With the Porsche Club of the Philippines celebrating the Porsche 911’s 50th Anniversary during the 2013 Trans Sport Show, we drooled like crazy at the number of Porsches that graced the event. So much that it was very difficult to pick a car to spotlight here at Custom Pinoy Rides. So I took a look at all the Classic 911’s at the event, and basically closed my eyes and thought of which car left a lasting impression on me. Well, needless to say, it was this car – the 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0.
I also thought that today would be a perfect time to feature this car, as with “Throwback Thursdays” becoming a viral thing on the interwebs, I thought it would be best to post this car today. More like an “Old-School Thursdays”, if you would.
And why do I ask if this is the Ultimate Classic Porsche? Well, with this car being produced from 1974-1975 in extremely small numbers – somewhere around just 50-60 units, and built by the German manufacturer’s competition department specifically as a Race Car, Porsche gurus have claimed that the Carrera RSR is one of the most sought after of all Porsche 911 variants. Moreover, it seems like Nakai-San of Rauh-Welt Begriff has, in one form or another, drawn inspiration from the RSR’s flared wheel arches and ultra-wide stance, and integrated those features into his prized Stella Artois 911.
So, seeing a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0 in the Philippines is like finding a needle in a haystack. So read on, as you might never see one of these cars ever again…
Amongst the many things unique to the RSR 3.0 compared to the previous 911 versions of its era was is the suspension system. Porsche has started using coil springs with the RSR 3.0, as compared to torsion bars used on previous 911’s.
Not just for safetly reasons, but to add to structural rigidity as well, the RSR 3.0 also features a full roll cage. Combined with the car’s massive tire width, this definitely adds to the cars handling prowess. Of course, the engine was also uprated from the previous model…
While the ultra-wide front bumper also houses the oil cooler, the widened rear fenders have special air intakes to ram air into the engine mounted underneath the legendary “whale-tail” rear spoiler. This engine was developed from that of the very rare 3.0RS, of which only 109 were ever built. Whereas the 1973 Porsche 911 had a 2.8 liter engine, the bigger engine in the 1974 3.0 RSR had a larger bore, and a stronger aluminium crakcase to cope with the additional forces, instead of magnesium used in the previous engine. Equipped with twin-spark ignition, the 3-litre engine produced 330hp, more than enough for the driver to have on tap with the race car’s 5-speed gearbox.
The vast improvement in handling, combined with the RSR 3.0’s ultra light weight, turned the car into a very potent machine, dominating the 1974-1975 GT Championships on both sides of the Atlantic. And even though the Porsche works team started using more potent turbocharged models soon after, privateers still preferred to race with the lighter and better handling RSR 3.0.
I bet the owner of this car, a member of the Porsche Club of the Philippines, considers this as his pride and joy. Why wouldn’t he? This is probably the ultimate Classic Porsche. Would you agree?