There are some events that stand alone… to name just a few – Goodwood Revival, Pebble Beach, Le Mans Classic, Mille Miglia, Tour Auto, Monaco Historique and Amelia Island as ‘must do’ events on the calendar. Associated with many such events there are auctions for the finest motor cars and this year’s Amelia Island was no exception with some remarkable automobiles and significant racing cars under the hammer. One such example is this fully restored 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR, formerly the property of Héctor Rebaque (the ex-Formula One driver). It’s a three-time 24 Hours of Daytona and two-time 12 Hours of Sebring participant and was sold by Gooding & Co. in Café Mexicano livery and with current FIA Papers and report from non other than Jürgen Barth for $1,237,500
Rebaque bought this 3.0 RSR and secured sponsorship from Café Mexicano. On its first outing at the IMSA 1000Km of Mexico City it took 1st place overall. It competed in four 24 Hours of Daytona 24 races, finishing 9th overall in 1975. Showing just how these RSRs remained competitive it finished 5th overall and 2nd in class eight years later. It also ran the 12 Hours of Sebring twice, finishing 4th overall and 1st in class at the 1982 race. Needless to say these cars are highly desirable and with road-going Porsche 911 RS variants now recognised as THE investment car fetching prices nudging towards the £1m mark this particular car appears to be a ‘bargain’ [struggling to believe we just said a car worth over $1m is a bargain!]. It’s ‘on the button’ too having run at the Daytona Classic 24 where it finished 4th overall in the B group (cars from 1973-1982)… surely it’s new owner will take it to the next Rennsport Reunion and maybe the Le Mans Classic? As the saying goes – No substitute!