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From The Dobbs Motorsports CollectionSusan Miller, Pleasantville, New Jersey (acquired in the early 1980s)David Mohlman, Miami, Florida (acquired from the above circa 1997)Michael Bruno, Rye, New York (acquired from the above in 1999)J. Tucker Morse, Charleston, South Carolina (acquired from the above in 2002)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2011)
Devised as a homologation special that would allow Porsche to campaign the mighty Carrera RSR, the initial Carrera RS examples featured many of the race car’s components, including a thin-gauge steel body and a stiffer suspension. Porsche eventually built 1,525 examples of the Carrera RS, of which 1,308 were finished in M472 Touring trim. Though envisioned as road cars, these desirable touring variants were still equipped with many of the components from the M471 RS lightweight version, including the bürzel (ducktail) spoiler, flared fenders, forged alloy wheels, and gas shock absorbers. This third-series example of the legendary Carrera RS benefits from an early life of gentle use in Europe, followed by a short chain of dedicated American owners.
The name of the first owner is currently unknown, but according to a note from a subsequent owner in the car’s file, chassis 1510 is believed to have been purchased new by a resident of southern Italy who kept the car for close to 10 years. In the early 1980s, the Porsche was imported to the US by Susan Miller, the proprietor of Rainbow Autowerks, a specialty garage in Pleasantville, New Jersey. Ms. Miller set about a comprehensive restoration that, according to her notes, included the rebuild of the Type 911/83 engine with new pistons, liners, and fuel injectors, and an overhaul of the gearbox.
An oil cooler from a Turbo model was installed, the hardware was replated, new anodized trim was fitted, leather sport seats were added, and the body was treated to a bare-metal refinish in proper Glasurit paint. The restored 911 was then entered in numerous PCA shows from Baltimore to New York, usually earning a class win.
Circa 1997, Ms. Miller sold the Carrera RS to respected Porsche collector David Mohlman of Miami, and he sold the car in late 1999 to Michael Bruno of Rye, New York. Invoices suggest Mr. Bruno continued to carefully attend to the car, including the installation of new carpeting, before selling the 911 in 2002 to J. Tucker Morse of Charleston, who frequently serviced it at Autometrics, a local specialty house.
After purchasing the Porsche from Mr. Morse in June 2011, James K. Dobbs III continued the car’s consistent care by addressing many trim elements and commissioning Pat Williams German Auto in Memphis, Tennessee, to rebuild the engine, the shifter, and the fuel-injection system in early 2012. Afterward, the Carrera RS was entered in the 2012 New England 1000 rally.
This outstanding example of Porsche’s celebrated homologation special is ideal for entry in PCA driving events and exhibitions. It would make a superlative addition to any sporting collection, inviting the consideration of Stuttgart enthusiasts worldwide.