Right Hooker Week: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

Truth be told I wasn’t sure if a right-hand drive 964 Carrera RS actually existed. I was pretty sure I’d seen one previously, but couldn’t be sure I hadn’t just imagined it. But here one is: a Rubystone Red 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS with triple-tone Recaro seats and 58,900 miles on it. That’s a decent number of miles for a RS, yet its condition still looks quite good. Of course, the Carrera RS was never made available in the States, but they can now be imported. Sure, there are plenty of LHD examples available, but if you really want to take things to their extreme, why not just get a RHD one and really wow people?

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Year: 1992
Model: 911 Carrera RS
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 58,900 mi
Price: £199,995 ($257,461)

The Porsche 911 964 Carrera RS was launched in 1992 and was considered a lightweight version of the Carrera 2 that could be used both on the road and the race track. Arguably, this was the most dynamic and agile 911 since the original version was launched in 1973. The engineers behind the project utilised the philosophy of removing weight and adding power when designing and engineering the car. Remarkably, nearly 175kg of weight was removed from the standard version as a result of using aluminium for the bonnet and doors as well as thinner glass for the windows.
All of the weight-saving measures added up and resulted in a vastly reduced overall mass. Luxuries such as back seats, power windows and armrests could all be disposed of and the increase in power came from a brand new lightweight flywheel and some other minor modifications. The flat-six engine produced 260 bhp and also fitted to the car was a limited-slip differential, modified suspension (with a 40mm lower ride height) and stiffer springs. In another weight-saving move, Porsche chose to remove all the sound deadening and manufactured the wheels from magnesium.
This RHD example was delivered to its first owner Mr Clifford of Worthing, West Sussex in June 1993 via dealer Rivervale Porsche. Finished in the rare 964 RS signature original combination of Rubystone Red over optional Triple-Tone Rubystone Recaro Bucket Seats, the following options were also applied from new, UK LUX Spec and Tinted Windows.
With no less than 14 stamps in the original service book, many from the main dealer who supplied the car, it has been maintained with a no expense spared approach from new, resulting in a superb condition to be expected throughout.
This 964 RS is presented in excellent and original condition having covered just 58,900 Miles, with just 4 prior owners. Accompanied by its original book pack as well as tools, spare wheel, supporting history file and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirming the car’s matching engine and gearbox numbers. This RS is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner immediately with viewings available at our showroom, which is based just outside London.

Rubystone is not everyone’s favorite color. You’re probably going to love it or hate it, with little in between. But like it or not it’s become almost an iconic color on the 964 RS. It might even be the color I see most often. The interior is equally as divisive. I’m a fan. I’m not going to say Rubystone is my favorite Porsche color by any means, but I do love the look on the RS. Here it actually looks somewhat subdued. I’m guessing that’s down to the foggy/cloudy lighting conditions. But it’s a fun color on what should be an amazingly fun car.

Everything here looks about as we’d expect of a RS, even with the higher miles. Though I am curious about the exhaust. The ad makes no mention of it being added on, but I’m pretty sure the standard RS has a single exhaust outlet. The 3.8 RS had dual exhaust, but not the 3.6. That’s probably worth inquiring about. The price of just under £200K (about $257K) seems fairly typical given the mileage. We certainly see lower mileage examples priced significantly higher.

Given pricing like this for a Carrera RS that’s already been imported, this one may be downright reasonable. It definitely has a few more miles and that dual exhaust may not be original, but the asking price here is a long way from $400K and if that is what it’s going to take to get one that’s already Stateside then perhaps going through the hassle yourself is the way to go. And heck you’d even have a RHD version!

-Rob

1992 Audi V8 quattro

While visually most people would have a hard time telling a 1991 and 1992 V8 quattro apart, there were a bunch of little changes throughout the model if you were paying attention. The easiest change to spot was the BBS RG forged wheels that carried over from the 1991 model. At 15 x 7.5″ with a 35mm offset, they filled out the widened arches nicely. The more pragmatic change was in badging; after two years of no model designation (one with nearly identical looking but very different cars underneath for sale), the company finally decided other people besides the owner should know what they were driving. V8 badges were added to the grill and left rear of the trunk, and a “quattro” badge returned to the right side of the lid. Much less noticeable was a more pronounced exhaust, with twin stainless outlets now emerging straight out instead of the 1990/1 down-turned tips.

