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Get Schooled About Porsche’s Special Carrera 2.7 RS

What’s the difference between the Sport and Touring models of the 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS? How did Porsche drop over 200 pounds from the RS to get the M471 model down to fighting fit? What’s the history of Porsche’s special Grand Prix White paint color? Where’s the collector market on these incredible examples of Porsche sporting history? What more could you possibly want to know about the 2.7 RS? You name it, Road Scholars is here to help you navigate the world of Porsche’s first RennSport model.

If there is anyone who might know the answers to all of these questions and more, it’s Cam Ingram from Road Scholars. He’s been surrounded by incredible Porsches like these for his entire life, and has probably driven just about every Porsche ever made. To call him an expert would be under selling it.

In the short video you’ll learn a bit about these crazy cool vintage lovelies. It’s also an opportunity to get up close and personal with a trio of cars that mere mortals don’t normally get to set foot anywhere near. Only 1308 examples of the Touring (M472) and 200 examples of the Sport (M471) were built in 1973, and while the value curve of these has flattened out lately, they’re still incredibly expensive to purchase, own, maintain, and insure. If you have the means, we highly recommend it.

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Porsche Celebrates Twenty Years of the 911 GT3

The GT3’s formula is something that stirs any driver with a drop of motor oil in their veins. A high-revving naturally-aspirated flat six engine closely related to the engine used in motorsports, rear wheel-drive, a lightweight construction, upgraded aerodynamics, and track-focused suspension made the GT3 a must for the drivers wanting a little more than what most supercars could offer. While there are cars with greatest statistics, the well-rounded nature of the GT3 has made it a wondrous car that still pulls at our heartstrings after twenty years. As we’ve seen, integrating more tech hasn’t dulled its appeal, either.

The successor to the 2.7 RS, the 996 GT3 ushered in a level of performance not available to customers for two decades.

Spiritual Successor

Upon its release in 1999, the Porsche GT3 was one of the few road cars to lap the Nurburgring in less than eight minutes; Walter Rohrl snagged a 7:56.33 in one of these edgy, temperamental, and rewarding cars. Lowered suspension, a distinct aero kit with an adjustable rear wing, a standard limited slip differential, adjustable suspension, and 360 horsepower made this one of the sharpest 911s available. While we Americans didn’t receive the GT3 until the 996 was facelifted, the two years on the market had us all waiting eagerly for the arrival of the next generation.

More Tech, More Speed

It was the 997 which captured the public’s attention Stateside. A bevy of new electronic systems, divided control arms, more power, and eventually center-lock hubs, the 997 was a step or two in practicality beyond the first iteration. Traction control, electronic stability control, and an optional front axle lift system made this generation of car a much more usable product, but still as capable over a backroad or a circuit. In fact, the 997 GT3 was significantly faster with a 7:40 lap at the ‘Ring.

Sophisticated but Pure

Continuing on that theme, the 991 introduced both a PDK gearbox and rear wheel-steering. These gadgets caused outrage among the purists, but the resulting performance only helped cement the 991 GT3’s reputation as one of the best track cars on sale. With its 3.8-liter’s 485 horsepower pushing a still svelte 3,153-lb car, the 991 GT3 became much more of a dragster than its predecessors, and its improved aero and agility helped chop another massive margin off its previous lap time at the Nurburgring. There aren’t many cars in the GT3’s price range which can dawdle around town comfortably and still set a ‘Ring time of 7:25.

Despite twenty years of electronic assistance and greater practicality, Porsche’s rawest car is still a hot-blooded machine. Perhaps it’s not as focused as its spiritual forebear, the 2.7 RS, but it’s still a thrilling, demanding car that rewards the talented. The 911 GT3 represents the beating heart of Porsche’s commitment to building pure, uncompromised sports cars—and proves that involvement and usability aren’t mutually exclusive.

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Clandestine Collecting- A Porsche Collection Built in Secret

After a bad riding accident Lisa Taylor swapped horses for Porsches, and built up a secret collection worth drooling over. Though she had owned Porsches since the early 1980s, a 911 replaced her first-generation RX-7 in 1981, it wasn’t until later that Lisa caught the collecting bug. Her current collection is nothing less than impressive. In addition to a handful of air-cooled Porsches, including an Oslo Blue 2.7RS, Lisa’s collection includes numerous modern GT-series models. After giving up horse racing Lisa purchased a black and orange 997 GT3 RS from no less than Patrick Dempsey, and things only spiraled from there.

Lisa is a car enthusiast through and through. She and her father built her first car in the 1970s, an Aztec kit car (which looks like this, for the uninitiated), and has owned performance cars of one sort or another ever since. Lisa won’t confess exactly how many cars she owns, preferring the secret to overt bragging. She does allude to Mclarens and Acura NSXs also in the collection, and what is on display ticks all the right boxes.

