The Porsche 911 RSR race car of the 1970s is a tremendously desirable piece of machinery. Need we explain why?
Quite simply, it positively obliterated the competition in the hands of a slew of privateer racing drivers, helping to further bolster the marque’s reputation for superb performance cars.
But add a former Mexican Formula One driver to the shortlist of previous owners, and suddenly this particular 1974 Porsche 911 RSR went from desirable to gotta-have-it on the auction block of the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The example pictured above nabbed a staggering $1,237,500, setting a new record for the Porsche 911 RSR.
As Bold Ride reports, the Formula One racing driver who owned this 1974 Porsche 911 RSR was one Hector Rebaque, arguably one of the last true privateer Formula One drivers. But open-wheel racing was a leap that Hector didn’t make until 1977; before that, Rebaque acquired this RSR in 1974, at the age of 18. He won the very first race he entered with it: the IMSA 1,000 km of Mexico City.
The livery currently adorning the car is the same Café Mexicano fare that the car wore during that first race. Bold Ride reports that the car is astonishingly original, compared to many of the other early Porsche 911 RSRs that were prepped for racing. And, as you can see, it looks astonishing.
Previously, we had thought that the hottest, most desirable classic Porsche 911 variant was the 2.7 RS. Clearly, we were wrong.