Lot Number
288
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1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

Sold For $74,800

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - AMELIA ISLAND 10 - 11 MARCH 2017 - Offered from an exceptional Swiss Porsche Collection


Chassis No.
WP0CB2964NS460476
  • Offered from an exceptional Swiss Porsche collection
  • Delivered new to the United States through the Tourist Delivery Program
  • 22,800 miles from new

Type 964. 247 bhp, 3,600 cc horizontally opposed air-cooled six-cylinder engine, 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 ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4 in.

A predecessor to the 356 Speedster, the original America Roadster was a special lightweight Glaser-bodied 356 Roadster built in very limited numbers for the U.S. distributor Max Hoffman. Hollow doors, a light alloy body, the lack of side windows, and a removable windshield all contributed to significant weight savings. Only 16 of these cars were produced.

Like the 356 America Roadster it was named after, the Type 964 America Roadster was a limited-edition, driver-focused convertible destined for the American market. Production for the America Roadster was limited at only 250 examples, and the model was only produced in 1992 and 1993. Its engine was a standard unit making 250 horsepower, but the special edition had the wide fender flares, suspension, brakes, and 17-inch Porsche Cup wheels of the 911 Turbo. The small rear seats were replaced with a parcel shelf with storage compartments underneath, adding to the sporting nature of the car. The wide Turbo-style body and lack of a rear spoiler gave the America Roadster an aggressive but sleek look.

This black America Roadster was delivered to its first owner, Robert Brook of Minnesota. Rather than pick his new car up in Minnesota, Mr. Brook opted to take delivery of his car at the factory in Stuttgart through the Tourist Delivery Program, before shipping the car home. By the late 1990s, the car was in San Diego, California, and after that, it went to its next owner in Maui, Hawaii. It was purchased by its current Swiss Porsche collector from Hawaii and subsequently imported to Switzerland.

This America Roadster is finished in the timeless color combination of black over black and has wear consistent for its 22,800 original miles. The black soft top and plastic rear window are both in great condition, and the leather interior has only minor creases from use. It is fitted with the desirable heavily bolstered sport seats and has a five-speed manual transmission. Included in the sale are the tool kit, spare tire, convertible boot cover, the owner’s manual, maintenance and service booklet (with stamps), and the warranty booklet all in their Porsche pouch.

Back in America, this roadster surely will not disappoint.


Addendum

Please note that CARFAX reports that this car was subject to an accident in 2003.


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