Porsche Rallying Legend for sale at H&H Classics
A right-hand-drive Carrera 2.7-litre lightweight, regarded as the most successful race rallying Porsche of all time by some, is being sold privately by H&H Classics. Careful research confirms that the car, recently fully restored, competed in over 40 rallies, of which 14 were on the international circuit.
The car was one of 17 RHD Porsche 2.7 Carrera RSs supplied with Sport “Lightweight” equipment in 1973 and the last one imported to the UK. Of the 17 supplied 15 have known to have survived, adding to the rarity factor.
In 1973 the car entered the RAC Rally, round eight of the World Rally Championship and finished as the highest placed Porsche, winning the Team Prize. It is one of only 11 RSs known to have entered the RAC Rally during a period in which only six finished this gruelling event. In 1974 it won three international rallies outright against tough opposition including 14 other RSs. Nowhere else in the world was there such intense competition from 14 of the same car. Porsche never won an International Rally in their works backed 2.7 RSs, managing only a 2nd place.
The wins broke the domination of the works backed Ford Escorts in the 1970’s beating their best driver Roger Clarke in the process, starting a period of intense competition between the two companies that lasted for six years.
This 911 RS is the only one surviving that has won the Circuit of Ireland International Rally, the third oldest rally in the world. It finished with a record breaking 5m 48s, a time that can never be beaten by an RS now that it has changed into a three-day event. When homologation ran out in 1979 for the use of an RS as a Rally car it was exported to South Africa where it was converted with parts supplied by the Porsche factory into a 3.4 Litre RSR. It competing in the Rolo Motors Historic Championship and Porsche Club SA events.
Following an accident in 1987 it was stored for 23 years until 2010 when it was purchased by RS specialist Mark Waring and restored. The restoration of the car set a new standard as each panel was carefully unpicked to facilitate preserving as many factory welds as possible. It was on a factory jig for two years.
The car has now been reissued a missing ID Plate by Porsche AG Germany confirming in writing all criteria were met in full during the process and the current Managing Director of Porsche Cars Great Britain wrote a personal letter and the Register Secretary of the Porsche Club Great Britain to the DVLA supporting the reallocation of its Irish number AUI 1500 when it won the rallies in 1974.
The car has also danced with fame. A pop song was written about the car and its driver by Eurovision song contest winner Phil Coulter, and released in 1974. The title of the song, “Hey CB”, is named after its driver, Cathal Brendon Curley. More recently, the car was filmed earlier this year for the TV programme “Posh Pawn” in relation to raising finance for the owner’s pioneering Classic Car Forensic business. If you’re interested, this will screen on Sunday August 21st at 7pm on Channel 4.
The rallying 911 2.7 RS will go on display and H&H’s showroom in Hindhead, Surrey, for prospective buyers to view, admire and generally hanker after!