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Following the demise of the 1973 Carrera 2.7RS, the 964 Carrera of 1991 became the next Porsche to sport the famous 'RS' designation and, like its predecessor, was a 'homologation special' originally built to race in the Carrera Cup Series which was part of the publicity machine surrounding the 964. In common with the original RS, there were essentially two different versions available, the Sport (frequently referred to as the Lightweight) and the Touring (RST). The overwhelming majority of these were Lightweights and, apart from the half-dozen, right-hand drive Touring models imported into the UK, few are thought to have reached other markets. The road-going RST had more power, more grip, and better braking than the existing 964 but, crucially, carried less weight. Its engine was a blueprinted version of the standard car's 3600cc air-cooled flat six but with a lighter single mass flywheel, and a re-chipped engine management system. Power was only up 10bhp on the standard car but there was a decent amount of extra torque and the car was significantly lighter. The suspension was lowered 1.5 inches and stiffer springs and dampers were fitted. Other tweaks included harder suspension bushes, 'Unibal' top strut mounts, and beefier engine and gearbox mounts. The Touring retained the standard car's clutch but uprated brakes from the Turbo were incorporated. Wheels were unique magnesium 17-inch rims with lower profile rubber. Both Lightweight and Touring models were fitted with power-steering. The RS Lightweight, however, took weight saving to another level, even reducing the level of rust proofing but, if this was a little too uncompromising for some tastes, the Tourings retained most of the usual Carrera equipment as well as the normal amounts of anti-rust and soundproofing. This 1992, 911(964) RS Touring was finished on 05/03/1992 and despatched to the distributing dealer JCT Brooklands where it remained until becoming the pride and joy of its first owner, John Smith of Warefield and was registered on 25/09/93. It was subsequently enjoyed by a further three owners before our vendor purchased it from Autofarm in late February 2002. According to its accompanying Porsche 'Certificate of Authenticity', the car was built in right-hand drive and was destined for the UK market. It was finished in Black (A1A1) with a Black interior and was specified with Sport leather seats featuring triple colour seat inlays, Top-tinted Windscreen, and a Sunroof. The car has been part of a family collection of immaculate Porsches and the comprehensive history file is indicative of the fastidious nature of our vendor. As well as the Porsche C of A, the file contains membership details of the 964 RS Register, the V5C, MOT Certificates going back to October 02 (the latest being issued on 22/04/2017 at 51,195 miles with no advisories), a number of old tax discs, lots of correspondence relating to changes of Registration Number (the current plate C2 RST is remaining with the car), a number of period road tests and magazine articles, and all the service and maintenance history whilst in our vendor's possession. The most recent invoice (RPM in Tring) details a major service at 51K miles with four new Michelin PS" N3s, a new battery, and an alignment and geometry check. Early in his ownership (46,466 miles), the car was entrusted to JZ in Kings Langley to "Carry out a de-cat system, Supply, and fit performance chip". The resulting dyno printout shows 278.8 bhp at the flywheel at 5909 rpm. There are rare cars, and then there is the right-hand drive, 964 RS Touring. Only 11 are recorded as having been built, with six of these destined for the UK, making this immaculate all-black example really special and it's no wonder that they are actively sought after by serious Porsche collectors all over the world.