In 1973, Porsche introduced the 911 Carrera RS to meet motorsport homologation requirements. It had a larger 2.7L engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection and revised and stiffened suspension, compared to previous models. However, for the 1974 IROC Championship, RSR models were fitted with the 3.0 engine, and were sold to racing teams. One example of this car, the 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0, was a demonstration car that was used to sell the car’s capabilities to potential buyers. Now it’s up for auction.
In 1974, the car was bought new by Sydney Butler, who after three years sold it to the owner of Stoddard Imported Cars, Charles Stoddard, who kept the car carefully garaged and maintained as needed. It remained in his possession for almost two decades, after which it was sold to a Japanese collector. In 2004, the car was sold again in the United States, and the new owner replaced the clutch and rear shock absorbers. In 2017, it was sold to a new owner, when it became part of the White Collection.
From the moment the car left the factory until today, it has maintained its original condition with its original white paint and gold-highlighted Carrera RS script. Also, it is equipped with original Pirelli tires, and the owner kept the car in the best condition with occasional correction of paintwork and the rims to factory specifications.
This Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0 is certainly the best preserved example of this model and is one of only 55 produced. It is powered by a 3.0L aircooled flat-six engine with 230 hp (170 kW) and 203 lb-ft (275 Nm) of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. The five-digit odometer shows 29,452 kilometers (~18,301 miles).
The auction will take place on February 2 in Houston, TX, and the estimated value of the car is $2,250,000 – $2,750,000 USD.
Source: RM Sotheby’s