RSR is Go!
RSR is Go!
Winner Targa Florio 1973
Winner Targa Florio 1973

“Carrera RS” by Konradsheim

The new year is already almost thru its first month, so about time for another update. A bit of progress on the project, on which more next time – once I uploaded all pictures and completed a few more steps, but I wanted to spend a bit of time on the actual subject; The #588 Martini RSR (R6). In my very first post I made an introduction of the car I’m building, but I’d like to describe in a bit more detail what makes this car so special and how it differs from any other longhood early 911. So most know

Dashboard troubles

Apart from removing the last bits of glue and fabric from the interior of the car, it has been too hot in the garage to do much lately, eventhough the Xmas break has provided some much needed & appreciated free time. I did manage to get the dashboard cover off, although not in a way that it can be re-used again… The ‘101 projects’ book did mention there being some screws as well as push-in plugs, but it didn’t specify that the bolts on the vertical front panel (1 left of the steering wheel, 4 to the right) could hardly

Point of no return – more stripping

It’s 40 degrees here in Melbourne, which doesn’t help if you have work to do that involves using a heatgun, but for some reason the garage is not as hot as I expected it to be; the insulating job I’ve done last year must make some difference then! I completed the removal of the deadener on the floorpans, but there’s still a lot of glue and pieces of fabric that need to come off; I have to wait till my fingertips have recovered before completing that terrible little job. Anyway, what else has happened? I’ve taken the wipers & headlamps

Blood, sweat & Blisters – but no tears just yet

I’ve spent a few weekends now dismantling the interior of the car. I removed the sound-deadening material of the backseats – not realising that this was the easy bit (it came off real easy, by just pulling and cutting). This deadener is made of some sort of tar so it looked a bit like a 5mm thick rubber coating. Unfortunately it sits on a layer of a softer, fabric-like material, which seems to be glued on. And I know few people, including me, often boast about Porsche’s quality, but having glue stick like hell after 40 years is one incredible

First day of work

The morning started with getting the car out of the Carcoon that had kept it protected for over a year and moving it into the garage. Not as easy as it sounds, as the car by now had 3 flat tires and is parked – in gear – on a slope. Kat and I struggled to get it out of the garden and onto the road, and luckily enough a passer by was friendly enough to provide a pushing-hand or two. So there it is, In the garage, at last; let the work begin! First thing I did was to

The donor

Last year I started looking for a donor car for the project. Since the original Martini car is a 1973 model year (August 1972 to June 1973) car, I initially started looking for a car from either 1972 or 1973. But, as all longhood 911s have gone stratospheric prize-wise over the last few years, it had to be something else. I was looking for a LHD car, which here in Australia limited the choice somewhat. Then my eye fell on this 1976 911S LHD in Holden specific ‘Morpheus Purple’, for sale on the Goldcoast, QLD. If I remember well, this

A bit of history

In 1972, Porsche created a 2.8L version of the 911 Carrera RS road car. In this RSR racing version, the 2.8-litre flat six engine was initially rated at 300bhp, later enlarged to 3 litres with up to 330bhp. In 1973, the race car that many customers also used in competition events achieved its first results; the RSR won three international and seven German championships. Herbert Muller and Gijs van Lennep won the last Targa Florio in 1973 with chassis 911 360 0588 in its famous silver hue with Martini striping. Ever since I was a young boy, I wanted to