When TFritch showed us a teaser last week I presumed he’d gonna show it today. So I thought I’d back him up a bit with some vintage track dedicated 911s. So I present you the...
Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7. According to many still the best 911 ever built. I wouldn’t know because I never drove it and with prices over $200k that won’t happen any soon either. There’s a small cameo in this post of another 911 I showed before, a vintage 1968 Le Mans contender, a Porsche 911T. And that “T” ain’t for Turbo.
The Carrera RS tale is well-known: The Carrera RS 2.7 was conceived as a 911-derived race car. However, it could still be easily driven on roads because the Porsche philosophy was that it’s cars - except for pure competition models like the 908 - could be used for DD. But RS truly was for RennSport. So don’t expect a lot of luxury.
The RS was based on the top of the line 911S. The RS had a larger, more powerful six-cylinder engine though and was extensively lightened. To distinguish it from the 911S one just had to look for that “chin spoiler” under the front bumper and rear fender bulges to cover wider tires. All for better handling. To improve high-speed handling the RS also got that epic “ducktail” rear spoiler.
There also was a stylish Carrera script stretching across each door in a contrasting color that matched the car’s lighter Fuchs wheels. Deleting the script was an option but who on earth would do that? Porsche used the name because they had successfully competed in the infamous Carrera Panamericana road race in Mexico in 1953 and 1954.
With it’s 210hp, not that impressive by today’s standards, it was fast. Even by today’s standards. It did 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds and hit 100 mph in just 12.8 seconds. Top speed was 150 mph. Porsche got it this quick by having it undergo some sort of weight watchers program:
- Thinner body sheet metal and windshield glass, a fiberglass rear engine lid and fiberglass bumpers.
- No weight-adding sound insulation or rear seat
- Rubber mats replaced heavier carpeting. Thin front bucket seats had almost no padding.
- Door panels were flat and plain, with a pull cord instead of an inside door handle.
- No clock or even a passenger’s sun visor.
- There also was no undercoating, doorsill trim, glove compartment lid, coat hooks or springs to counterbalance the front trunk cover.
For homologating it for Group 4 Porsche had to make 500 road cars. To make its sales department less anxious, Porsche offered the RS with an $893 Touring Package that contained the upholstered and trimmed interior found in the 911S. But the RS with the package could only come from Porsche dealers themselves as the 500 RS homologation models had to leave the production line in totally stripped form. Many Europeans opted for the package as it really made it more useful on the road. And it wasn’t a that expensive package.
And Porsche management were forced to get an RS. All to make sure they would get to those 500 units. They worried over nothing though, the first day at it’s introduction (Paris Auto Show, October 5 1972) they already sold 51 cars. A week after the closing of the Paris Auto Show they reached the 500 units mark. So Porsche made a second run. And a third. In total there’s supposed to be made 1580 units by the end of 1973. And it was Porsche’s first car that made clear many customers wanted to pay extra for a limited run, even if it was stripped to the bone. Something other car companies (Lancia Stratos, Lotus Talbot) wouldn’t endorse (immediately) actually.
The model is a Schuco 1/43. I love it. I love it’s beefy tires. I love the green on white with green Fuchs. I love the paint, not as thick as many Minichamps but also not as flat as the Vitesse. Only flaw are the headlights that are a bit, well, obviously “stuck on afterwards”. Otherwise it’s one of my favorite 911s in 1/43.
And that’s it for today. I hope to see more vintage 911s, I know TFritch will show one but come on guys: I know there’s more out there.