1974 Porsche Carrera RSR 3.0 news, pictures, specifications, and information
The 1973-1974 Carrera RSR solidified the earlier successes of 911s in European rallies and major road races. The unprecedented success of the Porsche 971 during 1969-1972 limited the 911's racing sponsorship primarily in privateer hands. However, with the decline in interest in prototype racing and the 1974 demise of the CanAm series, suddenly production based cars such as the RSR were elevated to headline status and the factory went out of its way to assist customers. In 1973 Porsche quickly switched focus to the 3-liter European GT Championship (FIA Group 4). Porsche created the road legal Carrera RS by modifying the std 911 with a beefed up, lightweight engine, 917 brakes, adjustable shocks, wide body work and wheels, plus the signature whale tail spoiler. The RSR, strictly a race-car, had still a more powerful engine, coil over shocks, and even wider bodywork and wheels. 109 RSRs were built in 1974.
Success was immediate. The RSR dominated the world GT scene from 1973 to 1975. Penske/Donahue selected the 1973 RS for the first IROC series in 1973. RSRs placed 5th thru 10th overall and first in GT class at LeMans in 1976.
This car was first sold to Eberhard Sindel, Ulm Germany in June of 1974. It was raced during the 1974 and 1975 season. The Carrera RSR left the limelight in 1976 when the FIA again changed the rules that brought forth the maxi-horsepower turbocharger 934s and 935s. None the less, the Carrera RSR solidified the Porsche 911 based race cars as a perennial contender in automotive racing worldwide.
Successful RSR competitors include: Atkin, Busby, Donahue, Dyer, Elford, Follmer, Gregg, Haywood, Holbert, Minter, Kemer, Earle, Robinson, Joest, Loos, Faure, Fitzpatrick, Hagestad.
A partial list of RSR victories includes:
1973: Targa Florio 1st overll (Porsche's 11th TF victory!) LeMans 4th overall.
1974: FIA GT cup, with victories at Monza, Spa , Imola, Nurburgring, Watkins Glen, Aintree, Brands Hatch, Paul Richard U.S. IMSA Championship 1st overall in 83% of Camel GT races
1975: European GT Championship
IMSA Championship. 24 hour Daytona 1st overall.
Successful RSR competitors includ: Atkin, Busby, Donahue, Dyer, Elford, Follmer, Gregg, Haywood, Holbert, Minter, Kremer, Earle, Robinson, Joest, Loos, Faure, Fitzpatrick, Hagestad.
The Carrera RSR left the limelight in 1976 when the FIA again changed the rules that brought forth the maxi-horsepower turbocharger 934s and 935s. None the less, the Carrera RSR solidified the Porsche 911 based race car as a perennial contender in automotive racing worldwide. HISTORY
First sold to Eberhard Sindel, Ulm Germany Une 1974
1974: Entered by Rallye Gemeinschaft Ulm. Valvoline sponsored
Driven by Sindel
07/4 Hockenheim: Jim Clark Rennen DRM: 4th
25/4 Monza 1000km 19th)A/7th GT
04/5 Neubiberg: DNF
12/5 Sembach: DNF
19/5 Nurburgring 750km WCM 24thOA/10th GT
26/5 Bavaria-Rennen Salzburg 1st
09/6 Wunstorf: 2nd in class
17/6 Nurburgring 300km EC-GT 2nd
14/7 Hockenheim EC-GT 11th
21/7 Diepholz: 16th
04/8 Nurburgring GP Europa 13th EC-GT 11th
18/8 Kassel-Calden 3rd
25/8 Hockenheim: Preis der Nationen 10th
08/9 Nurburgring Supersprint 2nd
6/10 Zolder: 2nd in class
23/3 Zolder: 1st
31/3 Nurburgring 300km 9th
27/4 Nurburgring Efeirennen DRM 8th
04/5 Sembach: 1st
18/5 Salzburgring: DNS (engine)
25/5 Zellweg EC-GT 7th
01/6 Nurburgring 1000km WCM 16th OA/6th GT
22/6 Avus: 5th GT
20/7 Hockenheim: EC-GT: 7th OA/1st GT
17/8 Kassel-Calden: DNF
24/8 Mainz-Finthen: 1st
28/9 Hockenheim DRM: 9th
19/10 Zolder: 6th OA/3rd GT
9/11 Hockenheim: 7th
1976: Sold to Jurgen Opperman
04/4 Nurburgring 300km 4th
09/5 Kassel-Calden: 3rd
23/5 Zandervoort Jr Trophy 1st
27/6 Zolder: 1st
01/8 NurburgringGP von Deutschland 6th
raced in Germany, France, and England for six owners in various body and engine
configurations. Essentially retired in 1986 after 12 years of racing.
