1973 Porsche 911 RS Lightweight  Chassis no. 9113601496
Lot 245
1973 Porsche 911 RS Lightweight
Sold for £830,300 (US$ 1,109,826) inc. premium

Lot Details
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1973 Porsche 911 RS Lightweight
Registration no. RUF 245M
Chassis no. 9113601496
*One of only 17 right-hand drive UK-supplied cars
*In-period rally competition history
*Well documented ownership
*Restored by AFN in the late 1990s
*Engine rebuilt in 2007
*Little used and well maintained since completion

Footnotes

  • The car offered here is one of only 17 right-hand drive Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight cars supplied to the UK in 1972/73. A late example, chassis number '1496' was supplied in June 1973 to Isaac Agnew, the official Porsche dealer in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Built to UK (C16) specification and finished in Grand Prix White with Carrera logos in red and black leatherette interior, it was ordered with the options of a heated rear window, limited-slip differential, door mirror, seat belts, and a fixed spoiler with additional wing. The Porsche remained with Agnew Motors and took part in several competitions driven by David Agnew, including the Donegal International Rally in 1973.

    The following year, the Carrera came to England via Bridge Street Motors, Leicester and was registered on the 1st June 1974 with the number 'RUF 245M', which it retains. Between February 1975 and September 1975 the RS competed in six rallies. The Armstrong Forest Rally and Dukeries Rally saw the car retire due to timing belt and con-rod failures respectively. This prompted an engine replacement by Porsche with engine number 'AT 6630771', believed as a gesture of good will.

    In 1976, via dealer Michael Fisher, the Carrera went to marque specialists Autofarm, who flared the wheelarches and refinished it in red, the former modification being common at that time to make the car look like an RSR. Changing hands again, in 1977 the Porsche passed via dealer Brian Classic to Nigel Hume, a well-known collector and historic racer. Nigel raced the car in the 750 Motor Club's 6-hour relay in 1977. In March 1981 the RS joined the collection of Graham and Judy Nicholls, based in Edenbridge, Kent, and remained in their possession until 1998.

    In the late 1990s, collector David Bennett decided to replace his 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring with a Lightweight model, and commissioned AFN Heritage specialist Jeff Moyes to find him one. Jeff Moyes heard of 'RUF 245M' via a previous owner, Nigel Hume. The Porsche was being sold by Judy Nicholls together with the other cars in the collection. Following a promising inspection, the purchase was completed.

    Over the following two years, a restoration to original specification was carried out by Moto Technique, overseen by Jeff Moyes of AFN. Numerous invoices in the history file document the work in detail. Parts were either refurbished or replaced by Porsche, while the bodywork was entrusted to Moto Technique - well known experts in the field - with all replacement panels supplied by AFN. Correspondence and photographs chart the progress of this work. A notable letter on file from Moto Technique head, Kevin O'Rourke, written in January 1999 following the strip-down, describes the main bodyshell as in excellent original condition, indicating that this car had had a relatively easy life.

    The car was restored to its original specification, great care being taken to ensure the authenticity of all parts and finishes used, the only exception being the installation of RS Safari seats. Originally made for the 1973 works RS rally cars, these very rare seats were designed to remain comfortable and supportive over long distances and rough terrain.

    The restoration was finally completed in 2000. Over the following 12 years, the car saw minimal use, covering only some 1,000 dry miles while being stored in a purpose-built heated motor house. It was fastidiously maintained during this period, returning to Porsche every year for maintenance, initially to AFN and in later years to Porsche Wilmslow. A dealer well known for its expertise with classic models, Porsche Wilmslow completely rebuilt the engine in 2007 (not done at time of restoration as it was not deemed necessary) and the associated invoice for £20,000 is on file.

    In July 2012 the Carrera was purchased by its present owner and since then has been regularly serviced by BS Motorsport. Chassis number '1496' remains in excellent condition following its 1990 restoration, subsequent light road use and regular maintenance by Porsche.

    The Carrera RS Lightweight is widely regarded as the finest road car produced by Porsche, and considered by many to be one of the greatest of all post-war road cars. Offered with current MoT, a V5C registration document, and the aforementioned extensive history file, '1496' represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a rare, right-hand drive example of this ultimate 911 in generally excellent order.


    Saleroom Notice

    Since the sale catalogue went to press, Bonhams has been contacted by this car's first owner, Don Nelson, who has provided us with following information.

    Don bought the car, new and unused, from the Isaac Agnew company in Belfast, who were the Porsche importers for Northern Ireland. They had imported more than one Carrera RS, but this car was not the one that competed in the Donegal Rally. Incidentally, Don's Volkswagen dealership in Leicester was Bridge Motor Works, not Bridge Street Motors.

    The Carrera was registered new in Leicester as 'RBC 2M', which number was still on the car when Don sold it. In 1973, '74 and '75, Don competed in many national and home international rallies with the Porsche. He ran it in two national series: the Castrol/Autosport Championship, and the Cars & Car Conversions (CCC) series, together with the Welsh, Scottish, Burmah, Mintex, Castrol, and other home internationals.

    The engine did destroy itself (a con-rod failed) and was replaced by a new factory item. There was no 'goodwill' from Porsche, as the car was being used for competition. Don sold the Carrera to a well-known Ferrari (and other makes) collector, and it was at his request that all the rally equipment (roll cage, under-shields, etc) was removed. The car was painted black and retained its 'RBC 2M' registration. Don remembers seeing it at a Silverstone club meeting a year or two later; it was still black but had extended wings to accommodate wide wheels and race tires.

    Bonhams would like to thank Don Nelson for his assistance in this matter.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that since the sale catalogue went to press, Bonhams has been contacted by this car's first owner; Don Nelson, who has provided us with further information on the car that can be viewed in the history file. Equally, you may read it on our website, just below the main catalogue description.
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