Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS
Auktionen: RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island 2017, verkauft für 1’375’000 Dollar, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «This rare Carrera RS 3.0 claims the unusual distinction of being a former factory demonstration car that was used to sell the model to potential customers. One of those same customers went on to own the car later in its life, helping to document a fascinating back-story. Chassis 4609106 is one of 55 examples built. John Starkey’s book on the subject, The Racing Porsche: R to RSR, states that this 911 was officially listed as Vorführwagen (demonstration car), which is confirmed by then Porsche test driver, Jürgen Barth. When the Carrera RS 3.0 model was announced to the press in early 1974, a Porsche dealer from Ohio named Charles Stoddard was in attendance at the world-introduction held at the Porsche factory in Germany. Given his interest in the model, Mr. Stoddard was granted a test run on the Hockenheimring with Jürgen Barth at the wheel, and the car used was 4609106, the example offered here. Stoddard had no inkling at the time that in a matter of years he would own the very same car. Following its press release duties, the Carrera RS was distributed to Sonauto, the Porsche-owned importer for France. On 14 July 1974 the car was exported to the United States by its first owner Sydney Butler. He had the car flown to JFK International Airport (in the cargo hold of a 747) and then transported to his home in Memphis, Tennessee. After three years of enjoying the RS, Sydney offered the car in December 1977. Chuck Stoddard, who knew Sydney at the time, became aware of the RS’s availability and traded a new 1976 930 Turbo in exchange for the rare homologation special. On 19 December, the dealer officially purchased the car for himself from his own dealership, Stoddard Imported Cars, as reflected by an original Ohio title. At the time, the odometer displayed just 16,423 kilometers. Mr. Stoddard pampered the rare Carrera RS, never exposing it to inclement weather, and fastidiously garaging and maintaining it as needed. After retaining possession for nearly 20 years, he sold the Porsche in November 1996 to Japanese collector Motoi Akaishi, and the car remained in Japan until January 2004, when it was purchased from Akaishi by the consignor, a respected collector based in Chicago. When re-imported to the United States in March 2004, the 911 still exhibited extreme originality, with the original factory-appointed white paint and gold-highlighted Carrera RS script showing beautifully, while the original 3.0-liter engine and transmission remained intact. The consignor undertook a few measures to make the car more enjoyable in driving events, including replacing the clutch and rear shock absorbers, sound proofing the engine bay, lowering all four corners for a lower center of gravity, and mounting new Michelin XGT tires. In the interest of shoring up the car’s documentation, he contacted Mr. Stoddard and discovered the interesting factory demo history and established chain of ownership. In January 2012, the consignor applied for a FIVA passport, and the powerful RS 3.0 was subsequently driven on the famed Tour Auto Rally, a 2,500 kilometer journey through France. After completing the workout, the 911 was delivered to the Porsche specialists at the Autofarm in England for some of the aforementioned sympathetic mechanical freshening. Currently displaying 29,279 kilometers, and poised for further driving use or exhibition at premium concours and PCA events, this rare and highly original Carrera RS 3.0 is a preeminent example. The car’s fascinating factory history and strong documentation of provenance make it a particularly desirable example of the rare 1974 homologation special, affording a unique opportunity for Stuttgart enthusiasts and 911 connoisseurs worldwide.»
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