1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936
Lot 227
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé
£370,000 - 440,000
US$ 500,000 - 590,000

Goodwood Revival

9 Sep 2017, 13:00 BST

Chichester, Goodwood

Lot Details
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé  Chassis no. 9113600936
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring Coupé
Registration no. YND 466L
Chassis no. 9113600936
*One of the most iconic sports cars of all time
*Delivered new in Germany
*One of only 60 in this colour scheme
*Recent full cosmetic restoration
*Immaculate condition

Footnotes

  • 'Nothing that is desirable comes easily or cheaply and the Carrera RS is no exception, but without question it is one of the great cars of the 1970s; the personification of GT motoring and race breeding.' - Motor Sport magazine, February 1973.

    Porsche revived the Carrera name for its top-of-the-range 911 in 1972/3. Designated Carrera RS (Rennsport), the newcomer was intended as a limited edition 'homologation special' to enable the factory to enter Group 4 competition in the Special GT class, with a minimum build requirement of 500. However, the demand for this fabulous car proved so great that the production run was later extended by another 1,300-or-so units, qualifying the RS to compete also in Group 3, which it would dominate. The Carrera RSR GT-category racer collected overall wins in the World Sportscar Championship at Daytona and the Targa Florio in 1973, defeating 3-litre prototypes from Ferrari, Matra and Mirage-Ford in the process, an outstanding achievement for a production-based car.

    Based on a lightened 911S platform, the Carrera RS featured revised suspension and wider rear wheels (beneath flared wheelarches) for improved handling, while the 2.7-litre, fuel-injected, air-cooled, six-cylinder engine's 210bhp boosted top speed to around 150mph. Not merely styling gimmicks, the Carrera's trademark 'duck's tail' spoiler and front air dam made a vital contribution to high-speed stability and represent Porsche's first serious experimentation with aerodynamic devices on a production car. Above all it was the reduction of weight that transformed performance. Lighter body materials and ruthless pruning of non-essentials brought the weight of the Carrera RS down to below 900kg, enabling it to devastate the competition on the racetracks of Europe and the USA.

    Private customers wishing to purchase a Carrera RS could choose between two specifications. The Lightweight was intended for competition, whereas those who valued comfort could specify the Touring package (order number '472') which cost an extra DM 2,500 (£430) and offered the luxury of the 911S's trimmed and upholstered interior.

    Delivered new in Germany in 1973, the car offered here, chassis number '0936', is a genuine Carrera RS Touring model retaining its original Type 911/83 engine. Interestingly, it has been fitted with the ultra-rare genuine Lightweight (M471) seats and door trim panels. The Carrera was delivered finished in the extremely rare colour combination of Grand Prix White with contrasting Viper Green 'Carrera' graphics and wheels. It is one of only 60 supplied new in this colour scheme, including that in the Porsche Museum. Its early history in Germany is not known.

    In the early 1980s the car was imported into the USA by Miami dealer/broker David Mohlman and, in accordance with the then current requirements, went through a DoT and EPA conversion. Mr Mohlman then sold the Porsche to one Dolores Lazzarin of Coral Gables, Florida, who kept it for a couple of years. Its next owner, accountant John F Kelly of Fort Launderdale, Florida, purchased the Carrera from Ms Lazzarin and kept it for approximately the next 30 years before selling the car to a friend, Porsche restorer Phil Bagley, in May 2014 (see Mr Kelly's letter on file). During Mr Kelly's ownership the Porsche was maintained by Butch Stokes of Fort Lauderdale, who rebuilt the engine and gearbox around 1,000 miles ago. Mr Bagley handled the sale to the current owner.

    Since its arrival in the UK, the car has been serviced by Pace Products of Haverhill, Suffolk, and also been treated to a full cosmetic restoration (bills on file). Smartly presented throughout, '0936' represents a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most iconic sports cars in motoring history - a must for any serious collector.
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