1973 Porsche Carrera RS Touring

This Porsche 2.7-liter Carrera RS, a left-hand “Touring” model delivered in Light Ivory, was supplied new to private owner Bernard Dulcy, who had previously raced Renault Dauphines and Alpines from 1961 to 1966. With his regular co-driver Jean-Francois Bagarry, the French privateers drove their new Porsche in a number of road events, including the 1975 and 1977 Monte Carlo Rallies (3rd in group in 1975), the Acropolis four times from 1975 to ’79 (1st in group in 1975), the 1975-76 Polish Rallies (1st in group both 1975 and 1976), the 1976 Rally of Portugal, the East African Safari of 1978, the 1978 Rumanian and Tour of the Mediterranean events (1st in group for both events), and the 1979 Ivory Coast Rally.

In the days when privateers like Dulcy and Bagarry conducted much of their own servicing without a fleet of service vehicles and mechanics in tow, crew and car impressively collected six class awards on 14 World Championship and major European events in four seasons.

In completing the long 35.5-kilometer St. Barthélémy to St. Michel les Portes special stage in 3 minutes 53 seconds during the 1975 Monte Carlo Rally, this Carrera RS Touring achieved the fifth fastest time overall behind such legends as eventual winner Sandro Munari (Lancia), Jean-Pierre Nicholas (Alpine) and the Fiats of Marku Alen and Hannu Mikkola (the latter co-driven by the now-famous executive director of the Ferrari F1 team, Jean Todt).

Among the many press clippings on file, one records a most dramatic arrival for the 1978 East African Safari after the Telfair Pioneer freighter transporting their Porsche had been held up for several days at Mogadishu by the Ogaden war. With the ship unable to dock at Mombasa until the night before the rally and their car not offloaded by crane until 2 am, the intrepid crew was faced with a frantic dash during the early hours to reach Nairobi just in time to make the start.

Following retirement from competition in 1979 and a period of careful preservation at Dulcy’s Avignon home, in 1992 a sensitive restoration was completed by the body shop of Frank Alesi, father of former F1 driver Jean Alesi. As photographs in the history file record, much of the original body shell was retained, although the bonnet panel was renewed and lightweight-type bumpers were fitted prior to the car being repainted as currently presented in Grand Prix White with Signal Red Carrera RS graphics.

The interior is also currently to factory “lightweight” style, as are the carpets, while a pair of high-back competition seats trimmed in black cloth and an alloy competition steering wheel have also been fitted. The 1973 Carrera RS currently sits on period-correct Fuchs alloy wheels-7˝ x 15˝ in the front and 8˝ x 15˝ in the rear-with polished lips and painted centers. An additional set of four similarly finished alloys of 6˝ x 15˝ and 7˝ x 15˝ are included with the car, as are the original driver’s seat, belts, steering wheel, and several period Cibié lamps.

The RS engine first fitted to the car, number 6631092, was subject to a Porsche factory exchange, hence the Stuttgart-supplied “AT” prefix to the 6630900-numbered motor currently in place. According to the vendor, the exchange occurred during the car’s rally career, circa 1976/77. Since then, the engine has been rebuilt. Originally numbered 7831060, the 5-speed RS transmission has the benefit of competition ratios and a limited-slip differential, claims the vendor. When cataloged and road tested recently, it started promptly, the oil pressure reading remained good when warm, the gears engaged correctly, the brakes proved to be very effective, and the car performed strongly.

Following the death of the original owner, this still highly original example of what has become one of the most iconic of all collector performance cars passed directly into the hands of his son, Sebastian Dulcy of Cortina, so was thus owned until 2007 by the same family for 34 years. Since 1975, the Porsche has always been maintained by respected marque specialist Michel Baurmet at his Morières les Avignon workshop.

Complete with significant competition history file, which contains event and restoration photos as well as period rally plates, this important Porsche Carrera RS Touring, one of the most successful of all privately entered Carrera RS rally cars from the 1970s, would be both eligible and competitive for major post-historic competition today, whether on special stage or circuit.

Jim Schrager

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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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