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Buying a 1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RSQuite simply, the 1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RS is one of the most sought-after production Porsche 911 models ever produced. Reaching almost legendary status among aficionados and collectors, values of these Carrera RS models run the gamut. Developed to allow Porsche to compete in GT racing, the company was required to build 500 road-going cars in order to qualify. However, the Porsche marketing department doubted whether or not they could persuade people to pay a premium for a Porsche 911 that lacked the luxury accompaniments that they were familiar with. The 1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RS first developed from the F-Series 911S, but was modified to improve performance. The 2.4L 911S engine was increased in capacity to 2,681cc by using larger aluminum cylinders that were Nikasil-coated. This gave the bores a hard, low friction surface. Increased capacity pushed power to more than 210 horsepower. However, weight saving measures were what really gave the Carrera RS performance gains. The roof, wings and bonnet were made of thinner and lighter steel, while the windscreen and rear quarter windows would use thinner glass.

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The 1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RS can be easily identified by the large and distinctive Carrera side stripes that ran from the front to rear arches. Offered in red, blue, black or green, you could have your Fuchs wheel centers color-coded to match. When you pair this with the distinctive Grand Prix white paintwork, the Carrera is easily recognizable. The RS would be revealed in September 1972, and all 500 models were sold before the car was officially announced. Because of the demand, production would continue until July 1973. 1580 cars were built. Of these, the majority were Touring models and 200 were sport. There were also 17 in the very basic RSH specification, and 55 were race-ready RSRs. The later boasted a roll cage, even wider rear arches, and a 2.8L engine that produced 300 horsepower. Just 117 of these cars had right-hand-drive.

To learn more about the 1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, please do not hesitate to contact the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club. Their team of knowledgeable professionals looks forward to hearing from you and to helping you find the RS that you desire. Browse their online inventory today to view the 1971 911 Carrera RS models currently available in their inventory.

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