Lisa’s tastes run towards high performance models in extremely extroverted colors. While mint green, Rubystone Red, Amethyst Metallic and vivid oranges might not be best for keeping a low profile, they certainly suit the cars in her collection beautifully. One 911 even appears to be color matched to Bianchi Celeste Green rather than a Mint from the Porsche catalog.

Did we mention that all of Lisa’s cars wear Michelin tires? Kudos, Lisa, and we certainly wouldn’t mind if you kept showing off your collection a little bit at a time for a long time to come.

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Our Favorite Porsches On Ebay: Volume 114

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on eBay for nearly three years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing cars pop up now and again. This week we’re focusing on some rare versions of Porsche’s iconic 911. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our curated look at the Porsche market. Keep in mind, some of these Porsches could be great collection investments, while others might prove to do more financial harm than good.

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE?

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches on eBay. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. 1992 Porsche 911 RS Cup Race Car For Sale

One of only 25 original cars built, this 964 Cup is an incredible rarity. It was built by Andial for a racing series that never happened, so it’s an interesting piece of Porsche history. Allegedly these cars were re-built back to street trim, and some of them were re-converted back to race spec. The seller has no way to confirm that happened, but it makes for an interesting story. In any case, this racer has only 1241 miles on the clock, so you’ve got plenty of hours at your favorite track to get kickstarted.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

2. 1975 Porsche 911 Rinspeed Slantnose For Sale

This is an interesting car that looks about as wild as a Porsche can. With Gotti wheels, a roof spoiler, a slant nose, and a huge whale tail, this car will grab attention everywhere it goes. It’s a shame that it doesn’t have the go to match its show, as it remains a 1975 2.7-liter underneath. If you’re in a state that allows such things, maybe throw a supercharger on the thing and go burn rubber somewhere. This is an excellent start to a really cool period-correct build, but it definitely needs more power.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

3. 2016 Porsche 911 R For Sale

It wasn’t long ago these were changing hands for nearly a million dollars. They were limited release Porsches, which always causes a fervor, and they were enthusiast oriented. A custom order color package like this one would have gone for a mint. In a more sober post-GT3 Touring world, the prices of 911 Rs have receded a bit, but are still well in excess of the original MSRP. That this car has just 178 miles on the odometer is sad. Someone buy this and take it to a race track for a few thousand miles, please.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

4. 1973 Porsche 911 2.7L Carrera RS Lightweight For Sale

You don’t often see real-deal Carrera RS on eBay, and for good reason. There aren’t many folks who will plop down 1.3 million dollars on a photograph and a short description. This is a rare bird, however, and it may warrant a special trip to Ft. Lauderdale to go check it out if you’re really interested. This is a blue chip collector Porsche and should maintain its value for quite a while if it’s all numbers matching as described. Only 200 examples were built for the whole world to enjoy, so get it before it’s gone.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

5. 1996 Porsche 911 Targa In Turquoise Blue For Sale

This car looks so good in this picture that I almost mistook it for a video game screenshot. With a nice set of discontinued Fikse wheels, gorgeous not-quite-Riviera-blue paint, a factory option Limited Slip diff, and the rare but not quite desirable targa roof, this 993 is a combination of a number of difficult to find options. There are only 41,000 miles on the clock, but the whole car was repainted at one point, so it probably won’t ever be a properly collectible car. That means you should drive it until the wheels fall off!

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

 
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Porsche Brings The Chronology Of RS Models To The Isle Of Man For High Speed Hijinks

If you disregard the SC/RS, the 964 RS, and the 993 RS, the remaining seven generations of naturally aspirated RS model were on hand for Porsche’s most recent video experiment. With an original 2.7 RS, as well as every type of GT3 RS since the Euro-only 996, this is one truly exciting bunch of sports cars, all gathered for an incredible day of circulating the gorgeous roads of the Isle of Man. Famous for not having speed limits, and for the incredibly competitive (and dangerous) annual motorcycle race. Because of the locale’s close association with motorcycles, Porsche also brought out a Ducati Panigale, which they described as being the GT3 RS of motorcycles, in a way.

As Porsche puts it, the new 911 GT3 RS is just the latest car to bear the iconic name, and it was joined by the previous Porsches that helped build its reputation. The Isle of Man has a reputation, too. The circuit is very rough and uneven in places, as it is built on public streets. It’s also quite dangerous thanks to the walls, trees, and boulders just off the roadside. The new GT3 RS must have been designed from the outset to handle less than perfect roads like those on the Isle, because it worked perfectly to soak up the bumps and chatters of the conditions.

In addition to the 911, Porsche brought Isle of Man champion, and Ducati rider, Steve Plater, as well as the current TT circuit record holder on four wheels, Mark Higgins. There are probably no two people more experienced in the grand experience of Isle of Mans racing than these guys, and they’re on hand to help explain what makes the place so special. I certainly understand the appeal, but having never been there myself, I’m not sure I’ll get a complete feeling for it until I visit.

 
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