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From Test Hack to Cinderella: the Porsche 911 Carrera RSR at the 1973 Targa Florio

Having spent its early days as a test and development hack, this 911 Carrera RSR rose to the occasion when pressed into action in the final Targa Florio.

1973 was significant for a couple of reasons. The first is that on 3 April that year, the first mobile call was made by a Motorola engineer in Manhattan, New York, and the world as we knew it, was changed forever. The second reason—and perhaps more relevant to Porsche enthusiasts—was the introduction of the 911 Carrera RS, a high performance road and race car that elevated Porsche’s standing on the international motorsport stage more than just a little.

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