Often regarded as the benchmark for every sports car , the Porsche 911 classic — built between 1963 and 1989 — is arguably one of the most popular vehicles among enthusiasts, which is why these iconic models continue to gain value in today’s vintage car market.
None of them are actually affordable to the average Joe, but certain models can fetch hundreds of thousand of dollars, if not beyond a full million in the case of Le Mans-winning racers such as the 917 or the 956/962 , and a couple of 1,000+ horsepower Can-Am machines. Another track-conquering Porsche found on every wealthy collector’s list is the RSR, a heavily modified 911 developed for Group 4 motorsport purposes in the mid-1970s.
Each of the 54 units produced in Stuttgart have their own spectacular stories to tell, but there’s one specific model that can top them all: the Carrera RSR previously owned by Giorgio Schon, son of renowned fashion designed Mila Schon. Acquired in 1974 for the World Manufacturers’ Championship and wrapped in one of the most intriguing liveries to hit the race tracks , this fast and nimble race car tackled the famed Monza 1000km, Giro d’Italia, Targa Florio and the Mugello Ronde Rallye events between 1974 and 1976.
Sold to Patrick Pierron of Monaco in 1976, the Giorgio Schon RSR took part in various track competitions, before being restored a repainted in its original lime green color in 2009. Now, following yet another restoration, the race car gained its historic 1974 Monza 1000 km livery back.
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Porsche RSR Mila Schon racer in detail
Just like any other 3.0 Carrera RSR, the Giorgio Schon racer wears a number of aerodynamic body updates that include revised bumpers, wider wheel arches, and a huge rear wing. Under its rear hood resides a Type 911/75, 3.0-liter engine with high butterfly throttle that generates 334 horsepower. What makes this Porsche different than any other RSR is its distinctive blue, light green and white livery, an attire designed by Mila Schon himself.
History, fashion and racing achievements blend beautifully at Salute to Style at The Hurlingham Club, an elegant celebration of the best classics in life: the famous Porsche 3.0 Carrera RSR with its unusual and distinctive livery occupies a unique position both in the 1970s’ Porsche racing history and the substantial display of classic cars, sportscar and racers at the summer garden party on 16-19 July.
Italian Giorgio Schön, son of renowned fashion designer Mila Schön, in partnership with his friend and co-driver Giovanni Borri, bought the brand new Porsche for the 1974 World Manufacturers’ Championship.
The car, one of only 54 examples built specifically for Group 4 motorsport purposes in Stuttgart during 1974-1975, was painted in its distinctive blue, light green and white Harper’s Bazaar livery (which had been designed by Mila Schön) the night it arrived from Porsche. It raced the very next day at Monza (in practice for the 1000kms), where it achieved fastest time in the GT Class.
In 1975, the light green was changed to turquoise and the car is extensively well-documented photographically in both liveries during the 1974, ‘75 and ‘76 racing seasons.
During Schön’s ownership the car was prepared and run by Peppino Zonca of Tam Auto Tuning and in addition to circuit racing, the car was rallied in the 1974 Giro d’Italia, 1975 Targa Florio and 1976 Mugello Ronde Rallye.
In 1976, the car was sold to Patrick Pierron of Monaco, who was to keep it until 2013. Pierron also rallied the car in the Rallye du Var and Tour de Course and sent it for restoration in 2007-2009, when it was painted in its original lime green. It was recently returned to its 1974 Monza 1000kms livery by historic Porsche restoration specialists Maxted-Page and Prill Ltd.
“It is one of the most instantly recognisable and celebrated racers of its era and beyond,” says Andy Prill, who has overseen the Carrera RSR’s most recent work. “This is a Porsche which brings allure and evocative history onto The Hurlingham Club’s idyllic surroundings. A real ‘Salute to Style’ to the race track.”