Inside there were few changes; minor gauge movement had occurred between 1990 and 1992. Connolly leather seats were now standard (as were nearly all items on the V8), and the wood trim was upgraded. The V8 came standard with the Cold Weather package, sunroof, ABS, and BOSE radio. Gone was the option to row-your-own, as the manual was removed from the U.S. market. However, a light revision to the shift points along with an integral cooler meant that the 4-speed automatic in the ’92-94 models was more robust.

But the big change was under the hood, where a new ABH 4.2 liter all-aluminum V8 met the owner. With 276 horsepower and 295 lb.ft of torque, it was the most powerful Audi you could buy in 1992, and acceleration matched the manual and turbocharged S4. All of this luxury and speed cost; the sticker price was now up to $54,000. On paper, the V8 competed well against the competition from Stuttgart and Munich.

But in the recession of the early 1990s, coupled with the legacy of Audi’s scandals and rocky introduction to the super-luxury market meant the V8 was a slow seller. Despite upgrades, the ’92-’94 sold especially slowly; in total, only 518 4.2 models were sold in the U.S. compared to nearly 3,500 3.6 models. ’92 was the best seller with about half of those – 270 – moving here. Few remain in the condition of this Cyclamen Red Mica example though!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Audi V8 quattro on eBay

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Roll the dice? 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E

Bet big to win big, right? Today might be one of those situations. What we are looking at is a 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E with a hair under 50,000 miles. This is obviously very good in the big picture. But the real pictures you are seeing show a different story. This monster W124 is so dirty you can’t tell the condition of the paint, the tires are nearly flat and the seller has no real information on the car other than it’s just been sitting in the driveway for at least a year.

Ready to gamble?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay

Year: 1992
Model: 500E
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 49,396 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

Low mileage because owner collected many cars.

Grille is 1993 version. Has been sitting in driveway at least 12 mos, battery may need to be replaced. Tires appear low. Can probably be driven after battery is charged. But current registration is for planned nonoperation. This is not an estate sale.

Interior of car is very new looking.

Previous license was 3CLH104 prior to a rear-end accident where license plate was lost.

The 500E is a dilemma if I’ve ever seen one. These are no doubt valuable cars and the current market isn’t slowing down on them. Any E500E that is in any kind of decent shape is usually bringing $12,000 right off the bat even for cars pushing the 200,000 mile mark. Once you start getting into lower mileage cars that are very well sorted you can hit $30,000 very easily and head all the way up to $150,000 for Jerry Seinfeld’s 500E.

A couple of things about this car I find interesting. First is that it has been updated to the 1994 facelift look. This is a modification that doesn’t come cheap so those that do it, usually love their 500E. Inside, the interior looks good enough with no major flaws although a bit dirty. Everything can be cleaned, but ripped seats, broken wood and cracked dashes are when things start getting expensive. But the real mystery is the actual mechanical condition. You can easily spend $10,000 trying to rehab one of these cars back to good health and unless you can actually go see this car in person, you are basically bidding blind. There is no indication of updated wiring harnesses, oil tube replacements, EZL condition and most importantly anything about the health of the transmission.

I’m really curious to see where this one ends up. You can basically fix everything wrong with these cars, but you can’t fix high miles. If bidding stays somewhere reasonable, which it probably won’t seeing as it’s at nearly $10,000 already, then it’ll be worth it to gamble on. But if someone pays over $20,000 and finds out it’s a total disaster? Well, hope the market keeps climbing with these.

– Andrew

1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6

When I got my first job out of grad school, I needed a cheap daily driver to commute to work. Everyone told me to just buy a Honda and be done with it. But I knew that wasn’t going to work. I wanted something unusual, safe, classy and preferably German. And that’s how I came to buy a W201. I didn’t really know much about them at the time. But a nice looking example popped up for sale near me, and as soon as I drove it I was hooked. The 190E rides like a shrunken S-class: luxurious, sturdy and solid. The straight six motor is creamy and robust. And the design of the car is really quite handsome, under-appreciated even, especially when seen from the rear three-quarter angle. True, the 190E is not fast, the KE-Jetronic fuel injection system is a real pain when it goes wrong and, owing to the gearing on the old school four-speed automatic, the 2.6 is not as fuel efficient as it should be (the 2.3 isn’t much better either). Still, a nicely kept W201 can be a neat and satisfying entry point into budget-friendly German motoring. Provided you pick a good one.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 on Central NJ Craigslist

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1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

I’m going to move on from the 964 soon, but before I did I wanted to post one more. The Japanese Carrera 2 from earlier this week reminded me that the Carrera RS can now be legally imported so I couldn’t pass up the chance to feature one of those. Despite its rarity there are usually a few of these available at any given time. That does, of course, mean expanding your search quite far and even though they are available a few is just that, a few. So it still isn’t easy, but they are out there.

