What is a Porsche 964 RS America?
Updated: Dec 20, 2019
Buying a Classic Porsche at Half-Price - Part 2
In part one of the series of buying a half-price air-cooled Porsche I identified a Porsche 964 911 RS America as the model on my shopping list. Since announcing this decision among Air Brigade members, I have been asked what is an RS America that commands such a high price.
The 964 RS America was a limited edition Porsche sold in 1993. It was originally going to be a one-year model but due to demand a quantity was also produced as 1994 models. A total of 701 RS Americas were produced and sold over the two years.
What was unique about the Porsche 964 RS America beyond it being a limited edition?
One Porsche seller calls these limited editions Cosmetic Carreras, but in this case I beg to differ as this model of the Porsche evokes the RS heritage and backs it up with the details of the original: special suspension, lightweight interior appointments and a special spoiler.
Carries the famous RS badging and is created in the spirit of the original 1973 Porsche 911 RS
Designed as a lightweight, stripped down version of the 911 as a real driver’s car
Lightweight and rear-wheel drive only offered in red, white and black with optional colors of midnight blue and polar silver
Features a fixed whale tail spoiler as opposed to the heavier movable spoiler of all other Porsche 964 variants
A stripped interior featuring flat door panels from the European RS, a package shelf replacing the rear seats and cloth covered sport seats.
The turbo M030 sport suspension and 17” wheels were standard
Deleted to save weight were power steering, cruise control, sunroof, air conditioning, power mirrors and a radio
Four options were available: Limited Slip Differential, air conditioning, radio and sunroof
Porsche listed the weight as 2,954 pounds, a savings of 77 pounds over a stock Porsche 964 Carrera 2.
So, why do I want a Porsche 911 RS America?
My desire is basic: I want a unique air-cooled Porsche and driver’s car Porsche. A 1993 Porsche 911 RS America meets my criteria with the desirability of collectors and driving specs that will make it the ideal car for me to run the mountains. Now I need to just find that driver condition model at $60,000 to $70,000 instead of the Garage Queen collector car at $120,000 plus.
Follow my journey in this continuing series.