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Lot 14

2015   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2015

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Touring

SOLD $660,000

Estimate

$700,000 - $800,000

Chassis

9113600631

Engine

6630645

Car Highlights

The Most Iconic and Revered Classic 911 Model
Desirable European-Delivery, Second-Series 2.7 RS
One of Just 87 Examples Originally Finished in Signal Yellow
Beautifully Presented and Retaining Matching-Numbers Engine
Ideal for PCA Concours and Driving Events

Technical Specs

2,681 CC Type 911/83 SOHC Flat-6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
210 BHP at 6,300 RPM
5-Speed Type 915 Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with MacPherson Struts
Rear Torsion-Bar Suspension
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Original Owner, Luxembourg (acquired new in February 1973)Mr. Eiteljorg, Indianapolis, Indiana (acquired in April 1983)Private Collection, Ohio (acquired from the above in 1987)William Ockerlund, Holland, MichiganCurrent Owner (acquired from the above)

A well-known and highly regarded Carrera 2.7 RS, this desirable second-series variant is an impressive example of Porsche’s legendary 1970s supercar. All told, Porsche built just 1,580 of these world-class sports cars, all but 200 of which were delivered in M472 or Touring specification, which was far better suited for road use.

One of only 87 examples originally finished in Signal Yellow, this RS Touring was built in February 1973, equipped from new with Pirelli CN36 tires and standard seats, trimmed in black leatherette with corduroy inserts, and fitted with driver and passenger headrests. Delivered new to a resident of Luxembourg, presumably through official distributor garage Martin Losch, this Carrera RS is believed to have remained in the hands of its first owner for approximately 10 years.

In April 1983, Mr. Eiteljorg, an Indianapolis-based Porsche collector, purchased the 911 in Europe and imported it to the US. At the time of his acquisition, the 2.7 RS reportedly showed just 60,021 km (approximately 37,300 miles) on the odometer. In 1987, the Carrera was sold to a collector in Ohio, who commissioned extensive restoration work that included a rebuild of the engine and transaxle by Bob Farmer of Farmer’s Automotive in Greenfield, Indiana. The opportunity was taken to address cosmetic aspects as well, and the body was stripped and repainted in the factory-correct shade of Signal Yellow. The cosmetic work was entrusted to Blackburn-Daly Ltd. in Indianapolis, with John Blackburn overseeing the final assembly.

The beautifully restored RS remained a fixture in several prominent Midwest collections until 2013, when it was sold to the current owner, an East Coast collector with a passion for the finest European sports and racing cars. During his ownership, the consignor sent the Carrera RS to Flat 6 Gallery in Hernando, Florida, where the engine was re-sealed and the undercarriage carefully detailed. An invoice documenting this recent work accompanies the sale of the car, as does a tool roll, owner’s manual, and a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.

Well-restored and carefully maintained Carrera RSs don’t appear on the open market frequently, making this car’s availability a particularly exciting opportunity. Of all the early 911 variants produced from 1964 to 1973, the Carrera 2.7 RS figures as perhaps the most historically important and iconic model, as it is the platform from which many more powerful and significant competition 911 variants emerged.

Striking in its factory-correct Signal Yellow livery, highlighted by the stylish optional Carrera script, this desirable second-series 2.7 RS Touring will make a fantastic addition to any collection, as an exceptionally versatile and rewarding sports car. It promises both visceral performance and acclaim at marque gatherings, in addition to being one of the most revered and imitated Porsches ever built.