Films: This 1973 Porsche 2.7 Carrera RS Is a Race Car for the Street

This 1973 Porsche 2.7 Carrera RS Is a Race Car for the Street

In the early 1970s, Porsche found itself in need of a street car that would allow the fellows in Stuttgart to meet homologation rules for the Group 4 Special GT series. What resulted was the 1973 2.7 Carrera RS, a brawny brother to the 911. With its ducktail rear spoiler, big brakes, and flared rear fenders, the car was an instant classic. Indeed, the car was so popular that Porsche opted to go well beyond the 500-car minimum required for homologation, ultimately producing more than 1500 of the Carrera RS model in 1973.

Over the past 40 years, the Carrera RS has earned a reputation as the greatest dual-purpose Porsche ever produced, the very essence of balanced quickness. In 1973, however, owing to some killjoys’ concerns about bumpers and emissions and excess glee, the RS was not certified for importation into the United States. And yet, somehow, four of these cars snuck across the border into the US. One of them, serial number 1309, ended up in the hands of famed race car driver and Porsche distributor Vasek Polek.

Number 1309 now makes its home with Mr. Mark Haddawy, who seldom misses a chance to sling it through the canyons near his home in Los Angeles, California. As Mark points out, the RS, despite being a 40-year-old car, still holds its own against its modern streetmates. After all, even by today’s standards, the RS is fast: it covers zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and sports a top speed of 150 mph.

The mystique of the 2.7 RS, however, goes beyond sheer statistics and, at times, can defy description.

“I’ve driven a lot of different sports cars,” says Mark. “There’s something about the RS that’s magical. It’s definitely more than the sum of all of its parts.”

For now, then, we’ll just call the RS what it is: a race car for the street.

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Andrew
Andrew
2 years 5 months ago

Want to see a RS3.0

Beck
Beck
2 years 5 months ago
There’s been quite a lot of Porsche (and particularly classic 911) materials, yet one can simply never get tired of hearing that symphony from an air-cooled flat-6. With the absence of any water/coolant jackets, such raw mechanical sounds left unfiltered and resonates to its immediate and even distant surroundings. Some exhilarating shots of the RS trail-breaking into and flooring out of the bends. By no means, this an easy task in a light weight RR vintage car! This shows the owner is really used to tossing this thing around, thus the familiarity of its handling characteristics. Great to see someone… Read more »
jolocho
jolocho
2 years 5 months ago

I was almost cringing when he was driving over the center line. Hopefully there was at least a spotter up the road.

Ben
Ben
2 years 5 months ago

This x1000 – I definitely drive spiritedly myself, but the one thing that you can’t do is drive over the yellows. Fast? Go for it – but to go over the yellows where it’s not clear enough to see just ain’t cool and it’s not a good example for your viewers. Apex at the yellow line, not over it. Keep racing for the track….

Ronnie M
Ronnie M
2 years 5 months ago

So there are only 4 Carrerra RS’s in the US? You’ve covered two and Jerry Seinfeld showed his on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Someone needs to track down the 4th.

Stephen Fitzgerald
2 years 5 months ago

Reads to me like there were only four officially imported, but there are many more than that now. I personally know of three in restoration or in line for restoration here in Denver, and one sometimes seen on the streets here as well.

Bill
Bill
2 years 5 months ago

Yes. This is true, only 4 imported, legally, to the US. Since then, many more have come to the US.

Ronnie M
Ronnie M
2 years 5 months ago

Fair enough. I’m curious which are the original 4. If you haven’t seen the Seinfeld video, you should check it out. He calls the RS a “dead guy car” because it only changes hands when someone dies.

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pjr
pjr
2 years 5 months ago

Gor-ge-ous !

Martim Weinstein
Martim Weinstein
2 years 5 months ago

About as tasteful as it gets. 🙂

Kainoa Perez
Kainoa Perez
2 years 5 months ago

Architects seem to love the Carrera RS, then again who wouldnt!

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle
2 years 5 months ago

What a brilliant video about a amazing car. I cant think of anything more drool inducing then seeing a Porsche Carrera RS plow through a corner and hear that exhaust ring out. It is really amazing to see a classic car be able to do such things. I think it just shows us how will built cars could be back in the day. Here you have a 40 year old car that sounds amazing and stills puts up modern performance all while giving you the great mechanical feel that a new car just cant give you. 10/10 petroliocious.

David Greenbaum
2 years 5 months ago

Great car and video. I have seen him driving this car around L.A. a few times and always admired it and given thumbs up, but the question whether it was real or not crossed my mind even though it looked 100\% authentic while passing in traffic. Nice to reconfirm that not only is it real, but that it was Vasek’s car too! Awesome.

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