Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera RS For Sale
This month marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most iconic sports cars of all time, the Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS. We're going to be celebrating this whole week with a series of post celebrating the cars and people of Porsche's legendary Rennsport program. That is, when we're not playing Jaegermeister-based drinking games and watching classic Porsche Youtube videos. Kicking off the celebrations is this stunning Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera RS for sale at Hexagon Classics. It's a gorgeous example, especially in this white on gold color scheme. It's also incredibly rare, only 53 (54 depending on who you ask) ever left the Porsche's factory at Zuffenhausen. Originally delivered to a Adam Smorawinski, owner of BMW Smorawinksi in Poznan, Poland (and a World Rally Championship driver who made a name for himself racing a Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS during the early 70's before purchasing the 3.0 Carrera RS you see here). Smorawinski would go on to win the 1974 Polish Rally Championship with this car in Group 3/4, and again in 1976 competing in Group 7.
Smorawinski sold this RS in 1978 to Derkum Motorsport who, over the course of 30 years of ownership, placed the car in the caring hands of talented German drivers like Klaus Ludwig (winner of the 1999 24 hours of the Nürburgring), and Uwe Alzen ( placed second overall in the 1998 24 Hours of LeMans driving a Porsche 911 GT1). In 2008 it was sold again and underwent a 180,000-euro restoration carried out by premier Porsche 911 restorer Early 911S based in Wuppertal, Germany. All of which make this one of the finest restored 3.0 Carrera RS' in existence.
Real competition history is what any good 911 Carrera RS is all about. Everything on the Carrera RS, in particular the 3.0 Carrera RS, is linked in one way or another to the Porsche's legendary prototypes of the late 1960's and 1970's.
The idea for the font spoiler with integrated oil cooler was first employed by Porsche engineers on the the insane 1100-hp 917/30 Can Am car. Tilman Brodbeck, Porsche's aerodynamics dynamo, then applied that concept to the 911S's subtle front lip spoiler and tacked it on to the Porshce 911 Carrera 2.7 RS. The 3.0 Carrera RS carries over the basic design. But like everything else on the 3.0 RS, the spoiler and oil cooler are more aggressive and larger in every way.
The 3.0 RS also received two inch fender flares on all four corners, giving it one of the most aggressive profiles of any classic 911. This helped Porsche squeeze 9-inch-wide tires up front and nearly rolling pin size 11 inch (as wide as 15 inch in race trim) wide tires out back. Porsche also fitted the first evolution of the ducktail, helping to reduce the drag of the original while maintaining downforce over the 911's notoriously loose rear end. It was the birth of Porsche's whale-tail.
The massive front tires on the 3.0 Carrera RS served a dual purpose; grip, and providing clearance for a state of the art braking system used on competition 911's beginning with the 911R. The brake calipers themselves were right off the Porshce 917/10 and even incorporated an early ABS system by Teldix. These 4- piston calipers (giveaway are the fins) later made an appearance on the 911 RSRs and 3.0 Carrera RS and even 1978+ 930 Turbo. The idea was, that if these brakes could haul down a Porsche 917/10 from 240+ mph to about 40 mph for the Mulsanne corner for hours on end, it could help to drastically improve the 911's braking in spots car and rallying racing. It worked flawlessly.
Underneath the engine cover lies the heart of the 3.0 Carrera RS, the 230 horsepower flat six. Improvements over the 2.7 include a higher compression ratio, an increase in bore by 5mm, as well as a new cylinder head and ports. A magnesium crankcase was also fitted allowing the 3.0 liter to crank out 330 hp in race trim. The road cars by no means slow; 0-60 mph only took 5.5 seconds and the top speed was a healthy 155 mph.
Inside it's pretty easy to see how the 911 3.0 Carrera RS weighed in at paper thin 900 kg (this particular spec tips the scales at 1,066 kilograms). There's nothing in the interior. Similar to previous RS' the 3.0 was stripped of all excess, with thinner glass being used wherever possible, and little to no sound deadening. The door cards are also as plain as can be with nothing but a strap to actuate the door. Something that remains on all RS models to this day. The weight savings continued on the exterior with fiberglass bumpers, and thinner steel used on all the panels.
If you have the extra pocket change lying around here's your chance to pick up one of the most sought after 911's ever. These 911 3.0 Carrera RS's rarely, if ever, go up for sale. The last classified ad we saw had a price tag of over $400,000 back in 2009. So, yeah...keep checking the sofa for change.