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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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