1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

Rubystone Red (Sternrubin) might be the most love/hate of the well known Porsche colors. I imagine there are colors within Porsche’s extensive catalog that have been less liked overall, but those colors disappear rarely to be asked for again. Rubystone, while we don’t see it very often, does still come around as a PTS option on modern 911s, especially on the limited production high performance models like the GT3 RS and 911 R. And when it does it looks just as stunning as it did upon its debut. A lot of buyers might not like it, but whatever its qualities, on cars that deserve a bold attention-grabbing color it’s a color that performs exactly that function.

Of course, it was on just such a model that it debuted: the 964 Carrera RS. We did not get the Carrera RS in the US market, but rather had to settle for the more tame RS America. With the passing of time it is now legal to import the true Carrera RS and we’ve seen quite a few over the past year or so. Here we have another one, fully restored and looking nearly immaculate, in that eye-popping color of Rubystone Red.

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Year: 1992
Model: 911 Carrera RS
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 89,000 km (~ 55,302 mi)
Price: $345,000 Buy It Now

For sale 1992 Porsche 964 RS in Rubystone Red, Montana titled Japanese import with matching numbers engine and transmission.

89,000 Km
Full bare metal Glasurit respray no expense spared
All new rubbers
New windshield Porsche
Restored RS Magnesium wheels
New Michelin tires
New factory rotors, pads, sensors, backing plates
Full serviced with valve adjustment and all fluids
Full alignment and corner balanced
New interior carpets throughout
Restored gauges with new factory VDO faces, not rescreened
New headlight lenses, tail lights, turn signals, rear fogs, side markers
Matching numbers!
100% stock original
Late production WP0ZZZ96ZNS491910 (VIN listed on eBay is from a different 964 bc it doesn’t recognize Japanese Vin as valid)
Original Mizwa delivered, Montana titled
Books with supplement, & some Japanese service docs
Jack, spare, tool kit & air compressor
Every detail correct!
Restoration completed by preeminent 964RS and RS 3.8-993RS-GT2-C4 Lightweight RS Guru Smith Motorcar.

While I do understand what they mean, generally when a car is stated to be “all original” I don’t think of that as applying to one that has been fully restored. Because, well, it isn’t all original! And while the current condition of this RS does look phenomenal the lack of truly original paint and interior does detract from the overall package. Or, at least, it should detract from the selling price. Given the price here I’m not sure this one fits that description. No RS is inexpensive – nor should it be – and Rubystone is rare enough to command a premium, but with plenty of others selling below $300K I’m not sure this one should command above that number.

The 964 Carrera RS remains one of my favorites of the various 911s to wear the RS moniker. I think the look is just about a perfect encapsulation of how a 911 should appear and obviously the total package of performance and lightness is incredibly desirable. I’m also very happy to see that this one has at least accrued a reasonable number of miles. It’s been driven and enjoyed as Porsche’s engineers intended and likely brought a lot of joy to its owners. In its current state it’s ready to continue providing joy to its next owner. It just shouldn’t cost this much.

-Rob

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6 Comments

  1. Porsche can declare “Sternrubin” all they want, but I’ve never seen a ruby this color though maybe a sapphire here or there. Then again calling it “Hot Pink” like it truly is probably would have sold even less in this color than they did!

  2. Porsche considered calling the color “Pepto-Bismol Pink”, but the translation was to difficult even for German.

  3. This isn’t quite hot pink, but it is definitely pink. I like cars exteriors to be actual colors, so I like this. Interior, less so. If I was collecting, maybe exterior color would be a deciding factor. Alas, I am not and I buy on condition and availability. My car is black on black (yuck).

  4. As much as I would love to have a 964 RS, I could not deal with this color. I think the color, non-original paint and miles (~54k miles) will force the seller to lower his price. My only gripe about the 964 RS in general is the engine. Porsche really missed an opportunity to make this car special. Instead of using the regular 964 engine they should have had a special version, maybe a 3.8L like they did with the 993 RS. No other RS has ever used a regular base model 911 engine like this one does. I imagine this was budget driven as Porsche was going through a terrible time in the early 90s. In any case it is still a great car and miles better than the lame RS America, that Porsche “collectors” are paying 6 figures for…

  5. There was a 3.8 liter Carrera RS produced in 1993-1994 since Porsche needed to meet the homologation requirements for the 3.8 RSR. Only 55 were produced and their prices make this Carrera RS look very reasonable (one sold this year at Amelia Island for $1.65M!).

  6. I LOVE this color. There are so many boring cars out there in black, silver, grey, white or red. It’s always refreshing to see a car like this in a “real” color. I would have preferred the interior in plain burgundy or black.

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