1973 Porsche 911Carrera 2.7L RS Lightweight
- Year of manufacture1973
- Car typeCoupé
- Lot number85
- Exterior colourRed
- Fuel typePetrol
Chassis n° 9113600555
Engine Type 911/83, n° 6630536
Gearbox Type 915/08, n°7830547
- Extensive, high quality restoration
- Original engine and Blutorange colour
- Extremely rare genuine Lightweight
- Sold new in Italy
"Carrera RS" : say these words to a Porsche enthusiast and their face will light up in a smile. No wonder, as this is one of the most important evolutions of the 911. It was the first real " competition-client " version of the 911 and one of the most successful in competition. Today, it is still considered to be one of the best 911s ever built. The Carrera name, used for the most powerful 356s, came from the Porsche class win in the 1953 Carrera Panamerica and RS stands for " Rennsport " or competition sport. To develop this machine, the constructor relied on a tried and tested formula : reducing the weight and increasing the power. Added to this were aesthetic modifications, such as extended rear wheel arches to accommodate wider wheels. Aerodynamic improvements to the car included a rear " duck tail " spoiler, that became its signature piece. For the interior, clients could choose between a " Touring " finish similar to the 911 S production model, or " Lightweight ", which was stripped out to reduce the weight further.
With a design suitable for both road and track, the Carrera RS met with unexpected commercial success. By the time the doors opened on the 1972 Paris Motor Show, where the car was presented for the first time, Porsche had already taken 51 orders for the lightweight version. By the end of the show, the 500 examples needed for homologation in Group 4 had sold. The final production numbers exceeded 1 500 examples, allowing the Carrera RS to be homologated in Group 3 (Touring) where no other car could match it. Following this incredible success, the model evolved with new features and in line with sporting regulations, maintaining the " competition-client " tradition that few other marques could claim with the same regularity. This was undoubtedly one of the reasons for the current success of the constructor.
The car on offer is indeed one of the Lightweight versions. A certificate from the manufacturer states that it was delivered new on 1 February 1973 in Italy, and registered in Palermo on 31 March 1973 with the number 363341 PA, to a Signora Guercio. Having changed hands several times, as recorded in the copy of its Italian Cronologico, the car sold in 1989 to Mr. Barone, the renowned collector, who in turn, sold it at the start of the 1990s. According to information provided by the Italian Registration service (PRA), the car changed hands again before being acquired by our collector from Modena, the current owner. At that time it was " Gulf " blue, with a slightly racey appearance. A certificate obtained from Porsche confirms that this 911 Carrera RS was still equipped with its original engine and that it was Blutorange (blood orange) code 2323, with black interior, when delivered new in 1973.
Our collector therefore decided to embark on a full restoration to return the car to its original configuration. Being a fastidious Porschiste, he commissioned the best craftsmen in Modena and abroad, including Carrozzeria Tiziano Serattini (coachwork), Rennsport Racing and Classic (engine rebuild), Vintage Toys (metal bodywork), Rose Passion (spare parts), Oldtimer Service (spare parts) and Porsche Italia. The car was stripped to the bare shell, at which point the production number was confirmed as being original. The same level of attention was given to the mechanical refurbishment. Invoices from the workshops mentioned, available to consult in the file, amounted to several tens of thousands of euros. There is also a set of photos illustrating the scale of the work carried out, that resulted in a car in immaculate condition conforming to its spec when new, complete in stunning 1970s bright orange paintwork.
In addition to the documents mentioned above, the car comes with a Porsche certificate of origin, a chronological extract provided by the Pubblico Registro Automobilistico, an ASI historic vehicle certificate and the "uso e manutenzione" manual from 1973. The car is ready to appear at the most prestigious international events. The new owner will be able to enjoy its fabulous performance and appreciate why this lightweight, sporting model is considered to be the best 911 of all.
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