Porsche has always been the king of providing customers with road cars that toe the line between street and track. From the early days featuring the 356 speedster and the original 1970’s RS offerings, they have continually made it possible for customers to have a vehicle that can be just at home on the backroads as hunting apexes on a track. The original RS offering came in the form of the limited production Carrera RS 2.7 and RS 3.0 of 1973-1975. These cars proved to be immensely popular, providing enthusiasts with a more race-ready option than the standard 911 of the time. The RS name was reintroduced to the European and Rest of the World markets in 1992 with the release of the 964 series Carrera RS. Unfortunately, US-based customers got the short end of the stick in the form of the RS America which was introduced in 1993 and was a much more neutered version of the Carrera RS. Borrowing heavily from the 964 Carrera Cup race cars, the new 964 RS featured an air-cooled, single overhead cam, flat-six engine producing 260 horsepower and 240 foot-pounds of torque internally dubbed the M64/03. Power was transmitted through the same G50 transmission used in the road cars but featured a lightened flywheel, closer gear ratios, steel synchromesh, and an asymmetrical Limited Slip Differential. The suspension was made to be more track-oriented through a 1.6-inch drop in ride height, stiffer springs, and shocks, as well as adjustable stabilizer bars. The wheels were made out of lightweight magnesium and the power steering which was standard in the road cars was removed to save weight, except in right-hand drive UK cars which maintained their power steering. On the interior, many of the creature comforts such as power seats, air conditioning, cruise control, rear seats, and sound deadening were omitted in an effort to save weight. Porsche even went as far as to remove the inner door handles, replacing them with the now-iconic red RS style cloth pulls. The body was also modified in an attempt to present a track friendly experience, with all chassis seams being welded and the doors and front hood being replaced by lighter aluminum versions with thinner glass being incorporated to shave off precious pounds. In all, the 964 Carrera RS weighed in at approximately 345 pounds lighter than the US version Carrera 2. In total, Porsche built 2,276 Carrera RS examples, with 1,910 being the stripped-down “basic” version (also called lightweight) as described here. In addition, there were 76 examples produced in “touring” version with some additional creature comforts added back in, as well as 290 N/GT or “sport” examples which were intended for the BPR GT Group N series racing or owners who wished to participate in track events. Overall the 964 Carrera RS was a smash hit and a wonderful reintroduction of the RS line of vehicles. It took the same spirit utilized in the production of the original RS cars in the early ’70s and built on it in a modern and enthusiastic fashion.
The example on offer here, chassis number WPOZZZ96ZN491054 and engine number 62N81669, is a 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, “basic” or lightweight version. It is a matching numbers example, per the included Porsche COA, and is finished in its original Polar Silver Metallic (92E) with a black leatherette interior featuring black and grey leather-covered sports seats. This example is fitted with lightweight door cards that feature red “RS” door pulls and manually wound windows. Currently, the odometer reads 62,204 Kilometers (38,652 miles) from new. This Carrera RS was delivered new to Mizwa Motors of Japan where it remained for a good portion of its life before being imported to the United States in 2013. Upon importation, since it did not meet the 25-year rule at the time, the car was fully federalized to U.S. DOT regulations by JK Technologies, located in Baltimore, Maryland. During federalization, all removed and swapped parts were kept with the car. Once stateside, the car found a new home with an avid Porsche collector who serviced the car as needed and drove the car regularly to ensure it was always in top condition. The current owner and consignor purchased the car in 2017 where it joined another excellent collection of Porsche cars. Shortly after the time of purchase, the car now being 25 years old and federally legal, was returned to factory spec by replacing the parts that were removed or swapped out during its federalization process which included the airbag, airbag module, steering column, lower dashboard, and some lights. Since his acquisition of the car, it has been maintained well and driven sparingly. Before coming onto consignment with us the car was looked over by Auto Europe in Birmingham, Michigan, a new ignition switch was needed and the fuel pump and filters were replaced, and then it was given a clean bill of health. As it sits today, this excellent example of Porsche’s modern reintroduction of the RS name remains in great cosmetic and mechanical condition and needs nothing but a new home. These air-cooled 964 Carrera RS cars remain a unique and interesting entry into the Porsche world, very useable and immensely fun behind the wheel and sure to continue to climb in value over the years. This car would be an excellent addition to any Porsche collection or would make for a unique and useable foray into the world of air-cooled Porsches.
Included with the sale of this car are factory books, Porsche COA, service records, jack, and spare.
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