“The car puts all the power down on the road. No wasteful attention-getting wheelspin and attendant slewing; it simply GOES – and how” British magazine Autocar gets under the skin of the new 2.7 RS
Living most of its life in Italy, after a two-year, total restoration by Porsche Padova this superlative 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 wowed the crowds at Villa d’Este in 2015 when it was awarded the trophy ‘Most Iconic Car’. Helping it stand out was the striking colour scheme of Orientgelb (Oriental Orange), a special-order colour from Fiat’s 1970s palette – the only 2.7 RS finished in this shade.
The vibrant colour, the world-class restoration and the rare and desirable options ordered when new makes this 2.7 RS one of the best we have ever offered.
The 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7
With its fat rear arches – to accommodate wider 7in Fuchs alloys – a wind tunnel-tested rear spoiler and bold ‘Carrera’ motif, the Carrera RS special that debuted at the Paris Show in October 1972 instantly stood apart from lesser species of 911.
The Stuttgart company’s reason for building the car was simple: homologation for GT racing. From initial concerns that the car wouldn’t sell (many were allocated to senior management as company cars…) demand outstripped supply to the extent that by July 1973 when production ceased a total of 1,580 had been made – far more than 500 the rules required.
Under that famous Bürzel (‘ducktail’) sat a special 911 engine with Nikasil-lined cylinders allowing it to be bored it out 2,687cc. Coupled with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, power was a solid 210bhp and the gain in torque was such that at just 2,500rpm the 2.7 matched the old 2.4 motor’s output at 4,000rpm.
Two regular versions were offered: M471 Lightweight and M472 Touring. Great efforts had gone into making the Carrera RS as light as possible: many panels were thinner, specially made for the car, and even the Tourings lacked many standard 911 features.
Whichever version was ordered, its performance was electrifying. The Touring sprinted to 60mph in 6.3 seconds and would nudge 150mph flat-out. The full-on Lightweight was only fractions faster.
With the 300 SL ‘Gullwing’, E-type and R-Type Continental, the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 is a definitive, era-defining car. It is also widely considered by the world’s most experienced drivers to be one of the most exhilarating ever to drive.
This Motor Car
Delivered new to (and most likely ordered by) well-established official Porsche dealer Hahn Automobile of Fehlbach, Germany, this 2.7 RS was unique in being the sole car finished in a Fiat colour ref 294, Giallo Oriente; Orientgelb in German, Oriental Orange in English. The interior was black Perlcord, a man-made cloth.
In addition to the M472 Touring package, options fitted were:
Headrest left/right (258)
Sports seat left/right (409)
Three-point automatic seat belt left/right (419)
Electric antenna, right
Electric sunroof (650)
Electric windows (651)
After delivery in mid-1973, with 20,000km covered and still at Hahn, the car was bought by Claudio Del Bufalo, an Alitalia pilot then living in Rome. Hahn retained the car for a short while as a demonstrator, then Del Bufalo officially imported it to Italy on 10 April 1974.
For the rest of its life it remained in Italy.