Restored Porsche 911 RS 2.7 Lightweight Has Us Green with Envy
The Porsche 911 2.7 RS combines everything the automaker is famous for into what might be the ultimate driving machine in history.
League of Its Own
In terms of revered Porsche vehicles, the 911 RS 2.7 Lightweight stands in a league of its own. And yet, very few of them were built, and fewer exist today. Of course, that combination of supply and demand has only made cars like this immaculate example we found at Tomini Classics skyrocket in value.
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Built to Win
Of course, the 2.7 RS was built for one reason, and one reason only - to win races. And it did just that, experiencing incredible success in a variety of motorsports formats over the years.
The concept behind the 2.7 RS was simple, of course. Porsche took a regular 911, removed everything that wasn't needed for racing, then added power, a revised suspension, bigger brakes, and various aero bits.
The car's punched-out flat-six produced a somewhat meager (by today's standards) 207 horsepower, yet it didn't have much to push around, as the car weighed just a hair over 2,000 pounds in Lightweight configuration.
Shave It Down
Porsche shaved an additional 220 pounds off the regular 2.7 RS by using thinner glass and steel. And thanks to those efforts, the car would run a still respectable 0-60 time in the 5-second range, with a top speed of 150 mph.
Add it all up, and you've got what most consider to be the ultimate Porsche 911. It's hard to imagine a car that's more perfectly balanced, especially when you factor in its simplicity and rawness.
Long Time Ownership
And few of the 1,580 such cars produced can match this green beauty. This particular 2.7 RS was sold new in Italy and remained with its original owner until the turn of the century.
The beautiful Porsche was then sold to the vice president of the Porsche owner's club in Spain. Sadly, he passed away some years later, and the car went on to its third owner, who commissioned a full restoration.
Work of Art
The tedious project was performed by a German company called Bale Motorsports, who are known for high-quality work. And that's quite obvious by the state of the finished product here.
But when you're talking about a car as exquisite as the Porsche 911 2.7 RS, that sort of job is obviously warranted. As are the incredible values these amazing machines trade for today!
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