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Lot 30

2014   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2014

1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS

SOLD $1,001,000

Estimate

$900,000 - $1,200,000

Chassis

9114609026

Car Highlights

Widely Regarded as the Ultimate Dual-Purpose 911
One of Only 56 Examples Built
Extensive Period Competition History
Presented in Defnitive White and Gold Livery
Eligible for the Finest Historic Races and Rallies

Technical Specs

2,993 CC SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
230 HP at 6,200 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Vented and Cross-Drilled Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with MacPherson Struts and Torsion Bars
Independent Rear Suspension with Semi-Trailing Arms and Torsion Bars

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that this vehicle is sold on a Bill of Sale.

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Kd. Bonnemaison, France (acquired new in 1974 via Sonauto)Alméras Frères Dealership, France (acquired from the above)M. Beidel (acquired from the above)Garage Jofroy, Marseilles, France (acquired from the above in 1982)Dr. Jacoby (acquired from the above in January 1986)Patrick Bels (acquired from the above in June 1986)The Albert Obrist Collection, Switzerland (acquired from the above in 1988)David Mohlman, Miami, Florida (acquired from the above in January 2005)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2007)

Montseny, September 14, 1975, Bonnemaison (1st in Class)Montseny, May 23, 1976, Bonnemaison (2nd in Class)Andorra-Botella, August 29, 1976, Bonnemaison (1st in Class)Ampus, March 27, 1977, Bonnemaison (2nd in Class)Montseny, May 22, 1977, Bonnemaison (2nd in Class)Serra de Estrela, May 29, 1977, Bonnemaison (1st in Class)Bolzano-Mendola, July 3, 1977, Bonnemaison (2nd in Class)Trento Bondone, July 10, 1977, Bonnemaison ( 2nd in Class)Dobratsch, July 17, 1977, Bonnemaison (2nd in Class)Andorra-Botella, July 31, 1977, Bonnemaison (8th Overall, 2nd in Class)Mont Dore, August 7, 1977, Bonnemaison (3rd in Class)

Porsche’s sports racing cars and prototypes – such as the 550 Spyder, Carrera 6, 908, and 917 – are well documented as innovative leaders in technology and design, but it was the 911 that brought Porsche’s racing successes closer to the grasp of the everyday buying public than ever before. Full of technology developed from their purpose-built racing machines, the 911 was fitted with features such as dry-sump lubrication and an overhead-cam flat six-cylinder engine that was tailor-made for racing, even in standard road-car specifications. Early 911 racing variants were equipped with little more than modified exhaust systems and racing tires, which didn’t keep them from winning such events as the Monte Carlo Rally and the Marathon de la Route in the model’s first few years of existence. Sporting 911 developments reached a crescendo in the early 1970s with such iconic models as the 911 ST and 1973 Carrera RS and RSR. These legends have become incredibly sought-after prizes in the collector car hobby, both for their historical significance and competence as performance machinery.

Following directly in the footsteps of the iconic 1973 Carrera RS was the 1974 Carrera 3.0 RS, which was the first factory competition offering based on Porsche’s new “G Series” body that debuted that year to comply with US bumper height regulations. When compared to the 1973 model, the newer RS featured, among a host of improvements, wider fender fares, larger wheels, and brakes that were based on the units fitted to the 917, and a new aluminum-cased 2,993 cc version of the 911’s venerable fat-six engine. Now producing 230 hp, up from 210 hp in 1973, the RS raised the bar in terms of performance and capability, whether for road or track use.

Porsche produced only 56 examples of the 1974 3.0 RS – which stands in stark contrast to the nearly 1,500 1973 variants – and sold them for the princely sum of $25,000. A further 55 of the 1974 three-liter wonders were delivered in even more extreme RSR specification, with a twin-plug racing version of the three-liter engine producing 330 hp, wide fiberglass fender fares, and magnesium center-lock racing wheels similar to those on the 917.

According to factory records, the 3.0 RS offered here was delivered new to the legendary Porsche distributor Sonauto in Paris before being sold to its first owner, Kd. Bonnemaison. Bonnemaison raced the car extensively in French hill climb events – where it was most often classified as a Group 3 entry – before selling it to the Alméras Frères dealership in France following the 1977 racing season.

Alméras Frères reportedly raced the car in Group 4 competition before selling the RS to M. Beidel. From there, the car would pass through a number of successive and documented owners before ending up in the well-known collection of Albert Obrist in Geneva, Switzerland. The car was completely restored in 2004 to factory-new specification before being sold to Porsche enthusiast David Mohlman in 2005. Since 2007, the 3.0 RS has been a part of a prominent Texas collection focused on rare competition Porsches.

Superlatives can only go so far as to describe the experience of owning and using one of the finest dual-purpose Porsche 91 1s ever produced. Capable of thrilling its occupants on both road and track, the 3.0 RS is a machine that one must experience to fully appreciate. Eligible for prestigious historic events worldwide and significantly more rare than its lauded predecessor from 1973, this 1974 Carrera 3.0 RS should be on the very shortest of lists for the enthusiastic Porsche collector.