1972 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Lightweight
- Number 36 of only 200 original factory M471 ‘Lightweights’, conceived for customer racing
- One of only four Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS ‘Lightweight’ finished in Gulf Blue
- The only LHD Gulf Blue ‘Lightweight’ in the ‘First 500’ with thinner steel body panels
- Retaining its original 911/83 Porsche engine
This Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS 'Lightweight'
The 911 2.7 Carrera RS was built for one purpose, to allow Porsche to compete in motor racing. Motorsport homologation requirements dictated that 500 units needed to be produced, however in October 1972 at the Paris Auto Salon, the cars official introduction, Porsche sold out and a further 500 were given the green-light. Ultimately, Porsche would manufacture 1,580 examples before the end of 1973, with the vast majority being standard ‘Touring’ models.
There were predominantly 2 variants of 2.7 Carrera RS, a ‘Touring’ or ‘Lightweight’ specification, although Porsche did also produce two further models, a RSH homologation special, and the RSR race car.
1,308 Carrera RS units were specified from new with the M472 ‘Touring’ package, however only 200 examples were specified from new with the M471 ‘Lightweight’ option which featured thinner gauge steel for the wings, doors and roof panel in conjunction with thinner and lighter clear glass from the Belgian firm Glaverbel. The lightweight cars also benefited from no sound insulation, no rear folding seats, no sun visor, no dashboard clock, radio or glovebox door, they really were focussed machines. The list of differences continues with the ‘Lightweights’ also being fitted with racing seats, no power windows, fibreglass bumpers, no decorative chrome strip along the length of the sill, no rear opening windows, and the substitution of a sicker in place of the Porsche crest on the bonnet.
The car offered here, chassis 0269 is one of the 200 factory ‘Lightweight’ cars, and one of only four examples originally finished in the iconic Gulf Blue, just as it is presented today. Built in 1972, this is is one of the first 500 examples, built using thinner and lighter steel body panels, and of those first 500, this is the only ‘Lightweight’ finished in Gulf Blue.
Today, this car is offered in its original Gulf Blue, with its original matching-numbers engine, having been maintained by renowned Porsche specialists, Maxted-Page in England. All 911 2.7 Carrera RS’ are special, but some more so than others, and this is just one of those cars. One of the very rare factory ‘Lightweight’ cars built, and a first 500 – of which this is the only finished in the iconic Gulf Blue – makes this a unique opportunity.
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