On the heels of Porsche’s resounding success with its incredibly powerful 917 in prototype racing, the FIA decided to limit engines for the World Championship of Makes to more than three litres of displacement. Porsche management realised it needed a new weapon to be drawn from its production lines, one that would not only help the public identify more closely with racing 911s but also help recoup some of the stratospheric expenditures of the 917 racing program. Creating a small series of 911-based racers for the FIA’s new European Group 5 Special Grand Touring category for three-litre cars was the agreed-upon goal. A minimum of 500 examples of Group 4 road-legal cars would have to be built in one year to meet regulations.
By the time the car was formally introduced at the 1972 Paris Auto Show, the initial production run of 500 units had already sold out within a week, to the surprise and delight of Porsche’s directors. A second 500-unit production run was quickly approved, and eventually 1,080 were constructed. Most of this second series was comprised of M472 Touring versions, which used standard-thickness 911 sheet metal and glass, a steel rear bumper, a single battery, and most of the 911 S’ road equipment and driver comfort trim items.
Delivered new in Germany in 1973, this genuine matching engine Carrera RS Touring model was specified in the current colour scheme of Grand Prix white with green ‘Carrera’ graphics and matching wheels (one of 60 known cars in the scheme). In the 1980s the RS resided in Florida in the United States, significantly with accountant John F. Kelly of Fort Lauderdale who kept the 911 for around 30 or years, during which time the Porsche was maintained by Porsche specialist Butch Stokes of Fort Lauderdale, who rebuilt the engine and gearbox. In current UK ownership since 2014, the RS has been serviced by Pace Products of Haverhill, Suffolk, and treated to a cosmetic restoration. Offered with a fresh service by a UK marque specialist, ‘0936’ represents a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most iconic sports cars in motoring history.