1973 Porsche Carrera RS Touring
Exterior Color: White/red
Interior Color: Black
Body Style: Coupe
Engine: 2.7L Flat 6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Drive Type: RWD
Fuel Type: Gasoline
The legendary Carrera RS is widely regarded to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest road going Porsche ever. With its distinctive contrasting striping and wheels and the simple and functional `burzel` or ducktail, the styling of the RS is iconic. The real treat, however, is in the driving. It epitomizes the ultimate Porsche experience with its immense tactility, balance, and nimbleness.
This gorgeous example was delivered new in Germany in June of 1973 and spent much of it’s life as a racecar in Germany and the UK driven by Ian Fitzmartin who subsequently moved and imported 9113601446 to Pleasanton, California in 1990. In 1994 the car was sent to UK for restoration and was sold to an owner in Japan in 1999. In 2003 the car was returned to the US by Frank Gabrieti who sold 9113601446 to Tom Papadopolous of Autosport Designs in 2005. Tom performed $27,000 in repairs including rebuilding the engine and sold the car to Ray Joseph of RPM Sportscars in February of 2005. RPM sold the car to Pierre Ehert of Santa Rosa, CA who then sold the car to current owner, Classic Assets of San Diego, CA in August of 2005. Under Classic Assets care the engine was removed to correct an oil leak and some mechanical issues. The car has been meticulously maintained and is ready for spirited driving or show.
According to the authoritative survey of the Carrera RS written by Thomas Gruber and Georg Konradsheim, this is a matching numbers car and was originally finished in the color it wears today, Grand Prix White with red accents. The interior remains in the original black leatherette with corduroy inserts. The only option listed on the Porsche Certificate Of Authenticity which accompanies the car is: M472 Comfort Version Additional Rear Apron.
It has had much restorative work performed, including a full engine rebuild and a thorough cosmetic refurbishment since it arrived in the US. This car has also participated in the Going To The Sun Rally in 2007 and The Copperstate Rally in 2010.
The driving experience is truly what these cars are about, and this car does not disappoint. Even among Carrera RS`s, this is an exceedingly fine example to drive. The motor sounds good and makes excellent power, with a noticeable increase in urgency as the revs increase. The suspension is compliant without feeling soft, and the communication through the steering and the seat of one’s pants reminds occupants why this car is such a legend. The fitment of modern tires helps provide enough grip to confidently explore the remarkable chassis, and indeed, the handling is excellent, with the slightest bit of understeer dialed in for safety.
This is an excellent example of this highly significant model. Surely one of the most enjoyable Porsches ever to have been built (and by many accounts, the ultimate road going 911), the Carrera RS is a motoring icon now matter how you cut it. This car with its exemplary condition and well-sorted feel is a genuinely outstanding car
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