1973 Porsche 911

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1973
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    42
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

Belgian title
Engine n� 6631299

- Meticulous restoration
- Matching numbers & colours
- Touring version, greater comfort
- One of the best Porsche 911s ever

"Carrera RS" : pronounce these words in front of a Porsche fan and their face will light up in a broad smile. No wonder: this evolution of the 911 is one of the most celebrated. It was the first true " competition-client " version of the 911 and became one of Porsche's most successful models in racing. Even today it is considered to be one of the best 911s ever. Its Carrera name, previously reserved for the most powerful 356s, came from the Porsche class win in the 1953 Panamericana and the letters RS stand for " Rennsport ", sport-competition. In developing this machine, the manufacturer turned to the formula it had already mastered : reducing the weight on the one hand and increasing the power on the other. These improvements were accompanied by aesthetic modifications, such as wider rear wings to accommodate the large wheels. Additionally, the aerodynamics were enhanced with the addition of a 'duck tail' rear spoiler that the car would become known for. For the interior, clients could choose between the " Touring " spec with a passenger compartment that resembled the standard 911 S, or the " Lightweight " version that was stripped to the essentials to reduce the weight even further.
Sufficiently well designed to cater for different requirements, both touring and competition, the Carrera RS met with an unexpected level of commercial success : when the doors to the Paris Motor Show opened in 1972, where the car was presented for the first time, Porsche had already taken 51 orders for the lightweight version and, by the end of the Show, the 500 examples required for homologation in Group 4 had already sold. The final number built exceeded 1500 enabling the Carrera RS also to be homologated in Group 3 (Touring), where it was unrivalled. Strengthened by this incredible success, the model evolved to incorporate new features, in line with racing regulations, maintaining the " competition-client " tradition that few other marques have been able to match as consistently. This has undoubtedly played a part in the manufacturer's success today.

The car on offer is a Touring version. Sold new in Switzerland, it was delivered on 8 July 1973 to Mr Hans Wieser, who kept the car for 16 years. It was then bought in 1989 by Mr Scemana, also from Switzerland, The invoices for the work he had carried out are in the file. In 2003 the car was imported to France by the company Jet Set Car, who sold it to M. Ren� Bouverat. Bouverat had a complete restoration carried out by the German specialist FVD Fahrzeugtechnick, the bills for which appear in the file, before selling it to the current owner. In addition to the comprehensive file of invoices, this car comes with its "Pflegepass" and the service book, stamped for services recommended by the manufacturer. There is a certificate from Porsche stating that the car was delivered in "glasur-blau 6666", with black velours and vinyl interior, with head rests for the front seats, radio aerial on the left-hand side, "Europa US Band" Becker radio, and storage space in place of rear seats.
This is an excellent example of the " Touring " version, less radical and more comfortable than the " lightweight " and represents a wonderful opportunity to buy one of Porsche's most iconic 911s.
This Porsche 2.7L RS has been inspected by Mark Waring of Rennsport Classics Ltd who confirmed the authenticity and quality of this RS Touring. His full report is available on request.