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oneofthestarlotsattheRMSotheby’sVillaErbasale
onMay 25 isthis 1973911 2.7RSTouring,restoredforthe
currentownerbya selectionofUKPorschespecialists.
The aim, in the owner’s words, was ‘to create the
ultimate RS’.It tookaround 1500 manhours,butwasit a
success?We askedPorscheexpertAndyPrillforhistake
onthecar, and2.7RS’sfortunesinthecurrentclimate.
‘ThisTouringwasoneofthelastcarsto becompleted
before 2.7RSproductionstoppedinJuly1973.Thismeansthat this
carwillhavethebenefit ofmost,ifnotalloftheimprovements
anddevelopmentsthat weremadethroughouttheproductionrun
of 1590 cars.Thewhite/bluecolourcombinationmaynotbethe
rarestbutit isperhapsthemosticonicchoice.Thecarhasbeen
restoredandthat canbea double-edgedsword.

‘However,it hastheright namesassociatedwiththeworkand
thecar’squalityisobvious.Thisshowsinthefinishesandthe
detailing that distinguishaqualityrestorationfroman average
orpoorjob.Thisfactorisimportant forany buyerbecauseinthe
recent boomandoverheatingclassiccarmarkettoo many cars
were restoredjustto sell.There isa bigdifferencebetweena car
restoredto sellanda carrestoredfora discerning ownerto keep.
Whensuchcarscometo markettheyare obviouslytheonesto buy
andthisisclearlya properlyrestoredmatchingnumbersexample.
‘Whenthemarketwasrising 2.7RSvaluesshotup, andinwhat
isnowa correctingmarketthey’reamong thefastestfallers.That
said,a goodcarwillalwaysfinda buyerandI don’t seepricesfalling
muchmore.Whetherthiscarwillreachitsestimated€475k-€525k
(£413k-£456k)remainsto beseen.Butit certainlydeservesto.’

Really Special?

The market will have its eye on how this RS Touring performs at RM’s Villa Erba sale

chasing cars
Russ Smith’s market headliners