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Viper Green | Coupé | 5 Speed Manual 915 | 3.5 litre | 41,233 miles | AU$299,995
Porsche has amassed an intimidating trophy case from just about every racing series it has ever entered.
One of their most revered and dominant machines was the 1970’s 911 RSR. An all-out racing thoroughbred based on the Carrera 2.7 RS that incorporated every conceivable improvement allowed by the rule book from the suspension, chassis, aerodynamic design, engine, and transmission to every nut and bolt in between- the RSR was built solely for racing.
Taking part in all of the top GT-class championships, in 1973 the 911 RSR lived up to its sky high expectations winning an impressive six out of nine rounds of the European GT Championship.
Its most notable victory came from the fabled ‘73 Targa Florio, an incredibly tough road endurance race that threaded undulating roads across the Italian island of Sicily, eventually discontinued because of its deadly character.
The RSR 2.8 litre engine hammered out almost 100hp more than its domesticated brethren, the 2.7 RS.
To handle the power the RSR famously had wider wheels with wider fenders to accommodate them, the brakes were replaced with vented and cross-drilled discs, the transmission has a pump for pressure lubrication and its own oil cooler, the lightweight fiberglass front spoiler featured a central air intake for the oil cooling matrix and there's a roll bar, a fire-extinguishing system, a 110 litre plastic fuel tank, double-harness seat belts for the driver, a real racing seat for him and a token seat for a passenger, plus a 10,000 rpm tach. Exactly what Porsche thought it took to make the 911 win famous races like Daytona, Sebring, Targa Florio and the Trans-Am.
The exceptionally rare and coveted car offered is one of just a handful of Australian born and bred Porsche 911 RSR’s preceded by winning history, forever tied to the growth years of Porsche in Australia and immortalised when it won both the 2006 and 2016 Targa Tasmania- the world's largest, longest and hardest tarmac rally event.
Corresponding with its detailed history file, this Australian delivered 911 began life as a T chassis. Imported by Porsche Cars Australia (Hamiltons) in 1970 and built by Porsche to S/T specification for the fabled Alan Hamilton to compete in the Australian Touring Car Championship from 1971-1972, after a number of race wins and seriously challenging the traditional American V8’s a change of regulations effectively outlawed Porsche from the championship at the end of 1972.
Undeterred, in 1973 this car was upgraded to factory 2.8 RSR specification, again by Porsche Cars Australia to compete in the Australian Sports Car Championship with Alan Hamilton and later Dennis Bath behind the wheel.
Porsche won six successive Australian Sports Car Championships from 1976-1981 and went onto win seven Australian GT Championships from 1982 to 2013 with this car right in the mix.
After these huge successes, this car then went on to compete in the Australian Porsche Cup and more recently race in numerous national events including the Longford Revival and road rallies like the Classic Adelaide, Targa Tasmania as well as the Sandown, Winton and Phillip Island Historic’s events with outright wins and multiple podium finishes.
Following the traditions of historic racers, this car has evolved over the years to comply with ever changing FIA regulations. Its most recent change was the upgrade to a 3.5 litre SC engine producing 360 horsepower with twin plug big valve heads and RSR sprint cams and during the winter 0f 2017, was subject to a top end re-build as well as a refresh of the transmission, differential, drive shafts and wheel bearings.
This truly iconic, unrivalled and highly desirable Porsche 911 will remain a landmark car within the storied history of Porsche Australia. Professionally raced by the distributor himself among other prolific drivers and highly decorated this rare 911 presents today in the most authentic and well maintained condition possible.
Accompanied by its original Porsche maintenance record with delivery and service information, Cams log books, a photographic history of its glory days and a detailed write-up of its specification this totally engaging and well known 911 would suit the most discerning collector.
Offering a unique opportunity to own, drive and even compete in some of the world’s most prestigious historic races with one of the most desirable Porsche models ever made, this Porsche 911 is something incredibly special.