Representing a major step forward in the development of Porsche’s perennial 911, the Carrera 4 and Carrera 2 (‘Type 964’ in factory parlance) had been 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 the latter influenced the design of the new Carreras’ 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 auto gearbox a Carrera 2-only option. Its new engine enabled the 964 to out-perform the old ‘3.2’ yet still met 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.
The Porsche 964 RS is already a collector’s item and finding a superb example like the one on offer here might be considered difficult, the fact that this car has come to us from its first and only owner makes it even more special. Finished in rare ruby star livery, the car is a matching numbers German example with a total mileage of ca. 112,000 kms from new. This is supported by its full service and documented history. Described as being in near perfect condition, this is a rare opportunity to buy an honest 964 RS which has not been through a catalogue of owners.