1973 Porsche Carrera RSR 2.8

n the early 1970s, the FIA decided sports car racing should use cars that more closely resembled production vehicles. Using the Carrera RS 2.7 as its homologation platform, the 2.8 RSR developed 300 (DIN) hp with the use of a twin-plug ignition, hotter camshafts, higher compression pistons, and many other enhancements.
The car offered here was sold to Bob Hagestad of Denver who used it to take part in IMSA and Trans-Am races including: Road Atlanta Trans-Am, April 15, 1973, R. Hagestad/P. Tracey, 8th; Lime Rock Trans-Am, May 5, 1973, R. Hagestad/Bobby Allison, DNF; Watkins Glen Trans-Am, R, Hagestad, 7th.
The car was crashed in July 1973 during practice at Trois Rivieres. Although not extensive, damage repair was time consuming, so Hagestad bought another RSR from Peter Gregg. After repairs to 0782 were completed, Hagestad sold the car to Michael Callas of Houston. Callas later sold the car to George Valerio who drove the RSR home from Texas to California without problem. After this, 0782 was sold to Dan McLoughlin who kept the RSR awhile before selling it to the Matsuda collection in Japan where the car spent many years on display.
Recently released from the collection, 911 360 0782 is one of the very few RSR 2.8 Carreras to have escaped the modifications made to keep these race cars competitive.
Fast, light and nimble even by today’s standards, the 1973 RSR Carrera ranks as one of Porsche’s great competition cars.

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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