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Formerly Nicolas Cage’s 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 SOLD for $550K at Gooding and Company auction on March 8th 2013

08 Mar

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FORMERLY OWNED BY NICOLAS CAGE

CHASSIS NO. 9113600813

ENGINE NO. 6630814
TRANSMISSION NO. 7830798

The Carrera RS 2.7 of 1973 was conceived as a pure homologation special as Porsche needed to build 500 road-going examples to qualify the new car for Group 4 GT racing. The RS was a substantially modified variant of the already potent 2.4-liter 911 S. By increasing displacement, introducing various weight-saving measures, stiffening the suspension, and fitting aerodynamic aids, Porsche created an unrivaled sports car.

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The overall performance was sensational with 0-to-60 times under six seconds, 0-to-100 times under 13 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph. Beyond its impressive power, the RS was nimble, responsive, and forgiving at the limit – something that could not always be said of early 911s.

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In total, just 1,580 RS models were built, of which 1,340 were the more usable, street- oriented M472 touring models. Despite its limited production run, the Carrera RS 2.7 remains one of the most important and popular Porsches of all time.

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Presented here is an outstanding example of the legendary 911 Carrera RS. Not only is its splendid appearance worthy of note, this Porsche boasts documented celebrity provenance and a highly prized specification.

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Constructed in March 1973, this desirable second-series RS 2.7 carries the remarkable distinction of being one of only 87 examples originally finished in Porsche’s memorable ” Signal Yellow” livery. Originally specified for German delivery, this car was generously optioned with a power antenna, loudspeaker, long-range driving lights, sunroof, electric windows, and Pirelli CN36 tires.
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While little is known of its time in Germany, it is understood that the RS was exported to the US during the early 1980s.

In 2000, Heritage Classics of West Hollywood, California, advertised the Porsche for sale stating, “three owners from new and last owner since 1986.”
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From there, the RS 2.7 joined the impressive stable of famed actor and car collector Nicolas Cage. At its height, Mr. Cage’s personal collection included some of the most important post-war sports cars, ranging from a Jaguar D-Type to a Lamborghini Miura SVJ. In 2001, this RS had its own moment in the spotlight when it appeared in a series of paparazzi photos showing Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley driving the car around Venice, California.
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Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley in Venice, California.

Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley in Venice, California.

In March 2002, Mr. Cage decided to part with the RS and it was eventually sold to Stanley Fulton of Potomac, Maryland. During Mr. Fulton’s ownership, Autobahn Service Inc. in Fairfax, Virginia, maintained the Porsche and, between 2005 and 2008, performed extensive mechanical sorting, addressing the engine, gearbox, fuel injection, and braking systems. Receipts totaling approximately $27,000 document the work performed and are included in the car’s history file.
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In fall 2009, the Carrera RS passed into the care of a Swiss collector and made its return to continental Europe. In January 2011, respected Porsche specialist Freisinger Motorsports of Karlsruhe, Germany, performed a rebuild of the original, matching-numbers transmission at a cost of €7,000. During its sojourn in Switzerland, the RS also received additional attention to the brakes, clutch, and ancillary components.

Fresh from its appearance at the 2012 Carrera RS World Meet in Germany, the RS has returned to the US and looks to be an ideal candidate for the collector in search of an exceptionally rare and desirable early 911.

1973_Porsche_911_Carrera_RS_0051 Unlike many Carrera RSs, this car retains its original matching-numbers engine, gearbox, and body panels, and its largely original black upholstery possesses a lovely patina without major signs of wear and tear.

On the whole, this Porsche is very well presented, with excellent body fit throughout and a nicely detailed engine bay, undercarriage and opening compartments. Even the rare 7” and 8” Fuchs wheels carry May 1973 date stampings, and the correct production number can be found beneath the dashboard.

Thanks to its recently received mechanical attention, the car is said to be in excellent running order. Following a recent outing, the consignor reported that this RS is “tuned to perfection” and states that it “performs beautifully,” delivering the visceral performance for which these cars are renowned.

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An exceptionally complete and well-presented Carrera RS, this car is offered with a tool kit, jack, owner’s handbooks, authorized service locator, Becker radio manuals, and a Pirelli tire brochure. In addition to these important items, the sale of this Porsche includes a framed factory poster, a Certificate of Authenticity, a file of recent service records, and paperwork confirming its celebrity provenance.

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To find a genuine, matching-numbers Carrera RS 2.7 with a refreshing color scheme and desirable factory options has become a challenge in recent years as these cars maintain an avid following among collectors and Porsche enthusiasts. A car such as this – with its celebrity provenance, recent attention, and outstanding presentation – is a rare find indeed. With 2013 representing the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911, there could be no better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than to acquire a superb example of what is widely regarded as the most iconic and collectible model of all.

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Source: Gooding & Company http://www.goodingco.com/car/1973-porsche-911-27-carrera-rs

 

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