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Lot 224: 1973 Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 FIA Rally Car

Spirit of Motoring, Coys (29 September 2005)

The RS is one of the most famous Porsche models ever built and has over the years come to be regarded as one of the top sports cars to emerge from the 1970s. It was designed with ambivalence very much in mind: Porsche's engineers wanted a car that could be successfully used on the race track, yet which at a moments notice and with no modifications could equally be used for shopping or long distance travel. Few people could ever argue that they did not succeed in this aim. The RS is an eminently usable car, just as at home trickling through traffic as it is ploughing down the fast lane of the Autobahn, yet in competitions such as Le Mans, Daytona and the Targa Florio it was almost invincible, often winning outright against pure racing prototypes. The RS (or Rennsport, to give it its German name) was based on the 911S, but used lightened bodywork and a revised 2.7 litre fuel-injected six, the largest engine yet used in a road going Porsche at that time. With a total weight in the region of 950kg and an honest 210bhp-plus on tap, the RS was able to achieve a genuine 158mph, with 60mph from standstill coming up in just over 5 seconds. It was one of the-fastest production cars in the world.This particular left hand drive Carrera RS finished in white was manufactured in 1973 and has been converted to full rally specification with a total rebuild including seam welding in 2002, with every part of the car being powder coated. The car has been upgraded significantly throughout with the engine receiving particular attention. The block is original 2.7 RS but has RSR cylinder heads fitted along with an RSR distributor, 910 ignition box and 3.2 oil cooler with fan. Power is in the region of 270-280 bhp. Other upgrades include an SC RS pedal box, adjustable twin master brake cylinders with hydraulic handbrake and fully adjustable shock absorbers. The gearbox features 80% lock-diff. The car has been maintained and prepared by specialists with over 25 years experience and is described by the vendor to be in excellent condition. As you would expect the car has a stripped out interior with full roll cage, Sparco bucket seats, race harnesses, plumbed-in extinguisher, ignition cut out switch, race fuel tank and other significant details such as lightweight perspex windows, map lights, radio intercom and all rallying essentials in order for the car to be FIA homologated. The car is ready to rally, drives very well with instant power delivery and tight handling and hence proved to be a popular car at the recent Porsche Festival at Brands Hatch. This is how a Carrera RS should be, prepared for competition and used in anger.

Lot Details
Auction Spirit of Motoring
Coys, Westminster, London SW1
TypeCar
Lot Number224
Estimate£75000-£85000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£79985
Year1973
Condition rating0
Registration numberAG 170693
Mileage-
Chassis number9113600224
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