1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS M472
Spotted in Florida is a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS M472 for $699,000 USD. This Touring Model has Rallye Monte Carlo Racing History! The selling dealer states this car has been finished in its original color of light yellow with black Carrera Script. It retains its original drivers seat and passenger seat as well as its original body panels. The car was originally delivered in Germany to Dr. Heisse & Co. with a stamp on the Fahrzeugbrief dated June 8, 1973. The original Fahrzeugbrief document is included.The car was purchased on October 1 of 1979 by Wolf-Hendrik Unger who is currently president of the German Carrera RS club. Mr. Unger drove VIN 9113601364 as an Assistance car in the 1982 Rallye Monte Carlo for the private entry of Juergen Barth and Roland Kussmaul, The team finished 10th overall. The original Rallye Monte Carlo Assistance plate and period photographs are included with the vehicle.
The vehicle then travelled to ownership in California and subsequent sale to a Porsche collection in Japan for long term ownership.
The car was imported to England by classic car specialist Gregor Fisken before being sold by Porsche specialist Maxted-Page & Prill in October of 2008 to an owner in Germany.
The car was purchased in 2010 and has been the subject of comprehensive restoration to Concourse standards. The car has only break in miles since the completion of the restoration.
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Price $699,000 USD
210 bhp, 2687 cc rear mounted SOHC boxer six-cylinder engine with Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection. Five speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with torsion bars, McPherson struts, anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with trailing arms, torsion bars, tubular shock absorbers, four wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase 89.4 inches.
With the end of the 917 era, Porsche sought another competitive venue, choosing the FIA’s Appendix J Groups 4 and 5 categories that were based on production sports cars. To qualify its new 911 RSR in Group 5 it needed to build and sell a minimum quantity of specially modified 911s within a 12 month period to form the basis for the RSR. Thus the Carrera RS or Renn Sport was created. A Homologation Special in the truest sense. Porsche set up an initial production run of 500 units to meet the FIA’s requirements for the 1973 GT Championship season. That first series total would comprise four RSH prototype coupes with 61 examples of option M$&! Sport which was commonly called the Lightweight and 435 of Option M472, the Touring version. Once that total was achieved Porsches M491 RSR would be approved for competition.
It is said that Porsche management had only planned to build the bare minimum required, as it doubted that any more could be sold at the considerable base asking price
of 33,000 Deutschmarks, but the company was pleasantly surprised when orders for the first batch were snapped up immediately after the unveiling at the 1972 Paris Auto Show. Another 500 unit run was quickly approved, with the list price increased by another 1,000 Deutschmarks. The production line eventually totaled 1,580 examples with 17 H versions, 200 Sport versions, 1,308 Touring versions and 55 RSR’s.
The standard 1973 911 was fitted with a 2.4 liter flat six, the RS received the larger, 90 millimeter pistons and Nikasil coated cylinders, bolted to standard forged 911S connecting rods and forged 78.4 millimeter crankshaft with a magnesium alloy engine case. Displacement was thus increased to 2,681 cubic centimeters. With a 8.5:1 compression and Bosch mechanical fuel injection, the Type 911/83 engine produced 210 bhp at 6,300 rpm and 202 foot-pounds of torque at 5,100 rpm. This gave the RS quite stunning performance at a time when even the standard 2.4 911S could walk away from most of its competition. Contemporary road tests credited the RS with a 5.5 second time to for 0-60 sprints and a maximum speed of 150 mph.
With the unique welded on fender flares the RS could accommodate six and seven inch wide 16 inch Fuchs light alloy wheels. Most cars came with Carrera lettering in contrasting positive or negative script along the lower body, a smaller Porsche applique across the engine lid and a Carrera RS decal attached to the ducktail.
This car is a multi year Concourse restoration to the highest standards.