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Lot 136

1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS America

  • Chassis no. WP0AB2963PS418276

Sold for $154,000


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: 89.4 in.

  • One of only 701 RSAs built
  • 15,380 original miles
  • Attractive Guards Red over black
  • Extremely clean condition throughout


Once described as “the car that the Porsche Club of America built,” the 911 RS America was based on the Type 964 Carrera 2 and was created as a limited-production, lightweight, performance version of the 964 for the United States market. On its introduction in 1992, the factory stated that the new model was a “Pure protein Porsche 911,” designed to handle more like a competition 911. For markets other than the United States, Porsche had offered the 964 Carrera RS in both Lightweight and Touring versions, plus two racing models, the Competition and the Carrera Cup.

Like its fabled predecessor, the Carrera RS 2.7 of 1973, the 964 Carrera RS and its derivatives could not be imported to the United States and legally registered, but an intense lobbying effort by Porsche Cars of North America, the PCA, and former factory driver Vic Elford, led to Porsche creating a higher-performance version that met American import requirements. The new model would be listed as the Type 964-320 and called the RS America. It would be offered initially in only four colors: red, black, silver, and dark metallic blue, with white added later. Essentially a “de-contented” Carrera 2, it did away with non-essential items like sound insulation, power steering, electric seats, the usual door trim, and air conditioning, although A/C, a limited-slip differential, a sunroof, and a stereo player were available if a buyer so chose. Electric windows were standard.

To create a more visceral “driver’s car,” the RSA used non-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and the lower and stiffer M030 Sport suspension package from the C2 Turbo. That included progressively wound coil springs, a larger 22 millimeter front anti-roll bar (20 millimeters in back), uprated shock absorbers, and 17-inch diameter Mille Miglia Cup 1 alloy wheels—seven inches wide in front and 8 inches in the rear. Brakes were four-piston fixed-caliper discs with ABS. Externally, there was a distinctive, large rubber-edged whale-tail deck spoiler and “RS” decals.

Offered is a very attractive RS America in Guards Red over black with black-anodized window trim, showing just 15,380 miles on its odometer. The bodywork, interior, and road wheels appear in pristine condition, suggesting very careful use by its previous owners. The interior includes drilled aluminum pedals and footrest. This car is supplied with a set of OEM rubber pedal covers, a pair of aftermarket mirror covers, a performance chip, a spare muffler, and an uninstalled Blaupunkt Savannah stereo head unit. Additionally, service invoices throughout the life of the car are included, along with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity (COA). The COA documents the car as being optioned with a limited-slip differential, AM/FM radio, and electric sunroof.

Today, the RSA is a much sought-after model, relatively few in number, able to provide a thrilling motoring experience to the discerning enthusiast. “The RS America,” wrote David Coleman in Excellence Magazine, “captures the look, feel, and spartan quality of the Carrera Cup car in a 911 you can drive with impunity every day.”

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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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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

Cameron Smyth

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Ontario, Canada

Cameron Smyth joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in 2015, working out of our corporate office and providing assistance on c... read more

David Swig

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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