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Lot 133

1993 Porsche 911 RS America

  • Chassis no. WP0AB2963PS419167
  • Engine no. 62P02061
  • Gearbox no. 2002682

Sold for £64,400


Type 964. 247 bhp, 3,600 cc SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with electronic fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with lower control arms, MacPherson struts with combined coil springs and dampers, and an anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms, combined coil springs and dampers, and an anti-roll bar, and four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,270 mm

  • The U.S. version of the Carrera RS
  • One of only 701 RSAs built in 1993
  • Showing 49,273 original miles and well documented
  • Original and matching-numbers drivetrain
  • A powerful and thrilling limited-edition Porsche


“The same engineers who developed the Carrera Cup race cars are responsible for the brilliant RS America, their goal: the incomparable feel of a race car through reduced weight, modified steering, and firmer, sportier suspension. To save weight, they eliminated the air-conditioning system, power steering pump, and sunroof and replaced the rear seats with a storage compartment. The retractable rear spoiler, motor, and mechanism were replaced with a lightweight fixed tail spoiler”. Thus reads the Porsche factory brochure for the 911 RS America Coupé, a model specifically created for the U.S. market in place of the European-only 964 Carrera RS.

The RS America used the body shell and glass from the standard “P” program 964 Carrera 2 and retained that model’s engine, manual transmission, brakes, and safety features. The RSA had specially upholstered front seats, which were covered in a black corduroy fabric, and as noted in the factory’s marketing materials, the 964’s rear jump seats were removed to help reduce weight. The model retained its electric window lifts, but the regular door trim panels were replaced with simple, lightweight cards similar to those used on the 1973 Carrera RS 2.7. When all was said and done, the RS America weighed a mere 1,340 kilograms. Only 701 examples were built for the U.S. market in 1993.

The car is fitted with a type M64/01 3.6-litre engine which produces 247 brake horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 310 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. Its power is delivered through the very tractable G50 five-speed manual transmission, and its standard wheels were 17x7J with 205/50ZR17 tyres in the front and 17x8J with 255/40ZR17 tyres in the rear. Large power-assisted ventilated disc brakes were more than up to the task of slowing the car from speed. Contemporary road tests showed this package was capable of quite brilliant performance, as it could reach 0–60 mph in 5.4 seconds and had a top speed of 162 mph.

In October 1992, this fine RS America left the Porsche factory finished in Guards Red with a black cloth and leatherette interior, which was highlighted by red seat belts. Its original owner specified the retention of an automatically controlled air-conditioning system (Option M573), the 40 per cent limited-slip differential (M220), and Michelin tyres. Included with the sale of the car are a factory documentation letter and the car’s original registration papers, which were issued by the state of Texas on 26 February 1993 to a Ralph DuBose, of Houston; during the time of registration, the odometer read 36 miles. The car was eventually sold to Victory Motorcars, of Houston, from whom the current consignor acquired it on 1 April 2013, with the odometer reading 49,500 miles. The car was then shipped to Europe from the Port of Houston. Today, with only one registered owner and having added fewer than 250 additional miles, this car appears in excellent condition inside and out. The underside of the body retains its factory application of Cosmoline, and inside, the electrically adjustable seats show little wear. The car will be supplied with its correct collapsible spare tyre, jack, and tool kit.

The Porsche enthusiast seeking a well-kept, low-mileage example of a rare and desirable high-performance Porsche Carrera could scarcely do better than this example.

Addendum

Please note that contrary to the catalogue description this car is not supplied with the original tool box, but does include the jack.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more