London Motor Show celebrates 50 years of the Porsche RS

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Porsche 993 Carrera RS

For the seventh year in a row, London Motorsport welcomes nearly 100 rare and exotic cars into the heart of the city. Held in the enclosed gardens of the Honorable Artillery Company near Liverpool Street, the three-day event attracts car enthusiasts and curious commuters alike.

In 2023, the London race commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Porsche Rennsport sports car, bringing together around 50 RS-badged 911s – from air-cooled rares to the latest 992 GT3 RS.

Other displays include ‘Grand Tourisme’, celebrating innovative French cars such as the Citroen SM and Renault 5 Turbo, and ‘Golden Age Coupes’, featuring the Mercedes-Benz 300SL and Aston Martin DB5 Vantage.

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Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS

For us, though, the most important thing is to celebrate all things Porsche and RS. The story begins with the iconic 911 Carrera 2.7 RS in 1973, which introduced the lighter, faster and more focused 911 road car concept, with the oft-imitated “ducktail” rear spoiler.

Among the few examples of the 2.7 RS at the London Motor Show was a rally car restored by Tuthill Porsche (pictured above). It hasn’t been seen in public for more than 40 years, but it has a wealth of vintage accessories, from fenders to a mock Halda “rally computer.”

Other standouts include the stunning Speed ​​Yellow 993 Carrera RS (see top of this page), and a decent number of post-2003 water-cooled cars with ever-higher fins and more power output.

There’s even a gutsy Cayman GT4 RS among the many 911s, representing the latest model with a little ‘Made in Flacht’ magic.

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Shupan 962CR P1

The Best of Show winner in the London competition also wore porsche badge, even though it was built in High Wycombe, not Stuttgart. The Schuppan 962CR P1 (above) is essentially a road-legal version of the hugely successful Porsche 956/962, which dominated Le Mans in the mid-1980s.

A mid-mounted 608-horsepower 3.3-liter turbocharged flat-six and a five-speed manual transmission gave the Schuppan a top speed of 230 mph—insane in 1992. It looks every millimeter of a Group C car, with a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and a canopy-style cockpit.

Sadly, only six 962CRs were built before Schuppan declared bankruptcy in 1994. However, Porsche launched its own motorsport-influenced supercar a decade later: the V10-engined Carrera GT.

Sure enough, the Honorable Artillery Company showed one, with a custom body by Italian coachbuilder Zagato. This might be the Porsche we’d most like to drive home, though it’d be best not to go through London traffic…

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