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13 Dec 2016

French 1973 Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 surfaces after 10 year hibernation

Established Porsche specialist and RS 2.7 expert Autofarm uncover another hidden classic.

Following a lengthy negotiation period lasting 11 months, independent Porsche specialist Autofarm has acquired a 911 RS 2.7 not seen in public for a decade.

The Touring specification car, one of  the first series produced, formed part of a stunning collection of 911s that had lain undisturbed and idle for ten years and only came to light after the widow of the original owner, passed away last year.

The now Gulf Orange car, originally Sepia Brown, follows a similar find in Trinidad that Autofarm also purchased and is the eighth RS2.7 it has bought or sold this year.

“It was one of those emails that you aren’t sure if it’s actually real when you read it,” says Autofarm’s Mikey Wastie. “The list offered some of the most iconic 911s including a 3.0 RS, GT2 and RS 2.7 as available. We couldn’t agree pricing on all the cars but we were delighted to secure this RS that actually did the Tour Auto and Rallye des 10,000 Virages in Corsica around twenty years ago.

“We suspect that as it was fitted with a cage and other track upgrades, it may have a more extensive competition history. We are now researching this.”

Having been well stored, next to a radiator in part of the house, the car had been well preserved.  “We initially hatched a scheme to do a light recommission and drive it back but in the end our heads overruled our hearts and we hauled it back on a covered trailer,” adds Wastie.

Detailed inspection in Autofarm’s workshop revealed the car is in impeccable condition and after minor fettling to replace stale petrol and gummed up fuel lines, the car ran smoothly with an MOT swiftly secured.

Although the car has acquired a number of modifications such as a roll cage and light clusters, Autofarm secured a horde of original parts and spares.

Autofarm will arrange HTP papers for the car before an ultimate decision on plans for its future. “It’s the ideal base for historic racing or a car for long distance tours,” concludes Wastie. “As values have risen, it’s a shame that not more RS are driven on track, its rightful habitat. This car is ideally suited for some proper use!”

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