by Gauk
Wed, Jan 3, 2018 10:46 PM

Following in the footsteps of the legendary Carrera RS 2.7, Porsche would revive the Rennsport-spec 911 for the 90's. The result was the most pure and refined form of the final generation air-cooled 911.

Estimate (US$) 375,000 - 475,000.

3,746cc DOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Varioram and Motronic Engine Management
300bhb at 6,500rpm
6-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Highly original example of the rare and desirable 993 Carrera RS 3.8
*Just 67,297 kilometers (41,816 miles) from new
*Highly optioned from the factory
*Offered with owner's manuals, service records and Porsche COA


Following in the footsteps of the legendary Carrera RS 2.7, Porsche would reinterpret the Rennsport-spec 911 for the 1990's. The result was the Stuttgart firm's most pure and refined form of the final generation air-cooled 911.

While the 964 Carrera RS that debuted several years earlier is seen as uncompromisingly hardcore, the 1995 model year benefitted from all the work that had been done producing the 993 platform. Nearly 80% of the parts were specifically engineered for this next generation. A new alloy subframe served as the base for the redesigned multilink rear suspension. Generally, this improved stability, ride quality, and reduced the tendency for the car to oversteer off-throttle like previous 911s. Along with the other improvements, to quantifiably large to list, Porsche had created the best 911 to date.

It would only get better with the RS. Much of the focus was spent on reducing the greatest killer of performance: weight. Electric power windows, adjustable mirrors, central locking, headlight washers, and audio system speakers were all luxuries sacrificed in the name of speed. However, the extensive diet did not stop there. Porsche even went so far as to reduce the size of the windshield washer bottle and decrease the thickness of the glass. Well bolstered leather bucket seats saved an additional 66lbs and sound insulation was removed throughout the car. Simple door cards with pull straps instead of door handles rounded off the extensive weight saving measures.
Under the skin, further refinements were implemented to improve the driving characteristics. The center of gravity was lowered thanks to a reduction, 30mm front and 40mm rear, of the suspension's ride height. This suspension offered supreme control, not just in handling but also setup. 5-way adjustable front anti-roll bars and struts allow the driver to dial everything in precisely to their liking. Larger aluminum 4 piston brakes aided in decreasing un-sprung mass but increasing stopping power, while larger tires wrapped around three-piece Speedline wheels all around ensured a maximum footprint on the tarmac.

Sitting at the core of the driving experience is the wonderful M64/20 flat six engine. An increased bore to 102mm resulted in a total displacement of 3.8 liters, up from the standard 3.6 of other 993s. Internally, forged pistons helped reduced the rotating mass within the engine helping it rev much freer. Better breathing from increased intake and exhaust valves in addition to Porsche's 'Varioram' variable intake tract lengths meant 300 total horsepower was produced by the motor. With the additional low-end torque provided by the increased displacement, Porsche created a real gem of a motor that is a delight to rev out all the way to its 7,100rpm redline.


Completed at the factory in Stuttgart July, 1995, 993 Carrera RS 3.8 #390226 received a good variety of options available to purchasers. Degrees of comfort were added thanks to the re-installation of essentials such as automatic air conditioning, radio, power windows, and power steering. On the performance end, this RS received the large fixed wing on the back of the car with integrated ram intakes, and a deeper chin spoiler compliments up front. Together, both elements work to increase stability at speed and increase downforce. Originally delivered to a Japanese customer on August 30th, 1995 via the Yuzuki Pro Co. Ltd., he clocked just over 64,000 kilometers with his time spent with the car.

Today, this rare and desirable, air-cooled 911 Carrera RS 3.8 shows extremely well throughout, with just the type of wear you would expect from a vehicle with this low mileage. Outside, the Polar Silver metallic paint appears in largely original condition and the body is straight with proper panel fitment. Inside, the original interior has also been looked after with great attention, while the Blue/Black leatherette and Alcantara seats certainly add a bit of flare to what is for the most part a car with a buttoned-up, Teutonic demeanor. Throughout the car one finds original factory and service applied decals and markings, further speaking to this cars originality. The iconic RS alloy wheels appears unmarked, and the car retains its original matching numbers engine.

This sporting 993 Carrera RS was recently imported to the U.S., and has since resided with a lifelong Porsche enthusiast in San Diego, California. Well taken care of during this period, an invoice dated to February 2017 shows the Porsche received both a new battery and a thorough inspection. Additional recent work done to the car include the installation of new door trim and window switches. With a Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche, the 993 Carrera RS also carries a correct set of manuals, Porsche radio, jack, and service records that go back all the way to 1998. The odometer reading of 67,297 kilometers (41,816 miles) at the time of cataloging is indeed believed to be the distance this highly original Porsche has traveled since new. This 993 Carrera RS 3.8 occupies a nice middle ground with both the street oriented comfort options and race track readiness. A new owner should be able to easily find purpose with the car doing either, and pride her or himself with owning a limited-production, highly sought-after Porsche.
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  • *It should be noted that the car was imported under show and display laws, as the vehicle was originally not intended to be sold in the U.S. market. While this makes the car an exceedingly rare sight on the road stateside, new owners will have to apply and be granted Show and Display Status with the NHTSA. This is subject to change once the car hits its quarter century in 2020. A UK V5 was issued for the car in 2015.
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