1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS #505

The 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS #505 was built and delivered new in Germany. None of the Carrera RS models were ever sold in the United States. The total production run was right around 1,575 units. Of the 1,575 units, which manufacturers made in various colors, there were three variations of the car made in Grand prix white. The cars had red wheels and stripes, blue wheels and stripes, and 60 of them, as shown here, green wheels and stripes. This is the rarest of the three-color combinations that were available. The car was also built with a very rare black headliner, driving lights and houndstooth sport seats. The original houndstooth factory seats are still in the car.

My particular car spent 1973 to 1983 in Germany. A gentleman from California bought it in ’73 while in Germany on a trip. He drove it until 2008, when I purchased the car through European Collectables in Southern California. Even though this car is 39 years old, it still drives and handles like a true sports car: 0 to 60 in just over five seconds!

The main design focus of the 911 S was to save weight and increase the output of the flat 6 engine. The bore of the 2.4-liter engine was increased by 6 mm to 90 mm, and a lot of weight was saved by stripping the 911 of all luxuries and incorporating the use of fiberglass and thin-gauge steel for various body parts. The result was one of the most legendary Porsches, the 911 Carrera RS 2.7.

To be homologated for the Group 4 class, at least 500 examples of the model had to be constructed. My car is chassis number 505. Even though it is 5 numbers over due to the fact that there were some test cars and some numbers were skipped, this car is one of the first series RS 2.7 cars built in 1972, and its stunning performance made it an immediate hit.

I originally fell in love with Porsches as a kid; we used to drive by the 76 station located on the corner of Morse Road and Cleveland Avenue. There was a repair shop located there and it always had several Porsches in the lot. Now I am working on my collection of Porsches, and also purchased a Porsche parts business called Aase Sales. You can view the collection, racing videos and parts at www.aasesales.com