its original racing specification and to a very high standard, better than that achieved by Maltin in 1973. At this point the car was registered for the road for the first time. The number chosen was 'RGO 4L', complementing the very well known AFN/Nick Faure racer 'RGO 2L' and another Lightweight 'RGO 3L' that was owner by Sir Anthony Bamford.
    The car was used by Mike on the road during the late 1980s and early '90s, and returned to Autofarm in 1994 for some engine work. In 1995 'RGO 4L' passed to Vernon Lowe, who sold the car to Autofarm following his emigration to the USA in 1996. In 1996/7 Autofarm commenced its restoration, returning the car to standard and correct 'Lightweight' specification; they even reinstalled its original engine, sourced from a much-rallied RS some years previously. The odometer reading at this time was only 8,000 miles.
    Autofarm then sold to car to the current vendor in 1997 and continued to regularly maintain and service it during the early years of his ownership. After a while it was evident that the original engine was tired, so it was decided that a replacement would be built up using a period-correct 1973 911T motor as the basis of the facsimile copy, utilising the ancillaries from the original engine. The cost of the replacement was circa £18,000. The original engine was packaged up and has been in the vendor's possession ever since. In recent years the car has been limited to summer use only and its current odometer reading is only 20,500 miles. Finished in Grand Prix White with blue decals, this ultra-rare and highly desirable right-hand drive Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight is offered with MoT to August 2012 and Swansea V5C registration document.
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1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé  Chassis no. 9113601500 Engine no. 6631460 (not fitted but offered with the car)
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé  Chassis no. 9113601500 Engine no. 6631460 (not fitted but offered with the car)
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé  Chassis no. 9113601500 Engine no. 6631460 (not fitted but offered with the car)
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé  Chassis no. 9113601500 Engine no. 6631460 (not fitted but offered with the car)
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé  Chassis no. 9113601500 Engine no. 6631460 (not fitted but offered with the car)
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé  Chassis no. 9113601500 Engine no. 6631460 (not fitted but offered with the car)
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé  Chassis no. 9113601500 Engine no. 6631460 (not fitted but offered with the car)
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé  Chassis no. 9113601500 Engine no. 6631460 (not fitted but offered with the car)
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé  Chassis no. 9113601500 Engine no. 6631460 (not fitted but offered with the car)
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé  Chassis no. 9113601500 Engine no. 6631460 (not fitted but offered with the car)
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé  Chassis no. 9113601500 Engine no. 6631460 (not fitted but offered with the car)
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé  Chassis no. 9113601500 Engine no. 6631460 (not fitted but offered with the car)
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