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Sunday, October 11, 2015

This Restomod Porsche 911 Relives the Iconic RSR


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Everyone loves an original, and when it comes to Porsche cars…it’s hard not to feel weak in the knees for an original 911. The look, the sensation, the noise—they’ve got it all. But one thing they aren’t is cheap. Fancy one of the storied ‘70s 911 RS models and you could pay well over half a million bucks. Need a 911 RSR race car? Bring a boat-load of cash. 
However, it doesn’t have to be that way. A number of companies nowadays do what’s called “backdating,” in that they take a modern 911, strip it to its skivvies, and rebuild it in the likeness of a more celebrated model. In this instance, a 1973 RSR—a car that’s unobtainable to most.

The modifications are becoming more and more popular these days, and this car is a perfect example of what can be created with a mid-‘80s 911 Carrera as a starting point.


According to the owner, this backdated RSR started as 1984 “Turbo-Look” 911, which came with the necessary wider wheel arches required for the build, and also brought along with it the model’s stiffer suspension. A good addition for an RSR model. Rothsport Racing then took the car down to bare metal, massaged in even more fender flare, and began the physical retrograde from 1984 to 1973.

The original engine, a 3.2-liter flat-six, would have been good for around 200 horsepower and quite nippy performance. But that wouldn’t do. Now the car boasts a big 3.8-liter six, the same kind you’d find in a ‘90s 993 Carrera RS. To give an indication of how significant that is, those rare cars fetch well over six-digits at auction and the free-breathing engine shovels out a triumphant 300 horsepower. Upgrade.


Later in its life the suspension is said to have been tuned by WEVO for softer and more relaxed distance driving, with a change in gear ratios to reflect its easier-going nature. As for shoes, those are said to be genuine Fuchs wheels, which now come wrapped in Michelin competition tires.

The verdict. Is it an original Porsche 911 RSR from 1973? No, it is not. Is it cheap? No, body mods and 993 RS-spec engines rarely are. It is however very unique, and that makes these backdated cars pretty special.