1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

I have always found this to be one of the more peculiar 911 models. This is a Midnight Blue Metallic 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster, located in Miami, with a Tan/Black leather interior and 73,368 miles on it. These are pretty rare – only 250 were produced – and this one looks in very nice shape. The price is pretty high, but given their rarity these do tend to have a high price attached.

So why do I find them peculiar? Well, maybe because I don’t really know why the model exists. Were buyers clamoring for a wide body Cabriolet? Was the 911 Speedster based off the 3.2 Carrera so successful that Porsche felt they needed to produce something similar for the 964 as well? I don’t know, though the Speedster would return in 1994 after America Roadster production ceased so perhaps there was some desire for one.

Regardless, these are pretty neat even if I’m not quite sure about their appeal. The idea was to build a more driver-focused Cabriolet in the spirit of the 356 Roadster, which had replaced the 356 Speedster. As the Roadster moniker suggests, the rear seats have been removed. The rear is wider and the America Roadster received the brakes and suspension from the Turbo. It’s basically a Turbo-look Cabriolet and given that the 964 Turbo only came in Coupe form the America Roadster was your only shot at getting a Cabriolet with the wider rear.

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1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

There’s good and bad to monotone. On some cars it looks good and everything works together well, while on others a little more contrast is probably welcome. Wherever you might fall on the color contrast continuum, I will say that these monotone examples – other than the fairly popular triple black combination – typically rely upon rare and interesting colors and in that regard they are almost always worth investigating further. Generally these combinations aren’t purely monotone as there tends to be some contrast with either a slightly lighter or darker interior to help break things up just a little, but overall the colors are close enough. The example we have here falls squarely within this realm and I imagine the question of whether it works will be quite subjective. Here we have a Wimbledon Green Metallic 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster, located in New Jersey, with a matching Wimbledon Green leather interior. Big tennis fan I guess?

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Have you been living under a rock? Then here’s a news story – Porsche 911s are pretty hot in the marketplace right now. Consider yourself updated! For the rest of us, this is pretty old news. And by pretty old, I mean they’ve always been very expensive. Take this 1992 Porsche America Roadster, for example. In 1992, you’d have to plunk down $88,000 just for the base price. Most owners left dealers the best part of further $10,000 lighter. That translates to $151,000 or more today, and if you pop over to your Porsche configuration tool it won’t take you long to realize that amount buys you a lot of convertible Porsche today; you’re only about $20,000 away from the base price on the Turbo. Yet underneath the bulging exterior of the America Roadster was a standard horizontally-opposed 3.6 liter with no forced induction producing 247 horsepower. If you’re counting, that’s a little less than half what the new Turbo offers you.

So what did the America Roadster offer, then? Well, you got the look of a Turbo and limitless sky. You also got the brakes, suspension and wheels from the Turbo to help fill out those wide arches. But to really differentiate the model, Porsche decided to release only 250 of them to the public. That makes them about four times more rare than the already quite-infrequently seen Speedster model, and therefore pretty desirable in the collectable 964 spectrum today. Exclusivity of any special model 911 certainly makes them quite special and helps to separate collector examples from those who just pop down to the dealers to buy an off-the-shelf 911 Turbo:

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1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

I’m a sucker for a bright red interior, and Can-Can Red is one of the best, so naturally I was immediately drawn in to this 964. Here we have a 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster, located in Arizona, with 47,720 miles on it and, of course, that fantastic Can-Can Red leather. The America Roadster distinguishes itself from other 964 Cabriolets by its wider rear, braking, and suspension all borrowed from the 964 Turbo along with the deletion of the rear seats. I’ve written that the 964 is an exception for me in that it is the one 911 model where I prefer the narrow-body design relative to the wide-body. The narrow body seems proportionally just about perfect and I find that the wider rear disrupts that. I am probably among a minority in this. That said, I’ve slowly begun to come around to the wide body, with a caveat. I happened across a very nice looking 964 Turbo on our streets the other day and I’ll admit that the wider rear of the Turbo really showed well. It fit the personality of the Turbo, providing a degree of menace and purposefulness to the exterior that the narrow body lacks. But that’s the Turbo. On a Cabriolet I’m not so sure I prefer it, but the overall lines of the Cabriolet 964 aren’t as good as on the Coupe so perhaps if I saw it in person I’d come around. But again, I think I’m in the minority on this and the America Roadster, with that wider rear, is pretty well regarded. Add in the improved braking and suspension of the Turbo along with a limited production run of 250 examples and you have a pretty desirable 911.

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1993 Porsche 911 America Roadster

Earlier this week we had a look at a Carrera 4 Widebody, otherwise known as the Turbo-look Coupe, and today we will turn our attention to the other Turbo-look variant produced for the 964 range, the America Roadster. Both examples were produced in fairly small numbers, but unlike the Carrera 4 Widebody, which held true to its Turbo-look moniker, the America Roadster would never be confused for a Turbo Cabriolet since one was never officially offered for the 964. The America Roadster, along with the widebody Speedster, were the only options for those who preferred the wider rear styling, but also wanted the ability to enjoy some top-down motoring. Frankly, it’s kind of peculiar that Porsche produced multiple turbo-bodied variants sans roof without also offering a Turbo Cabriolet, but perhaps they hoped to maintain the performance image of the Turbo and felt the Cabriolet hindered that image. Nevermind that they produced a 930 Cabriolet. Porsche’s business decisions aside, rare 964s tend to attract a good bit of attention and while the America Roadster probably attracts the least attention of the rare models they remain something to keep our eye on. Also, like the Carrera 4 Widebody they are a really pretty design! Here we have a Guards Red over Tan 1993 Porsche 911 America Roadster, located in Florida, with 44,350 miles on it.

