1973 Porsche 911

Carrera RS

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1973
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    other
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

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Full nut and bolt, concours-quality restoration

Matching numbers engine and transmission

Upgraded to M471 Lightweight specifications using Porsche factory components

Purchased and verified by Dr. Georg Konradsheim, leading Carrera RS expert

1,477 miles since restoration in 2009

Has Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

Includes books, tools, compressor, spare and service documents

The Carrera RS is one of the most revered cars in the Porsche lineage, and is regarded as one of

the finest sports cars of the 1970's. Revealed at the 1972 Paris Auto Show, it was a factory

special built to meet the homologation rules of FIA Group 4 racing. The RS ("Rennsport") was

almost invincible at Le Mans, Daytona and the Targa Florio, often winning outright against pure

racing prototypes. It's not often you would see the same car on the podium one day, and

passing you on the open road the next. The RS is conclusive proof that one of Porsche's

greatest skills was building a car that was immensely competitive at the track, and equally

useable as a street car.

This Carrera RS was originally built on February 23rd, 1973 and delivered to Porsche Austria in

Salzburg whose owner and principal kept the Carrera RS as part of their collection until October

of 1974. It was subsequently sold to the owner of Unit Pictures and stayed in his family until

February of 1979. Rainer Roth purchased the car who then kept the RS for the next 23 years.

After taking possession of the car, Roth decided to convert his M472 touring car to a M471

lightweight. Rainer worked for one of the Porsche distributors in Austria, having access to the

parts needed to convert the Carrera RS. Taking extreme care to use only original (NOS) factory

parts, including rare sport lightweight seats, lightweight carpets and door panels, clock plug,

etc., he ensured that his car was exactly correct. Once the conversion was completed, Roth

drove the car until November of 1995, when he saw the long-term collectability of the car and

put it in storage. In 2002 he parted ways with his beloved RS and made its way to the U.S. that

year. The deal was brokered by the author of the definitive book on the Carrera RS, Dr. Georg

Konradsheim.

In 2009 Gunnar Racing was tasked with doing some work on the RS and ended up performing a

full ground up, nut-and-bolt restoration. The car was stripped down to its bare tub, with each of

its individual systems and parts taken apart and restored piece by piece using only Porsche

parts. The original, numbers matching engine was rebuilt and the matching transmission was

serviced. All of its original parts were replated or refinished, along with its gauges restored and

interior reupholstered. The RS was painted in its factory original Tangerine orange color, and

the decision was made to keep the car in its lightweight trim that it received in 1979. As with all

of Gunnar's restorations the work is meticulous and detailed.

In December of 2013 Canepa sold the car to its most recent owner who kept it in pristine

condition, adding few miles during his ownership. The Carrera RS returned to Canepa in 2019,

in the same fantastic condition that it was when it left. The car received a full mechanical

inspection and concours-level detailing as part of the "Canepa Difference" process. With a clean

bill of health, the car was washed and its Tangerine orange paint polished to a show finish with

a sheen only capable by orange cars. Now offered for sale again, step into this 911 Carrera RS

and understand why these cars are rightly held on a pedestal as part of the all-time greats.