1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS
Documents: Italian Libretto
- One of just 1,992 lightweight Carrera RS Coupés produced
- Delivered new in Italy; fewer than 42,000 kilometres recorded
- Numbers-matching example; Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
Delivered new in Italy, this beautiful N-program Type 964 Carrera RS coupé is one of fewer than 2,000 standard N-program RS coupés produced. Unlike the competition variant or the Carrera Cup racers, the streetable Carrera RS was a reasonably civilised and true dual-purpose Porsche. As such, many were put to use in club track events and national series. The lightweight RS was powered by a Type M64/03 air-cooled dry-sump six-cylinder 3.6-litre engine. With 11.3:1 compression and Bosch Motronic-controlled sequential fuel injection, the potent engine developed 260 horsepower at 6,100 rpm.
These engines were prepared with matched pistons and cylinders, and all reciprocating parts were carefully balanced. They were fitted with Getrag-built G50/10 transmissions fitted with taller first and second gears, steel synchroniser rings, and altered shift sleeves. Asymmetrical limited-slip differentials, borrowed from the Type 930 Turbo, delivered a 20 percent lockup under acceleration and 100 percent under braking. The driver also enjoyed a “short” gearshift linkage. Instead of the 964’s usual dual-mass flywheel, the RS had a racing flywheel that was seven kilograms lighter than standard.
The competition-oriented suspension comprised front McPherson struts, light-alloy transverse control arms, coil-over shocks, and an anti-roll bar, while in the rear could be found adjustable aluminium semi-trailing arms with coil-over shocks and an anti-roll bar. The RS was equipped with magnesium-alloy “Cup” racing wheels, 7.5J and 9J by 17-inch diameter, shod with 205/50 and 255/40 ZR-rated tires. Curb weight was stated as 1,220 kilograms or a mere 2,684 pounds. For a street-legal automobile, the 964 Carrera RS was seriously quick, offering 100 km/h from a standing start in just 5.3 seconds.
The Carrera RS offered here was delivered October 17, 1991, and was sold new to Citicorp Finanziaria S.p.A. Citifin of Milan, Italy, the following January, registered as FI L80100. In November of 1993, it was sold to noted soccer coach Nicola Ferrini and then either sold or traded in to SA.MO.CAR Sport Auto Roma, the Rome Ferrari dealer, in August 1996. Its next owner was Pierfrancesco Freré of Team Nuvolari of Rome in December 1997, who raced the car at least twice. Then, in October of 1999, it was bought by Porsche racer Luca Aiazzi, who also successfully competed with the RS, finishing 2nd in the Italian Porsche Super Sprint in 2002. It then passed to Sauchelli Auto in Caserta in July 2003 and then to Algi Car in Lucca the following October. The current Italian owner acquired the Carrera RS in early 2007. The odometer shows just 41,862 kilometres at the time of cataloguing. It also benefits from a recent engine rebuild, invoices for which are on file.
Today, retired, temporarily perhaps, from its competition days, it is presented in its original colour scheme of Grand Prix White with black-and-grey racing bucket seats with four-point racing seat belts. Suitably quick around the track, this rare 964 Carrera RS would also make for an exhilarating high-speed road/rally car.