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Lot 28

2016   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2016

1995 Porsche 993 Carrera 3.8 RS

SOLD $363,000

Estimate

$400,000 - $500,000

Chassis

WP0ZZZ99ZTS390791

Car Highlights

The Most Extreme Evolution of the Naturally Aspirated 993 Platform
Limited-Production RS Model Built for Motorsport Homologation
Delivered New to Official Japanese Porsche Importer Mizwa Motors
Originally Specified in Polar Silver with Optional Air-Conditioning
Pristine Two-Owner Example of a True Modern Classic

Technical Specs

3,746 CC Type M64/20 SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Multi-Point Fuel Injection
296 BHP at 6,500 RPM
6-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Ventilated Cross-Drilled Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Coil Springs and Shock Absorbers

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that this car is titled as a 1996 model. The consignor and any buyer will be required to comply with NHTSA and other applicable requirements and complete additional paperwork in order to effect transfer of ownership, including a show/display permit application. Please also note that this vehicle will not be sold for use or resale in California or to a non-dealer California resident. Please also note that the roof was scratched during transportation, and the cosmetic repair will be made at the transporter’s expense.

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One of Only 1,150 Examples Built

In 1995, Porsche enlarged its potent 3.6-liter M64 engine, the original heart of the 993 Carrera, to displace nearly 3.8 liters. Known internally as the M64/20, the engine employed a brand-new technology called VarioRam that improved low- to mid-range torque. While this feature was eventually applied throughout the naturally aspirated model range, it was first utilized only for racing applications as the chosen powerplant for the 993 Cup and RSR models campaigned in a variety of international racing series. To establish homologation for this series, Porsche built the Carrera RS, the most powerful non-turbocharged 993 model and the last air-cooled 911 to carry the famous Rennsport moniker.

As a competition-oriented model, the 993 Carrera RS shaved nearly 200 pounds from the curb weight of a standard Carrera, removing many luxury amenities, radio, climate control (in most cases), and excess sound-deadening. This car’s impressive performance and lively character certainly reflects the reduction in mass.

This outstanding example of Porsche’s mid-1990s homologation special is one of approximately 1,015 cars produced. According to factory records, chassis no. 390791 was originally finished in Polar Silver and upholstered in two-tone black and gray leatherette. It is slightly more luxurious than many of its Carrera RS brethren, as factory air-conditioning was specified rather than the standard configuration.

Delivered new to Mizwa Motors in Tokyo, Japan, the Carrera RS reportedly enjoyed the consistent care of just one owner for almost two decades before being imported to the US by the current New York-based owner. Today the car is presented in factory-correct specification and retains its standard RS spoiler, rather than the larger ducktail Club Sport wing that is often found as an aftermarket modification on these cars. At the time of cataloging, the odometer displayed 66,258 km (41,170 miles).

Ideal for track excursions or display at PCA events and supercar concours, this Carrera RS is extremely rare, as the model is hardly ever seen in the US. It offers the most potent naturally aspirated evolution of the M64 engine, which is renowned for its instant throttle response and linear power curve, delivering five-second launches from 0 to 60 mph, and a top speed of 172 mph. With a sparse and minimally appointed cockpit, including a six-speed manual short-throw shifter, lightweight sport seats, and fabric pull-strap door releases, this car represents the most focused iteration of Porsche’s beloved 993 platform.

One of the most sought-after modern sports cars, this 993 Carrera RS is sure to be appreciated by collectors with a passion for limited-production supercars, and it may be the final missing link in an otherwise complete collection of Porsche Rennsport models.