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.