London | Lot 130
1995 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport
£403,200 GBP | Sold
| London, United Kingdom
7 September 2016
- Offered from a private collection of exceptional Porsches
- One of only 100 RS Clubsports
- Acquired new by the current owner; 8,918 kilometres
- Includes original books, tools, and Certificate of Authenticity
- The last air-cooled Carrera RS; a wolf in wolf’s clothing
Type 993. 300 bhp, 3,746 cc SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with Varioram and Motronic 2.1 management, six-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with McPherson struts, Bilstein coil-over dampers, and an adjustable anti-roll bar; independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms, Bilstein coil-over dampers, and an adjustable anti-roll bar; and four-wheel cross-drilled ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,272 mm
Perhaps the wildest normally aspirated Porsche 911 produced by the factory is the Carrera RS 3.8, and it is indeed a venerable wolf in wolf’s clothing. There is no hiding the car’s intent, which is to cover ground . . . very quickly.
It was based on the Carrera Cup competition car and specifically conceived as a homologation special in a great enough quantity (at least 50 units) to qualify it for the BPR GT3 and GT4 categories as the RSR 3.8. It was offered only to the European market and appeared after the original 3.6-litre engine RS of 1992 had gone out of production. The standard 3.6-litre engine of the Carrera RS was bumped up to 3,746 cubic centimetres by an increase in its bore to 102 millimetres, but it still retained the RS’s standard 76.4-millimetre stroke.
This engine, the Type M64/20, was fitted with Porsche’s innovative Varioram variable-length intake system and produced a very healthy 300 brake horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 262 foot-pounds of torque at 5,400 rpm. The latest version (2.10) of the Bosch Motronic engine-management system kept tight control over both the twin-plug ignition and the fuel delivery through individual port throttle bodies. A new hot-film sensor replaced the previous flapper-valve arrangement, and at the exhaust end of the equation, waste gasses were fed through a pair of catalytic converters and out the twin tailpipes.
Along with the engine updates, an important component of this competition-oriented machine was to make it as light as possible. The RS was brought down to a svelte 1,280 kilograms by deleting such amenities as the headliner, electric windows, electric mirrors, central locking, intermittent windscreen wipers, radio speakers, power-adjustable seats, a rear defroster, airbags, and sound insulation. Removal of all these comforts resulted in an effective weight loss of 100 kilograms. The RS package added a number of performance features to the car, which included thinner window glass (reminiscent of that used on the famed 1973 Carrera RS), simplified interior lighting, an alloy front boot lid and doors, lightweight interior door cards, Recaro sports seats, a front strut brace, ball-joint front damper mounts, and adjustable anti-roll bars with five positions for the 24-millimetre front bar and three positions for the 21-millimetre rear piece.
Its power is delivered through a Type G50/31 six-speed manual transmission, with its gearing optimised for acceleration rather than top speed. Immense 265/35ZR-18R tyres in the rear and 225/40ZR-18 tyres in the front are mounted on specially made 18-inch “Speedline for Porsche” three-piece, light-alloy wheels with magnesium centres, which are 9-inches wide in the front and 11-inches wide in the back.
Ordered new by the current owner in October 1995, this Carrera RS was delivered in November in rare “Clubsport” specification. Aimed directly at endurance racing events, such as the Nürburgring, the Clubsport was further stripped of carpeting and fitted with a welded-in roll cage, strut tower brace, bucket seats with six-point Schroth harnesses, as well as a battery kill switch and fire extinguisher. Compared to the “standard” RS, only 100 such examples were built for GT2 homologation.
Finished in iconic Guards Red, this Carrera RS sports the aforementioned bucket seats with matching red seat backs as well as an airbag on the driver’s side, the only feature that belies the Clubsport’s competitive intentions. With less than 9,000 kilometres at the time of cataloguing, this Porsche has been exceptionally well maintained by its first and only owner and includes its original owners’ manuals and service booklets in their leather pouch, as well as the original tool roll in the front compartment. This beautiful example offers its next owner a stunning package of exciting looks and thrilling performance, and it would make a wonderful addition to any serious collection of Porsche automobiles.
Simply put, this RS Clubsport has everything you want and nothing you don’t.