Introduced in 1989, the 964 marked the most notable revision of the iconic 911 in its 25-year history, with the Benjamin Dimson-designed car the first Porsche to offer both Tiptronic automatic transmission and all-wheel drive options, as well as aesthetic changes such as more prominently integrated bumpers.
In 1990, a racing version of the 964 was launched for the new Porsche Carrera Cup series as the Carrera Cup model. It was initially based on the rear-wheel drive Carrera 2 model before inheriting developments from the revised RS edition two years later.
In stunning Grand Prix White with ‘Häkkinen / TAG Heuer’ replica livery, our road-registered Carrera Cup is in impressive condition and offers the perfect blend of both track day racer and cross-country fun machine.
Chassis number: WP0ZZZ96ZMS409069
Engine: 3.6-litre flat 6-cylinder
Gearbox: 5-speed manual
Colour: Grand Prix White / ‘Häkkinen’
Succeeding the Porsche 944 Turbo Cup, the Carrera Cup was first launched in Germany in 1990, with a programme of international, national and regional one-make race series for 911 Carrera and GT3 models introduced over the next 20 years, most notably the Porsche Supercup, a featured support series for the FIA F1 World Championship since 1993.
Following the launch of the 964-era of the 911 in 1989, Porsche unveiled the racing ‘964 Cup’ car a year later. Based on the road-going rear-wheel drive Carrera 2 model, it featured an increased power output of 265bhp, as well as a welded roll-cage, modified chassis setup and lower ground clearance. The interior and sound-proofing were all removed to reduce weight, whilst gear ratios were modified and power steering was also absent, although the car did retain a catalytic converter and ABS.
1992 saw a significant revision to the ‘Cup’ which now inherited the body of the latest ‘RS’ road car launched the same year. Its revised engine now produced 275bhp and the ABS feature could now be switched off under emergency braking or, indeed, when going backwards. The original aluminium Speedline wheels were replaced with 18” magnesium rims – like the RS – and the car was also lowered further.
Our LHD 964 Carrera Cup is an earlier example, built at the Porsche Stuttgart factory in 1991 and originally sold in Germany. Leaving the factory in ‘Grand Prix White’, the car is listed with black cloth/leatherette interior as well as additional options of a sports leather steering wheel with elevated hub and locking differential.
An original ONS-Wagenpaß records the car’s registration under Herbet Gerl with the German motorsport association on 13 March in that year although there is no record of participation in any competition.
The car was subsequently imported to the UK and registered on 25 March 1998 with three recorded keepers since that time, latterly Mr Brian Cowan of Borden, Hampshire, who acquired the car on 11 December 2003.
Throughout its time in the UK, the car has been maintained by a number of reputable Porsche specialists, including RSR Engineering, official Porsche Centre Rivervale in Brighton, German-based Manthey-Racing and Paragon, with whom the car is recorded as taking part in a round of the British Racing & Sports Car Club’s (BRSCC) Michelin Porsche Open Series at Brands Hatch in 2003.
The car was sold to Sports Purpose in September 2018 following a full service by Paragon, including replacement of the fan belt, front and rear brake discs, pads and sensor wires, repainted brake calipers and full geometry setup.
In addition to its original roll-cage and race setup, the car now sports a stunning Mika Häkkinen TAG Heuer-branded replica livery, refurbished Speedline 18” magnesium wheels, and both driver and passenger Recaro racing seats and Sabelt harnesses. As such, this Carrera Cup is primed for action be it track days, racing or road adventures across the Continent.
Porsche have always been cars that you can drive to the race track, use and drive home again.
Starting with the purity of the rear-wheel drive Carrera 2 and then the yet more stripped-back performance focus of the RS, the Cup is possibly the purest racing variant of Benjamin Dimson’s 964-era 911, devoid of all obsolete interior comfort features and fully focused for the track.
Both usable on the road and for on-track, the 964 Cup would be a great option for the enthusiast driver looking for something a bit different. Perhaps one day there will even be a one-make race series for them again…