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The 911 Carrera RS 3.6 was introduced by Porsche in 1992 and was developed specifically for the European market as a 'track-ready' lightweight version of the Carrera 2. Whilst the RS did not look substantially different from other top-end 911s, Porsche engineers utilised the simple and time-honoured motorsports philosophy of "reduce weight, add power" to produce the most dynamic 911 since the original Carrera RS in 1973. Porsche went to great lengths to lighten the 964RS by nearly 175 kilograms. Aluminium was used for the doors and bonnet, and thinner glass was used for the side and rear windows. Inside, Porsche disposed of the 911's usual luxuries, including its rear seats, power windows, electronically adjustable front seats, and front armrests. They also chose to forgo the power steering, resulting in greater steering interaction and feedback for the driver.
Thanks to the use of a lightweight, single-mass, flywheel, the Carrera RS enjoyed a healthy boost in power, as well as making the 3.6-litre flat-six considerably more throttle-responsive than the standard unit in the Carrera 2. With its narrow body, and lack of a rear spoiler, the elegant and powerful type 964 is amongst the most sought-after modern non-turbocharged 911 variants.
Finished in traditional Guards Red with an immaculate black leather interior with Recaro bucket seats panelled with triple grey leather inserts, this particular Carrera RS was first registered to a German family in Switzerland and remained with them before being acquired by Porsche marque expert, Thomas Schmitz, in late 2014. Shortly afterwards, in March 2015, it joined its third owner who used the 911 predominantly for continental trips, during which time we understand that it always behaved flawlessly. The car was most recently serviced on June 11th this year by UK-based specialists Paragon Porsche and issued with a fresh MOT.
Being a standard ‘lightweight’-specification car, it features the full suite of weight saving and performance enhancements that combine to make the 964 RS such a supreme all-rounder and in this example, these include a stripped out, track-orientated interior; a revised 260-bhp version of the air-cooled M64 3.6-litre engine; lightweight flywheel; a limited-slip differential; a track-optimised suspension with a 40-mm drop in ride height and a non-power-assisted steering set-up.
That being said, the previous owner was quick to stress that this example has spent its life solely on the road and has never been raced or used on the track as evidenced by its immaculate condition, both from a mechanical and aesthetic point of view. The car remains highly original throughout, still sporting the proper factory markings on screw heads and bolts and still retains its original manuals and even the seldom-seen tyre pressure gauge.
The rare and highly desirable 964 RS was the first 911 to be graced with the RS badge since the Carerra RS 2.7 and 3.0, and it wears that badge well. Original and low mileage examples in immaculate condition are becoming increasingly hard to come by, and this example stands among the very best.