Displacement: 2,687 cc
Horsepower: 207 bhp @ 6,300 rpm
Engine Torque: 188 ft lb @ 5,100 rpm
Top Speed: 149 mph
0 - 60 mph: 6.3 seconds
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For 1973, Porsche realized that they needed to up the ante in order to remain competitive on the racing scene. The rules at that time stipulated that manufacturers had to produce (homologate) a certain number (500) of identical cars for them to be accepted for production car racing. To this end, they created the Carrera RS (Rennsport) 2.7. This was basically a lightened version of their existing 2.4 litre 911S with a larger 2.7 litre engine. The Carrera name referenced their earlier class victories with the 356 in the Carrera Panamericana races in the 1950s and the RS stood for Rennsport (literally, race sport in German). It was offered in both Lightweight and Touring versions. Though a one-year only model, in total, 1,580 were produced and they have become the most sought after 911s of all time. Then, for 1974 (for all markets other than the U.S.), Porsche offered a new top-of-the-range model, the 911 Carrera 2.7. This was essentially identical to the 1973 Carrera RS, both mechanically and bodily, with the same widened arches. The main difference being the new-for-1974, federally mandated, impact bumpers. Even with these however, it still weighed in at exactly the same weight as the RS Touring version (1,075 kg) and therefore had identical performance and handling. (In fact, Porsche wouldn't build a faster normally-aspirated production model until 1988!!) The Carrera 2.7 was built in very limited numbers until production ceased in 1976.
The car offered here is one of only 508 examples built for 1975 and was delivered with a factory sliding steel sunroof. Finished in Grand Prix White with black interior, it was sold new in Italy where it remained with its original owner until 2012 when it was sold to an Austrian collector before coming to the States in 2013. It is in superb condition throughout and is very strong mechanically.
With Touring versions of the 1973 Carrera RS regularly selling for well in excess of $400,000, these fractionally younger but virtually identical twins currently represent an incredible opportunity to own one of the greatest Porsches built, for a fraction of the cost.