Revealed at the 1972 Paris Auto Salon, Porsche revived the Carrera name for its luxuriously equipped, top-of-the-range 911 for model-year 1973. Designated “Carrera RS” (RennSport), the newcomer was intended as a limited edition product for Group 4 GT racing, a class that required a minimum of 500 built. However, the resulting demand for this fabulous car proved so great that the production run was progressively extended, eventually ending up at 1,590 units and allowing homologation in Group 3 for standard GT production cars. Of the 1,590 units, only the first 500 cars were built to exact homologation specifications, by the use of thinner gauge sheet metal and glass.
The majority of cars produced were to “Lightweight” (competition) specification, the remainder being delivered as the Carrera RS Touring, complete with 911S-type interior trim and fittings.
Today, these 1973 model-year 911 Carrera RS’s are among the most collectible Porsches ever produced, and stand out as one of the most iconic and hallowed cars of the era. Collectors around the world have their eye on these cars, and they will undoubtedly remain as collectible as they are today decades from now.
According to the history file, previous owner Philip Taysom had the rear arch ‘lips’ molded to the correct RS shape by Lee Peacock at Autoclassica Bodyworks, at a cost in excess of £5000. Then in 1990, the shell was restored by Steve Carr (ex. Autofarm) and subsequently converted with steel flares by Robert Gant at Gantspeed in 1992 (receipts for nearly £15,000 of work at this time in the history file). Further work was carried out by Tony Outridge. At this time, original Fuchs 7’s and 8’s were fitted, with correct spacers on the rear. An M471 style interior was fitted, and the carpets and door cards sourced from Southbound trimmers. After a lot of effort on Bob Watson’s part and a stroke of luck, a wonderful, genuine 1973 911/83 (6630753 numbered) 2.7RS engine was sourced. A thorough check up by Bob Watson revealed the case to be in excellent condition, and an engine rebuild was undertaken by Watson. The engine was rebuilt with new bearings, new piston rings, barrel studs. The valves were lapped and everything checked to Watson’s usual high standards.
The crank is in excellent condition having been balanced and never ground in Watson’s opinion. One thing Bob noticed when rebuilding the engine, was that the ports had been opened up to 38mm from the original 34mm – there is tenuous evidence that the engine might have been in the hands of the Kremer brothers at some time in its past!
The petrol pump and associated wiring loom were replaced with a new Porsche pump and wiring in 2012. Most recent upgrades to the interior include a 7200rpm tachometer, along a 180mph speedometer and clock blank; the seat belts were re-webbed in 2013, using correct orange stripe webbing.
The car was also the star of a ten-page feature in the very first edition of Total 911 (copy in the history file); it comes with quite a lot of history and the benefit of Tim’s research into previous owners.
During the current vendor’s ownership, the oil and filter changed every 3,000 miles or so; in May 2015, the vendor spent £3179 on detailing and maintenance at Sportwagen. Presented with its original Porsche steering-wheel (which is not currently fitted), this original Right-hand Drive 911 E is offered with a realistic reserve, and offers the tremendous looks and performance of the legendary 2.7 RS..