I wanted to find one that wasn’t too crazy expensive (though finding one below $200K seems very difficult so “expensive” is a bit relative here). There are some of those available if you want one as a collector, but I wanted to find one with some miles and that hopefully someone could drive. This also meant looking at something in a more standard color. And that’s what we see here with this Guards Red 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, located in Italy, with 81K kilometers on it.

If you do happen to desire one that’s a little more rare and more interesting, this one or this one could suit your needs. Both of those have similar miles to this one, but come in more daring colors. All of these should be great!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS on Classic Driver

Year: 1992
Model: 911 Carrera RS
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 81,000 km (~ 50,332 mi)
Price: €190,000 (~ $217,000)

February 1992
Car in perfect condition.
The current owner (collector Porsche and Ferrari) possesses since 2000, and is the third owner.
The car has covered 81.000 kilometers.
Original engine and transmission.
Regular maintenance carried out at Porsche official workshops (the owner has all the documentation of the work performed).
Interiors in original black leather.
Original magnesium wheels.
Frame n° WPOZZZ96ZNS490843
Italian plate and document.
Car ready to change of ownership.

When released in 1992 the Carrera RS revived an iconic name that had lay dormant for nearly 20 years. Like any of Porsche’s cars bearing the RS moniker the 964 both raises performance and decreases the overall weight. Unlike the RS America produced for the US market, the RS truly is a light weight as it shed more than 300 lbs from the standard Carrera 2. Add in a revised suspension that moves beyond the standard sport suspension and you get one heck of a performer.

These cars possess one my favorite profiles of any air-cooled 911. Its hunkered down stance and curves give it a great look and for me it is only surpassed by the early 3.0 liter 930 in its appearance. It’s been a long wait for anyone who has had an eye on one of these but with the window now open we should see more of these great cars appearing Stateside. Given that they are very expensive and very collectible I’m not sure whether we really would see one on the road all that often, but one such as this with more than 50K miles on the clock certainly could absorb some additional miles without too much concern.

-Rob

Double Take: Porsche 964 3.3-liter Turbo

As promised, more 964s. Yesterday I featured the extra spicy Turbo 3.6 and today we’ll step back just a little to the original 964 Turbo. So I guess it’s 3 chilies on your Porsche menu rather than four. I’ll start by saying that I don’t feature these turbos perhaps as much as I’d like, but that is mostly because so many of those I come across are more or less the same. So many of them are Black or the occasional Guards Red with a Black or Tan interior and the mileage will be typical. There is nothing wrong with those cars per se, it’s just that once we’ve looked at one there isn’t as much to excite me for the next one.

Here we will look at two that do not come in one of those very standard colors. Ok, so the first one is still red, but Coral Red Metallic is much more rare, in fact I don’t know if I’ve come across any 964 in this color let alone a Turbo. So it’s different and different is good in this case. Let’s look:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Coral Red Metallic 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo on eBay

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1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

If you’ve been around here a while then you will know that my love for the 964 has gradually grown as time has passed and I have encountered more and more of them. The model still doesn’t eclipse the 911SC as my true favorite. However, where once I saw the 964 as little more than a bridge between the classic 911 design of the 3.2 Carrera and the sophisticated modern beauty of the 993, I now see it as a design that provides the best of both worlds: a dose of modernity to show the evolution of the 911, while remaining firmly rooted in the classic 911’s iconic lines.

I also am a huge fan of the 964 in Slate Grey. Slate Grey isn’t a color I like on every 911 model. In fact, on most 911 models I don’t really love it. So I have no real explanation for why I find the 964 so appealing in Slate Grey, but I think it’s wonderful and I think the pictures here show it well. As you can imagine I really like this one: a Slate Grey Metallic 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe, located in Ohio, with 74K kilometers on it.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe on Excellence Magazine

Year: 1992
Model: 911 Carrera 2
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 74,000 km (~ 46,000 mi)
Price: $78,000

Imported from Japan where it was delivered new, 1992 ROW Porsche 964/911 C2 5-Speed Coupe, 74k KMH (46k miles), Slate Grey Metallic, Black Partial Leather, No Sunroof.

