911 RS SELF STAND
This is the Halmo version of the legendary Porsche 911 2.7
RS, completely made of one block of solid wood and finished with by the most
expert craftsmen hands. The model is processed into a 5 axis CNC machine
and then is manually sanded, painted and polished. The result is an exceptionally smooth surface
painted with the original color specification of the car. The dimensions of the
model are 90 x 25 centimeter.
This is a “limited edition” only to 50 units.
They were particularly suspicious of reduced equipment models like this proposed Carrera RS, and believed they could veto it successfully. However, they reckoned without newly appointed CEO Ernst Fuhrmann. Fuhrmann was keen to make his mark and, in a dramatic scene, faced down his colleagues, shaming his sales chief by instructing him that Porsche would either sell 250, the homologation minimum, or none at all. The existence of the production Porsche 911 2.7 RS, then, is thanks to the vision of the man behind the 911 Turbo: Fuhrmann.
The Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS with its mechanical setup and vocal, rev-happy flat six was seen as the last of the true sports cars, and there was a strong element of ‘buy now while you still can’. It captured the imagination like the Jaguar E type had a decade before, and the initial run of 500 sold out almost immediately.
Porsche had to reinstate production to build more – another 1,090, in fact – in order to meet demand. 15 years later, fashions had changed. Sports cars were wedge-shaped and more comfortably appointed than Seventies 911s, and serious Porsche racers had moved up to 3.0 or 3.2 flat sixes. The Carrera RS was at its lowest ebb in the Eighties.“People were still racing the lightweights, though,” recalls Mark Sumpter of Paragon Porsche. “I raced an SC in the Porsche championship in the early Nineties, and even then you’d still find yourself competing against them.”
“What began as a respray turned into a full-scale, bare metal restoration,” Marks says. “But I didn’t want to build a brand new car with that new car smell; I wanted the end result to feel like an original.” This absolute attention to detail became Mark’s guiding philosophy as Paragon systematically replaced or re-plated everything. Availability of parts was very good, and Mark was able to provide original Porsche items well over 90 per cent of the time. The Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS guide price was around £40,000 according to Auto Express in 2000. How times change. The car retailed in 1973 at £5,825.