1992 Porsche 911 / 964 Carrera RS


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1992 Porsche 911 Type 964 Carrera RS Coupé
Registration no. Not UK registered
Chassis no. WPOZZZ96ZNS491262
Engine no. 62N81968

Representing a major step forward in the development of Porsche's perennial 911, the Carrera 4 and Carrera 2 ('Type 964' in factory parlance) had been launched in 1989, the former marking the first time that four-wheel drive had been seen on a series-production model. Porsche had experimented with four-wheel drive on the 959 supercar, and many of the lessons learned from the latter influenced the design of the new Carreras' chassis and suspension. Face-lifted but retaining that familiar shape, the newcomers had been given a more extensive work-over mechanically, 87% of parts being claimed as entirely new. The pair shared the same 3.6-litre flat-six engine, while power-assisted steering (another 911 'first'), anti-lock brakes and a five-speed manual transmission were standard on both, with the Tiptronic auto 'box a Carrera 2-only option. Its new engine enabled the 964 to out-perform the old '3.2' yet still met the latest emissions regulations, top speed increasing to 162mph with 60mph attainable in 5.4 seconds (5.6 seconds Tiptronic).

Evoking memories of the legendary 2.7 and 3.0-litre RS and RSR 'homologation specials' of the 1970s, in 1991 Porsche introduced the Type 964 Carrera RS, which was a lightweight variant like its illustrious forebears. It was based on the 'Carrera Cup' competition car and sold in Europe only, though there was a lower-specification 'RS America' for the United States market. There was also a Touring version that kept most of the road equipment fitted to the standard Carrera, and it is this model that we offer here.

The Carrera RS retained the 3.6-litre engine, albeit boosted in maximum output to 260bhp and equipped with a lightened flywheel for improved response. The G50/10 five-speed transmission featured closer ratios, an asymmetrical limited-slip differential and steel synchromesh, while the suspension was lowered and stiffened. For the lightweight version, the interior was stripped out completely and the power steering, power windows and seats, rear seats, air conditioning, cruise control, sound deadening material and stereo system removed. Two lightweight racing bucket seats were fitted instead.

The lightweight's front bonnet was made of aluminium and the chassis was seam welded, while the side windows were made from thinner and lighter glass. Rounding off this radical exercise in weight reduction, the Carrera RS was equipped with 17" Cup magnesium wheels. The result was a total weight saving of around 150kg compared to the Carrera 2, transforming the RS into a faster, more agile and responsive car. Excluding America and RSR variants, only 2,051 units of the Type 964 Carrera RS were produced.

This beautiful Touring example was delivered new to the current owner on 7th January 1992 via Foz-Car, Porsche main agents in Porto, Portugal. Ordered to his personal specification, the car is presented in the striking colour scheme of Ruby Stone with black/Ruby Stone interior and comes with a copy of the original bill of sale. The service booklet has been stamped on five occasions by Foz-Car up to 2006 at 37,000 kilometres, since when the Porsche has been fastidiously maintained by the vendor's team of qualified mechanics. The car comes complete with tool roll, compressor, warning triangle, wheel brace and the owner's leather wallet containing instructions, service agents list, radio instructions, etc.