It is easy to understand why the most desirable first-generation Porsche 911, the Carrera RS, is also the most satisfying. The RS was created to fill a void in the Porsche racing paddock when a change in regulations effectively took the venerable 917 out of commission. Porsche designated its already formidable 2.4-litre 911S as the starting point for a new Group 4 GT class entry. Following the proven racing formula of reducing weight while adding power, Porsche’s engineers got to work and went on to create the most sporting 911 yet available to the public.
The Carrera RS came in two flavours, the M472 “Komfort”, also known as the “Touring” version, which retained most of the interior trim of the 911 S and had a steel rear bumper, and the lightweight M471 “Sport” model, which was aimed at club racers. The most distinctive feature of the RS was its new “ducktail” rear spoiler, which had been demonstrated in wind-tunnel testing to greatly reduce rear-end lift at high speeds. Interestingly, the ducktail was not legal for highway use in Germany, but most cars were retrofitted with them by their owners. The Carrera RS could be ordered in a fairly wide range of colours, with highly visible “negative” side stripes and an engine lid decal in blue, red, green, or black. The wheel centre spokes were painted to match the trim colour, helping to make the Carrera RS stand out.
Chassis 0615 was manufactured in February 1973 and delivered new to Belgium on the 29th May in Light Ivory (colour code 1111) with Black leather (code 16) which was only available on the M472 model rather than the more common leatherette. Fitted with the option of additional long range driving lights (code 432), which were an additional 190.00 DM in 1973.
This matching numbers example, with engine number 6630587 and gearbox number 7830607 was totally restored in 2012 by a well known European specialist and this 2.7 RS is now identical as when it left the factory in 1973. Purchased by the vendor in 2012, with the current mileage showing only 7,500km since restoration this is a truly original, collector’s piece that is ready for its new custodian.