1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Touring – (SOLD)

A definitive, era-defining car
  • Porsche VIN 911 360 1234
  • M472 Touring spec.
  • Manufactured May 1973
  • Sold to the Italian market through the dealer in Verona
  • Registered August 1973
  • Light Ivory with Black leatherette and corduroy interior
  • Supplied with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

The Stuttgart company’s reason for building the Carrera RS 2.7 was simple: homologation for GT racing. From initial concerns that the car wouldn’t sell (many were allocated to senior management as company cars…)

Revealed at the 1972 Paris Auto Show, the Carrera 2.7 RS was a special model used to homologate the 911 in Group 4 racing. Developed from the 911S, the 2.7 was more potent in almost every area.  Despite early concerns within Porsche that the car wouldn’t sell, demand outstripped supply to the extent that by July 1973 when production ceased a total of 1,580 had been made – far more than 500 the homologation rules required.

The word ‘Carrera’ has a magic to it for Porsche enthusiasts. It was always the mark of a high-performance Porsche, from the exotic, four-cam production 356s, to the racing cars of the 1960s.

With its fat rear arches – to accommodate wider 7in Fuchs alloys – a wind tunnel-tested rear spoiler and bold ‘Carrera’ motif, the Carrera RS instantly stood apart from lesser species of 911. And under that famous Bürzel (‘ducktail’) sat a special 911 engine with Nikasil-lined cylinders allowing it to be bored it out 2,687cc. Coupled with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, power was a solid 210bhp and the gain in torque was such that at just 2,500rpm the 2.7 matched the old 2.4 motor’s output at 4,000rpm.

Two regular versions were offered: M471 Lightweight and M472 Touring. Whichever was ordered, its performance was electrifying: the Touring sprinted to 60mph in 6.3 seconds and would nudge 150mph flat-out. The full-on Lightweight was only fractions faster.

With the 300 SL ‘Gullwing’, E-type and R-Type Continental, the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 is a definitive, era-defining car. It is also widely considered by the world’s most experienced drivers to be one of the most exhilarating ever to drive.

“The power and torque of the engine, and the wide rev-band, really do make this latest Porsche a shattering performer, without the necessity of ‘doing a Vic Elford’. If you do take your jacket off and roll your sleeves up it becomes staggering, and all the while the road-holding, steering, cornering and braking are more than able to cope with it all.’’ – Motor Sport magazine February 1973