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The Carrera RS
The Carrera RS of 1973 was conceived as a pure homologation special, as Porsche needed to build 500 road-going examples to qualify the model for Special GT Group 4 racing regulations. The new Carrera was a substantially modified variation of the already potent 2.4-liter 911 S. By increasing displacement to 2.7 liters, introducing various weight-saving measures, stiffening the suspension, and fitting aerodynamic aids, Porsche created an unrivaled sports car.
Overall performance was sensational, with 0–60 mph times under six seconds, 0–100 mph times under 13 seconds, and a top speed of 150 mph. Beyond its impressive power, the RS was nimble, responsive, and forgiving at the limit, something that could not always be said of early 911 models. The muscular design was so popular upon introduction that the initial planned run of 500 cars quickly sold out during the Paris Motor Show where the car officially debuted.
In total, just 1,580 examples of the 1973 Carrera RS were eventually built, 1,340 of which were equipped as the more tractable, street-ready M472 Touring variants. Though similar in outward appearance and interior to the 911 S, the Touring cars had flared fenders and a Bürzel (ducktail) spoiler, unmistakable Carrera features. The M472 was also equipped with numerous mechanical components common to the lightweight RS, such as forged alloy wheels, thinner-gauge Glaverbel glass, forged alloy front-axle supports, reinforced rear-axle trailing arms, and gas shock absorbers.
In addition to its general brilliance as an unequaled sports car for the road, the Carrera RS is notable as the foundation of the race-winning RSR examples tuned by Weissach’s legendary Norbert Singer, then just 30 years old. Desirably rare, the 2.7 Carrera RS remains one of the most enduringly popular vintage Porsches ever, and its timeless design and powerful Carrera motor only continue to improve with age.
This sparingly used and exactingly restored example of Porsche’s legendary Carrera RS claims factory authenticity and a known chain of ownership, adding documented history to its prodigious mechanicals. Completing production in February 1973, this 911 received the standard Carrera modifications, including the deletion of sound deadeners and the specification of the 2.7-liter Carrera engine.
One of just 87 Carrera examples finished in Signal Yellow, this car was trimmed by the factory with a black vinyl and cloth interior, and was soon delivered to its first owner of record, a resident of Luxembourg. The 911 remained in his possession for approximately 10 years until it was purchased in April 1983 by an Indianapolis-based Porsche collector and imported to the US. At that time displaying only 60,021 km (37,300 miles), the RS was stored in the company of the owner’s select collection of important Porsches, and maintained with occasional exercise as needed.
In 1987, the Carrera was sold to a marque enthusiast in Ohio who commissioned a full mechanical restoration that included a complete rebuild of the engine and transmission by 911 connoisseur Bob Farmer, whose Farmer’s Automotive in Greenfield, Indiana, has specialized in Porsche repairs for over 34 years. The opportunity was taken to address cosmetic aspects as well, and the body was stripped to bare metal and repainted in the proper factory-correct shade of Signal Yellow. The work was completed by Blackburn-Daly, the well-known custom Porsche fabricators in Chicago, with John Blackburn overseeing the final assembly. Since restoration, the car has been properly garaged and consistently serviced as needed for approximately 20 years, with regular exercise including occasional visits to local concours.
Upon acquisition by the consignor, the Carrera was thoroughly inspected, with all stampings carefully noted, including the engine case number, transmission number, and paint codes. After sourcing a Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche, it was discovered that this 911 still retains the original matching-numbers drivetrain. The car has accrued approximately 4,800 miles since being imported to the US, and the powerful 2.7-liter Carrera engine obviously promises many more miles of exciting use.
Well-documented and minimally used examples of the mighty Carrera RS don’t appear on the open market with any kind of frequency, making this car’s rare availability a particularly serendipitous opportunity for Porsche connoisseurs and sports car generalists alike. Of all the early Carreras, the 1973 RS figures as perhaps the most historically prominent model, the platform from which many more powerful and significant competition 911 variants emerged.
Fabulous in its factory-correct livery, right down to the stylish Carrera script along the door sills, this invigorating Porsche would make a fantastic addition to any collection. It offers both visceral performance and acclaim at PCA events and vintage rallies, as one of the most important road cars ever to emanate from Zuffenhausen’s revered stable.