Classic car buyers in 2015 need deep pockets; yesterday we reported on a 1960s Ferrari that raised nearly $10,000,000 at auction last week. Old Porsches, however, are traditionally much more affordable. Unless they are a 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Sports Lightweight, that is.
Going to auction in Paris in early February this yellow RS 2.7 is estimated to sell at between 1,000,000 and 1,400,000 euros (£765,000 to £1,070,000). In exchange for this hefty wodge of money, the lucky buyer will get themself a 1973 car – one of just 200 Sports Lightweight models made – with 210bhp on tap from the 2.7-litre six-cylinder engine, a five-speed transmission, independent suspension and front and rear disc brakes – plus extensive lightweight materials to make the driving experience even more visceral.
This pared down racing machine boasts an aluminium subframe, a body made from thinner steel, lightweight rear windscreen glass and side windows plus lashings of fiberglass in the bumpers, bonnet and the all important 'ducktail' engine cover. The hardcore focus of the car can be seen in the ditching of the rear seats, sound insulation and almost all of the interior trim. As a result of this extensive diet, these models tipped the scales at a scant 975kg.
Sold to its first owner in 1973 this 911 was painted red in 1975 and run until 2011, before being sold to its second owner and being returned to its original shade of yellow.
Porsche fans line up and form an orderly queue now...If you're on a slightly tighter budget, however, have a look at this two-tone Citroen 2CV which could be yours at the same auction for an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 euros (£7,650 to £11,480).