1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight

The Carrera 2.7 RS has long been regarded as one of the great cars of all time and, by some, the greatest of all road-going Porsches. Their competition achievements speak for themselves, while their on-road performance remains special to this day. Even the extraordinary (for the period) 0-60 mph acceleration time of circa 5.5 seconds and mean top speed of around 150 mph give little clue to the excitement these cars can engender. By paring the weight down to 2,150 lb in the Sport-sometimes called “Lightweight”- and 2,370 lb for the Touring, Porsche managed to make the standard 210 hp go a very long way, and the responsiveness of both the engine and chassis are a joy to experience.

The right-hand-drive car offered left the factory in April 1973, and was first registered the following month to Shaun Jackson. It was finished in Tangerine, the fifth most popular of the 28 standard color options, and was a standard Sport model, aside from the addition of a limited-slip differential and driver’s door mirror. Jackson only kept the car for five months, with Brian Evans acquiring it in August 1973. It is understood he had the engine increased to 2.8 liters and the car prepared for international rallies. The Ulster Automobile Club apparently confirms the following results: Circuit of Ireland 1975, 3rd overall; Galway Rally 1975, 5th overall; Circuit of Ireland 1976, 5th overall. During 1976, the RS passed into the hands of Chris Morris, who used it for some years before it was involved in a road accident. Marque specialists Autofarm purchased it in crashed form in 1982, restoring it for Ronald Horsey. The following year the car was refinished in Grand Prix White. Five years later, Autofarm once more acquired the car and carried out a bare metal respray to the original Tangerine. The RS was also treated to a thorough mechanical overhaul prior to its sale to the vendor in March 1989. The file shows that it was then looked after by marque specialist Neil Bainbridge. At some stage a clock, passenger sun visor, and glovebox lid were added to the otherwise deliberately Spartan specification.

Even some of the many 2.7 RS clones fetch good money these days, but the value of the few genuine right-hand-drive Lightweights has understandably been on the rise for many years and shows no sign of tailing off. This car therefore provides an increasingly rare
opportunity to acquire one of these iconic machines.

Thor Thorson

Thor Thorson - SCM Contributing Editor

Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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