Monterey

16-17 August 2013

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Lot 155

1973 Porsche 911 S 2.4 Coupe

  • Chassis no. 911 330 0038
  • Engine no. 6330073
  • Gearbox no. 330275

$150,000 - $180,000


190 hp, 2,341 cc SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with McPherson struts and torsion bars, independent rear suspension with trailing arms and torsion bars, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.5 in.

  • A stunning example of a very desirable model
  • Matching-numbers drivetrain and fully restored
  • Factory sports seats and sunroof
  • Includes Porsche Certificate of Authenticity


Shy of the Carrera RS, the beautiful and powerful 1973 911 S Coupe represents the pinnacle of Porsche’s lightweight sports cars from the early 1970s. The year 1973 marked the end of the “long-hood, thin-bumper” period of Porsche design. The following model year would bring five-mph safety bumpers and increased weight. The high-performance 1973 “S” had a highly responsive 2.4-liter Type 911/53 engine that packed a wallop, with 190 horsepower at 6,500 rpm. It was bolted to a new Type 915 transmission, which offered stronger internals and a simplified shifting pattern. A new front chin spoiler reduced front-end lift at speed by a claimed 40%, and it helped pin the front of the car to the pavement. It was so effective that Porsche soon adopted the part across the 911 line. The 1973 S was rather expensive when new, bearing a base price of just over $10,000 before any options were added.



This 911 S Coupe is an early example of the 1973 F-series, built on Porsche’s legendary unitized body and fitted with an electric sunroof at the factory. It also includes Porsche’s competition-oriented M409 Sport Seat option, complete instrumentation, rack-and-pinion steering, and forged alloy Fuchs 6x15-inch wheels. The owner, a long-time Porsche enthusiast and vintage Porsche racer, states that this car was acquired in restored and excellent condition. It retains its original floor panels and matching-numbers engine and transmission. Also included are its original tool kit, jack, owner’s manual, and Porsche-issued Certificate of Authenticity. After it was purchased by the consignor, it was left with a marque expert, RennGruppe Motorsports in Lexington, North Carolina, for some minor work, which brought it to its present outstanding condition.



Finished in its original Special Order 335 Gemini Metallic paint, it also sports a stunning black leatherette interior, with the seats trimmed with attractive black-and-white hounds-tooth cloth inserts. With a dry weight of just over 2,500 pounds, lots of power, and large disc brakes at all four corners, the 2.4-liter 911 S delivers a great driving experience with terrific (140 mph-plus) performance, comfort, and good looks, making it perfect for rapid touring or club events. A 22.4-gallon gas tank allows long runs between fuel stops. Relatively few of these S Coupes were produced in 1973; just 1,430 were made in total, and only 524 of those were designated for the U.S. market. Their relative scarcity means these models are always in demand by knowledgeable Porsche enthusiasts, and this example presents a rare opportunity to acquire one of the best.

Addendum

Please note that contrary to the catalogue, the estimate for this vehicle is $150,000 - $180,000.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more