1972 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Touring

 

It takes just one short blast in third to convince me that I won’t regret choosing the RS. The flat six chorus (air cooled, of course) just gets better with every 100rpm increment around the centre mounted rev counter. A glance to the right picks up the speedo, confirming you’re travelling as fast as you thought. Even by today’s standards, this is serious performance (0-60mph in 5.6 seconds, 0-100mph in 12.6 and a 150mph maximum), and you can see why the RS is held in such high esteem. Every full throttle burst brings forth images of Steve McQueen and Le Mans.” Stuart Gallagher, ‘Car of the Century’ in Evo magazine.



Nothing that is desirable comes easily or cheaply and the Carrera RS is no exception, but without question it is one of the great cars of the 1970s; the personification of GT motoring and race breeding.” Motor Sport magazine, February 1973.

This early example of Porsche’s definitive ‘homologation special’ is from the desirable first batch of 500 cars: RS production stretched in three series, each getting progressively closer to the standard 911, so the early survivors are particularly prized by collectors.

The authoritative reference work on the model, ‘Carrera RS’ by Thomas Gruber and Georg Konradsheim (published 1992) documents chassis ‘0048’ as supplied new in November 1972 to Portugal, ordered to the more luxurious Touring (code M472) specification, finished in Light Ivory (a special order colour) and fitted with optional head rests left and right, rear window wiper, Blaupunkt ‘Frankfurt’ radio, power antenna and an electric sunroof (an expensive extra at DM.1230).

First registered on 4th January 1973, the car spent many years in the tiny principality of Monaco where it was acquired by the current owner, one of Switzerland’s best known collectors, in 2006. It has since been maintained by his full time mechanics, recent cosmetic work including repainting by Carrosserie Binggeli of Nyon in the original colour with black ‘Carrera’ side script. The seats are fully leather trimmed, inertia reel seat belts are fitted and the rear screen is heated. The electric aerial and sunroof are of course still in place, as is the original Blaupunkt radio. The odometer shows 61,211km and overall condition is commensurate. The distinctive Fuchs alloy wheels are shod with Dunlop Sport tyres.



We had the pleasure of track testing this Porsche at Dijon some 18 months ago and can confirm that it drives as an RS should- the sunroof in particular makes motoring on sunny days especially enjoyable. It is still fitted with its original engine (the gearbox is an identical replacement unit) and is ready to be driven anywhere. It has current Swiss and expired Monegasque (EU) papers, together with an owners handbook and period homologation document.

Arguably the ultimate every day classic, considered by many to also be the greatest drivers Porsche of all.