I, for one, am proud of every single owner of a great, unique or exotic car who drives them regularly. These cars are special, and they get people interested in automobiles. It is also a special experience to see something so cool and rare in the car world go rolling down the street. Sadly, as there are other cars on the road, there can be damage to these nearly priceless pieces of automotive history. Case in point is Jerry Seinfeld and his 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR .
Jerry is an avid car collector and Porsche enthusiast, but last week he sat and witnessed someone back into his pristine 911 RSR that was parked on the street. In a recent story in the Page Six section of the NY Post, Jerry recounts the entire terrifying, metal-crunching moment. He was sitting on a bench directly across the street from his parked car enjoying some coffee and the company of friend Nacho Figueras when the incident occurred. An older woman in a white BMW went to parallel park in the sport directly in front of the historic 911, but proceeded to back directly into the Porsche.
What followed was an obviously heated argument that ended with the woman fleeing the scene without providing any information for Jerry to use for insurance.
Thankfully, the car doesn’t seem to be destroyed, rather just mangled slightly, and I am sure Jerry will have it repaired and back on the road soon. Still, for a car that is only one of 49 in the world, it can be quit disheartening to see it meet the rear bumper of another car.
You can read the full account given by Jerry Seinfeld on the Page Six site linkedbelow.
Don’t let this stop you from driving these things, Jerry. We still love to see them, even if they get a little banged up from time to time.
Click past the jump to read more about the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
The 1973 911 RSR is one of the most important cars in the history of Porsche, and it arguably one of the main reasons that cars like the 911 GT3 RSR still exist today. Porsche’s bread and butter in the racing circuit was the dominating 917, but after rule changes exempted the car from racing, Porsche was stuck trying to produce a new racer to compete. Due to time constraints, there was no way that Porsche would be able to create a new car to compete in the top class of the World Sportscar Championship, so a plan was hatched.
Rather than create an all-new car, Porsche would take advantage of a new European GT Championship series that had just been created and it would run a modified version of the 911. This is how the 911 RSR was born, and it started a long history of the 911’s race dominance.
Based on the normal 911 S, the RSR has had its engine bored out to 2.8 liters, a much higher compression ratio of 10.3-to-1, altered fuel-injection systems and a much hotter cam. The result was an engine that produces 280 horsepower at a lofty 8,000 rpm. The only transmission was obviously a five-speed manual box.
These are some of the most sought after 911s ever created, and they can fetch as much as $1 million at auction .