A rare 1974 Porsche 911 RSR that competed in the International Race of Champions has just come up for sale and could be yours for just $2,200,000…
In case you weren’t aware, the International Race of Champions (IROC) was created in 1974 with a pretty straight forward mantra – 12 drivers race identical cars from a varied range of driving disciplines and see who manages to come out on top. That’s where Porsche came in, with the first of the series using 1974 911RSR’s specifically designed for the purpose.
A grand total of only 15 cars were built for the job, 12 for the drivers and 3 in case there were any mishaps along the way. The drivers were: Mark Donohue, Peter Revson, Bobby Unser, David Pearson, Richard Petty, AJ Foyt, Emerson Fittipaldi, George Fullmer, Dennis Hulme, Bobby Allison, Gordon Johncock, and Roger McClusky.
In an era where the colour TV had just become accessible to Joe Public, each car was painted in a unique colour in order to maximise the impact and therefore stimulate more interest in the racing.
Historically referred to as the ‘Fittipaldi’ car, the Porsche 911 RSR was brought into the US and owned by Roger Penske with an unbroken chain of ownership but does include being under the custodianship of a certain Colombian drug lord and narcoterrorist, Pablo Escobar who raced it with 935 bodywork.
While both the IROC and the 1973 RSR wore the five lug Fuchs wheels and High Butterfly style injection, the IROC had the same 3-litre unit as the ‘customer’ 1974 RSRs that used the Slide Valve Injection and center-lock BBS wheels. Coupled with the low volume produced for a specific race series, these selective differences between the 73 and 74 RSRs models make the IROC the rarest of the early air-cooled RSRs.
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This particular ‘Sahara Beige’ car, chassis 911 460 0100, was piloted by the hugely popular Emerson Fittipaldi who qualified on pole for the first IROC race at Riverside. Fittipaldi had won the 1972 season Formula One Championship at the age of 25 making him the youngest F1 Champion ever at that time. He went on to win another F1 Championship in 1974 and also became the oldest driver, at 47 years of age, to win the Indianapolis 500 in 1993, a race he had also won in 1989 along with the CART Championship.
After a long period of storage, this IROC was fully restored to its IROC Fittipaldi livery.