This is a prime example of the Porsche 911 based race car-run hard, long and often. It
was advertised for sale in 1999 in France, sold to England were John Starkey and Jim Oppenheimer commenced restoration. The current owner completed restoration to original specifications in 2002.
This Porsche Carrera RSR competed at the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1974, European GT Championship Series, and German GT Championship. It was the European Hillclimb Champion, Macau Grand Prix winner, Northwest Hillclimb Champion, and is currently raced in P.C.A. events.
This 1974 Porsche Carrera RSR has been restored to as manufactured and raced in 1974. In March of 1974, SN 9114609073 was delivered to Echkard Schimpf, the grandson of the founder of Jagermeister. Its first competition was a hill climb in Luxembourg on March 31st of 1974. Ecki placed 1st. After several more races, the car raced LeMans 24-Hours (Jun 15-16 of 1974). It was driven by Heyer/Kremer/Keller. The car has an extensive European racing history, running several races at Nurburgring and Hockenheim (101 separate races) including a drive by Derek Bell. In 1980, it was sold to Hong Kong and raced in the Grand Prix of Macau twice - winning one and finishing 2nd in the other.
The current owner purchased the car from Hong Kong in 1984, bringing it to California and restoring it in 1990.
Sold for $1,100,000 at 2014 Bonhams
Porsche used the iconic Carrera name in honor of the company's triumph at the Carrera Panamericana. In use as late as 1967 in the racing 906, the Carrera nomenclature was retired shortly thereafter and remained dormant until late 1972, when Porsche was granted homologation status for a race-prepared version of the sport-tuned 911S.
In 1973, the new Porsche Carrera RS received a weight reduction from the standard 911S by the removal of sound deadeners and insulation, as well as the use of lightweight interior paneling, and fiberglass construction for the bumpers, front and rear spoilers, and the new ducktail wing (or burzel). Homologation requirements stated that 500 examples were needed to be built to qualify for racing. The RS proved to be so popular, that far more than the required 500 were built.
The RS was split into four different subdivisions with the most powerful example being the RS mit Rennausstattung
, or RSR. They were developed by Norbert Singer, the 33-year old engineer who had been instrumental in the success of the 917 longtail coupes. With the new Type 911/72 2.8-liter motor, the 1973 RSR examples were entered by Porsche's official Martini & Rossi-sponsored team, winning first overall at the Targa Florio. The RSR was also made available to a handful of factory-supported teams like Penske Racing and Brumos, for whom Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood took the checkered flag at the 1973 Daytona 24 Hours and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Gregg eventually won both the 1973 Trans-Am and IMSA championships in an RSR.
For the 1974 season, the Carrera RSR continued as a privateer race car only, fitted with a new 3.0-liter engine, the Type 911/75. The engine was bored from the recently enlarged 2.7-liter RS motor. Power was increased to 330 hp with the replacement of a throttle butterfly with slide valve throttle openings. 55 examples were built as dedicated lightweight racing cars intended strictly for competition. 54 examples were built as street-able cars, trimmed with basic road amenities.
The RSR Carrera was particularly effective in American IMSA GT racing. They claimed outright victories during the 1974 season as the Road Atlanta Six-Hours, the Mid-Ohio Five-Hours, the Daytona 250 Mile Paul Revere, and the Charlotte 300 Miles.
This particular example was delivered new to New York in October of 1974 and is likely one of the last produced. The new owner, Roberto Quintanilla, immediately campaigned the RSR at the 1974 1,000Kms of Mexico City, where he shared driving duties with Daniel Muniz and Juan Carlos Bolanos. The car finished in a disappointing 22nd place. In June of 1975 at Mid-Ohio, Quintanilla and Roberto Gonzales took 3rd overall. A month later at Mid-America, Quintanilla drove the RSR to a 4th overall finish during the second race.
