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.
The end of Summer has many traditions; the days wane as children head back to school. Temperatures fall as families head towards apple orchards and plan for haunted hay rides. Pumpkin spice is everywhere. But there’s one tradition I’ve particularly enjoyed for the last few years; the live stream from West Sussex, England of the Goodwood Revival.
For me, a lover of vintage cars and especially vintage race cars, it’s a special treat. Both of the events put on by Lord March are impressive in their own right, and if you want to see a little bit of everything the season opener Festival of Speed is probably the venue you should consider. But if you want to see cars and motorcycles from periods you weren’t even alive for race flat-out, the Revival is the one to tune in to. Heavily modified Jaguars, Ferraris, Aston-Martins, and just about everything in between head to the track as combinations of professional and amateur drivers (at least, those with quite deep pockets) take their prized possessions to the limit and sometimes beyond. You might be lucky enough once in your life to witness an original GT40 in person; head to the Revival, and you’ll run across a dozen or so of the model, many of which are driven nearly as quickly as they were originally. This is coupled with period livery and dress on one of the fastest circuits in England, filmed with some of the best cameras out there. The result, as a car lover, is one of the most evocative spectacles conceivable.
Each time I witness a Goodwood event, my love of these race-prepared vintage cars is re-inspired. And though this particular BMW 2002 is just a few years too new to be eligible for competition at the Goodwood circuit, it caught my attention because of the claimed IMSA link. This chassis, while not an original BMW factory racer, was originally constructed and raced in the IMSA RS series in the early 1970s, making it the perfect candidate for vintage racing today:
There aren’t many more highly regarded classic 911s than the Porsche 911 Carrera Club Sport. Any Porsche Club Sport model likely will be well regarded, but with demand for an air-cooled 911 continually increasing it is the 911 Club Sport that receives the most serious attention. The 911 CS followed the standard protocol of track-oriented models by going on a significant diet that stripped away most everything that wasn’t necessary. It lacks fog lights, rear seats, A/C, power windows, locks, and seats, as well as a few items, such as the passenger sun visor, that we may not think much about, but which still added extra unneeded pounds. Handling was improved through a lower suspension and a set of stiffer Bilsteins and while the engine mostly was similar to the standard 3.2 Carrera its rev limit was raised by around 500 rpm providing a few extra moments of top-end ferocity. The example we see here is a rare Dark Blue 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Club Sport, located in New York, with 26,842 miles on it. Most Club Sports were produced in Grand Prix White so coming across one in another color is certainly uncommon.
Motorsports seems to undergo a giant leap every decade or so, where rules changes or massive shifts in technological innovation immediately render the existing designs antiquated. I was thinking of this while watching Le Mans a few nights ago; only a decade after the swoopy 917s ruled the tracks of Europe, the ground effects era of the 956/962 would be ushered in. Fast forward another 10 years and they’d be effectively completely gone because of rule changes as prototypes moved towards open cockpit designs once again. Innovation was not limited to prototypes, though; everything from touring cars to Formula 1 goes through similar cycles of design and innovation, and for fans of each series there are favorite periods. For many in Formula 1, there are the evocative memories of the wingless Cosworth-DFV powered V8 missiles sliding around Spa’s course – or perhaps the flame-spitting Turbo Era and the birth of the Senna legend. For Touring Car fans, it comes down to preference, but I love watching those early to mid-1990s BTCC races, personally. And in World Rally, for many it’s the era that defined the spectacle of the WRC; the roaring Quattro and it’s complete revision of the rules of how to go off-road racing. Big budgets, legendary designers and drivers, an unconventional layout and one absolutely roaring 5-cylinder soundtrack was a recipe worthy of the notoriety the Quattro has gained:
The 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup we featured back in May is on offer again, with a price reduction of a little over $10,000. It’s still not pocket change, but with air-cooled prices on the move, this rare, competition focused 964 is sure to be a top prize in the vintage Porsche portfolio years on.
The below post originally appeared on our site May 11, 2015:
Most people who reside in New York City could not envision owning a car, let alone one that is prepared solely for on-track use. But, you never know what curiosities you’ll stumble upon in The City That Never Sleeps, which is why this race prepped Porsche Boxster S hanging out on Manhattan’s Lower West Side isn’t all too surprising. On offer from our friends at Classic Car Club Manhattan, this first generation Boxster S is ready to race, right on time as the warm weather hits and you are no doubt itching to tackle your favorite road course.
