My Ten Favorite Porsche 911s

Don Sherman
Paul Barshon A. J. Mueller Richard Newton Martyn Goddard Glenn Paulina

I: 1973 Carrera RS 2.7

1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7: Is the 1973 Carrera RS the ultimate 911? Maybe so. I remember driving both the relatively comfortable Touring model with sunroof and the bare-bones Sport with race seats, a stripped-out interior, a plastic rear bumper, and double-decibel noise levels. To reduce the curb weight to an incredibly low 2150 pounds (2370 pounds for the Touring), Porsche used thinner-gauge sheetmetal, lighter glass, and body panels made of a synthetic material that wasn't very good at maintaining color or shape. The displacement of the engine rose from 2.4 to 2.7 liters, and power increased to 210 hp. The deeper front apron and the ducktail rear spoiler allegedly improved downforce at speed, but in combination with unequal-size tires, Bilstein dampers, and fatter antiroll bars, the RS was still the cannonball ride that its legendary reputation is based on. The phenomenal performance and relative affordability (it cost roughly the same as a 911S Targa) pushed the sales of this weekend racer from the originally planned 500 units to 1580. The fastest 911 of its time epitomized the early virtues of the breed: four strong disc brakes sans ABS, super-accurate and ultraquick steering sans power assistance, and telepathic throttle response sans traction control. The Carrera RS was the most honest, most transparent, and most unforgiving 911 I ever had the pleasure to spin - and spin again - thankfully without damaging anything but my own ego.

911 Carrera RS 2.7
Model year: 1973
Engine: 2.7L flat-6, 210 hp, 188 lb-ft
Transmission: 5-speed manual
0-62 mph: 5.8 sec
Top speed: 149 mph*
Weight: 2150 lb
Production: 0/1580 (U.S./total)
Original price: $10,200 (1973, est.)

My favorite 911? Any one that doesn't need to visit my mechanic to fund his kid's post-graduate education.
My favourite 911 derivative: the Cayenne. *smirk*

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