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1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster – REVISIT

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The Silver 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster we featured back in January is up for sale again. The price has been reduced from $95,000 to $89,000, but I still feel that’s going to be too high given that the interior is not in the best shape. However, like many of the 964 variants, the America Roadster has seen a serious increase in value over the past year so it’s always possible that someone decides to take the chance that this can be returned to beauty and offer a nice return at some point in the future.

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The below post originally appeared on our site January 20, 2015:

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1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

High mileage examples of collectible models represent their own particular breed on the car market, and that’s especially the case when looking at a quickly growing market with relatively high prices. We’ve seen the market for 964 variants accelerate at a rate greater than that of many other 911 models and here we have another of those low-production models that seems destined to have a strong impact on the market. The difference here, though, is that this car has nearly 140K miles on it. Here we have a Silver 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster, located in North Carolina. Known elsewhere as the Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo Look, the America Roadster dispensed with certain luxuries while taking on the appearance and braking of the 911 Turbo, for which a Cabriolet was not available on the 964.

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1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

I sometimes forget just how much variety there was within the 964 model run. It’s almost as if there never existed a standard car, and given that the 964 debuted with the completely new Carrera 4 we might be forgiven for thinking the standard Carrera 2 was, in fact, a special edition itself! Here we another within the wide range of 964s: a Midnight Blue Metallic 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster, located in Pennsylvania, with only 21,500 miles on it. Aesthetically the America Roadster best distinguishes itself from the rest of the 964 Cabriolet lineup through attention to the rear, which has taken on the flared fenders of the 964 Turbo. Since Porsche never produced a Cabriolet version of the 964 Turbo the America Roadster was as close as buyers could get. Powered by the same 3.6 liter flat-six as the standard 964 Cabriolet, the America Roadster was enhanced by the use of the Turbo’s suspension and braking. All told, only 250 were built making these one of the more rare 964 variants.

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1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

My attraction to the 964 is somewhat confounding. In pictures, I don’t like them. The proportions seem odd. But in my neighborhood there is a very nice White 964 with Black wheels that I see parked in its driveway whenever I go for a run. It’s a beautiful car. The proportions look just right and there is a simplicity to its design that, for whatever reason, I fail to notice in pictures. That car looks fantastic! So I have been hunting around 964s lately and came across the example featured here. This is a 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster. While Porsche offered a Cabriolet version of the 964 nearly from the model’s inception, the America Roadster differed from the standard Cabriolet by using the body, suspension, and brakes from the 964 Turbo. What we had was a limited run (only 250 were produced) 911 Cabriolet with wider rear fenders and Turbo spec brakes and suspension. Power remained the same as the standard Cabriolet with 247 hp from the 3.6 liter flat-six engine.

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Year: 1992
Model: 911 America Roadster
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 82,954 mi
Price: Auction

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This is a rare, factory wide body 911 convertible, built in the 1992 model year and sold as an “America Roadster” in the U.S. I’ve pampered the car, always garaged, rarely driven in rain. In fact, rarely driven, but with a family of five, a small 2-seater isn’t practical anymore.

It is in great condition. I’ve owned it since October 2003 when it had 57k miles. Purchased from a dealer in New York and I drove it back to Southern California. Only issue is the cruise control doesn’t hold speed and A/C system isn’t cold. It needs a new rear spoiler wall (under deck lid). Passenger airbag has been disabled to allow for younger passengers in front seat. The mechanic said it’s a simple plug/unplug on a module to re-enable.

I have all the records from when I owned it as well as records dating back to May 1998/28k miles, when it was serviced at Champion in Florida. I have not had any problems with the vehicles. Reliably started when needed and runs great, with smooth shifts and good power.

I installed a new Viper alarm system when I first bought it and installed a Porsche CDR-220 head unit with Aux input and new speakers. Also installed H&R Sport Spring and 18″ Speedline-replica wheels. Original struts will be included with sale. Other great options is a factory OBC (on-board computer) that displays mileage, range, speed and trip meter. Never had an issue with the power top – always worked fine and straight.

Serviced at Hergesheimer Motorsports in Lake Forest, CA and has always passed California smog check.

Of note: Carfax will show an odometer mileage check of 123k at 3/25/2000. I saw that too when I bought it but the dated dealer service records and the condition of the car don’t match that. I had a PPI done when purchased, both in New York and when I returned, and there were no signs of that level of wear.

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While the seller is auctioning this car with no reserve, the opening bid has been set at what, essentially, would have been a reserve price. The last America Roadster we featured had seen much fewer miles and at a listed price of $59,900 it did sell. It was a dealer listing so it’s difficult to be sure about the final selling price, but we can at least take from that listing an understanding that the car here is priced a little high. With that said, the America Roadster is rare and the combination of the Turbo’s wide-body rear styling in Cabriolet form certainly should have appeal to many buyers. The condition of this car suggests to me that it’d make a great driver, so the price needs to come down and if it does then this is a winner. Fantastic Turbo body, top down, great soundtrack: a perfect combination for simply enjoying the act of driving.

-Rob