Jay Kay’s Porsche Carrera RS ‘Lightweight’ Coupé Is Up For Sale

Jay Kay - Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé.
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé.

Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay is having a seasonal clear-out, parting with his incredibly rare 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre ‘Lightweight’ Coupé.

Renowned for his large collection of cars, the English singer-songwriter has decided to part company from the brightly coloured Porsche, offering it at Bonhams Bond Street Sale in December. Estimated at £750,000 – 850,000 ($950,000 – 1,100,000), the 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre ‘Lightweight’ Coupé is one of only 200 examples ever built.

Lightweight

Distinctive ‘ducktail’ spoiler and a body shell produced from steel only 0.7mm thick, rather than the standard 1.0mm production material, the competition lightweight model boasted aluminium front subframe and even super-thin side and rear window glazing from Belgian firm Glaverbel.

Front and rear openings were manufactured using balsa-reinforced fibreglass, as were front and rear bumpers, with the front providing access to a centrally mounted auxiliary oil radiator. The rear arches were widened to accommodate 7-inch-wide Fuchs alloy rims.

The quest for producing something resembling a competitive feather on spinach was taken a step further by removing body insulation and any unnecessary hardware, including the rear seating area, reclining front seats, clock, armrests, door handles and even sun visor from the passenger side. The complete space and weight saving extremities brought the unit down to a spritely 2,150 pounds (975 kilograms).

Jay Kay - 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre 'Lightweight' Coupé
Jay Kay – 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre ‘Lightweight’ Coupé – Estimate: £ 750,000 – 850,000

Former factory driver Jürgen Barth:
“The Carrera RS 2.7 is the basis for Porsche motorsport in the 1970s.”

Jay Kay Downsize

The musician’s love for classics has seen Jay Kay downsize his collection previously with his 1996 BMW 850 CSI, 2015 Porsche 911 (991) Targa 4S, 1989 M3 E30 Johnny Cecotto Ltd Edition, Ford Mustang 390GT Fastback, 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SL (R107), 1996 Volvo 850R Sport-Wagon and even his outstanding 2016 McLaren 675 LT all offered at last year’s NEC Classic Motor Show Silverstone Auction, November 2018.

Jay Kay
Jay Kay and his ‘Bullitt’ spec Dodge Charger – Image courtesy Silverstone Auctions

This year the NEC Classic Motor Show will attract around 80,000 visitors over the duration of the weekend with Silverstone Auctions being held on 9 – 10 November 2019.

NEC Classic Motor Show Sale 2019
Viewing – Friday 8th November 2019
Auction – Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th November 2019

All listings can be viewed via this link.

Upcoming classic car auctions can be found here.

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