VIN WP0ZZZ96ZNS403059

Link to pictures:

https://goo.gl/photos/N3wbYDBaikHjunPs8

Options:

Per the COA, Air Conditioning, Pirelli Tires & Equipment For Japan which consists of:

130 Control and indications in English
193 Version for Japan
219 Regular differential (without limited slip)
234 Internal production code related to tires
288 Headlamp washer
323 Sticker, without ECE-regulations
379 Standard seat, left, electrical height adjustment
380 Standard seat, right, electrical height adjustment
402 16″ 5-spoke wheels
423 Holder for cassettes and coins
434 Work instructions for cars for overseas
441 Radio preparation
481 Manual gearbox, 5-speed
490 Sound system
492 Headlamps for left-hand traffic
562 Front airbags
573 Air conditioner
605 Headlight leveling system
657 Power steering
685 Rear seats
912 Without European ID plate
932 Rear seats cloth/leatherette/leatherette
947 Front seats cloth/leather/leatherette
975 Luggage compartment velour carpet

Upgrades

The car is completely stock per the COA, except for the following:

17″ Cup 1 Wheels (front 7.5″, rear 9″) with Dunlop Sport Maxx TT Tires.
Bilstein HD Struts with H&R Green lowering springs.

Maintenance

The car arrived from Japan with extensive maintenance records in Japanese which have been partially translated, showing the car was maintained well during the last 25 years.

Since its arrival in April I have completed a comprehensive, cleaning/detailing of the entire car and a considerable list of maintenance items, below are some of the highlights:

Strip and Powder Coat the 3 Engine Tins & The Fuel Pump Cover
Exhaust & Cat Heat Shields professionally cleaned
Valve Adjustment
Replaced Fan Hub/Bearing
Replaced Distributor Drive Belt
Replaced Distributor Caps & Rotors
Replaced 3 Belts
Replaced Spark Plugs
Oil & Filter Change
Replaced Fuel Filter
Replaced Air Filter
Polished Muffler Tip
Transmission Oil Change
Added Pad Keeper.
Replaced underside flexible heater ducting.
Refinished Brake Calipers & Painted Rotor Hats
Flushed/bled Brakes and Clutch
Recovered Dash Top OEM Vinyl (Classic 9 Leather Shop)
Replaced Rear Spoiler wall

This thread details some of the cleaning/refurbishment I completed on the car, see post #13:

https://rennlist.com/forums/964-foru…ne-detail.html

The engine is free of oil leaks. A leakdown check during e maintenance work yielded the following results:

Cylinder #1 2%, #6 2%, #2 2%, #4 2%, #3 4% & #5 4%.

The A/C has been serviced with R12 and blows cold.

Bodywork & Paint:

The car is completely rust free and there is no evidence that it has ever been in a collision. The has been had some paintwork which presents very well, we believe this is due to environmental wear on the paint from it being outside in Japan at some time during it’s life which is not uncommon for these cars.

Paperwork:

The car was imported legally into the USA under the 25 year rule. The new owner will receive a legal title in their state of residence, the same as buying any used car.

Included:

Spare Wheel
Tire Compressor
Jack
Gloves & Bag
Full Tool Kit
2 keys
Owners Manual & Leather Holder.

Thanks for your interest, email: jfawsitt9@yahoo.com or phone 440.376.7037.

The car is located in Toledo, OH

That the mileage is given in kilometers rather than miles should be the first hint that this isn’t a regular ole Carrera 2. This one recently has been imported from Japan where it had spent the first 25 years of its life being pampered and driven sparingly. Or, at least, that is my assumption based on its current, very nice, appearance. It is said to come with full maintenance records (and presumably all necessary import documentation) though those records are in Japanese. Hopefully they will still tell us everything we need to know. Other than lowered springs and Cup wheels the car is said to be original and from what we can see that appears to be the case.

That this 964 comes from Japan doesn’t significantly alter its appearance or performance though there are a few details throughout that distinguish the two models. The most significant likely for this Carrera 2 is the sunroof delete, which I don’t come across very frequently on US models. All in all this seems like a great opportunity for a very nice 911 that’s just outside the norm. At $78,000 the asking price certainly is higher than what we typically see with the usual Carrera 2, but the mileage is pretty low, the condition looks great, and it has the additional cachet of being a RoW model.

I look forward to the many more 964s that we will start to see now that the model fits squarely within the 25-year waiting period.

