The Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction | Lot 179
1996 Porsche 911 Carrera RS
$390,000 USD | Sold
| Atlanta, Georgia
27 October 2018
- Uniquely ordered with a variety of interesting options
- Delivered new to Germany, recently imported to the U.S.
- 21,622 km from new, highly original throughout, and extensively documented
Built to homologate the 3.8-liter RSR for competition in BPR GT3 and GT4 racing, the road-going Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8 is essentially a racing car built for use on the road. At its heart was the 3.8-liter normally aspirated Type M64/20 engine. This produced 300 bhp at 6,500 rpm along with 262 foot-pounds of torque at 5,400 rpm. It was fitted with the innovative Variocam variable-length intake system from Porsche and also featured newly designed forged pistons of a reduced height and a relocated wrist-pin, helping to keep piston weight below the standard 3.8-liter engine. The new engine also sported dual oil coolers and lightened rocker arms, amongst a host of additional upgrades that heightened the car’s performance. Power is managed through the Type G50/31 six-speed manual transmission, and the gearing was optimized for acceleration rather than top speed.
Suspension upgrades included a front strut brace, ball-joint front damper mounts, and adjustable anti-roll bars with five positions for the 24-mm front bar and three positions for the 21-mm rear piece. Porsche also fitted a limited-slip differential as well as anti-lock brakes sourced from the 993 Turbo and ADB traction control. Immense 265/35ZR-18R tires in the rear and 225/40ZR-18 tires in the front are mounted on specially made 18-in. “Speedline for Porsche” three-piece, light-alloy wheels with magnesium centers, which are 9-in. wide in the front and 11-in. wide in the back.
Looking to save as much weight as possible, the Carrera RS tipped the scales at a svelte 1,280 kg. Every non-essential item from the car was removed in an effort to trim as much weight as possible, including central locking, radio speakers, power-adjustable seats, electric windows and mirrors, sound insulation, air bags, the rear defroster, and even the headliner! And Porsche did not stop there. The Carrera RS features thinner window glass, an aluminum front boot lid and doors, Recaro seats, and lightweight interior door panels with traditional fabric pulls.
Completed on 20 July 1995, this Carrera RS stands out from the crowd for its unique build specification. Delivered new to its native Germany, the first owner was looking to specify his car as essentially a “touring” version of the Carrera RS and outfitted his car accordingly. Finished in Speed Yellow over a Black leather interior, the car’s most noticeable features are its body colored wheels and its smaller front and rear spoiler. In addition, it is outfitted with sport seats, higher amperage battery, air conditioning, electric windows, left and right air bags, and a radio with a cassette player, helping to make the car more comfortable and luxurious for longer journeys.
The Carrera RS was delivered to its first owner, Helmut Boczkowski, through Porsche Zentrum Giessen in August of 1996, and its extensive service history and mileage are recorded in the car’s accompanying original service manual with its most recent service being June of 2018 at 21,617 km from new. Having spent its entire life in Germany under the care of only two owners, the car was imported to the U.S. shortly after that last service.
Just over 1,000 Carrera RS’ were built, making it one of the rarest and most collectable 993-generation 911s produced. However, none of these cars were originally imported to the U.S., and only a handful have found their way stateside in recent years. This example, with incredibly complete documentation from new, along with a flawless service history, is one of the most original RS’ to be offered for public sale. With a unique set of options and only 21,622 miles on the odometer, this would make an interesting addition to any Porsche collection and would be the ideal Carrera RS 3.8 to drive and enjoy.