Most of the super car automakers of today have some storied past that began many years ago in the racing circuits. Before winning the Rome Grand Prix in his newly designed 12-cylinder 125 S, Enzo Ferrari originally got his start as a driver for Alfa Romeo. Ferruccio Lamborghini decided to build his own super car after duking it out with aforementioned Enzo over unresolved “clutch problems” in his own Ferrari. And Ferry Porsche wows the world with a 1951 class victory in a 356 SL at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In 1970, the World Sportscar Championship announced that Group 5 cars would have a limited displacement beginning in 1973. At the time, the racing circuit was being dominated by Porsche’s big 4.5L Model 917. To continue racing in the series, Porsche would be required to develop and build a 917 replacement from the ground up. So instead, Porsche decides to turn its attention to the already eligible Group 4 entrant…the 911S.
By 1974, Porsche had evolved the 911 into a race champion factory race car known as the RSR 3.0. In order to compete in the racing circuits, automakers must have a small number of privatized examples sold to the public. In response to this, in 1974 Porsche develops the Carrera RS 3.0 of which only 109 were ever made. Numbers are conflicting as to how many RS’s were actually street worthy…Bruce Anderson in his Porsche 911 Performance Handbook reports 44, others have reported 55 or 56.
The RS 3.0 was essentially a detuned RSR race engine with an aluminum (rather than magnesium) crankcase and street-legal exhaust with a final total weight of only 1,984lbs. Cylinder heads were single-plug rather than twins and ran on high octane pump gas. The result, a 182.7-cu-in flat-6 that cranked out 230 hp. One more number for you…$1,375,000…that’s what an original RS 3.0 sold for earlier this year at Sothebys.
Finally we get to the real featured car for today…a tribute version to, what is by all respective means, an untouchable purchase for most. This tribute 911 started life as a 1966 Porsche 912. The lid and spoiler were sourced from an actual 3.0 RS, and the body was sandblasted and painted in the correct Porsche 908 Grand Prix White.
It wears color correct ‘Carrera’ decals along with vintage Tag Heuer stickering. Trunk fasteners are period correct rubber. It wears 10” and 8” wide Fuchs (R16 instead of 15″ to aid in tire choices). Inside, RS floor mats are fitted along with soundproofing, and newly manufactured replica seats from BF Torino with Schroth four point harnesses. Brakes are ventilated 3.2L Carrera brakes and KONI shock absorbers all around. The engine was sourced from a 3.0 SC, and comes serviced with new plugs, filters, oil and hoses.
This is sure to receive a lot of attention…good and bad. Purists stopped reading at the last word of the title. Others who take interest in the race heritage of Porsche, or simply looking for something out of the ordinary 911 vintage world, may find appeal in driving/owning a tribute to a car that holds a very special place in P-car history.
Gary Emory found a market for non-original builds when he built his first 356 Outlaw…maybe there’s room for this one somewhere in the market place. Some call this 911/912 a tribute, some call it an outlaw, some call it other names. Is it real? No, not at all. Is it built to exact 3.0 RS specs. Nope, not that either. Does it cost $1.3M? Not even close! ($69k to be exact) Would it be a blast to drive to work and park next to that 2005 Nissan Altima and listen to the exhaust note echoing off the cement walls of the parking garage? You bet your ass it would.
If you’re interested, we should tell you the car is currently located in Norway, being sold through Benzina Vintage Cars. Being that nothing on this car is original, it certainly won’t pass the EPA / US Customs sniff test, so this one is really reserved for our readers across the pond. But here’s to hoping someone has been inspired to create their own tribute here in the U.S. If you do or already have, share you’re story with us…we’d love to hear it.
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**All of these amazing photos are credited to Trygve Sørlie and Benzina Vintage Cars of Norway (http://www.benzina.no)