• Be A Part Of Cocaine History With Pablo Escobar’s 1974 Porsche 911 RSR

Imagine the stories you can tell with this rare 911

A rare and provenance-heavy 1974 Porsche 911 RSR is now up for grabs at DuPont Registry for the tidy sum of $2.2 million. The specific 911 RSR is the IROC edition. It was built to race at the 1974 International Race of Champions (IROC), and only 15 examples were made, 12 of which were for drivers and three that served as spare units. This particular model went to Brazilian racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi, hence its nickname “the Fittipaldi Car.” Other prominent individuals have owned this car throughout its life, including John Tunstall, Roger Penske, and, most notably, drug lord Pablo Escobar.

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You’re not going to find a 1974 Porsche 911 RSR IROC Edition that boasts the history and provenance of this model. Shortly after Fittipaldi drove the race car at the 1974 IROC competition, the car was acquired by automotive and motorsport tycoon Roger Penske. He didn’t own it very long because sometime in the late 1970s — the car’s last race was at the 1978 24 Hours of Daytona — the 911 RSR found its way to Colombia, specifically into the arms of one of the most infamous drug lords in history.

Escobar not only owned the car, but he also raced it.

The King of Cocaine made modifications to the car, fitting it with a Porsche 935-derived bodywork for competition. Among the races Escobar drove the 911 was the Copa Renault 4 where he finished in second place after four races. The Porsche went into storage after Escobar’s death in 1993, and it wasn’t until the 2000s that the car returned to the U.S. where it was restored to its original looks.

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According to DuPont Registry, the car’s odometer shows only 225 miles, an unlikely number considering how many times it was used for racing purposes. Other than that, the race car comes in exemplary condition relative to its age. It also comes with all the appropriate certification, including the Assignment from Volkswagen of America, documentation from Penske Productions, North Lake Porsche, and John Tunstall.

Two other examples of the 1974 Porsche 911 RSR — the Donohue car and the Revson car — were sold by Jerry Seinfeld for $2.31 million. That should provide a good basis for this model’s $2.2 million price tag.

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Engine: 2994cc flat six, air-cooled
Horsepower 315 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Torque 231 LB-FT @ 6,500 RPM
Transmission Five-speed manual
Top Speed 155 mph

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Source: Dupont Registry

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