A legendary 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS is restored to concours condition by Porsche restoration experts, CPR Classic Restorations
As you very well know, Porsche 911s have been skyrocketing in value over the past several years. I remember looking at mid 80s Porsche 911s online about eight years ago for less than $10,000. Nowadays, an equivalent 911 is going for over $40,000.
One of the most coveted Porsche 911s is the 1973 Porsche 911 RS. The 1973 Porsche 911 RS you see was the subject of a nut and bolt restoration by the Porsche experts at CPR Classic Restorations in Fallbrook, California.. CPR has been restoring classic Porsche 356 and 911s for the past 40 years to award winning ‘better –than-new’ examples. This particular RS is no exception.
The Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 was a special model to begin with. Unveiled at the 1972 Paris Auto Show, the model was used to homologate the 911 in Group 4 racing. Using the 911S as a base, the Carrera RS 2.7 was more potent in just about every area.
Since the Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS was a homologation special, only 500 cars were required to be developed. However, the initial allocation sold out almost immediately.
The 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS
Three versions of the Carrera 2.7 RS was available, a lightweight sports trim model, Race trim and a more comfortable Touring model for the road. The highly sought-after lightweight version came in 440 pounds lighter than the touring version of the Carrera 2.7 RS. This was because such things as the rear seats, spare wheel, sound deadening and other items were not added. Additionally, thinner lightweight glass, thin-gauge body panels, and a stripped out interior was used.
Compared to the standard Carrera, the Carrera 2.7 RS had a larger engine, wider flares to house the wider Fuchs alloy wheels, a stiffer suspension, larger brakes and was topped off with a ducktail rear spoiler.
The engine of the Carrera RS 2.7 was bored out from 2.4 liters to almost 2.7 liters of displacement and had a Nikasil coating on the cylinder walls. The standard valve train was retained. At the time, this was the largest engine available in a Porsche and was good for 210 hp at 6,300rpm. Having a taller 4th and 5th gear, top speed increased to 152 miles per hour.
Production of the Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS started in April of 1972 and finished in July of the same year with a total of 1,580 units being produced. Right around 1,300 of the total produced were the standard Touring model.
Noted collectible automotive insurance company, Hagerty shows a concours condition 1973 Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS valued at $925,000, with an excellent example valued at $745,000. A good example comes in at $650,000 and a model in just ‘good’ condition comes in at $571,000.
Having been observing the values of Porsche 911s for the past several years, I think that prices for the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS will be substantially higher.