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An important landmark in the Porsche 911’s development was the introduction of the 964 series in 1989. Porsche said the new 911 was 87% new compared to the outgoing model, but the 964 differed only slightly from its predecessor in appearance, most noticeably its aerodynamic bumpers and automatically extending rear spoiler. Internally and mechanically, it was another story, and notable changes included a more modern and powerful engine, ABS brakes, power steering, airbags, and air-conditioning. Underneath, the car benefited from a redesigned chassis with light alloy control arms and coil springs instead of the torsion-bar suspension.
In 1992, Porsche offered a limited-edition cabriolet in the US called the America Roadster, named after the rare early 356 model. Featuring the Turbo’s wide arches, suspension and brakes, plus Cup wheels, a power top, and other convenience options, the America Roadster had no rear seating provision. Power remained the same as the potent Carrera with 247 bhp from the 3.6-liter flat-six.
This 1992 America Roadster is finished in black over black leather, and has the desirable five-speed manual transaxle. In generally excellent condition, the odometer showed less than 12,000 original miles at the time of cataloguing. It is accompanied by receipts for recent servicing totaling over $7,000, as well as its owner’s wallet, books, space-saver spare tire, and tool kit.
Very well-cared for, and rarely offered, with just 250 examples built, this attractive, low-mileage example of the America Roadster is stylish and collectible.