1973 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA RS (1973)




2 Owners from new
Previously owned by Southern California’s most famous car enthusiast
Porsche Factory Upgraded to M472
Matching numbers engine and transmission
Documented in the definitive Carrera RS book by Dr. Georg Konradsheim
The Carrera RS is one of the most revered cars in the Porsche lineage, and is regarded as one of the finest sports cars of the 1970’s. Revealed at the 1972 Paris Auto Show, it was a factory special built to meet the homologation rules of FIA Group 4 racing. The RS ("Rennsport") was almost invincible at Le Mans, Daytona and the Targa Florio, often winning outright against pure racing prototypes. It’s not often you would see the same car on the podium one day, and passing you on the open road the next. The 911 RS is conclusive proof that one of Porsche’s greatest skills was building a car that was immensely competitive at the track, and yet equally competent as a street car.
Porsche had only intended to produce 500 Carrera RS examples, set on making just enough to homologate the RS to go racing. These “1st series” cars are highly coveted, sporting thinner sheet metal from the factory and were focused on being lightweight, offering a “purer” experience. However, the automotive public’s appetite for the Carrera RS platform meant that Porsche ultimately made 2 more rounds of cars, producing a further 1,080 examples. These later versions (often referred to as series 2, or series 3 cars) had thicker sheet metal, and were generally heavier than their 1st series siblings.
This 911 Carrera RS, #1537, was specified as an M472 model. Delivered new to Italy, the first owner would keep the Carrera RS for 32 years. The RS was imported to the U.S. where it remained with the original owner until it was sold in 2004 to its second owner.
The second owner, the most prominent car guy/car enthusiast in Southern California, kept the car in his collection of other special automobiles. When he received the car, he had it shipped to Canepa in 2005 to work to get it in mechanical shape. After 17 years, he decided to ask Bruce Canepa, his close friend, to help find the car a new home.
Each and every collector car that comes to Canepa is put through an extensive and diligent process called the “Canepa Difference.” This includes a major and comprehensive mechanical inspection where all systems are checked and serviced as necessary. This Concours-quality RS has just completed an extensive mechanical refurbishment and services. It has also received an award-winning concourse-level detailing, a thorough cleaning of each and every surface that ensures that every car is a sight to behold. Finishing off with a foam-pad-only polish to enhance the paint finish, each and every car is a perfect example and a personification of Bruce Canepa’s impeccable attention to detail. This RS is in fantastic condition and a stunning rare find

The first series of 911 Carrera RS cars spanned only 500 examples and having such a well-maintained and expertly restored example—a car we have known for nearly 20 years--come through our doors is an exciting occasion. With chassis #1537 we present the opportunity to own a celebrated piece of Porsche’s homologation history, one that you can drive and enjoy on the street, and is the perfect example of duality that Porsche has built its reputation upon.

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  • Mileage: 20,237
  • Year: 1973
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Coupe
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: White

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