911 rally superstar is for sale
Circuit of Ireland winner and RAC star is up for ‘well in excess of £1m’
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.