-Rob

1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 3.2 AMG

One of the first cars to be produced following the official merger between AMG and Mercedes-Benz was the 190E AMG 3.2. These cars came with an aggressive bodykit, giving the W201 a wedge-shaped profile reminiscent of the infamous W124 Hammer, and an enlarged version of the M103 six cylinder motor, bored out to 3.2 liters to produce about 234 hp. Only around 200 of these were made, so the chances of finding one today are slim. However, for a time AMG continued to offer an à la carte menu of upgrades for Mercedes customers to choose from. As a result, a number of W201s were specified with an idiosyncratic mixture of AMG styling and performance parts. This 190E for example, for sale near Stuttgart in Germany, combines an almost bone stock exterior with an AMG-modified motor, making for the ultimate sleeper.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E AMG 3.2 on Mobile.de

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Tuner Tuesday: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe RAUH-Welt Begriff

Tuners all have their own unique style and personality, those aspects that let you know immediately what designer is responsible and what to expect from the build itself. Of course, even within a particular tuner’s portfolio there can be tremendous variation, but there always are identifying details. Though they can be subtle most 911 fans have little trouble recognizing a RUF 911. Such is the level at which RUF has risen over its many years.

Among Porsches RAUH-Welt Begriff perhaps is the most easily identifiable tuner and also perhaps the most divisive. The man responsible is Akira Nakai who designs each body panel for the individual car to produce some of the most head-turning 911s you will come across. They are not for everyone, especially given that – unlike a tuning house like RUF – the work is largely aesthetic with very little additional performance. As pieces of automotive art they are on another level. The one we see here has been dubbed RWB Hollywood and was based off of a 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe. It would be very hard to miss if you saw it in a crowd.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe RWB on eBay

Year: 1992
Model: 911 Carrera 2
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 132,324 mi
Price: $149,999 Buy It Now

This beautiful Porsche 964, known as RWB Hollywood, was built by the world-renowned Akira Nakai-san of Rauh-Welt Begriff. The car is equipped with a 3.6L Air-cooled engine mated to a G50 manual gearbox. No expense was spared on this build, as you can tell by the extensive list of modifications below; Exterior: Complete strip-down repaint in it’s original color Grand Prix White, RWB 964 street kit (fenders, bumpers, rocker panels), Sunroof delete, RSR brake ducts, Clear turn signals, 993 aero mirrors, 993 door handles, Ducktail decklid, H4 headlights, New taillights, New body seals and window seals. Interior & Upholstery: Recaro Pole Position seats in black leather with suede inserts, Sabelt 5-point harnesses, CAE shifter, CYC roll cage and harness bar, RS door cards and door pulls, Momo alcantara steering wheel, RS lightweight carpet, Rear seat delete, Rennline lower dash delete, Rennline perforated pedals, Rennline perforated floorboards, Rennline radio delete panel, Alcantara dash, Suede headliner, Custom professional upholstery in front storage compartment. Wheels / Suspension / Performance: Fifteen52 Evo SC wheels, KW Clubsport coilovers, Toyota R888 tires, Brembo 6-piston race calipers, Many 993 RS suspension components, RS sway bars and bushings, Fabspeed RSR headers, Fabspeed full exhaust. Also included with the car but not shown in pictures is the second trunk lid with race wing, and a new Rauh Welt windshield banner given to us in person by Nakai-san. This is a truly unique and incredible car that can draw crowds at any car show or be enjoyed on your local road course. It is not easy to get on the list to have Nakai-san build an RWB for you, and these cars don’t come up for sale often, this is your chance to own one of Nakai’s masterpieces. Please call for more details 916-387-9997

As an RWB build goes this one actually looks quite tame in its current configuration. However, it does come with a second trunk lid with attached race wing, which livens up the appearance significantly. The wing is of the typical RWB variety and those hoping for more subtlety – or as much as is possible with such a car – may want to stick to the ducktail. Like all RWB builds this Carrera 2 is wider than the original. Much wider. It’s wearing a set of really nice deep dish Evo SC wheels that might just be the best part of the car. The interior receives a full treatment and looks really well done.

Like most of RWB’s cars almost everything is for show, but I do have to admit the level of detail on these is outstanding. Porsche itself has been known to create some wild designs for its racing cars and while there is a definite practical application to those designs, for a road car the RWB creations do provide you with a similar sort of look, but without the extreme mechanical limitations of a race car.

-Rob

1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E

The 300k-mile 500E I wrote up last week was a bit of a hot mess. It needed extensive cosmetic work along with who knows what else. But to my surprise, it sold for $7,700. I wish the brave soul who bought it all the luck in the world, whether they restore it to its former glory or use it as a comically powerful beater. The sale price got me thinking: how much would you have to pay for high mileage 500E that wasn’t all torn up? As if on cue, this nice looking example popped up on eBay. The miles are high, but the condition of this Porsche-Mercedes mashup looks great, a testament to the longevity and durability of the W124 platform on which it is based.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay

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