The E21 might have been the first BMW badged as a 3 series, but it is one of those rare instances where its successor became wildly more popular than the original. But, given that E30 prices are on the move, perhaps the E21 will become the new affordable BMW classic. This particular 320 is an early one, as production commenced in 1975. The E21 wasn’t the most visible BMW in motorsport, but it did make appearances in both the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (DTM) and Group 5 racing, where it would succeed the 3.0CSL. The E21 was also active in IMSA, and this particular 1975 320 was the first of its kind to win a race in that series.
The Porsche 911 is a versatile vehicle when it comes to motorsport. Rallying, LeMans, even the International Race of Champions employed the venerable rear-engined sports car in competition. This 1975 911 3.0 RSR is a tribute to a 911 campaigned by famous Porsche mechanic, dealer and racer Vasek Polak. It was Polak who, in 1959, opened the first Porsche only dealership in the United States. That RSR was campaigned successfully in IMSA in 1975 and would be raced until 1981, racking up more victories along the way. This 911 3.0 RSR is a recreation of that impressive machine, on offer in Southern California.
Homologation for motorsport is nothing new, but it’s uncommon that a vehicle will make the transition into multiple race series. Mercedes-Benz had intentions of rally competition with the 190E when it was introduced in the early 1980s, but, as they say, life is timing. With the Audi Quattro lighting up the World Rally scene, Mercedes became a bit gun shy of the proposition. Instead, they decided to go racing in the newly devised Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (German Touring Car) race series. The first years of this series were legendary, with Mercedes going head to head with E30 BMW M3s on the track in some epic battles.
The two competition 190Es we’ll take a look at today were intended for two very different race series. The first 190E we’ll take a look at is for sale in Holland and was intended for the rally circuit.
40 years ago Roger Penske created the IROC racing series as a means of throwing together a bunch of identical race cars and letting the drivers sort out who’s best. When the series began, the car Penske had chosen was the Porsche 911. 15 Porsches, identical in every way other than color, were built for the series. Based largely off the 3.0 Carrera RS, the IROC 911 used a version of the 3.0 RS engine tuned nearly to RSR-spec (316 hp) and came in with a weight just over 2100 lbs. The body was mostly that of the 3.0 RS, but with a whale tail rather than the RS’s duck tail, and the interior was basically that of the RSR. After their initial first year, Penske chose to switch to Camaros for the IROC series and the IROC 911s were sold off and most were repurposed where possible for another racing series. These cars were featured in the November issue of Excellence magazine and I would encourage anyone interested in any further details to check out the article there. That brings us to the car featured here: a reproduction of those mid-70s IROC 911 racers. This is a fully-sorted vintage racer that utilizes a 3.0 flat-six and was designed to mirror the IROC 3.0 Carrera RS. Given that very few of the original cars remain with us, this car provides a rare chance to at least have a look at a unique point in Porsche racing history.
Model: 911 RSR IROC Clone
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
1974 PORSCHE RSR IROC CLONE
Professionally restored and maintained by renowned Cox Motorsports. One of the country’s most recognized Porsche builders. Race proven and well sorted with only 20 hours since engine rebuild. Rebuilds occur every 60-65 hours.
Block is a 3.0 with turbo oil pump, Pauter connecting rods, JE pistons, Cox ported heads, stainless valves, Crower valve springs, custom ground cams, PMO 50mm carbs, Clewette ignition. 11½ – 12½ compression. 915 gear box w/8:31 ring & pinion. Gearbox has an oil recycler pump and all 5 gears are race or factory ratios. Turbo axles, all 4 corners are Turbo suspension. Brakes custom valve shocks. Holly fuel pump w/Aeroquip lines. All oil lines are Aeroquip. Stock mounted oil tank. Autometer gauges are mechanical w/fuel pump cut off wired in line w/oil pressure switch.
Fuel Safe cell less than 5 years old. On board Phoenix fire suppression system.
Quaff limited slip. Cox custom 6x2x1 race exhaust. 8 & 10” wheels with Fuchs centers & BBS outer rims. Hoosier tires. Timing transponder. Removable steering wheel. Aluminum Butler seat. Car weighs 2125 lbs.
A great car ready to compete in Vintage and Porsche Club racing.
I’d like a few more details on the engine specs and other components to get a fuller sense of this car’s racing ability prior to purchase. If the car’s mechanicals replicate those of the IROC RS as closely as the exterior does then this would be an excellent driver and offer fantastic performance. We typically see a vintage Porsche race car sell somewhere in the neighborhood of $30,000 so this car comes with a little bit of a markup. With that said, given the pedigree of the racing series if this car is a full clone of the IROC cars then the price here is probably an excellent bargain. An original IROC would certainly cost many, many dollars more so for most of us a clone such as this is our best chance at having the opportunity to drive a piece of Porsche history.