Motorsports Monday: 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight

This is no backdated 3.2 Carrera. It’s not an RS tribute or any other of the many modified 911s we see that attempt to replicate this car. It isn’t even an RS Touring. This is the real deal. The Holy Grail for many Porsche enthusiasts: a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight.

We aren’t told much about it and a few of the interior pieces are not original, but it is otherwise a very nice example in the color combination of Tangerine over Black. The mileage too appears to be very low showing only 18,158 kilometers. Anyone interested will need to do a lot of homework to fill in all of the details, but what a car these are.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight on eBay

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Ravenna Green 1973 Porsche 914-4 2.0

We all know I love coming across brightly colored Porsches. I love it even more when it’s a color we almost never see. Such is the case with this Ravenna Green 1973 Porsche 914-4 located in Arizona. Ravenna Green was a one-year-only color for the ’73 914. It exists within the realm of Lime Green as we’ve seen on the 911, though Ravenna is a little brighter and perhaps a bit more yellow. It fits right into the world of jelly bean colors that Porsche offered in the ’70s and it looks great on the 914, a car that I think always deserves a bright color. This particular 914 is fitted with the 2.0 liter flat-4 engine and while they don’t pack a ton of power they’re still capable of scooting along these light-weight mid-engined Porsches.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Ravenna Green 1973 Porsche 914-4 2.0 on Rennlist

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1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

Here is a 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in California, with just 22,598 miles on it. It comes from the latter part of 911 production in 1973 meaning it has the new Bosch CIS injection system rather than the mechanical fuel injection that had been used on all previous models. It is said to have recently been completely restored.

The very pretty exterior color is Dalmatian Blue, which I believe more commonly is known as Oxford Blue (Seeblau in German). It shows quite brightly here, perhaps a little brighter than other Oxford Blue 911s I’ve seen though I suspect that is down to the lighting of the pictures. Still, it’s a nice shade of blue. Here it’s contrasted with a Beige interior and I think the whole thing looks quite good. It’s priced quite high for a 911T, but with such low mileage I guess we have to expect sellers to be seeking a premium.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe on eBay

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1973 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5

The glorious run of the Mercedes-Benz W108 and W109 wrapped up production in 1972 to make way for the W116 that launched the S-Class name. Except for us lucky North Americans who got another model year of the W108 and W109 in 1973. I think the fine people at Mercedes probably just wanted to dump the last of the remaining stock across the ocean because what are buyers really going to do about it? Get on the internet in 1973 to complain about it? That leads me to today’s car. This 1973 280SE 4.5 up for sale in New Jersey isn’t perfect and has a few flaws, but that is the beauty of this one.

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Chartreuse 1973 Porsche 911T Targa

There are very few cars that will pop off the page like this 1973 Porsche 911T Targa. Chartreuse will do that. The color even sounds bright and vibrant. The Birch Green GT3 RS I posted a couple of weeks back gives it competition. I’ve seen Acid Green show up of late and it’s another. If you desire a very bright green with yellow hues from almost any era of the 911’s life then Porsche has you covered.

There is something about it on an early 911 though that makes the color pop even more. The chrome accents help highlight the color, the Targa roll hoop accentuates that feel even more, the Fuchs, the fat tires showing that extra bit of black, and perhaps even the less rounded design. All of these come together to make a bright color seem even brighter.

It goes without saying that this color is rare and while I don’t know how popular it was in the early ’70s there seems to have been a recent revival of Porsche greens. A lot of them are showing up as PTS options on modern 911s. Relative to the proliferation of the standard blacks, silvers, and whites you’re still not likely to see one often, but perhaps their overall desirability is on the uptick. Either way, this one looks phenomenal and I’m sure it’ll grab all of the attention on any cruise.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Chartreuse 1973 Porsche 911T Targa at Makello’s Classics

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1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL

I get really excited when I come across a nice W116 Mercedes-Benz. Full disclosure, it is probably because I own one and enjoy it a lot. When I caught a glimpse of this 1973 450SEL up for sale in Chicago, my ears really perked up. Being a 1973, the first year for the W116 in North America, it meant that this car had its proper slim bumpers and not the diving boards they put on these cars from 1974 to 1980. Not only that, but I saw some red leather peeking out from inside the car. Now I was really interested! Come to find out, this 450SEL had just 54,000 miles on and looks to be in exceptional shape. Of course the gears in my head started turning and I started to guess how much this prime example was going to command. When I found out, I wasn’t too surprised, but I also knew that this car wasn’t going to be a quick sale just because of what the W116 is.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL on eBay

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Kelly Green 1973 Porsche 911T Targa with 3,369 Miles

Let’s return to the auctions coming up this weekend. When perusing the lots available, it is not uncommon to see a few Porsche 911T peppered in among the many rare and multi-million-dollar cars on offer. Even as the lowest rung on the Porsche ladder, these entry-level examples still show significant appeal. So I wasn’t surprised to see this one. It’s bright exterior attracted my attention immediately. Then I saw the estimate: $220,000-$260,000. For a 911T? What sort of insanity is this?!

It turns out there are a lot of reasons for the very high estimate and while we can never be sure whether such heights actually will be reached I am confident that this will be one of the nicest and most original examples of the 911T that we’ll come across.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Kelly Green 1973 Porsche 911T Targa at Gooding & Co.

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1973 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5

I never get tired of a really nice Mercedes-Benz W108/W109. From the 2.5 liter up through the legendary 6.3 and with a bunch of options in between, you can get your fix just about any way you want with them. Honestly, this thing is so handsome it could have a tiny OM615 that makes 55 horsepower and I’d still be happy with it. The square contours on this thing are all sized perfectly but at the same time doesn’t feel like a small car. Despite only having an eight year production run from 1965 to 1973 and pumping out over 380,000 examples, these sedans have stuck around. You can find them in almost every condition for almost every price. Today’s example, a 1972 280SE 4.5 up for sale in California, is one of those better ones.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5 V8 on eBay

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Viper Green 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

There’s a reason certain colors persist in Porsche lore and continue to show up as paint-to-sample options many years later. Which of those (typically pastels) is best definitely is a worthy debate. This one makes a compelling argument for its case.

Viper Green is one of those early pastels. It has gone through some changes in its precise shade and at one point even was a metallic rather than the more traditional non-metallic pastel. Here, on this 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe with just 24,613 miles, it shows the allure of this color in particular and these pastels in general about as well as I could imagine the color doing so. It shows such wonderful brightness and depth to its green that there’s little I can say to convince you of its appeal. Like any very bright color you’ll like it or you won’t, but generally these colors tend to transcend to some degree and garner appreciation from a wide array of buyers.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Viper Green 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe at 4 Star Classics

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1973 Porsche 911S Coupe

I wasn’t really looking for this 911, but it was impossible to pass by. This actually makes two straight posts of 911s too striking and pretty to ignore. Here we see a Gold Metallic 1973 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in Massachusetts, with Tan leatherette interior and a claimed 71,721 miles on it. It has sports seats and a sunroof. It also is said to be well documented with records going back to its inception. It looks stunning!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 Porsche 911S Coupe on Excellence Magazine

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