1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320

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Lot 133
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé

€ 470,000 - 570,000
US$ 530,000 - 650,000
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification
Chassis no. 911 3600805
Engine no. 6631320
•One of the most iconic Porsches of all time
•Expertly restored in 2004
•Present ownership since 2005
•Enthusiastically campaigned on regularity events
•Registered in Italy

'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 top-of-the-range 911 in 1972/3. Designated Carrera RS (Rennsport), the newcomer was intended as a limited edition 'homologation special' to enable the factory to enter Group 4 competition in the Special GT class, with a minimum build requirement of 500. However, the demand for this fabulous car proved so great that the production run was later extended by another 1,300-or-so units, qualifying the RS to compete also in Group 3, which it would dominate. The Carrera RSR GT-category racer collected overall wins in the World Sportscar Championship at Daytona and the Targa Florio in 1973, defeating 3-litre prototypes from Ferrari, Matra and Mirage-Ford in the process, an outstanding achievement for a production-based car.

Based on a lightened 911S platform, the Carrera RS featured revised suspension and wider rear wheels (beneath flared wheelarches) 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 styling gimmicks, the Carrera's trademark 'duck's tail' spoiler and front air dam made a vital contribution to high-speed stability and represent Porsche's first serious experimentation with aerodynamic devices on a production car. Above all it was the reduction of weight that transformed performance. Lighter body materials and ruthless pruning of non-essentials brought the weight of the Carrera RS down to below 900kg, enabling it to devastate the competition on the racetracks of Europe and the USA.

Private customers wishing to purchase a Carrera RS could choose between two specifications. The Lightweight was intended for competition, whereas those who valued their comfort could specify the Touring package (order number '472') which cost an extra DM 2,500 and offered the luxury of the 911S's trimmed and upholstered interior.

Delivered new in Germany, the car offered here, chassis number '805', is a genuine Carrera RS Touring model that has been converted to 'Lightweight' specification with correct lightweight seats and door cards, and the omission of the rear seats. The Carrera was restored in 2004 by the well known Porsche specialist Marc de Siebenthal in Switzerland. Pictures of the restoration and invoices come with the car, which was acquired by the current vendor in 2005, immediately after the rebuild's completion.

Since then the Carrera has only required routine maintenance and still presents very well indeed. The enthusiastic owner has campaigned the Porsche on numerous regularity events, mainly in Italy, where it performed very well. Events entered include the 2005 Vernasca Silver Flag Hill Climb, the Coppa Pedavena in 2007 and 2008, the 2008 Città di Forli, the 2010 Modena Cento Ore Classic, and numerous Coppa Città di Modena events as well as the Rally Elba Graffiti.

Finished in light yellow with black interior (its original colours), this stunning example of one of the most iconic Porsches ever built is presented in fine fettle and offered with restoration invoices, Porsche Italia certificate, CSAI Fiche (No. 1368), and Italian Carta di Circolazione. It should be noted that the original engine has been replaced with a correct 2.7-litre unit from another 1973 Carrera RS.
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1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring Coupé to 'Lightweight' specification  Chassis no. 911 3600805 Engine no. 6631320
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