In March of 1976, the Porsche took 3rd place at Sebring, again with Quintanilla and Gonzales as co-drivers. At the end of the season, the car was sold to a team consisting of John O'Steen and John Paul, and the two campaigned the car during 1977 with modest success, highlighted by 6th place finishes at Mid-America in May and Mid-Ohio in June. At the end of the season, the car was acquired by Bonky Fernandez for the 1978 season. Under the banner of Mr. Fernandez' Boricua Racing, the RSR, finished 4th overall and 2nd in class at the 1978 Daytona 24 Hours. At the event, the Porsche bested several of Porsche's 935 Turbos. 4th overall and 1st-in-class finishes followed at both Sebring and Talladega, and the car netted another 2nd-in-class at Mid-Ohio in August.
During the 1979 season, the car finished 5th overall and 1st in class at Sebring, 3rd in class at Laguna Seca, and 4th overall and 1st in class at the Mid-Ohio 500 in July.
For the 1980 season, the RSR was finding it hard to be competitive, though Fernandez and Juan Ferrer still managed to finish 5th in the GTO class at the season concluding Daytona finale. After the 1980 season, the car was shelved for most of the 1981 season before being sold from Fernandez's team and raced in the 1981 season finale at Daytona by M.L. Speers and Terry Wolters, who ran the car once more at the 1982 Daytona season opener. By April of 1982, the car had been acquired by W/S/ Enterprises, with Ken Madren and Denny Wilson piloting it through the majority of the season. Highlights of the season included a 4th-in-class finish at Charlotte in May and another 4th-in-class at Mid-Ohio in September.
For the 1983 season, Pegasus Racing acquired 9114609113, and drivers Paul Gilgan, Al Leon, and Wayne Pickering were instrumental in 5th-in-class finishes at Daytona and Sebring, as well as a 4th-in-class at Mosport in August.
For the 1984 season, the car was driven under the banner of Team Dallas. It was raced at Daytona and finished 6th in the GTO class. Over the next three years, it was raced less frequently, though it still enjoyed a few remarkable finishes including a 3rd-in-class finishes at the 12-Hours of Sebring in 1985 and 1986, the latter of which included a 14th overall finish.
Thomas Linton of Santa Monica, California purchased the car in 1986. In 1988, it was raced at Willow Springs and Riverside. In 1990, the car was delivered to Porsche specialist Jim Torres of Burbank, California for a complete restoration. After it was shown at Laguna Seca in October 1990, it was used sparingly, participating in just a handful of events over the next twelve years. In 2001, it was acquired by Stanton Beck of Seattle, Washington, who ran the car in the Pacific Northwest Vintage and Historic races in 2001 and 2002.
The car was recently acquired by the current caretaker.
It has a spectacular racing history which includes eight appearances at Daytona and nine at Sebring.By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2014
1974 Porsche RSR 3.0
Hector Rebaque, well-known for his very successfully modified Porsche racers, acquired the original chassis for this example from internationally-known racer Al Holbert. After substantial modification it was first raced in Mexico City, by Rojas, Rebaque and Van Beuren. Following, it had a long history as a competitor in the 24 hours of Daytona, at Sebring, at Road America and Puerto Rico.
Chassis Num: 9114609054
Engine Num: 6840072
Build Num: Prod No: 104 3629
Sold for $891,000 at 2007 Gooding & Company
The 'Carrera' moniker commemorated Porsche's racing successes in the Pan American road races during the 1950s. The 911 Carrera RS was introduced in 1973, and had many refinements such as enlarged engine displacing 2687cc, improved brakes, suspension and body contours. These were extraordinary vehicles that could be driven on road or track. The primary purpose of these cars were to homologate the racing versions, dubbed the Carrera RSR. The RSR had a 2808cc engine and brakes from the 917. Their inaugural racing debut was at the Daytona 24-Hours, where they emerged victorious - a victory on its first attempt.
40 Carrera 3.0 RSR cars were built by the factory in 1974 and only 11 the following year. Improvements and modifications were made to the cars during their production lifespan, including a full racing type 911/75 engine, 917 clutch linings, fiberglass rear fenders, center lock hubs with racing pattern magnesium wheels, slide throttle fuel injection, and centrifugal air extractors for the brakes. The result was less weight and more power. Porsche dominated the FIA GT Cup and IMSA for the next two years.
On March 1st of 1974, Peter Gregg, owner of Brumos Porsche Audi in Jacksonville, Floria, took possession of this 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR. It would become one of the most successful of all the RSR Carreras. Gregg was a very capable driver; he won at Daytona in 1973 with a 2.8 RSR Brumos, and several other significant victories.
