Lot 279 - 1992 Porsche 911 / 964 RS Lightweight
|Odometer reading||17,822 miles|
|Estimate||£220,000 - £250,000|
|Result||Sold - £280,000|
Representing a major step forward in the development of Porsche's 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. Boasting a drag coefficient of just 0.32 thanks to its deeper bumpers, smoother sills and flatter floorpan, high-speed stability was maintained by a self-deploying rear spoiler.
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 Carrera 2 and 4 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 'box a Carrera 2-only option. In 1992, Porsche produced a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive only version of the 964 dubbed Carrera RS for the European market. It featured a revised version of the standard engine, titled M64/03 internally, with an increased power output of 260 bhp and lightweight flywheel coupled to the G50/10 transmission with closer ratios, asymmetrical Limited Slip Differential and steel synchromesh. The Carrera RS is approximately 345 pounds lighter than the U.S. version Carrera 2 model.
Originally registered on 25th March 1992, the vendor purchased the car six months later from AFN Guildford; at that point the car had covered 2,700 miles. This outstanding car has been exceedingly well cared for, living in a de-humidified garage and never used in inclement weather. The car is one of only 70 righthand drive lightweights manufactured by Porsche and one of only 40 sold in the UK. Presented in original condition, with the exception of a sports exhaust, this 964 RSL is unmarked and must be unique given the low mileage and one owner since September 1992. The highly knowledgeable and fastidious vendor has maintained the car extremely well; the original service books are supplied and are well stamped. The mileage of 17,822 is warranted and confirmed by every MoT certificate in the history folder. The J7 RSL registration plate is distinctive and was the original number plate the car was registered on. This RSL can only be described as the best example available anywhere and interested parties are advised to view the car in person to fully appreciate the magnificent quality of this outstanding Porsche.
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