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Among collectors and Porsche fans the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS is a beloved icon. Upon its shoulders, the 911’s considerable racing history began in earnest. With the 917 Can-Am racer scheduled to retire due to rule changes, Porsche dove into GT Racing. Beginning with a 1972 911 S, engineers bored it out, raised the compression, and did everything imaginable to lighten it. Fiberglass replaced sheet metal, thin window glass was installed, and almost all amenities were removed. Even the Porsche badge was replaced with a sticker. To meet racing rule requirements Porsche had to produce at least 500 Carrera RS’s. They were so popular that 1,580 ended up being produced in 1973. Designed for the track, the Carrera RS has responsive, communicative handling and enough power to make it competitive against much newer, more technologically advanced models. It just goes to show that when Porsche puts its collective minds towards creating something new, the result is timeless.
The 1973 Carrera RS was designed to homologate the Porsche 911 for the historic Group 4 racing class. It differed from other 911 models with a great usage of weight reduction upgrades and wider bodywork along with its distinctive "duck-tail" rear spoiler.