Before the start of the 1974 season, several modifications were made by Gregg's crew chief Jack Atkinson. A 'cow catcher' spoiler was fitted to the front, a belly pan installed underneath, and an oil tank was placed in the front compartment for better weight distribution and easier refilling. To improve cooling to the front brakes, hot air extractors were installed. The gearbox was inverted to make ratio changes easier.
The 12-Hour of Sebring and the 24-Hour of Daytona events were cancelled in 1974, as the first fuel crisis was plaguing the nation. The car was brought to Road Atlanta where Gregg took pole position. He would led the race but later forced to retire when a missed shift bent some valves. The cars first overall victory was earned on May 19th at Ontario. Several other significant victories and finishes were achieved during the year, earning Gregg the Camel GT Championship title. Jack Atkinson was named Mechanic of the Year. Also for 1974, Gregg and this car won the Trans Am Championship.
The following year, Gregg and co-driver Hurley Haywood won the Daytona 24-Hours. The season would end with another IMSA Championship for Gregg and manufacture's title for Porsche. The Trans Am Championship was won, for the second year in a row, by Gregg.
At the end of the season, Gregg purchased a BMW CSL and sold this car to Diego Febles. Febles continued the cars racing career, winning at the Puerto Rico Three-Hours, with Gregg serving as co-driver. The car was entered in the 1976 Sebring 12-Hours, and finished fifth overall. It ran at LeMans but retired early due to gearbox failure. Similar misfortune would continue into the following season. Febles best result with the car a third overall and first in the GTO class at the 1978 Daytona. That year, he also achieved third in class at Sebring.
For the 1979 season, the car was given a welded tubular roll-cage frame into the original body. The car would compete for several more years. In 1983 at the Daytona 24-Hours, the car placed fifth overall and second in class. At this point in history, the car was nearly a decade old but still had durability and speed to run with the top contenders.
Costa Rican Edgar Ramirez became the cars third owner in 1986. Ramirez drove the car to the Central American Championship, after which, he retired it from racing. The car, along with all of its trophies, was made into a static display. In 2004, the current owner acquired the car.
While in the care of the new owner, the car was treated to a two-and-a-half year restoration. It has its original RSR bodywork and many of the chassis components are original.
In 2007 it was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, CA where it was estimated to sell for $900,000-$1,100,000. Bidding fell short of those estimates, but not by too much. With the high bid of $891,000 including buyer's premium, the lot was sold.By Daniel Vaughan | May 2008
A partial list of Porsche race victories include:
1973: Targa Florio 1st place overall, LeMans 4th overall
1974: FIA GT Cup, with victories at Monza, Apa, imola, Nurburgring, Watkins Glen, Amtree, Brands Hatch, Paul Richard, US IMSA Championship, 1st overall in 83% of Camel GT races.
1975: European GT Championship, IMSA Championship, 24 Hours Daytona 1st overall.
The RSR is noted for its roll cage, large brakes, wheels and tires, large body flares with air-cooling vents in the rear flares. The engine is a 3.6-liter horizontal flat 6 that produces 330 horsepower and is capable of a top speed of 170 mph. Porsche produced 20 RSR cars and this is a tribute to those cars.
This particular Porsche RSR is regarded by most as one of the single most successful as well as original example left in the world. It is a two time Swiss National Championship car.
Ordered new in early 1974 by the gentleman racer, Harry Blumer of Pfaffhausen, Switzerland. Delivery of the car was handled by the official Porsche Concessionaire, Garage Zbinden in Laufen, Switzerland. Blumer and his friend, veteran Swiss Porsche factory Team Driver Herbert Muller, ordered the car during a personal trip to Weissach shortly after production of the RSRs began. Blumer had immediate plans for his new RSR with the primary objective being an outright win in the extremely competitive Swiss National Championship.
In order to achieve this, he would have to compete in five separate sanctioned Hill Climbs, five endurance track events and two sanctioned air-field races. Garage Zbinden and their chief race mechanic, Hans Ulrich Sharer played a crucial role in achieving success for Blumer and his new RSR.
