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An exceptionally rare 1974 Porsche 911 RSR with an interesting ownership history is currently up for sale through Atlantis Motor Group.
The vehicle in question competed in the inaugural International Race of Champions (IROC). The yellow racer also once happened to be part of late Columbian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s personal car collection.
Just 15 cars like these were created for the 1974 International Race of Champions series, of which 12 were raced and 3 were used as spares. This car was raced by Brazilian Formula 1 legend Emerson Fittipaldi and during the inaugural race of the series, qualified on pole position.
However, Fittipaldi showed up late for the drivers’ meeting prior to the race and was penalized with a 10-place grid penalty, dropping him down to 11th. As the race began, the F1 world champion began to slice his way through the field but his race ended prematurely after he went off the track and the car developed a fuel leak.
The car was later sold and continued to race in the IROC series until the 1978 running of the Daytona 24 Hours. One of the best race results recorded in the car was a 23rd place at the Sebring 12 Hours in 1976.
Drug lord Pablo Escobar later owned the car and raced it with 935 bodywork in Colombia’s Copa Renault 4 championship, competing in four races. Following Escobar’s death, the car was placed in storage but eventually returned to the United States thanks to Roger Penske and restored back to its original condition, complete with the Fittipaldi livery.
The 911 RSR is currently listed for $2.2 million. Strange backstory or no, that price seems to align with the sale of at least one other IROC racer. Another Porsche from the inaugural race was sold by Jerry Seinfeld for $2.3 million in 2016.