Motorsports Monday: 1975 Porsche 911 RSR

Let’s say for a moment that you came into an extraordinary amount of money and wanted to go vintage automobile racing. Of course, to prove your worth as an enthusiast, you’ll want to buy a historically significant car that will impress all the long bottom jaws, and few raise more eyebrows in the German realm right now than the 911. Truth told, the 911 is really the ‘new money’ of the vintage world – go try racing antique Bugattis or Ferraris, for example, and you’ll soon laugh at the budgets of Porsche racers…but I digress.

Ironically, there was a point in history where your scenario from today wouldn’t have been all that different from the past. Take the case of Diego Febles. Diego was born in Cuba under the notorious dictator Batista, but left in 1957 for “political reasons” you may have heard of at one point. Finally landing in Puerto Rico, Diego took to racing, and specifically racing Porsches. In the 1970s, this led him to be linked up with Peter Gregg’s Brumos Porsche group, and Diego proceeded to buy and build cars which mimicked Gregg’s famous liveries.

In his own right, Febels was fairly accomplished as a racer. He raced some of the most famous races in the world; of course the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring were naturals that Gregg and Brumos had excelled at, but he also raced at Road America, Mosport, Mid Ohio and finally even at Le Mans. This particular car is claimed to be his last ‘RSR’, but looks can be deceiving:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR at Atlantis Motor Group

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Tuner Tuesday: 1995 Ruf BTR – REVISIT

The 993 market is red hot right now, and few cars stir the emotions of enthusiasts quite like the Turbo models. Of course, this car wasn’t originally a Turbo, but the nameplate on the front and rear more than makes up for that shortcoming – it is the 1995 Ruf BTR press car for the U.S.. Converted originally by Ruf Auto Center, this car has continually risen in price over the past few years. Since November, it has moved from Texas and it’s original $129,000 asking price to Missouri – an expensive move, apparently, since the asking price is now $149,888. Now, I haven’t shipped a car between states, but knowing some people that have (and the type of cars they ship…) I’m pretty certain that’s not a $21,000 trip. It equates to $29 a mile, if you’re counting. Does $150,000 sound like too much for a non-original, but documented history converted Ruf car?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Ruf BTR on eBay

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1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupe

$1.4 million. That was the selling price of a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight at last year’s Amelia Island auctions and it sparked quite a clamor within the Porsche market for anyone seeking to own one of these great machines. Or course, not every Carrera RS will ever see that sort of price; the Carrera RS Lightweight is probably the most sought after of what is already a highly sought after car so some of the high price comes down to those combinations of rarity. But the price of every Carrera RS went up following that auction. That rise also brought with it a concurrent rise in the price of the car we see here: a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupe, located in Illinois. Mechanically, these cars were essentially a 1973 Carrera RS Touring, but they were now surrounded by the redesigned body with impact bumpers that debuted in 1974. The resulting car possessed Carrera RS levels of performance, just with a slightly different look. For those on the market today, the Carrera 2.7 MFI provides an alternative: Carrera RS performance and highly collectible, but with a significantly lower cost of entry.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupe on eBay

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1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe

The 1974 Carrera is one of those 911s that I enjoy spending some time lingering over the details. As the first to sport the redesigned body it’s interesting to get a sense of how Porsche chose to transition from the beloved long-hood 911 to these with impact bumpers, especially when we consider that the basic shell of this design would be with us for another 15 years. There are a lot of interesting touches on these cars, from the Carrera side graphics with color-matched wheels to the use of the ducktail rear spoiler, that set them apart from other mid-year 911s. The 1974 models tend to show the most value of the 911s produced from 1974-1977 and the Carrera is the only model that’s shown the ability to compete in value with a long-hood 911. The example seen here is a restored Grand Prix White 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe, located in Georgia. The listed mileage is 1,974 miles, which I presume is the miles traveled since it was restored.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe on eBay

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1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

We are all on the hunt for interesting cars that possess some combination of performance, rarity, or a great color combination, AND that can be had at good value. Among air-cooled 911s the latter part of that search has become nigh impossible, especially when looking at cars that retain their full originality. Searching for value then becomes a matter of negotiating priorities: mileage, modifications, maintenance history, et cetera. The car we see here, a 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, fits squarely within these categories. It has some modifications to the suspension and exhaust, along with a couple of other changes for aesthetic purposes, and while nearly 90K miles isn’t high mileage for a 20-year-old car it is high enough to dissuade some collectors. All considered, though, this could make an excellent driver and for anyone looking to have an air-cooled 911 to drive it’s tough to beat a 993!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe on eBay

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