5/12/74 Casale (Piemont - Italy) Blumer 4th OA
06/02/74 Dijon National Race Blumer 1st OA
06/22/74 Wangen-Dudendorf Blumer 1st OA
07/21/74 Hockenheim Blumer 3rd OA
07/28/74 Freiburg-Schauinsland Blumer 3rd GT
08/18/74 St. Ursanne-Les Rangiers Blumer 13th OA, 1st GT
08/25/74 Hockenheim Blumer 11th OA, 2nd GT
October 74 Hockenheim 3-hour race Blumer / Kofel 1st in GT
October 74 Hockenheim 3-hour race Blumer / Kofel 1st in GT
As a result of the seasons overall placement, Blumer won the Swiss National Championship for 1974.
Sold for $1,237,500 at 2015 Gooding & Company
The FIA's Group 4 category would be virtually dominated for more than a decade by one brand—Porsche. Their weapon of choice would be derivatives of their Carrera RS models. Beginning with the 2.8RSR and carrying on with the 3.0RSR, Porsche would be virtually indomitable.
Winning at such legendary events and places as the Targa Florio and Daytona, the 2.8RSR set the bar high for the company from Stuttgart. However, it was never Ferdinand Porsche's way to 'just' get better, to improve slightly. His belief was in taking strides forward.
And the 3.0RSR would be just that. Not only would the engine horsepower be increased to 330bhp with the 3.0-liter engine size, but the car would also feature four-piston disc brakes, center-locking magnesium wheels, a stronger transaxle, larger rear spoiler and a limited-slip differential. Weighing in at just 950kg, the 3.0RSR was a worthy successor, and would prove the point straightaway.
One of those 3.0RSR's that would prove the point would be chassis # 911 560 9115. Porsche historian Jurgen Barth would declare this particular chassis began construction in October of 1974 and would be completed in 'Grand Prix White'. The car would be first ordered by Jo Hoppen of Volkswagen North America. The order would be placed on behalf of Hector Alonso Rebaque, a then 18-year-old resident of Mexico City.
Though only 18, Rebaque would actually already have a couple of years of sportscar competition under his belt racing in the 1972 12 Hours of Sebring. Along with Guillermo Rojas, Rebaque was a strong up-and-comer in the sportscar ranks.
Armed with the new 3.0RSR, Rebaque would demonstrate just how good he really was. The car's first outing with Debaque and Rojas would come in October of 1974 with the 1000 Km of Mexico City. The result: one race, one win. Following the successful debut, 9115 would compete in the 1975 24 Hours of Daytona. Wearing Café Mexicano livery, the car and drivers, Rebaque, Rojas and Van Buren, would weather the grueling event to finish 9th.
Over the next nearly 10 years, 9115 would perform well taking a number of class victories and impressive overall finishes. Over the course of that time Rebaque would embark upon a career in Formula One driving for Hesketh and Parmalat Racing Team. As a result, 9115 would sit idle, stored away in a warehouse in Mexico City.
Then, in early 1981, Rebaque would shake the dust off the Porsche and would sell it to Puerto Rican driver Diego Febles. Despite being nearly a decade old, the Porsche would still perform well finishing 9th in class at Daytona and then winning its class at Sebring. This would be a firm testament to the RSR line.
The Porsche would continue to race right up through the 1984 season, a decade's worth of competing. By the end of the season the car would be retired from the racing scene and would begin its career as a sought after collector's car. This would begin with Elias Chocron of Panama and then Jim Borsos of Anaheim, California.
During the late 1980s, Jim Torres would be given the task of restoring the car to original factory specification. Following this, the car would be part of a couple of private collections and would remain relatively idle throughout that time.
Besides a single appearance at the Monterey Historics in the early 1990s, 9115 would lead a quiet life, that is, until the time its current owner came into the picture. Since acquiring the Porsche, the current owner has had the car returned to racing specification. The owner would have a lofty goal: participation in the Daytona Classic 24. The inspection would be carried out and the FIA Historic Technical Passport would be issued in March of 2014.
A proven race winner and a proud ambassador of the 3.0RSR marque, chassis 911 560 9115 would not be just any Porsche 911. Daytona, Sebring and Mexico City, this car has competed in some of the toughest, and most grueling events in the world, and, has come out on top in each. It is, without a doubt, a proud member of the family and truly special child of Stuttgart.
Offered as part of Gooding & Company's 2015 Amelia Island auction, the 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0RSR, chassis 911 560 9115, would draw pre-auction estimates ranging from between $1,200,000 and $1,500,000.By Jeremy McMullen
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