Motorsports Monday: 1986 Porsche 911 IROC RSR Replica

For some time, one of the most popular race car trends with Porsche 911s was updating them; for the most part, people would take 1970s and early 1980s 911s and dress then in 964, 993 or in rare cases even the 996. With prices the way that they are on early 911s today, that may seem sacrilegious to many! So it’s not hugely surprising that with the surge in prices of early 911s – in particular, some of the rare racing models – increasingly instead of updating many modifying the venerable track tools have instead started to backdate the cars to earlier looks. Without a doubt, one of the most popular looks in the 911 scene is the RS and RSR models from the early 1970s – a time that really defined the Porsche legend as the defacto street to track weapon. Today’s example is one such backdated car; starting with a 1986 911, the builder selected the early 70s RSR look with IROC body panels. But the transformation of this 80s icon is more than skin deep, as underneath we find a 964-sourced 3.6 flat-6 good for 250 horsepower:

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe Restomod

Backdating an air-cooled 911 to resemble one of its much-beloved long-hood brethren has become quite popular and it’s always a joy to see the various ways in which builders choose to pick and choose from the 911 parts bin in order to create these special cars. The nature of the 911 market means these are never an inexpensive proposition as sourcing the car from which to create the build can itself set you back quite a bit. When done well a builder can affect quite a transformation and produce a car the details of which force us to pause over every angle to get a sense of just how everything has been put together. The car we see here, a 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe backdated to resemble a RSR, certainly is not perfect, but it possesses the vintage look of an early 911 combined with the softer curves of the more modern designs and has just enough detail without coming across as over the top.

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Motorsport Mondays: 1974 Porsche 911 “RSR”

About two weeks ago, I wrote up two ex-Turbo 911 racers that took the builds in different directions; one, an ultimate street car with track potential and a crazy V8 LS7 swap, and the other a more traditional RSR-inspired PCA club racer. Well, today we’re back at it with another ex-930 that has been converted to more traditional RSR style, with a big IROC whale tail and some pretty trick Jongbloed wheels, along with some Skoal Bandit/Group 44 inspired decals. What do you think?

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Tuner Tuesday: 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 “RS”

So you want a classic 1960s/1970s Porsche 911. Well, it’s not a great time to jump on the bandwagon. We’ve watched prices on these early 911s jump to unprecedented levels – values on models such as the 1973 Carrera RS have tripled in the past year, where now Hagerty Insurance values a top condition example at $800,000. So, sufficed to say you won’t be getting one anytime soon; and even if you could afford it, then what? Would you feel comfortable taking your million dollar Porsche for a stroll with all those Camry “drivers” more intent on the latest recipe on NPR than signaling to change the three lanes over the to exit they just missed? Don’t worry, they’ll back up to take it. So, what’s an enthusiast to do? Well, many have been inspired by the model of Singer; backdating modern cars to look like older and more valuable examples. As a side bonus, you get improved performance and luxuries that the early cars just didn’t have – items that honestly make the drive more enjoyable. A few weeks ago, I saw a Singer-inspired car at Lime Rock Park that just looked awesome – an updated RS that was dependable and, more importantly, a car that could be driven and enjoyed on a reasonable budget. Today, there’s a similar example for sale on Ebay:

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Motorsport Mondays: Dueling ex-Turbo 911s – RSR v. LS7

In the days when 930s were a tad bit more affordable than they’ve become in recent years, it wasn’t uncommon to see blown-engine examples be turned into track creations. It makes a fair amount of sense – with upgrades brakes and wider flares, the Turbo model was a natural born track car. So with that in mind, we have two very different routes that seemingly similar cars could take; both based upon Turbo models, which is your track-flavored style? First we’ll look at the 3.6 flat-6 RSR-styled PCA racer:

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Motorsport Monday: 1971 Porsche 911 RSR Martini Racing Tribute – REVISIT

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One of my favorite cars from last year wasn’t necessarily everyone else’s favorite; but that’s what makes this hobby interesting to me – that we don’t all like the same things. Truth be told, I prefer the more conventional RSR cars, but this 1971 911 RSR “Mary Stuart” Martini inspired car is pretty spectacular in its individuality. It’s floated around a few sites and is now up on Ebay with a “Buy It Now” price $30,000 less than last fall when I originally wrote it up. To be honest, it’s still priced high in my mind, but if you like the look and want a turn-key race car that will be sure to be fast and test your skills, this RSR tribute is a good option:

The below post originally appeared on our site September 9, 2013:

I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I think Martini Racing colors are just awesome. Some people insist everything looks better in “Gulf Blue”, but for me, it’s those Martini stripes that made some of the best looking race cars (and in a very few cases, even improved road cars). Case in point is today’s example; perhaps one of the strangest downforce attempts of the 1970s on a Porsche – the Mary Stuart tailed Martini Racing RSR. While a neat design in some ways, it certainly looks odd from other angles. Today’s 1971 911 is a recreation of the original, but you can’t deny that it looks fantastic in the proper Martini Racing colors of the 1973 RSR:

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Motorsport Monday: 1975 Porsche 911 3.0 RSR

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.

