1973 Porsche 911 RS Lightweight Tribute

Factory Steel RS Flares

Fresh 2.8L MFI Engine Producing 254 RWHP

Fresh Custom Close Ratio 915 Gearbox with LSD

  

Stock #0834

VIN: 9110200966

ENG# 909526 (901/05 – 5897)

Built on 1970 911 E Chassis

Engine built on 1967 911 2.0L Aluminum Case

Less Than 500-Miles on Engine Rebuild

62,600 Miles on Odometer

  • Grand Prix White with Red Graphics and Black Interior
  • 915 5-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Clean and Clear California title
  • Straight and Dry Chassis

Offered at $104,990

Lately hotrod 911s are sprouting like weeds. Most of them are backdated examples built on later SC or Carrera chassis. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, I own one personally that I use for all of our touring events. However, when a true early longhood 911 outlaw/RS like this pops up, I’m quickly reminded why we love these early cars so much. This is an older build that was done right. It wasn’t about dumping huge horsepower in a German beer can and then lighting the torch. It was all about extracting the essence of driving a true 911 RS. This example is light, great power, tight, and well balanced. Many people don’t realize it, but this is what most are really striving to achieve when building a cool modified old Porsche 911.

This Porsche left the factory in June of 1970 as a 911 E coupe. We believe it lived most of its life in California.

Sometime in the 90’s, the owner of a local SoCal Porsche parts business decided to build an RS tribute with this car. The car looked very similar visually to what it is today. Shortly after finishing it, he sold the car to a long time early 911 enthusiast in Oregon. This owner was actually looking for a 2.2L 911S at the time, but his family friend convinced him this was the car to buy. He kept the car for 4-years and really enjoyed it. Towards the end of 2002 he sold it to the current Orange County/SoCal owner as he finally found his 2.2L S project.

For the last 15-years, the current owner has used the car for weekend touring, local car shows, and even the occasional driving school/local autocross. When this owner got the car, it had a 2.7L Weber carbureted motor in it. However, in 2006, he ended up buying a vintage 911 racecar that had a fresh 2.9L MFI motor in it. Well-respected engine builder Alan Faragallah of Aase Motors built this motor. So, he did some engine swapping and this MFI motor ended up in this 911.

At the end of last year, the current owner decided that it was time for an engine refreshing. He ended up rebuilding most of the motor including new pistons and cylinders. The recent engine build (finished August of 2016) was nearly $16,000. There is less than 500-miles on the build and it just had its break-in oil service using Brad Penn oil. The 2.9L motor was a bit too aggressive for the street as it was running over 11:1 compression. So, he employed the help of Jae Lee. Jae is the owner of Mirage Intl. It is one of SoCal’s top independent Porsche shops. They are responsible for some of the best air cooled engine builds in the area including early development for the Singer motors. Jae knows how to not only build a reliable motor, but a fast motor as well. After the build, on the dyno it showed 254hp and 235tq to the rear wheels (see pics).

Highlights of this build include:

Engine (built by Aase Motors/Rebuild by Mirage Intl.)

  • 2.8 Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection (MFI)
  • Built on an early 2 liter aluminum case
  • Case was boat tailed and shuffle pinned
  • ARP rod bolts
  • 3.2 Carrera oil pump
  • Custom JE pistons matched for near perfect tolerances (see pic)
  • DC 60 cams
  • Compression ratio 9.8:1
  • AASCO springs and retainers
  • Throttle bodies fully rebuilt
  • Pertronix, (no points)
  • Sport exhaust (2 in/2 out)
  • SSI stainless heat exchangers
  • RX7 Front bumper oil cooler w/RSR trunk cut out
  • 1970 Engine Air Cleaner with fuel squinters for cold start (red button on dash)

Body

  • 1970 911 E Coupe (Weight is 2,181pounds with ½ tank of fuel)
  • Carbon Fiber hood
  • 911 SC, (larger capacity) gas tank
  • Steel Factory RS flares
  • RS ducktail and rear bumper (fiberglass)
  • Modified RS front bumper (fiberglass)
  • Front pan/spoiler fully ducted with oil cooler
  • Porsche hard lines to front cooler
  • Front shock tower brace
  • Rennline battery relocation in smugglers box
  • Odyssey lightweight battery
  • All gaps, doors, hood, engine cover have excellent fit
  • Shaved rain gutters
  • No rust/Straight chassis

