If there is a single dual-use sports car that can be credited with endearing new audiences into modern motoring it is undoubtedly the Porsche 911 Carrera RS.

The epitome of a truly enthralling dual-sports car, the Carrera RS is everything that the Stuttgart automaker stands for – and it remains the company’s most replicated design of all time.

The enigmatic RS was built in order to qualify Porsche for the RSR Group 5 Competition. At the heart of the new RS sat a new, improved and more powerful engine. The customary 190bhp 2.4 litre 911S was given full, larger cylinders with 90mm pistons, ensuring the 911 Carrera posed an irresistible driving experience on both the road and track.

Revered as a new way to approach sports car engineering, the Porsche 911 concealed a multitude of added mechanical extras such as fully independent rear suspension, powerful four-wheel disc brakes and the esteemed Type 915 five-speed manual transaxle. As a result, the car possessed scintillating acceleration, reaching 0-60 in 5.5 seconds, alongside trusted stability to harness the maximum velocity of 149mph.

The first production run of 500 Carrera’s sold out before the car was even unveiled at the 1972 Paris Auto Show. This particular 1973 911 Carrera RS, rolls up to auction via Bonhams Scottsdale Auction on the 28th January 2016, as one of the very best examples of the iconic model in existence. With RS’s becoming increasingly hard to locate and preserve, this Grand Prix White 911 is complete with the original Carrera race stripes which stretch across the chassis – a design feature introduced to enhance the Carrera RS’s illusive appeal.

Offered with full service and certificate authenticity, this 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera is a supreme example of one of the legendary, one-year-only RS 2.7 models. The star of the upcoming auction series.