1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight

Remi Dargegen ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Porsche purchased this car, chassis 1177, on behalf of Finnish racing legend Leo Kinnunen.

Kinnunen was at that time racing a Porsche 917/10 Turbo in the Interserie, the European equivalent to the North American Can-Am Challenge series, a series that he would win three years in a row from 1971 to ’73.

At Kinnunen’s request, the car was fitted with larger ST-style wheelarches to accommodate wider wheels and tires. A second example was subsequently built for another factory driver, Herbert Linge, but Kinnunen’s was the only 2.7 RS with a tea-tray rear spoiler as used on the 1974 Carrera 3.0 RS, rather than the modest bürzel, or ducktail, typical of the 2.7 RS series.

Following the 1973 season, Kinnunen purchased the car from Porsche for his own personal use.

Showing just 63,213 km (39,278 miles) at time of cataloging, this unique Carrera retains much of its original Tangerine paint and its correct original M471 interior. A rear-quarter window still carries an original decal from Kinnunen’s AAW Racing Team. It is supplied with a folio of documents and photographs, including an extract from the factory build sheet, correspondence from Kinnunen confirming his ownership, registration forms and some service records.

 

Prescott Kelly

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Prescott bought his first Porsche, a 1964 356SC coupe, in early July 1967, just before starting his first job. The next weekend he bought a refrigerator — thereby establishing priorities for life. He has owned many Porsches and is a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama, where he concentrates on arcane corners of Porsche history, writes the regular “356 Collectibles” and “MarketWatch” columns for the 356 Registry Magazine, and contributes to Excellence and the Journal of the Society of Automotive Historians.

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