Lot 386 - 1986 Porsche 911 RS Recreation
|Odometer reading||132,000 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £18,000|
These models, valued by collectors, are considered by many to be the greatest classic 911's of all-time. RS stands for Rennsport in German, or race sport in English. The Carrera name was re-introduced from the 356 Carrera which had itself been named after Porsche's class victories in the Carrera Panamericana races in Mexico in the 1950's. The RS was built so that Porsche could enter racing formulae that demanded that a certain minimum number of production cars were made. Compared with a standard 911S, the Carrera 2.7 RS had a larger engine (2687cc) developing 210hp, revised and stiffened suspension, a 'ducktail' rear spoiler, larger brakes, wider rear wheels and rear fenders. In RS Touring form it weighed 1075 kg (2370 lb), in Sport Lightweight form it was about 100 kg (220lb) lighter; the saving coming from the thin-gauge steel used for parts of the bodyshell and also the use of thinner glass. In total, 1580 were made, comfortably exceeding the 500 that had to be made to qualify for the vital FIA Group 4 class.
In 1974, Porsche created the Carrera RS 3.0 with K-Jetronic Bosch fuel injection producing 230 PS. It was almost twice as expensive as the 2.7 RS but offered a fair amount of racing capability for that price. The extraordinary success that these, often unpredictable, sportscars achieved both in sales terms but also in competition underlined the engineering that underpinned these cars. The image of the white car with coloured script along its flanks has seamlessly passed into motoring legend and has itself been used as a marketing tool by Porsche for many of its later lightweight cars. Performance aside, it is the image and styling that made the Carrera RS the success story that it is today and it is that image that is offered now. But more that than, it is coupled with a far more drivable Porsche underneath, with a bigger engine, a more comfortable ride and a few more creature comforts.
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