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Presented here is one of the finest examples of the legendary Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RSs available today. Not only is its splendid appearance and great originality worthy of note, this Porsche boasts highly prized specifications and matching numbers.
Constructed in March 1973, this desirable second-series Carrera 2.7 RS Sport or Lightweight carries the distinction of being the 119th of just 240 such examples. Finished in striking special order Grand Prix White (2201) with blue wheels and accents, Black (11) leatherette interior, and lightweight bucket seats, the RS is both rare in color scheme and particularly handsome. Of total production, just 205 Porsche Carrera 2.7 RSs of all specifications were finished in this fantastic color combination. With metric instruments, the RS Lightweight was further specified for German delivery.
While the Carrera’s earliest history is unknown, this very original and pure example was eventually imported to the US and is thought to have been featured in the Blackhawk Automotive Museum of Danville, California. Sold some time later to a private California collector, the car then passed to Canepa Design, where it was mechanically sorted and highly detailed. This work included an alignment service, brake system rebuild, restoration of the gauges, and other minor servicing.
As a favorite amongst a significant private California collection since 2009, this RS Lightweight has been sparingly used and expertly maintained. Most importantly, the Carrera has been prized and enjoyed for its exceptional originality.
While many Carrera 2.7 RSs, both Touring and Lightweights alike, were used for motor sport or otherwise heavy and spirited use, an example of this purity is seldom seen today. Fitted with its numbers-matching engine and transaxle, the mechanical components are original and have been thoroughly maintained and detailed.
The Carrera’s interior is exceptionally tidy yet retains significant originality. It is believed that the door panels and headliner are original, while the seats and carpet have been expertly re-trimmed. The trunk appears similarly well preserved, and Porsche experts would note numerous rarely seen details of originality, including the breather-tube retaining clip on the cardboard cover of the fuse box.
In addition to the opening compartments, the Porsche’s underside is clean and straight, and retains a majority of its original finishes, and the running gear proves fresh and orderly. The engine compartment is highly detailed and quite correct, as one should expect from an RS of this quality.
Of particular note, this Carrera 2.7 RS boasts a significant majority of original finishes, highlighting an existence of gentle use and regular care. It should also be noted that the car retains the original, alloy-framed ducktail spoiler. While the front and rear bumpers, the bottoms of the rockers, and perhaps the ducktail appear refinished, much of the paint is otherwise believed to be original. In any event, the exterior carries a uniform appearance of gentle patina, with a sharp overall level of presentation.
This particular Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS, with its Lightweight specification and significant purity, is surely among the best remaining examples. While the Lightweight is the most sought-after iteration, this second-series car additionally benefits from the upgrades made during production while boasting the thin-gauge unibody used only on the first and second series. For those in search of a Carrera 2.7 RS, the Lightweight presented here is one of the finest 911s to be presented at auction. The quality of this particular example is a testament to the marque and the legend of the Carrera 2.7 RS.
The Carrera RS
The Carrera 2.7 RS of 1973 was conceived as a pure homologation special, as Porsche needed to build 500 road-going examples to qualify the new car for Group 4 GT racing. The RS was a substantially modified variant of the already potent 2.4-liter 911 S. By increasing displacement, introducing various weight- saving measures, stiffening the suspension, and fitting aerodynamic aids, Porsche created an unrivaled sports car.
The overall performance was sensational with 0 to 60 mph times under six seconds, 0 to 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, which is something that could not always be said of early 911s.
In total, just 1,580 RS models were built, of which 240 were the more desirable, race- oriented M471 Sport or Lightweight models. Despite its limited production run, the Carrera 2.7 RS remains one of the most important and popular Porsches of all time. Like its Carrera RSR brethren, many of the Carrera 2.7 RSs were enjoyed for competition use, where their perfect road manners brought their drivers great success.