Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Touring 'Sunroof' Coupé 1973
Highly original example delivered new to France.
•Full matching numbers
•Highly original and unmolested example
•Known history from new
•Believed genuine 248,000 kilometres recorded
•Exceptionally comprehensive history file
'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 and offered the luxury of the 911S's trimmed and upholstered interior.
This exceptionally well documented and highly original example was delivered new to France via the official importer, Sonauto (sales invoice on file). It is one of only four French-delivered cars built with the factory sunroof, and left the factory equipped with a Blaupunkt radio, electric windows, jack, tool kit, and tyre compressor, all of which it retains. Very few, and only minor, changes have been made since then. The interior has been upgraded with original (1973) Recaro sports seats, and an electric radio antenna has been fitted in the right front wing. Two front fog lights have been added, a battery cut-out switch installed, and the headlights changed from yellow (France) to clear (EU). The original yellow lights come with the car.
The Carrera RS remained with its first owner, Michele Lecoufle, until 1978, by which time it had covered 119,540 kilometres, while second owner Mr Philippe Bochet kept the Porsche until 1999 at 192,700 kilometres, as confirmed by documents issued by Centre Auto Sécurité. From March 1999 onwards, the car belonged to Mr Denis Mathieu, passing in June 2013 to the current (fourth) owner, a Porsche collector in Austria with 246,655 kilometres recorded. The current odometer reading is circa 248,000 kilometres, and the next technical inspection is due in June 2018.
This car has been thoroughly checked over by 2.7 RS specialists Gaby and Gert Callewaert from Belgium, to whom Bonhams would like to extend its grateful thanks. They inspected the car from top to bottom and were highly complimentary, confirming its originality into the finest detail: 'This is exceptionally rare to find such an untouched and original RS.' In their report (copy on file) it states that 95% of the bodywork consists of factory panels dating from 1973, and that some of the paintwork is still original. The Callewaerts found the car to be clean and well maintained, concluding that it could be 'driven for many years by continuing normal maintenance'.
The car comes complete with its original instruction manuals, service booklet, and Blaupunkt radio instructions; a substantial quantity of service/maintenance bills; a copy of the original sales invoice; the original keys, key code card; and 2 copies (English and German) of the sought-after 2.7 Carrera RS Konradsheim reference book.
Representing a possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire one of the last remaining honest and unmolested 2.7 RS Carreras, equipped with the rare and desirable factory sunroof, '1141' is worthy of the closest inspection.
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