911 rally su­per­star is for sale

Cir­cuit of Ire­land win­ner and RAC star is up for ‘well in ex­cess of £1m’

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

What is be­ing de­scribed as ‘the most suc­cess­ful ral­ly­ing Porsche of all time’ is for sale. Priced at ‘well in ex­cess of £1 mil­lion’, the 1973 911 Car­rera RS 2.7 is be­ing sold pri­vately through auc­tion­eers H&H Clas­sics.

The car re­cently starred at the Cir­cuit Déjà Vu, a star-stud­ded event in County Kil­lar­ney that recre­ates and cel­e­brates the Cir­cuit of Ire­land In­ter­na­tional Rally. AUI 1500 is the only sur­viv­ing 911 RS to have won the Cir­cuit: its never go­ing to be beaten for speed now that it has changed into a three-day event.

Ir­ish for­mer rally star Cathal Cur­ley – who drove the car in that mo­men­tous 1974 win – was re­united with it in the Cir­cuit Déjà Vu in the spring. ‘ The 911 had a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing un­for­giv­ing, but I al­ways found the car an ab­so­lute plea­sure,’ says Cur­ley.

Event or­gan­iser Dr Beatty Craw­ford adds: ‘I’m very fa­mil­iar with AUI 1500. We com­peted against it in the ‘70s and lost, when driven by Cathal and Austin Fraser on the Cir­cuit of Ire­land.

‘I’ve seen it again on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions re­cently – in­clud­ing Cir­cuit Déjà Vu, of course – and it re­ally has been beau­ti­fully re­built.

‘We would love to have AUI back again since it was part of the golden years of Ir­ish ral­ly­ing.’

AUI 1500 will be on dis­play at the H&H Clas­sics show­room in Hind­head, Sur­rey. Do­minic Lyncker, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of H&H Clas­sics, says: ‘We are de­lighted and hon­oured to be cho­sen to sell this leg­endary race car.

‘ This car is the stuff of mo­tor rac­ing his­tory and is one of the great­est Porsche Car­rera 2.7 RSs of all time.’

The car was one of 17 RHD Car­rera RSs sup­plied with Sport ‘Light­weight’ equip­ment in 1973 and the last one im­ported to the UK. Of the 17 sup­plied 15 have known to have sur­vived.

In 1973 it en­tered the RAC Rally, round eight of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship, and fin­ished as the high­est-placed Porsche, win­ning the team prize. It is one of only 11 RSs known to have en­tered the RAC Rally, dur­ing a pe­riod in which only six fin­ished this gru­elling event. Mur­ray Scul­lion ] www.handh.co.uk

FOR SALE High fliers: Cathal Cur­ley and Austin Frazer won the ’74 Cir­cuit of Ire­land.

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