‘‘The power and torque of the engine,
and the wide rev-band, really do make this latest Porsche a shattering
performer, without the necessity of ‘doing a Vic Elford’. If you do take your
jacket off and roll your sleeves up it becomes staggering, and all the while
the road-holding, steering, cornering and braking are more than able to cope
with it all.’’ – Motor Sport magazine
tries an early 2.7 RS Touring in February 1973
Benefitting from a comprehensive,
€127,000+ recent restoration by preeminent Italian marque specialists
Autofficina ACR, delivered in a superb colour combination and fitted with
its matching numbers engine and known Italian ownership from
new, this ‘no stories’ car is the perfect entry to the intoxicating world
of the immortal 1973 Carrera RS 2.7.
A definitive, era-defining car
The Stuttgart company’s reason for building
the Carrera RS 2.7 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
The word ‘Carrera’ has a magic to it
for Porsche enthusiasts. It was always the mark of a high-performance Porsche,
from the exotic, four-cam production 356s, to the racing cars of the
With its fat rear arches – to accommodate wider 7in Fuchs alloys – a wind
tunnel-tested rear spoiler and bold ‘Carrera’ motif, the Carrera RS instantly
stood apart from lesser species of 911. And 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. Whichever 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
Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 ‘1226’ was delivered
to an Italian official Porsche dealer in May 1973, then registered ‘TS 163919’
on 18 June in the name of its first owner, Trieste resident Massimo Corbella.
According to the accompanying Porsche Heritage Certificate, the car
was built to the following specification:
- Touring package (M472)
- Blutorange (‘Tangerine’ ref
2323) with black seats
- Recaro sport seats left and right (409)
- Limited-slip differential (224)
Referring to the records held by the
Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI), the next owner was Fiorenzo Boldrin of Padua,
who registered it locally ‘PD 417281’ on 22 July 1975. Speaking to the current
owner, Boldrin remembers the car with fondness as it was used for family trips
to the Dolomites.
Third owner Renzo Santello bought the car
in October 1976, registering it ‘VE 358016’ in his home city of Venice on 2
February 1977. Santello kept the car for three years, selling it to another
Padua resident, Luisa Fiorita, in whose care it bore the mark ‘PD 572090’. From
Fiorita, the car’s fourth owner, ACI records show that this RS was
purchased by pioneer classic car collector and racer Piero Brigato of Vicenza.
At that time the car shared ownership with, among others, a Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione,
a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and an Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale. In 1982 it was sold to
Varese and registered ‘VA 756046’. In 1992 it moved to Milan and was
acquired by Giancarlo Galtrucco, a known gentleman driver and collector, who
used it for outings with the Italian Porsche club.
Our Milanese client purchased the car in
June 2014 from Galtrucco, retaining its Varese number plate. He is
the last of an unbroken chain of Northern Italian enthusiasts who have
owned ‘1226’. Recognising the inherent quality of the car with its
sought-after colour, desirable sports seats and limited-slip differential (all
confirmed by the Porsche Heritage Certificate dated 21 July 2014), he
instructed marque and model specialist Autofficina ACR to carry out a total
restoration to as-delivered.
The Como-based craftsmen have an enviable
reputation in Italian Porsche circles and went to great pains to carefully
remove layers of paintwork, all the while preserving the original metal. On
closer inspection, no evidence of major accident damage was found. The engine,
gearbox, suspension and brakes were stripped down and rebuilt, and only when
original components were felt to be beyond repair were genuine Porsche
replacements ordered. The result, after some four years and €127,000+, is
Freshly restored by the experts, delivered
in a superb colour combination and with matching numbers, all-important Recaro
sports seats and known ownership from new, this stunning 1973 Carrera RS 2.7 is
the perfect car to beat the winter blues.
Spring and summer motoring in a dazzling
example of a model that the experienced testers of Autocar summed
up as “sensational, even by Porsche standards” await.