It is our pleasure to present this legendary 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight finished in Tangerine. Widely recognized as the purest and most significant Porsche 911 of all time, the original Carrera RS was developed as a special limited-edition model within Porsche’s racing department for the purpose of homologating the 911 for Group 4 Special GT racing. The RS was derived from the F-program and utilized a special lightweight construction, stiffer suspension, a larger 2.7L flat-six engine, and revised bodywork including the iconic ducktail rear spoiler. Porsche would go on to produce a total of 1,580 Carrera RS 2.7 cars, of which only 200 were configured as bare-bones M471 "Lightweight" sport models. Produced in April of 1973 and delivered new to Italy, this M471 Lightweight example was treated to a complete restoration prior to being imported to the U.S. and has recently obtained a Porsche Classic Technical Certificate confirming the car’s origins, specifications, and engine number. Considered by many to be the holy grail of all Porsche 911s, this rare and highly coveted Carrera RS Lightweight is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Florida.
During the restoration, this RS was completely refinished in its original nonmetallic shade of Tangerine. Distinctive black Carrera graphics run along both sides of the car as well as a Porsche logo across the rear end and a Carrera RS designation on the underside of the ducktail rear spoiler. The front Porsche crest was also applied as a decal to save wieght. The bodyshell of the RS was constructed from thinner gauge steel and utilized wider rear fender flares to accommodate the rear wheels. On the Lightweight M471 version, the front and rear bumpers were made from glass reinforced plastic along with the rear decklid. The exterior trim from the standard 911 was removed along with much of the underbody coating for the purpose of weight savings. The 15” Fuchs alloy wheels measure 6” wide in front and 7” wide in the rear, and come fitted with colored Porsche center crests and Pirelli P6000 tires.
The black leatherette interior of the RS features basic felt carpeting, black rubber mats, simple door panels with manual window cranks, thinner glass, and lightweight Recaro bucket seats. In the pursuit of maximum weight savings Porsche had omitted the clock, radio, sound deadening, air conditioning, glovebox lid, and rear seats. This example has been fitted with a MOMO Prototipo steering wheel, Vosstek aluminum pedal covers, MOMO 4-point safety harnesses, sun visors, and a fire extinguisher with a Brey-Krause mount beneath the passenger seat.
In comparison with standard 2.4L 911s of the time, the RS was equipped with a larger 2.7L flat-six engine featuring Bosch mechanical fuel injection and Nikasil-coated aluminum cylinders. Driving the rear wheels is a 5-speed 915 manual gearbox specially adapted with a heavier clutch spring as well as taller 4th and 5th gears. Suspension enhancements for the RS include gas-filled Bilstein struts, 18mm/19mm front and rear stabilizer bars, reinforced suspension mounts, and a light alloy front suspension support. The disc brakes were carried over from the 911S model. The combination of a powerful engine, lightweight construction, and fine-tuned suspension resulted in one of the greatest driving 911s ever produced. The recent Porsche Classic Technical Certificate is provided for reference in the photo gallery.
The sale of this Carrera RS Lightweight will include the Porsche Classic Certificate and a clean title. Do not miss this very special opportunity to own what is commonly regarded as the greatest Porsche 911 of all time.