The best-finishing Porsche Carrera RSR at Le Mans

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Normally, a fourth-place finish doesn’t warrant much attention. However, when you achieve that with a closed-cockpit car against open-cockpit prototypes, that’s worth noting. This Porsche Carrera RSR, dubbed “R7,” did just that in 1973 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Past Targa Florio victors Herbert Müller and Gijs van Lennep (also a 24 Hours of Le Mans overall winner) were the pilots behind the feat. The car went on to be raced by Brumos Racing with pair of 24 Hours of Daytona legends, Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood.

The car has been uniquely verified as the real deal by several sources, including 1973 team chief Norbert Singer and in a U.S. court. That’s right, a U.S. court. On May 23 a settlement following a seven-year legal ordeal required the other party to call theirs a “reconstruction of the long tail RSR.”

Find this 1973 Martini Racing Works Team Porsche Carrera RSR 'R7' Endurance Racing Coupe up for auction at Bonhams, with an estimated winning bid of £3,750,000-£5,750,000 (approximately $4,707,375-$7,217,975 USD).

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