1973 Porsche Carrera RS

The Carrera ‘RS’ was the first phase in Porsche’s production car racing program, started in 1972. The ‘RS’ was based on the 911S, and one of the first concerns was to save weight. This was accomplished mainly by removing the rear seats, by making the body of thinner steel and by using fiberglass bumpers. Another concern was to improve aerodynamics and handling, and this is where the ducktail and front air dam played important roles. The engine, also from the 911S, was enlarged to produce 210 hp.
Although the Carrera ‘RS’ was intended for racing, for which a production of only 500 was required for homologation, in fact over 1,000 were produced, with fifty being brought up to full competition specs with a 3-liter engine and called ‘RSR.’
The Carrera ‘RS’ was available for sale only in Europe, and very few found their way to the US. Most RS’s left the factory painted white; this car, however, was born a dramatic India Red. The car is also stated to have been fully restored to full ‘lightweight’ specs and to ‘Pebble Beach’ standards. It has several ‘Best in Show’ concours awards and has covered only 800 miles since restoration.

Jim Schrager

Jim Schrager - SCM Contributor

Jim wrote for the 356 Registry and SCM for over a decade, was a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama (the magazine of the Porsche Club of America), and wrote for Excellence and the Porsche Market Letter. He has written two popular books on vintage Porsches: Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356; and Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Early Porsche 911. He owns about 20 vintage Porsches, which he attempts to keep on the road through all kinds of weather. He is a clinical professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he teaches a popular course on strategy. He actively races his family’s 41-foot sailboat with his two boys on Lake Michigan.

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