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*Please note this vehicle is sold on a Bill of Sale. Please note that Porsche historian John Starkey has recently updated his research on this car. According to Mr. Starkey’s corrected provenance, the car was sold from Gerard Meo to Andre Jaussoin in 1976, and then to Phillipe Roux in 1977, and not M. Raymond Touroul, as stated in the catalogue. Please also note that Mr. Starkey has clarified this car’s extensive race history from 1975 until 1979. The auction catalogue’s references and archival images of racing this period should be disregarded, in favor of the following corrected record:
Tour de France Automobile, September 1975, Egretaud / "Fancy", No 198 (10th Overall)
Championnat de France des Rallyes Gr 3 1976 – 1978
Championnat de France de la Montagne Gr 3 1976 - 1978
Monte-Carlo Rally January 1979. Jean Todt / Jean-Pierre Nicolas, No 1 (6th Overall)
Tour de Corse November 1979. A.Copier / J.Laloz, No 29 (4th Overall)
Gerard Meo, France (acquired via Porsche AG in July 1975)Andre Jaussoin, France (acquired from the above in 1976)Phillipe Roux (acquired from the above in 1977)Alméras Frères, Montpellier, France (acquired from the above in 1979)Franco Gasparetti, Italy (acquired circa 1980)J.F. Renault, France (acquired from the above in 1983)Michelle Aoute, Florida (acquired from the above in 1999)Paul Gilbreath, Florida (acquired from the above in 2000)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Tour de France Automobile, September 1975, Egretaud / "Fancy", No 198 (10th Overall)Championnat de France des Rallyes Gr 3 1976 – 1978Championnat de France de la Montagne Gr 3 1976 - 1978Monte-Carlo Rally January 1979. Jean Todt / Jean-Pierre Nicolas, No 1 (6th Overall)Tour de Corse November 1979. A.Copier / J.Laloz, No 29 (4th Overall)
Full of technology developed from purpose-built racing machines, the original Porsche 911 was equipped with advanced 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 specification. Sporting 911 developments reached a crescendo in the early 1970s with such iconic models as the 911 ST and the 1973 Carrera RS and RSR. These legends have become increasingly 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 2.7 RS was the 1974 Carrera 3.0 RS, which was the first factory competition offering based on Porsche’s new G Series body style. When compared to the 1973 model, the newer RS featured – among a host of improvements – larger fender flares, wider wheels, 917-type brakes, and a new aluminum-cased 2,993 cc version of the venerable flat-six engine. Now producing 230 hp, up from 210 hp in 1973, the RS raised the bar in terms of performance capability on both road and track. Porsche produced only 56 examples of the 1974 3.0 RS – which stands in stark contrast to the 1,500 plus 1973 variants – and sold them for the princely sum of $25,000.
In July 1975, the Carrera 3.0 RS presented here was purchased from Porsche as a bare tub, no. 006 0001, by Gerard Meo of France to replace chassis 911 460 9034, which had been damaged in an accident at Dijon. Once the new tub arrived from Porsche, Jean Egretaud – who ran Meo’s racing cars – built the car to full competition specifications and prepared it for the 1975 Tour de France Automobile.
No. 006 0001 made a brilliant debut at the punishing Tour de France Automobile, with Egretaud and “Fancy” driving the Porsche to an impressive 10th Place finish. Following this race, the 3.0 RS was sold to Raymond Touroul, who prepared it for the 1976 season.
The results attained under Touroul’s ownership are simply fantastic for a small private team campaigning a normally aspirated 911 at the highest level of international racing. The most notable result came at the 1976 24 Hours of Le Mans, where the 3.0 RS achieved an exceptional 6th Place overall finish, placing 2nd in Group 5 behind the Martini Works 935. From there, 006 0001 went on to an equally spectacular 2nd Place finish at the 1976 Tour de France Automobile and, later in the season, won the Rallye Critérium des Cévennes and placed 2nd overall and 1st in Class at Rallye du Var.
1977 proved to be another successful year in racing for 006 0001. In June, the 3.0 RS finished 10th overall and 2nd in Class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and fnished 2nd overall in the Rallye Critérium des Cévennes. In 1978, Touroul returned to Le Mans for the third time but was disqualified by the officials, as the 3.0 RS was equipped with a twin-plug engine, illegal for the Group 4 class in which it was entered.
In 1979, Touroul sold 006 0001 to the Alméras Frères team, who registered it in France as “7116 QZ 34.” The 3.0 RS was then sold to Franco Gasparetti and then on to J.F. Renault, who continued to race the car in French club events through the 1990s.
In 1999, 006 0001 relocated to the US, where it was part of two Florida-based collections before being acquired by the consignor. Under the current ownership, Heritage Motorsports in Tampa, Florida, has performed a comprehensive rebuild of the engine, suspension, and braking systems, and carefully prepared the car for use on the road. As offered, 006 0001 is finished in a striking period-correct silver and black color scheme, equipped with proper 3.0 RS components, and offered with a history report compiled by noted Porsche historian John Starkey.
An ideal candidate for the best historic races and rallies, 006 0001 is a well-documented and ideally prepared Carrera 3.0 RS, with an illustrious period racing history that includes Top 10 finishes at both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Tour de France Automobile – two of the most significant motorsport events of the day. For the collector in search of a historic, event-eligible 911 RS, this exceptional car is deserving of serious consideration.