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|1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0 - Left Hand Drive|
Chassis No. 9114609046: One of 54 Produced.
The Porsche 911 is probably the most recognized and iconic 2-door sports car produced by Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany. It has a distinctive design, rear-engined and with independent rear suspension, an evolution of the swing axle on the Porsche 356 with the fitment of the famous air-cooled engine. Since its introduction in 1963 the car has undergone continuous development, though the basic concept has remained little changed. 911’s have been modified by private teams and by the factory itself for racing, rallying and other forms of automotive competition. It is among the most successful competition cars ever. In the mid-1970s, normally aspirated 911 Carrera RSRs won major world championship sports car races such as Targa Florio, Daytona, Sebring and Nürburgring, even against prototypes.
The RS models are considered by many to be the greatest classic 911s of all-time; RS stands for Rennsport in German, meaning race sport in English. Produced by Porsche so they could enter racing formulae that demanded that a certain minimum number of production cars were made. Following the outstanding success of the 1973 Carrera RS 2.7 and RSR 2.8, Porsche needed to improve their performance in sports car racing, particularly at Le Mans. Their now infamous 1974 Carrera RSR 3.0 was both the solution and the pinnacle of development of the car, complete with more power, 11J and 14J wide wheels and tyres, wider wheel arches, a wider front air dam and air intake and an enormous rear wing. The Carrera RS 3.0 with its wide wings and new spoiler shape was built even less compromisingly for speed than the 2.7 RS and was even more exclusive.
The three-litre Carrera was almost twice as expensive as the 2.7 RS but offered a fair amount of racing capability for that price. The chassis was largely similar to that of the 1973 Carrera RSR and the brake system was from the Porsche 917. The use of thin metal plate panels and a spartan interior enabled the shipping weight to be reduced to around 1060 kilograms, which gave the three litres 230 HP engine plenty of room to manoeuvre. ”The way in which this powerful sprinter moves into action begs comparison – but is unlikely to find any” is how Klaus Westrup described the superiority of the Carrera in auto motor und sport. The sprint star could accelerate to 100 km/h in little over 5 seconds. To this day the Carrera RS 3.0 remains one of the most exciting and fascinating cars in the world.
Our car was supplied new to Adam Smorawinsky the owner of BMW Smorawinski in Poznan, Poland. He was a famous race car driver in the WRC rally scene of the 70´s, he raced varies Porsche’s including a Carrera RS 2.7 before ordering the RS 3.0 # 9114609046 which was the car he raced in the 1974 WRC season winning the Polish Rally race championship with the RS 3.0 winning Group III/IV class, in 1976 Smorawinski also won the polish championship in class 7 with the RS 3.0. The car appeared in several more Rallies with Smorawinski until he sold the car in 1978, when it was acquired by Derkum Motorsport from Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. Derkum Motorsport who ran a number of successful races Porsche’s with such highly accomplished drivers as Uwe Alzen and Klaus Ludwig. In 2008 when they sold the Carrera RS 3.0 the car commenced a three year restoration process and was brought back to its original specification; work was conducted by Early 911S, of Wuppertal Germany regarded as one of Europe’s premier restoration companies for early Porsche’s. The total restoration cost neared €180.000 this included sourcing some of the extremely rare missing RS race parts.
Since 2010 the car has been sparingly used by the previous owner; accompanying the car is its historical chassis file to include:
•Original German Kraftfahrzeugbrief
•Porsche AG Heritage Certificate (Confirming the cars originality; no.46 of 56 produced)
•Porsche AG Letter Confirmation of Matching Numbers
•Detailed Restoration Papers
•Historical Racing Pictures
Our car is featured in the John Starkey’s “The Racing Porsches 911 & 930 from R to RSR” page 275.
This unique and highly collectable Porsche is available for immediate inspection at our central London showrooms.
Sold on the 23.08.2012