Perhaps the quickest and fastest normally aspirated Porsche 911, it is indeed a wolf in wolf’s clothing. There is no hiding the car’s intent, which is to cover ground in a hurry. This extremely rare and desirable automobile was the ultimate evolution of Porsche’s Type 993 chassis, and in turn, it was a step up from the 964 RS. As Porsche historian Karl Ludvigsen wrote in his authoritative Excellence Was Expected, the RS 3.8 was one of several models built to fulfil the company’s grass-roots commitment to GT racing.
It was based on the Carrera Cup competition car and specifically conceived as a homologation special in a great enough quantity (at least 50 units) to qualify it for the BPR GT3 and GT4 categories as the RSR 3.8. It was offered only to the European market and appeared after the original 3.6-litre engine RS of 1992 had gone out of production. The 3.8, says Ludvigsen, represented the first major alteration to the 964’s air-cooled six. The standard 3.6-litre engine of the Carrera RS was bumped up to 3,746 cubic centimetres.
Along with the engine updates, an important component of this competition-oriented machine was to make it as light as possible. The RS was brought down to a svelte 1,280 kilograms by removing such amenities as the headliner, electric windows, electric mirrors, central locking, intermittent windscreen wipers, radio speakers, power-adjustable seats, a rear defroster, airbags, and sound insulation.
Removal of all these bits resulted in an effective weight loss of 100 kilograms. The 3.8 RS package added a number of performance features to the car, which included thinner window glass (reminiscent of that used on the famed 1973 RS 2.7), simplified interior lighting, an alloy front boot lid and doors, lightweight interior door cards, Recaro sports seats, a front strut brace, ball-joint front damper mounts, and adjustable anti-roll bars with five positions for the 24-millimetre front bar and three positions for the 21-millimetre rear piece.
There was also a limited-slip differential, an anti-lock system for the 993 Turbo brakes with “Big Red” callipers, ABD traction control, and bodywork, which included a large adjustable fiberglass Sport Group 1 rear wing with ram-air intakes in place of the modest fixed tail spoiler that came on the lesser RS.
Manufactured on 3rd October 1995 and delivered new in 1996, this car has been meticulously maintained by its two owners and has only covered 50,083km in its 20 years. This special car features factory fitted RSR front and rear spoilers giving the visual appearance of an RSR with the comfort and usability of an RS.
Resplendent in black with a matching two-tone black and grey Recaro interior which includes options of air conditioning, electric windows, limited slip differential and polished 18 inch Speedline wheels. As one would expect with a car of this calibre and such low mileage, it is described as being in excellent condition throughout and comes complete with a significant history file with all books, tools and manuals which accompanied the car from new and EU taxes paid documents.
The service history details services at 14,860kms, 29,050km, 32,674km, 34,837km, 36,478km and 46,055km and it will be serviced by a marque specialist prior to auction.