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911 Carrera RS 3.0 – 230 ch [1974]

Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS v 3.0 RS: Improving The Breed

Up ahead, Total 911 Editor, Lee, is having a very good day at work. How can I tell just from looking at the back of his head? Well, he’s behind the wheel of a genuine, first 500, M471 ‘Sport’ specification 2.7 RS, and no one can have a bad day when in the driver’s seat of such a legendary 911.

It’s even finished in Grand Prix white with the blue side script and colour-coded Fuchs. With the sun glinting off the famous bürzel, it looks sublime. At this particular moment, I’d wager that I’m having an even better time though, and not just thanks to the glorious view of the original Rennsport shooting up the road ahead of me.

You see, Lee may be at the helm of a 2.7 RS, but in a game of very expensive Top Trumps, I have one-upped him on this occasion by precisely 307cc. The 3.0 RS that I’m currently piloting through the Essex lanes was launched just a year after Lee’s car and yet, it is often forgotten in debates regarding RS royalty.

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However, from all objective perspectives, the 1974 Carrera RS is the better car. Maybe it is the 3.0-litre car’s incredible rarity that has turned it into a forgotten hero – just 109 cars were built (51 were full racing spec RSRs) – or maybe there is something more intangible that has elevated the 2.7 RS onto its pedestal among the Porsche gods. That’s what today’s family reunion is all about.

Getting these two Rennsport legends on the same stretch of tarmac has not been easy; over the last half a century, Zuffenhausen has released nearly 900,000 Neunelfers into the wild, with 2.7 RS M471s and 3.0 RSs accounting for a mere 258 of these.

If my maths is correct, the probability of getting these two together was one in 75 million! Those are some pretty long odds but, after nearly two years of searching, we finally did it. And, bloody hell, is it worth it.

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Short of chasing down Jürgen Barth in a 964 RS, my pursuit of the 2.7 RS from the cockpit of its 3.0-litre successor is the surrealist experience I’ve enjoyed during my three years in this job.

As if to make the whole thing even more incredible, I’m strapped into the lightweight Recaro bucket seat, shifting with my left hand in one of only six right-hand-drive 1974 RSs ever made. It’s not just the orientation of the steering wheel that makes this particular 3.0 RS so special either.

Currently owned by ex-historic racing ace, Nigel Corner, chassis no. 099 was originally ordered by Lord Alexander Hesketh, head of the eponymous racing team that vaulted James Hunt to Formula One stardom in 1973.

To read our Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS v 3.0 RS head-to-head in full, pick up Total 911 issue 145 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.

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Porsche 911 Carrera RS Tops Porsche-Only Auction at $630,678

At Silverstone Auctions’ recently Porsche Sale 2015, a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring sold for an impressive 410,725 pounds. It was one of many classic and modern Porsche models sold throughout the auction. The 1973 Carrera RS 2.7 in question has passed through multiple car collections and is one of just 1508 examples

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Porsche 911 Carrera RS Tops Porsche-Only Auction at $630,678

Poll: What is your favourite generation of Porsche 911 RS?

There have been 11 different Porsche 911 RS variations since the famous ‘Rennsport’ moniker was introduced for 1973. The have become some of the most sought after models in the 911 range and, in a few months, the 991 generation is expected to be bolstered by the 991 GT3 RS’s arrival.

Now, we want you to choose your favourite Rennsport Porsche 911 from the last 42 years. Voting will close on 13 January with the results published in issue 123 of Total 911 so get voting now!


The forgotten Porsche 911 RS

Carrera 3.0 RS front quarter

Below are a few extracts from the feature, taking a look at this incredibly rare Porsche 911. While the Carrera 2.7 RS may be the iconic Rennsport offering, the 3.0 RS is definitely not a car to forget in a hurry.

As soon as I opened the workshop doors and saw the colour, she won me over. I’m a sucker for any kind of blue 911, and this Mexico Blue hue is absolutely gorgeous.

Away from the colour, we are of course looking at the 3.0 RS. Mention desirable Seventies Porsches to people, and the instant reaction is “2.7 RS,” perhaps closely followed by “917”.

But in among the familiar designations of RSR, RS, RS Touring and the like sits the 3.0 RS, one of the rarest Seventies 911s. Six right-hand-drive cars were built worldwide, five of which were shipped to the UK and one to Australia.

Carrera 3.0 RS rear

They’re so rare that they’re not known by their chassis or registration numbers, but by colour: white, black, red, yellow and this Mexico Blue example.

We’re not able to drive this car today, as it’s about to be returned to its owner. Lord Mexborough is a gentleman of note in Porsche 911 circles, and has just spent a considerable sum having this RS refurbished for the first time in her life.

But it does need to be moved for photography. The 3.0 RS weighed in at just 900kg, making it possible to push with one hand. I open the door and climb inside.

Carrera 3.0 RS interior

The door pulls shut with that featherweight motorsport feel that only super-light cars have. Not a sound deadened ‘thunk’ of BOSE speakers, window motors and airbags, but a purposeful metallic ring.

Those bucket seats are very low backed as you slide into them. Tightly supportive on the lower back and hips, but ending at my shoulder blades, giving a curious feeling of vulnerability.

To read more of this feature, pick up your copy of Total 911 issue 102 from the Imagine Shop. Inside you will also find a plethora of other ‘Rennsport’ articles, as well as an in depth look at the awesome Porsche JLP-3 935 Le Mans racer.

Carrera 3.0 RS front

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