Interior

  • RS perlon lightweight carpet
  • New Cobra RS seats
  • Momo alcantera steering wheel with Porsche crest horn button
  • RS door panels (1973 style)
  • Fully retractable 3 points seat belts
  • Rear seat delete
  • Glove box door delete per RSH model
  • Dash in excellent condition (no cracks)
  • Car has working heat
  • All ventilation controls, (defroster, heater etc) work
  • Front defroster and rear electric defrosters work

 Suspension

  • Factory Fuch wheels (7’s and 8’s x 15”)
  • Toyo RA1 tires 205/50 & 225/50
  • Front brake calipers/rotors from an ‘86 Carrera
  • Raised spindle and de cambered (and gusseted) Bilstein front struts
  • Bilstein sport front strut inserts and rear shocks
  • 22mm front Torsion Bars
  • 30mm rear Torsion bars
  • Aluminum trailing arms
  • Aluminum front cross member
  • ERP rear mono balls
  • Turbo tie rods
  • Tarrett upper front mono balls
  • Tarrett adjustable front sway bar (through the body)
  • Carrera rear sway bar

Transmission (built by Aase Motors)

  • 915 transmission
  • Custom close ratio gears
  • Quaife LSD
  • 7:31 ring & pinion
  • Stromski shift coupler
  • Factory short shift kit
  • Guard Tension Plate
  • Late model 915 side cover
  • Besides just rebuilding the motor, highlights of other recent/significant service include:
  • Replace transmission seals
  • Clean and reassemble all MFI linkage/tune
  • Car aligned and corner balanced by Johnson Alignment
  • Rebuild front brake calipers, new pads all the way around, and flush system
  • New shift bushings
  • Repair tachometer
  • Fresh oil service post engine rebuild

This example is very tidy and clean. Although the paint is around 20-years old, it was obviously a very nice job. The owner recently had the front repainted to remove most of the rock chips from normal use. There are minimal signs of use. The fitment of the flares and panel gaps is excellent. All the glass looks great as does the rubber and original brightwork. The hood and deck lid do not have shocks (warps when closed). Someone tried putting a hood strut on and it cracked the paint on the hood (see pic). The Fuch wheels look good with no curb rash and are wearing tires with about 75% life remaining. The brakes have more than half-life remaining. The interior looks equally as nice. It is clean and minimalist…as a RS lightweight should be. The seats are new and show no wear. The door panels and carpet are in great shape. The headliner looks to be original if not very old with some minor staining, but no tears and is in very good shape. The dash looks great with no cracks. The original speaker cover has some slight warping. All the gauges function properly including the clock. The heater controls work as well as the rear defroster. All the lights function properly except for the reverse lights and interior lights.

This sport purpose built 911 drives fantastic. It starts with no smoke and idles great. The power feels extremely strong with great low-end torque and excellent throttle response. The car feels very light and easy to steer. It tracks nicely. The gearbox is smooth and connected. Gear selecting is easy and precise. There is no grinding or slipping. The gear ratios are perfect for this set up. The brakes have incredible initial bite and are really well-suited for performance street driving. This early 911 would be a blast on vintage touring events, weekend canyon carving, or even cruises to your local car show. It is simple, well-built, sorted, and pure.

California registration is paid through February of 2018.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Paul at 714-335-4911 or paul@autokennel.com

This vehicle is sold “as-is” with no warranty, written or implied. In some cases, the vehicle does have the remaining factory warranty still in place and will be described above if that is the case. All taxes and fees are the responsibility of the buyer and are not included in the listed price. All vehicle sales will require a $65 document fee. The vehicle listed is described to the best of our ability. The information is based on our own research and statements made to us by the previous owner(s). To the best of our knowledge, the above information is accurate. We are not responsible for errors in our description of options or any other details. The above-mentioned vehicle is used and can be expected to show some wear and tear. It is not a brand new vehicle. We do welcome all local pre-purchase inspections on vehicles in order to verify condition.

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