1992 Porsche 964 Carrera RS M001 – In 1992, Porsche produced a super-lightweight, rear-wheel-drive only version of their all new 964. It was designated with honors as the “Carrera RS” and made available only in the European market. This new 964 variant was based on Porsche’s 911 “Carrera Cup” race car and harkened back to their legendary 2.7 and 3.0 RS and RSR racers. This new “Carrera RS” featured a revised version of the standard engine, designated as Typ. M64/03 internally, with an increased power output of 260 bhp with an all new lightweight flywheel coupled to a revised Typ. G50/10 transmission with closer ratios, asymmetrical Limited Slip Differential and steel syncromesh. A track-oriented suspension system with 40 mm lower ride height, stiffer springs, shocks and adjustable stabilizer bars and with the power steering system deleted finished out the vehicle’s unique specifications.
A stripped-out interior devoid of power windows or seats, rear seats, air conditioning, cruise control, sound deadening or a stereo system and all new racing-bucket front seats were part of the very comprehensive overall package. The front bonnet was made entirely of aluminum and the chassis was as in previous race-only models, seam welded and sound deadening was completely deleted. Wheels were made of magnesium and the glass was thinner in the doors and rear window. This all new Carrera RS was as such approximately 345 pounds lighter than the production version and with lower suspension and higher engine output essentially a race car for the street!
This new limited production 964 Carrera RS was not sold in the United States mainly as Porsche Cars North America felt the car’s aggressive tuning was not suited to the American market. In 1992, 45 USA-legal cars that were in some ways similar to the Carrera RS were imported to the USA for a proposed “Porsche Carrera Cup” racing series. This Carrera Cup series was intended to function as a support race for the American CART racing series, just as European Carrera Cup has supported Formula One.
These 45 special Porsches imported to the States were similar to the European Carrera RS other than having the USA required airbags, electric windows, alarm systems, American lighting, American bumpers, normal aluminum wheels, and stock, standard seats. These cars otherwise had the lightweight seam welded chassis, lightweight interior trim, aluminum hood, lightweight door glass, suspension, brakes, G50/10 transmission and a detuned version of the M64/03 engine of the European Carrera RS. They were unfortunately note quite 200 pounds lighter than a normal USA Carrera 2 model and otherwise paled in overall comparison to the European version, Carrera RS.
The plan initial plan was for the Factory supported dealer, Andial, the then equivalent of what is now Porsche Motorsport USA, to convert these cars to full racing specification, however, due to lack of sponsor support for the Carrera Cup series, it was cancelled before it began. The 45 cars imported to the USA for this series were then sold, quietly without any advertising so as not to compete with the new heavily detuned and overweight RS America models which were being sold at the same time through normal dealer channels. These cars were supplied with a dash plaque which indicated that they were the “Carrera Cup USA Edition”.
In order to appease devoted American 911 enthusiasts who wanted an RS model, Porsche produced the RS America. The RS America was produced as a model year 1993 and 1994 car based on the USA Carrera 2. The cars were offered in standard colors red, black and white and optional colors midnight blue metallic and polar silver. Several paint to order cars were manufactured in speed yellow. The RS America featured a distinctive “whale tail” spoiler, a partially stripped interior with flat door panels (from the European RS) and carpeting along with a luggage shelf replacing the rear seats. Cloth covered sports seats, 17 inch wheels and M030 Sports Suspension were fitted as standard. The logo “RS America” was written on the deck lid along with an “RS” logo in front of the rear wheels. Deleted to save weight were power steering, cruise control, powered side mirrors, air-conditioning, sunroof and radio, although the air-conditioning, sunroof and radio as well as a limited slip differential could be ordered as options. The RS America was listed by Porsche as weighing 2,954 pounds which worked out to just 77 pounds lighter than the weight listed for a stock Carrera 2 which unfortunately was hardly in the end any different in overall weight and certainly not enough to make a measurable difference. The standard USA Carrera 2 brakes, engine and gearbox were used giving the car no better performance than the lesser priced and very similar Carrara 2. As a result of the badging and marketing employed by Porsche, it was the original pure Carrera RS that true enthusiasts and journalist devoted their full attention and before the small production run had ended, a new legend was born. Despite their very watered-down nature, the RS America was still a marketing success in the States and remains so even today on the secondary market.
Chassis No. WP0ZZZ96ZNS491742:
This particular 964 Carrera RS was special ordered new in January of 1992 by the exclusive Porsche Distributor of Japan, MiZWA in Tokyo on behalf of a very famous private Museum Collection. The order requested a standard “German” domestic market model in conforming “Left-Hand-Drive” configuration with the exterior color in “Polar Silver Metallic”, color code 92E 9 3 and a standard interior in grey/black with black carpeting. No other options or requests were made and this Porsche was completed and invoiced new in early 1992 and delivered by ocean-freight shortly there after to the Port of Yokohama, Japan. It cleared Japanese customs in an exempt status as a production Left-Hand-Drive vehicle and shortly after delivery to MIZWA was invoiced, sold new and registered for the road by her one and only private owner in September of 1992. Over the next 25 years, this 964 Carrera RS covered just 14,823 kilometres / 9,160 miles before being purchased by our company in January of 2017. During her ownership and time with the original owner in Japan, the vehicle was meticulously cared for and serviced without any consideration for time or expense. The vehicle was cared for in a manner and level more accustomed to a corporate aircraft rather than an automobile and as such this rare Porsche remains completely as delivered new in true, “showroom-new” condition.
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