Among classic car brands, each has a truly iconic model that is the measuring stick against the others. With the Jaguar E-Type, it is the early flat-floor, side-bonnet-latch cars. With the Austin Healey 100, it is the 100M Le Mans. And with the Porsche 911, it is the 1973 911 Carrera RS.
When introduced, the Carrera RS was the pinnacle Porsche 911 model, offering 0-60 times of around 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph, due largely to the car’s 2.7-liter fuel-injected engine, the largest in any street 911 up to that time.
The RS was the first street 911 to have a tail spoiler; in the case of the 1973 RS, it was in the form of the now-iconic duck tail. The Carrera RS was produced in limited numbers with only 1,308 touring models and 200 lightweight models built.
The Pick of the Day is a 1973 Porsche Carrera RS Touring finished in its original color combination of Light Yellow with Green graphics and a Black interior.
The RS has its original options of sport driver’s seat, headrests and rare stainless-steel muffler skirt, all confirmed by its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, according to the Huntington Station, New York, dealer advertising the Porsche on ClassicCars.com. Both its engine and gearbox are correct and original matching-number components, the seller adds.
When considering such a car as the Carrera RS, the devil is in the details and the car’s story. This one has an interesting history, all documented.
The seller states that this Carrera RS was completed in May 1973 and originally specified for German delivery. It was brought into the US in the late 1980s or early 1990s.
By 1991, noted Porsche enthusiast Phil Bagley of Klub Sport Racing is recorded as owning the car. The earliest service bill on file dates from 1994, when noted Porsche 911 experts Andial of Santa Ana, California, performed a comprehensive service.
The RS has been in the care of several other prominent Porsche collectors, including Dan Rosenthal, Frank Enea, Kim Watkins, and Edward Lovett.
A good deal of maintenance has been performed recently on this RS. In the last 5,000 miles, the transmission, clutch, hydraulic chain tensioners, SSI headers, brake system, tires, suspension, fuel-injection pump and cylinder heads have all been rebuilt or refurbished, and the engine specifications inspected confirming the leak down and compression to be in proper tolerances.
The interior also has been redone in full “Touring” trim by a noted Porsche specialist.
But wait, there’s more. In 2013, $40,000 was spent to have Porsche specialists European Collectibles of Costa Mesa, California, completely disassemble of the 911’s body so that the inner fenders and floors could be stripped to bare steel and refinished. At the same time, the engine and transmission were removed for detailing, the fuel tank was replaced and the entire car was gone through to thoroughly detail to concours standards, the seller says in the ad.
The Carrera comes complete with Porsche books, tools and a large ownership, maintenance and restoration binder.
The asking price for this excellent 1973 911 Carrera RS is a market correct $695,000. That is a strong price, but with a spectacular Porsche model in apparently immaculate condition, it would be well worth the money.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.