The 1970s represented a truly 'rich vein' of Motorsport success for Porsche, regulation changes to 'level the playing field' only tested their resolve and ingenuity. The Porsche 917 was rendered obsolete by late 1972, with rule changes to the World Sportscar Championship now geared for prototypes. Without sufficient time to respond and complete a build program, Porsche switched their attention to the European GT Championship, developing still further the successfull 2.7 RS. If ever there was justice, it prevailed in early 1973 when a Porsche 2.8 RSR, virtually 'out of the box', won the 24hrs of Daytona - a field littered with Prototypes. Unsurprisingly, it totally dominated European GTs (considering its 911 underpinnings, a remarkable achievement). The 911 RSR derivatives would remain a 'nemesis' to manufacturers for a decade. Porsche entries won all of the 'blue ribbon' events - Le Mans, Daytona, Sebring, etc. with regularity.
Offered here is a 1972 Porsche 911 2.7 RS replica based on a German market, Porsche 911E 2.4 delivered new by Reinhardt OHG of Ratingen. Allegedly, its first owner was an American serviceman who specified various options to his Light Yellow 911E. The Letter of Authenticity lists sports seats, roll bars and black Porsche side decals. Today this 911 presents as, every inch, a completely rebuilt RS to Lightweight specification with GRP wings, bumpers, bonnet and interior seats with competition belts. The engine is modified along with the suspension and a rebuilt limited slip differential. The wheels are 8x15 rears and 7x15 Fuchs fronts. This recreation was the pet project of a renowned Porsche specialist, who intended the car for fast road use and occasional competition.
The history file contains bills from various suppliers, but importantly a series of invoices from marque specialists, Francis Tuthill Ltd. The invoices run from 2009 to 2011 and catalogue expenditure on the engine and gearbox, with the emphasis on reliability. The work amounted to circa £15,000 and this is evident in the way the RS drives today. Lots of further detail abouts this cars full specification can be found in the file. It's MoT'd until October 2016.
The 1973 RSL and RSRs just get better looking and more desirable as the years go by, and with that superb marriage of form and function, I can't imagine they will ever look out of date.
This is a pretty, fast and well-sorted evocation of a '73 RSL and with the originals being offered at up to 10 times our guide price here, it's worthy of serious consideration.