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Motorsport Monday: 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Tribute

The 1970s Porsche 911 Carrera RSR are without a doubt one of my favorite race cars. Stretching the limits of that rear-engine design, Porsche employed both monstrous rear tires and aerodynamic aids to help tame the serious amount of grunt they were able to extract from the race prepared flat-6. And while I’m not alone in loving the RSR, not many were made leading to a fair amount of replicas of the various iterations. Some, like the last RSR replica we featured, take the iconic IROC cars as their inspiration, while others replicate more unique examples. But over the past few years backdating Carrera 3.2s and 964s has become popular, and it comes as no surprise to see today’s example – a 1984 Carrera 3.2 that’s been given the full-on RSR look – but unlike many other replicas, has remained streetable:

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Motorsport Monday: 1997 Porsche 993 RSR 3.8 – REVISIT

A little over a month ago, I wrote up one of the last air-cooled Porsche race cars to roll out of the factory – the mighty 993 RSR 3.8. Despite being a factory race car with lots of history, it didn’t manage to sell on Race-Cars.com and now has popped up on Ebay. I mentioned in the write up that you could replicate this car for much less than the asking price, though the value was in the factory build and the history. That value has gotten slightly worse since not selling, because the owner has raised the opening bid $30,000 to $295,000. It’s a strange tactic to take when your car doesn’t sell, but despite that the car is still really neat to peek at!

-Carter

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Motorsport Monday: 1997 Porsche 993 RSR 3.8

In the mid to late 1990s, you had to be a pretty die-hard fan of endurance racing to still be watching. Long gone were the Group C battles and while racing was on the verge of another revolution with the “stock” GT1 cars from Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, it would be another few years until the zenith of that as well. Quietly in the background, if you were paying attention, another chapter in endurance racing was coming to a close with the very last air-cooled Porsche factory cars being produced. They went out with a bang, too – with the monster 993 3.8 RSR and GT2 Evo turbocharged models being some of the fastest non-silhouette 911s ever produced. They didn’t make many of them for sure and they’re quite rare to see, but today one of the last is for sale, and reported to be the only black one ever produced:

Year: 1997
Model: 993 RSR 3.8
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A mi
Price: $ 265,000

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This is one of a few 1997 Porsche RSR 3.8 race cars that were shipped to the U.S. in 1996. This car was delivered to Atlanta in December of 1996. This car is number 13 and is the only black RSR made. Since it is the only black car ordered Porsche made this car last. This car was also ordered as a narrow body. We have all of the papers from the time we ordered the car. The car raced at the Daytona 24 Hr. in 1997,98,99 and 2000. Raced in the Sebring 12 Hr. in 1998. The car now has been mechanically rebuilt and track ready. Engine and trans was rebuilt by Jerry Woods Ent. in anticipation of racing in another 24 hr. race. Don,t miss out on a chance to own one of the last air cooled Porsche Built race cars.
History
Daytona 24 Hrs;1997,1998,1999,2000 Sebring 12 Hrs;1998 LasVegas;1997 Pikes Peak International;1997

Performance Data

Class: GTU,GT3
Weight: 2600 lbs

Engine

Engine Builder: Porsche
Type: RSR
Displacement: 3.8
Horsepower: 400
Induction: Fuel injection

Fuel System

Fuel Cell
Manufacturer: Fuel Safe
Age: 1996
Capacity: 28 Gal
Fuel Pump: Bosch
Fuel Type: Racing

Oil/Water System

Radiator: Porsche

Electrical System

Ignition: Porsche

Transmission

Manfacturer: Porsche

Rear End

Manufacturer: Porsche

Body

Construction: Steel tub,roof and rear fenders,Fiberglass front fenders and bumpers
Color: Black
Condition: original, patina

Chassis

Type: Tub
Builder: Porsche
Front Suspension: 993
Rear Suspension: 993
Brakes: RSR,993 turbo
Steering: Power
Wheels: BBS,Speedline
Tires: Pirelli

Interior

Color/Finish: Black
Fire System: Front to rear
Restraints: Original 5 point
Guages: VDO Porsche RSR
Steering Wheel: MOMO
Condition: original

Spares

Speedline wheels with rain tires
Every thing we have for this car goes with it.
BBS wheels with dry tires
All original RSR parts from doors to pistons.
Refueling rig.

The car has been modified both from it’s original delivery configuration – narrow RS body to RSR, and then again from the original colors it ran in 1997. That’s not surprising given that most of these cars change hands a few times once they’re not the latest and greatest. The condition overall appears good, though no mention is made of major crashes or damage, something if you’re into one of these you’d want to know. It is nice that despite the modifications all the original RSR parts go along with the car as that’s a fair amount of the value. As this car wasn’t particularly sucessful, that it does not appear in it’s original configuration probably has less impact on the value than it would if the car were a proven race winner. Still, for a non-winning car the asking price is steep; $265,000 would allow you to pretty easily replicate this car, though you wouldn’t have the factory Porsche Motorsport history. Perhaps that doesn’t matter to you, but it will undoubtedly matter to the individual who buys this car and will be willing to pay close to ask price.

-Carter