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Porsche Of The Day: 1972 Porsche 911 2.7 RS Prototype

The 911 Carrera RS 2.7 stands as a testament to Porsche’s dual-use sports car concept. Born out of necessity for homologation, the RS series paved the way for Porsche’s dominance in Group 5 racing. With stringent FIA regulations demanding 500 street-legal units, Porsche created two variants: the racing-centric Lightweight and the more refined Touring, both based on the 911S 2.4 Coupe.

Distinguished by widened rear panels and a unique fiberglass bumper, the RS boasted a powerful 2.7-liter engine, delivering 210bhp. Its lightweight construction, thinner body panels, and stripped interior accentuated its racing pedigree. Paired with a Type 915 manual gearbox and robust disc brakes, the RS offered exhilarating performance and impeccable handling.

The RS’s success was instantaneous, with all 1590 units selling out rapidly. Its blend of track prowess and road manners solidified its status as an automotive icon, embodying Porsche’s legacy of engineering excellence and performance innovation.

The car featured here is the 2nd of only 9 pre-production 911 Carrera RS 2.7 prototypes created by Porsche in 1972. Completed in April, it predates production by six months, evident in its Signal Yellow hue and absence of a rear wing, distinguishing it from later models.

Source: Bonhams