This particular 964 RS was first registered in March 1992. A ‘basic’ spec car, without airbags, a radio, or air conditioning, it’s finished in Midnight Blue, with a black interior. Its seats are two tone blue and black buckets. It was first registered in Spain before moving on to the Netherlands, where it spent the majority of its life. Documents show that it was well looked after by specialists for almost all of its life, though the period between 1999 and 2004 is missing.
The car was brought to the UK in 2021 and was placed the car on a private registration BLU 36S. The car was looked after by the Porsche Service Centre Brooklands in his care, as documents show. The previous owner sold the car to us and we have just arranged for the car to have a major service at JZM Porsche which included new brake discs all round.
it is immaculately presented with under 80,000km on the clock. It comes with original stickers, manuals, tool kit, spare wheel, and jack, as well as a roll cage, should the new owner wish to enjoy it on track.
Excellent order throughout needing nothing prior to being enjoyed.
Overall history of the model
The first Porsche to wear the RS badge since the legendary 1973 Porsche 2.7 Carrera RS, the 964 RS had big shoes to fill. Porsche decided to make the car in its predecessor’s image by following the parameters on which the original car was based. It is basically a road-legal lightweight race car.
Any weight that could be removed has been: there is no sound insulation, no electric windows, no radio, panels and windows are lightweight. The car was so stripped out that Porsche didn’t even market it in the U.S., thinking that the lack of comfort would stop it selling there.
The engine was re-engineered and power was upped to 260bhp. This might not sound a lot in modern terms but in a car so compact and light, it represents plenty of power. Driving the 964 RS is a thrilling experience. The short ratio gearbox takes the air-cooled flat-6 engine up to a redline of 6,800rpm. This sound from the engine is harsh and mechanical; the revs are high. The steering gives enormous feedback and, with its stiffened chassis and suspension, there’s a reason that this is one of the most sought-after Porsches.
Model Deep Dive
1992’s Carrera RS is a special thing. It was only available in Europe, and only 2276 were made. The basic ingredients for the RS were pretty hardcore. It came with a blueprinted 3.6-litre flat six which produced 256bhp and 240lb ft, linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. It also came with a limited slip differential, track-priented suspension, a 40mm lower ride height, and (unless you were in the UK) no power steering.
Just as in its hardcore predecessors like the legendary 2.7 RS it was stripped of creature comforts. There were no power assisted windows or seats, no air conditioning, cruise control, stereo (though you could spec that back in), and little by way of sound deadening. The lightweighting didn’t stop there - its bonnet was made of aluminium, it had a seam welded chassis, thinner glass everywhere apart from the windscreen, and magnesium wheels. In all, it dropped 155kgs over the standard car.
Porsche made three specs available - ‘Basic,’ ‘Touring,’ and ‘Sport.’ The basic cars are just as described above, and made up the lion’s share of the cars built. Sport cars were a touch different - they were essentially road registered Cup cars, came with a roll cage, harnesses, fire extinguisher, and nomex seats. The final spec, Touring, was a more sanitised take on the 964 RS. It put all the luxury back in (bar rear seats), and offered drivers RS thrills, with a touch of modern luxury.
On top of the standard 964 RS, there were a couple of extra models in the line up. The first is the RS America - based on a US-spec Carrera 2, it was a stripped out, lightweight car that wasn’t as extreme as the European spec car. For those who thought the 3.6-litre engine wasn’t quite enough, Porsche introduced a more powerful, more hardcore 3.8-litre car with a wider ‘Turbo’ body and 296bhp. It’s not for the faint hearted.
Engine and Performance
The 964 RS’ motor was a special thing indeed. A blueprinted, dry sump flat six, it produced 256bhp and 240lb ft. It came with matched pistons and cylinders, a Bosch engine management system, and sequential fuel injection. Performance was, as you’d expect from a lightweight monster, pretty stellar. 0-62mph took just 5.3 seconds, and it’d top out at 162mph.
As you can probably imagine, the chassis is far from ‘normal.’ The bodyshell is seam welded, and comes with a reinforced floor. Similarly, the mounts for the rear suspension, transmission, and anti-roll bars are reinforced as well. In a strange lightweighting move, the 964 RS didn’t get underseal. It did, however, have room for a 92-litre fuel tank as its rear-wheel-drive layout freed up space.
Don’t go in expecting a soft, easy drive, but similarly don’t expect the 964 RS to bite your head off and shake your fillings out as you would a more modern GT3 RS. A cabin without much by way of lightweighting or creature comforts can get a little noisy, but when the noise is a 3.6-litre flat six at full chat that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It feels small, lithe, and agile, though the ride can be a little harsh on rutted roads. It’s a car to be learned, and savoured for the right roads at the right time, and when you’re hooked into the car there are few better experiences out there.