Representing a major step forward in the development of Porsche’s perennial 911, the Carrera 4 and Carrera 2 (‘Type 964’ in factory parlance) were 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 this influenced the design of the new Carrera’s 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 automatic transmission being a Carrera 2 only option.
Its new engine enabled the 964 to out-perform the old ‘3.2’ yet still meet 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 1992 Porsche introduced a 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 the European market only. The Carrera RS retained the 3.6 litre engine, which was boosted in maximum output to 260bhp.
With its narrow body and lack of rear spoiler, the elegant and powerful Type 964 is among the most sought after modern non-turbocharged Porsche 911 variants. Delivered new to Germany on 8th March 1993 in black, with black, dark grey and pearl leather seats, this matching numbers 964 RS was purchased by its last keeper in 1997 when it was imported from Germany to the UK. Offered with an extensive history file and every MoT dating back to 1997, along with a certificate of authenticity, it has covered just over 60,000 miles from new. Offered with MoT until April 2016 and UK V5 registration.