| Houston, Texas
- An authentic and wonderfully preserved Carrera RS 2.7 Touring retaining its numbers-matching 911/83 engine and gearbox; dashboard displays correct production number
- Presented in its original factory exterior finish of Grand Prix White with blue Carrera lettering over its original Black leatherette interior
- Sold new to Italy via Autocentri Balduina of Rome and maintained under single ownership for nearly 20 years
- Accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, copy of its Fahrzeug-Auftrag order form, Italian estratto, service invoices, original Italian-language owner’s manual, and an uninstalled period-correct Becker Mexico cassette radio unit
- An appealing, highly original example of an essential model for any serious 911 collection
Stunningly well-preserved, this authentic Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 Touring was completed in the Spring of 1973 for delivery to Italy, finished just as it is presented today in Grand Prix White with blue Carrera lettering over a Black leatherette interior. Importantly, a copy of the car’s original Mi>Fahrzeug-Auftrag (order form) denotes it as having been factory-equipped with the M472 Comfort, or Touring, option code. Concerned the Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight may be too raw for most buyers, Porsche’s marketing department conceived the Touring edition, which utilized the same performance features and lightweight body but with more driver comforts including carpets, rear seats, and door cards.
Following its completion in Stuttgart, this Carrera RS 2.7 Touring made its way south to the Italian countryside, where it would remain for the better part of the next 20 years. The car’s first owner was Alberto Doni, a resident of Alatri who purchased it in May 1973 via the still-incorporated dealership Autocentri Balduina of Rome. One can only imagine the smile on Doni’s face as he wound his new Carrera RS from the dealership, nestled in the southern suburbs of Rome, through the foothills of the Lepini Mountains on his way home to Alatri.
The car’s original service libretto shows Doni had the car serviced on 6 June 1973 with over 1,100 kilometers already on the odometer, a start to the careful ownership Doni would continue throughout the next two decades. An accompanying estratto holds numerous entries showing Doni kept regular registration of his prized Carrera, while a copy of his correspondence with Porsche in 1988 shows him as keenly aware of the car’s significance.
In 2000, this 911 was imported to the United States by Stephen Childs of Placerville, California. Childs toured and displayed the car during his 12 years of ownership, including use as a support vehicle at Laguna Seca Raceway, displays at the Porsche Parade Concours d’Elegance, and various PCA meets. After being acquired by the White Collection in 2012, the car was treated to an extensive service by the marque gurus at Rennsport in Sealy, Texas. Totaling nearly $12,000, work included a full rebuild of the car’s numbers-matching engine as well as resealing the numbers-matching transmission, suspension service, and various other duties to ensure the car was fully sorted. While in the collection, the car has been started and run to operating temperature monthly.
In addition to its numbers-matching engine and gearbox, a close inspection of the under-dash area reveals the correct Porsche production number; moreover, this 911 retains its original factory-applied coat of Grand Prix White exterior paint (save for the repainted front splitter, which is often worn over the course of routine driving) and its original Black leatherette interior. Further emphasizing its highly original presentation, it is accompanied by its original, Italian-language owner’s manual.
In the context of Porsche history, it is almost impossible to overstate the importance of the 1973 911 Carrera 2.7 RS; it is a car which heralded the 911’s transition from plucky class-winner to Endurance Classic victor, while simultaneously offering genuine 150-mph performance from a Porsche for the first time. Consequently, the availability of such a finely preserved example, presented in its original factory colors and retaining its numbers-matching engine and gearbox—is an extremely rare opportunity indeed, and one surely worthy of consideration by any committed Porsche or sports car enthusiast.