Double Take: 1993 Porsche 911 RS America – Collector or Racer?

The RS America is another example of a car Porsche produced as a means of satisfying enthusiast desires for production cars that were unavailable on the US market. In this case, the highly sought after car was the 964 Carrera RS, a completely revised, track-focused, version of the standard Carrera 2 that was both lighter and also more powerful than its production brethren. The RS America was never intended to fully mirror the Carrera RS in its extreme nature, but rather sought a less aggressive but nonetheless still enthusiast-oriented package featuring a stripped interior, sport suspension, and much fewer options. Today, their rarity makes them prized commodities on the 964 market as the two listings below should make clear. Here we have two examples of a Guards Red 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS America that fall in fairly different parts of the market. One is a higher mileage RSA that has seen some track time, while the other is a pristine, low-mileage example, with a stratospheric asking price. We’ll begin with the tracked car.

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1986 Porsche 911 Carrera – M491

To provide some satisfaction to its customers who hoped to own a 911 Turbo during the years when the Turbo was not for sale on the US market, Porsche offered the M491 package. Sometimes called the “Turbo-look” 911 these cars were essentially a 930 minus the forced induction. While that’s no small difference, it did mean that prospective buyers had the option of buying a standard 3.2 Carrera with the upgraded braking and suspension of the Turbo, along with its wider rear and tea-tray spoiler. Derided by some, over time the M491-package 911 has become a hot commodity amongst many enthusiasts for its greater dynamic capabilities, paired with the lowered maintenance concerns and running costs of the naturally aspirated engine. The example here is a modified M491-packaged 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera that perhaps has hoped to make up some of the performance differences brought on by the lack of the 930’s engine.

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1985 Porsche 930

There is something mighty sinister about an all-black 911 Turbo under any guise, but especially a black 930. It was already a very aggressive car from the start and with the darkness smoothing out those curves to go along with the black Fuchs and massive tail a black 930 takes on the appearance of something quite menacing. I guess it’s what Darth Vader would drive. That the engine provides for a similar level of menace simply completes the package. The car featured here is a Euro 1985 Porsche 930, located in Florida, with only 37,000 miles on the clock. That this is an imported European 930 doesn’t really mean much in terms of performance, but since the 930 wasn’t available in the US market in 1985 then importation would be the only way to get one to these shores.

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1968 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe

Time for something a little different. With the air-cooled market appreciating the way it has, we’ve seen numerous lower mileage and original 911s come up for auction and it’s been great to get a sense of the variety of well-maintained cars still out there. Here we have something that goes in a very different direction, but is still fantastic in its own right. This car began its life as a Sand Beige 1968 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe. Its transformation has included a respray in Slate Gray and it has been fitted with 911R lighting in the rear and rally lighting in the front. The exterior is completed with a set of fantastic Mini Lite wheels. Underneath the metal lies a 3.0 liter CIS engine, adjustable suspension, and a lightened interior fitted with a roll-bar and sport seats. The car was built in the vein of the hot-rod R Gruppe Porsches and while 911s like these will never appeal to everyone, it’s still great to see the sorts of interesting modified 911s that have been built over the years.

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1985 Porsche 911 Carrera

Value buys for a 3.2 Carrera are becoming harder and harder to come by and for those who have long harbored a desire to get into one of these cars for the first time certain compromises may need to be made. The 3.2 Carrera was produced from 1984-1989 and as a general rule earlier is better for those looking to save some money. There is typically a distinct difference between prices for the last three years of production versus the first three years as it was 1987 that the G50 5-speed transmission was first utilized in these cars. That said, there are still plenty of good cars available and if they are mechanically sound at purchase, then they can easily provide many years of additional driving pleasure. Such should be the case with this 97K mile 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera, located in Pennsylvania, which comes in the unique combination of blue on blue.

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1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet

It happens every time. I’m struck by a particular car and, in this case, made a point about how I almost never came across a Guards Red 964 and how much I enjoyed that color on that car. Lo and behold within a couple of days I come across another Guards Red 964. The universe is funny. But I digress, here we have a beautiful Guards Red 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet, located in California, with Cashmere leather interior and 45,579 miles on it. The 964 has quickly become an excellent value amongst 911s, not so much because prices for one have fallen, but rather that the market for a 964 hasn’t escalated at quite the same degree as a 3.2 Carrera or even 911SC. At least not yet. So, as we enter the warmer months, what better way to enjoy a weekend of motoring than at the wheel of a fantastic drop-top 911.

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1978 Porsche 930

Most iconic Porsches were only around for a short time, dazzling enthusiasts for a couple of years and then retired. The 930 is the exception. This is in part because it was precisely the model’s longevity that played such a large role in its development of iconic status. Regardless the 930 has captivated the minds of Porschephiles for decades and helped create the legacy of this rear-engine rear-drive sports car. There were few major changes made during its production run, but the most significant came in 1978 when displacement was increased to 3.3 liters and an air-to-air intercooler was integrated into the rear spoiler. As far as values go, any early 930 holds a strong place on the collector market, but for the most part the 3.3-liter turbos are valued similarly to the earlier cars with only 3.0 liters. All are very valuable. Which brings us to the car featured here, a paint-to-sample 1978 Porsche 930, located in Houston, with a mere 44,445 miles.

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Heap of the Week: 1967 Porsche 912

I mentioned a few weeks back how the Porsche 912 could serve as a worthwhile substitute for those entertaining the idea of finding a pre-1974 Porsche 911T and were perhaps less concerned with collector values. The two models share many similarities, but the 912 typically comes at a fraction of the cost. The car featured doesn’t make for the best comparison with a well-kept 911T, but it could make for an interesting alternative for any buyer who doesn’t mind taking on a bit of a project. Here we have an unrestored 1967 Porsche 912 looking for an owner who doesn’t mind putting in some work. The exterior appears to be Champagne Yellow, a very nice and period correct color.

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Feature Listing: 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

It has been almost 20 years since Porsche introduced the 993 and what would become the last of the air-cooled 911s. Porsche felt 272 hp was pushing the limits of what they could reliably produce from the naturally aspirated 3.6 liter flat-six engine while maintaining stable operating temperatures through air cooling. Combine those concerns with increasingly more stringent emissions and fuel economy needs and the writing was on the wall for the air-cooled engine. But Porsche certainly sent the model off with a bang as many still consider the 993 the best representation of a naturally-aspirated 911 produced to date. With the air-cooled market as strong as ever low-mileage examples are in increasingly high demand. The car we see featured here is a Red over Black 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe with 21,270 miles brought to us from our friends at Sun Valley Auto club in Hailey, Idaho.

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1980 Porsche 911SC Weissach Edition

Porsche has never been shy about celebrating or commemorating its achievements through special edition models of the 911. So, when they wanted to celebrate and honor the achievements of the Motorsport department, the choice was obvious and the Weissach Edition 911 was released in 1980. Based off of a standard 911SC Coupe, the Weissach Edition came in either a Black or Platinum Metallic exterior with Platinum painted Fuchs wheels all surrounding a Doric Gray leather interior contrasted by Burgundy carpeting. Each car would also come standard with a whale tail, but it is the interior especially that set these cars apart from others versions of the 911SC. The Weissach Edition featured here is located in Carlsbad, California and sits with 66,309 miles.

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