Monterey

18-19 August 2017

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Lot 164

1997 Porsche 911 Cup 3.8 RSR

  • Chassis no. WP0ZZZ99ZVS398063
  • Engine no. 62P85703

Sold for $357,500


Please note that this lot is offered on a Bill of Sale.

  • One of only 45 examples
  • Offered from its second owner
  • Very few delivered in traditional Porsche Guards Red
  • Recently refreshed to original condition by Kelly-Moss Road and Race
  • Last of the air-cooled normally aspirated racing Porsches


In 1993 Porsche introduced the Type 993, which would be the last air-cooled 911 produced by the German company. Developed to take part in national championship series in Europe, Japan, and the United States, the stripped down race cars were officially named the 911 Cup 3.8 RSR. Customers could choose between three distinct factory-built 3.8-liter engines, each one tuned to a different specification.

Offered here is a very rare Guards Red 911 Cup 3.8 RSR, equipped with the original numbers-matching M64/75 engine. Designed for endurance racing with a power output of 349 bhp, this highly tuned engine features a resonance intake system, six intake plenums with separate throttle valves, a different camshaft profile, and no catalytic converters. Like most RSRs, the Porsche is also equipped with the type M50/34 close-ratio six-speed manual transaxle.

This outstanding RSR was originally delivered to Michael Doolin of Sandy, Utah, in July 1997. Of the 45 examples built to 3.8 RSR specification, most were raced extensively. However, chassis 398063 was never raced professionally, instead competing in Porsche Club races and National Auto Sport Association races. With just 8,000 miles from new and never subject to an accident, the RSR retains its original engine and six-speed transmission. Interestingly, the original hood, doors, and rear wing had been removed prior to competition to preserve their integrity.

After being purchased by the current owner in mid-2016, the vehicle was sent immediately to Kelly-Moss Road and Race for a thorough engine-out inspection. Kelly-Moss replaced the original front Turnwald spoiler, rear wing, rear decklid, front decklid, and both doors—which had been removed at the time of delivery—were reinstalled. The front and rear fenders and bumpers were repainted to remove previously painted-on graphics. The spartan, race-ready interior remains all-original. Most RSRs were delivered in Snow White; the original Guards Red appeared on just a handful of cars, making this rare vehicle even rarer.

Offered with the car is extensive correspondence between the original owner and the factory, technical manuals, records, and data setup. Additionally, all records from the reconditioning by Kelly-Moss accompany the vehicle.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
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

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
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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+1 203 912 7168
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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+1 415 302 2247
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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+1 617 513 0388
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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+1 954 566 2209
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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+1 519 352 4575
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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+1 310 559 4575
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

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+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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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
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

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+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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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
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

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+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

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+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