Classic Drive: Porsche 911 Carrera RS recreation (video)

The Porsche 911 Carrera RS of 1973 is among the automaker’s most recognizable and desirable models. This particular recreation is currently for sale, and Ciro got the opportunity to drive it!

The RS 2.7 was introduced at the 1972 Paris Auto Salon to rave reviews, and the first 500 cars quickly sold out (and remain highly sought after still). In fact, one of these originals in good nick will fetch around somewhere between R9m and R10 million! Despite the sales department’s reluctance to approve a second production run, another group of 500 cars was built, and then a third run, in spite of the factory sharply increasing the retail price each time.

Most of the second and third production runs were delivered as “Touring” versions, retaining the bodies, interior trim and comfort features of the 911 S. In total, 1,590 examples were built (including “Homologation,” or “H” cars) and sold, enough to qualify the model for Group 3 (standard GT production cars) of the World Championship of Makes. Today, the 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7 is one of the most coveted sports cars on the planet.


Porsche 911 Carrera RS

This car is a Porsche 911 RS recreation of high quality built to its current specification approximately 15 years ago. The base for the build was a rust-free 1973 911 T in Emerald Green. An original RS engine from chassis number 911 3600 676 was fitted and original RS period parts were sourced.

These parts include:

  • 380mm steering wheel
  • RS instrumentation
  • Recaro RS seats
  • 85L RS plastic fuel tank
  • Aluminium ATE brakes
  • RS oil cooling system
  • 019 mechanical fuel injection

An original 911 Carrera RS (911 360 1133), which the builder also owned at the time, was used as reference to make sure this car is as historically correct as possible.

Porsche 911 Carrera RS

The current owner derived so much enjoyment from this car to the point that he used it as a daily driver for the past ten years. This sustained use necessitated a detailed mechanical refurbishment that has just been completed, including an engine rebuild, repair of the MFI by Eisenbrandt Germany, new suspension bushes, rebuilt brake calipers, rebuild of gearbox and cosmetic refurbishment (in particular the rear fender arches).

This is an opportunity to buy a high-quality Porsche 911 that is based around an original RS engine from the original production run and complemented with many original period parts, unlike other examples which lack the attention to detail, historical accuracy and driving experience.

This car is for sale at Crossley & Webb in Cape Town. Read all about its fascinating history or make an enquiry here:

1 comment

  • Wow, classic car 1973.
    You are so wright, they don’t build cars like they used to.
    I love the rebuild, it looks good in green.

    Peter Bath

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