Lot Number
160

1994 Porsche 911 RS America

Sold For $104,500

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 2015


Chassis No.
WP0AB2968RS419104
  • The U.S. version of the Carrera RS
  • One of only 84 RSAs built in 1994
  • Showing 67,505 original and well-documented miles
  • Original matching-numbers drivetrain
  • A powerful and thrilling limited-edition Porsche

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.

“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 Coupe, 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 it 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 just under 3,000 pounds. Only 84 examples were built for the U.S. market in 1994.

The car wass fitted with a type M64/01 3.6-liter engine that could produce 247 brake horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 310 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. Its power was delivered through the very tractable G50 five-speed manual transmission, and its standard wheels were 17x7J with 205/50ZR17 tires in the front and 17x8J with 255/40ZR17 tires 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.

The particular RS America presented here was purchased by its current owner two years ago and is just one of eighty-four examples that were produced in 1994. The consignor claims that the car, which is finished in desirable black over black, is completely original, with the exception of an upgraded Sony CD player head unit. The odometer reads just over 67,500 miles, all of which are believed to be original. The Porsche enthusiast seeking a well-kept example of a rare and desirable high-performance 911 could scarcely do better than this example.



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