The 964-series 911 was produced in Stuttgart between 1989 and 1994 and signified the most extreme revision to the iconic model in its 25-year history at the time.
Based on the simplest rear-wheel drive Carrera 2 model, Porsche resurrected the famed ‘RS’ badge in 1992 with the introduction of the Carrera RS. A lightweight, track-focused variant for the European market, it was the first production model to carry the ‘RennSport’ acronym since the 2.7 RS two decades previously.
Although to some extent it divided opinion when it was first launched, the 964 RS is today hailed as one of the purest driver’s 911s available and our newly-restored, black LHD car is an extremely smart example.
Chassis number: WP0ZZZ96ZNS491382
Engine: 3.6-litre flat 6-cylinder
Gearbox: 5-speed manual
The 964 Carrera RS Lightweight was based on the 911 ‘Carrera Cup’ race car. The RS was of course rear-wheel-drive only and featured a revised version of the standard 3.6-litre M64 engine with an increased power output of 260hp.
A lightweight flywheel was used while the gearbox was upgraded with closer ratios, asymmetrical LSD and steel syncromesh; suspension featured lower ride height, stiffer springs and shock absorbers as well as adjustable anti-roll bars.
With a stripped out but comfortable interior, seam-welded chassis, aluminium bonnet, magnesium wheels and thinned door and rear window glass, the RS saved over 150kg on the C2, although a Touring version was offered with several of these more luxury items offered as options, whilst the Clubsport offered an even more track focused road-going option.
Manufactured at the Porsche Stuttgart headquarters in 1992, this LHD car was first registered in the UK on 8 December 1997, with four keepers recorded by the DVLA since that time. Under the ownership of the most recent keeper – since 25 March 2010 – the car has seen little use with documentation for minor maintenance and repair work carried out by Porsche specialists, Autocraft and JZM Porsche.
Now showing only 48,407km, the car has most recently undergone extensive preparation with well-regarded 964 RS expert, Greg Cramner of Heritage AutoWerks. Work carried out includes a full, glass-out, bare-metal repaint, removal of all after-market alarm systems and complete rewiring to standard, fitting of standard specification door cards, major service of both engine and gearbox and careful refurbishment of the original magnesium wheels.
Still with its original toolkit and space-saver spare wheel, and finished in the rare combination of classic Black with black interior, this Carrera RS is a stunning, low mileage example of the highly sought-after ‘Lightweight’ model.
The 964 RS has long been a favourite of the keen Porsche driver, a stalwart of the track day scene from the 1990s onwards. The car sits at a unique crossroads in the Porsche back catalogue, the first RS after the famous 1973 2.7 RS but sufficiently modern that long journeys in mixed conditions can be taken without a second thought.
In our view, the car represents good value in the Porsche market as a bona fide collectable 911 RS, with only 2,282 cars produced. Looking at values of the rarer 964 RS cars (such as the 3.8), the recent eligibility for import into the US (as being over 25 years old) and the growing appreciation of the car as an extremely usable but special 911, this is a car that we would take over a modern 911 GT3 without a moment’s hesitation.
This example in simple black and black is rather more understated than some of the more lurid hues such as Peppermint Green and of course Rubystone. The tone does suit its simple and usable status. This is a great car with a good history and much recent expenditure. As such, it is definitely a special 911 that can either be bought and treasured or simply used as intended.