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Since its inception in 1965, the Porsche 911 has been modified, both by private teams and the factory itself, for racing, rallying and other types of automotive competition. It is often cited as the most successful competition car ever, especially when its variations are included, mainly the powerful 935. In the international poll for the award of Car of the Century, the 911 came fifth after the Ford Model T, the Mini, the Citroën DS and the Volkswagen Beetle. It is the most successful surviving application of the air (or water) cooled opposed rear engine layout pioneered by its original ancestor, the Volkswagen Beetle.
Two years after the initial release of the 911, Porsche introduced the more powerful 911S, the engine’s power raised to a lively 170hp at the wheels. Alloy wheels from Fuchs, in a distinctive 5-leaf design, were offered for the first time. In racing at the same time, the S engine was installed in the mid-engined Porsche 904 and Porsche 906 and was developed to well over 200hp. Performance and pedestrian versions of the 911 continued and would continue on into the present day, with high and lower output versions of the same car always being available to suit a variety of needs.
The performance model that would stun the buying public of the early 1970s and that have almost always valued by collectors was the 1973 Carrera RS. The acronym means Rennsport in German, meaning motorsport or circuit racing. The Carrera name was reintroduced from the 356 Carrera which had itself been named after Porsche’s victories in the Carrera Panamericana races in Mexico in the 1950s. The RS was built so that Porsche could enter racing formulae that demanded that a certain minimum number of production cars were made. Compared with a standard 911S that still sported a displacement just under 2.2 liters, the Carrera 2.7 RS had a larger 2.7 liter engine developing 207 hp with mechanical FI, revised and stiffened suspension, a "ducktail" rear spoiler, larger brakes, wider rear wheels and rear wings. In RS Touring form it weighed 2370 pounds, in Sport Lightweight form it was about 220 pounds lighter, the saving coming from the thin-gauge steel used for parts of the bodyshell and also the use of thinner glass. In total, 1580 were made, comfortably exceeding the 500 that had to be made to qualify for the vital FIA Group 4 class. In addition, 49 Carrera RS cars were built with 2808 cc engines producing a mind-blowing 314hp.
This 1973 Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 was delivered new in Eggenstein, Germany on April 13, 1973. The ownership history is fully documented by the original German title, or Fahrzeugbrief. It spent its early German life near its production home of Stuttgart. Nine years after it was originally built, the car was purchased by an American collector who has continuously maintained and preserved it until now. As an all numbers-matching car including engine, transmission, exterior color and interior trim and one of just 71 Viper Green RS’s produced, this is a rare and near unrepeatable example. The car comes with the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, shipping documentation from Germany and other historical documents and records pertaining to the car. It is still wearing its last German license plate!