964 Bonanza – Part 5 – Porsche 911 Carrera RS America

In our fifth round of salivating over 964 Porsches to be auctioned in March at Amelia Island by RM Sotheby’s, we turn to the infamous but still fabulous RS America. When Porsche created an homage to the arguably perfect 1973 Carrera RS with the 1992 911 Carrera RS, it decided not to share it with Americans. Sad. Too hard core for the doughy American buyer, they thought.

Instead, Porsche sent us a faux RS in 1993 and 1994, called the RS America. Based on the Standard Carrera 2, it had a slightly stripped interior, non-power steering, no air conditioning, no radio, no sunroof (yeah!), no cruise control, non-powered side mirrors, RS door cards with strap door pulls, sport suspension, and a whale tale. The air conditioning, radio, and sunroof could be (and generally were) added back for no charge. Still, it was 77 lbs less than a C2 at just under 3,000 lbs. it was no RS, but it was the closest we got (excepting the 45 race-intended cup cars) and, when judged on its own merit, the RS America is fantastic car. Just not as fantastic as the RS.

This RS America in silver over black with red accents is an all-important slicktop and has only 1,633 miles. Offered without a reserve, so we can all dream of a great deal, but it is expected to hit at least $200,000. Good luck out there.

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