1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight

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Canepa is offering this stunning Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight for sale. Previously part of the well-known Dick Moran Porsche collection. Early 1st Series Carrera RS – Chassis 0476. Rare M471 Lightweight specification. Matching numbers engine and transmission. Extremely rare dalmatian blue.

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The Carrera RS is one of the most revered cars in the Porsche lineage, and is regarded as one of the finest sports cars of the 1970’s. Revealed at the 1972 Paris Auto Show, it was a factory special built to meet the homologation rules of FIA Group 4 racing. The RS (“Rennsport”) was almost invincible at Le Mans, Daytona and the Targa Florio, often winning outright against pure racing prototypes. It’s not often you would see the same car on the podium one day, and passing you on the open road the next. The 911 RS is conclusive proof that one of Porsche’s greatest skills was building a car that was immensely competitive at the track, and yet equally competent as a street car.

Porsche had only intended to produce 500 Carrera RS examples, set on making just enough to homologate the RS to go racing. These “1st series” cars are highly coveted, sporting thinner sheet metal from the factory and were focused on being lightweight, offering a “purer” experience. However, the automotive publics appetite for the Carrera RS platform meant that Porsche ultimately made 2 more rounds of cars, producing a further 1,080 examples. These later versions (often referred to as series 2, or series 3 cars) had thicker sheet metal, and were generally heavier than their 1st series siblings.

This 911 Carrera RS, #0476, was optioned in Dalmatian Blue, and additionally specified as an M471 Lightweight model intended for racing. Delivered new to France, this Carrera RS Lightweight would be brought to the U.S. later on. Over the next few years the car was traded a couple of times. The RS Lightweight then landed in the collection of Dick Moran, who decided to restore chassis #0284 to its factory original, as-delivered condition, and entrusted the task to one of the world’s foremost experts, Nate Cantwell.

In conversation with Cantwell, he was able to recall both the restoration, and condition of the Carrera RS when he first received it. #0476 was so memorable to Cantwell due to the fact that it had, remarkably for a street legal race car, remained untouched, and still retained its factory installed engine and gearbox. During the restoration, the car was completely stripped to the bare metal, revealing intact factory welds and factory original thin “lightweight” sheet metal. It was also discovered that the RS retained all of its original M471 Lightweight accessories, including the sport seats, door panels, and other minimalistic features. Cantwell proceeded to expertly restore #0284 from the ground up, ensuring that every component was factory correct, and to original RS Lightweight configuration. It was then presented at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours where the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 was being celebrated.

The first series of 911 Carrera RS cars spanned only 500 examples, and having such a well-maintained and expertly restored example come through Canepa’s doors is always a welcome sight, and inspecting a car such as this is always a special occasion. With chassis #0476 Canepa presents the opportunity to own a celebrated piece of Porsche’s homologation history, one that you can drive and enjoy on the street, and is the perfect example of duality that Porsche has built its reputation upon.

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