If you missed the first installment, here’s the deal: RM Sotheby’s is presenting a truly stellar collection of 964 generation Porsche 911s in March. We are profiling each of the non-sunroof (slicktop) offerings one-by-spectacular-one.
Next up is an incredibly rare and bonkers Porsche 911 RS 3.8. With the 3.8, Porsche took the RS to the next level of performance and let its freak flag fly (in a purely functional way) by adding the turbo body, a huge wing, an even lower ride height, and a bigger engine (3.8 liter air-cooled flat six). Only 55 we’re built. Shame. Naturally, something this amazing is a slicktop. It also won’t come cheap. The auction estimate is $1.2-$1.5 million.
We’ve gushed about the 964 generation of the Porsche 911 before, but here’s a little more: it is the pinnacle of the classic air-cooled 911. The 993 is epic in its own way, but it was a transition to a new era. The 993 looked forward while the 964 was a celebration and culmination of the original 911. And that is why we love it.
Some of the very best 964s didn’t make it to America, sadly, but that is changing as more cars qualify for importation under the 25-year rule (this year, 1993 production cars can be registered for street use).
RM Sotheby’s is doing its part to get special 964s to the people. Their Amelia Island auction on March 10 will present “the 964 Collection,” which includes some very special 964s, many of which are slicktops. We will profile each model separately, because they deserve it.
First up is the 1991 Porsche 911 Cup – the closest the USA got to a real Carrera RS, Porsche imported the Cup cars for a still-born racing series. When the racing series never got off the ground, the cars were quietly sold through the dealer network. Cup 964s had more power (265 hp), a welded roll-cage, a modified chassis set-up, lowered 55 mm, stripped interior,no power steering, and no sunroof! Fortunately for road drivers, the Cup did have a catalytic converter and ABS. This one is finished in White over black interior with only 19,000 miles. The auction estimate is $250,000-$325,000. Time to cash in that Bitcoin.
As brilliant as the E46 M3 (2001-2006) was, it was lacking in variety. BMW deigned to give enthusiasts only a Coupe and convertible M3, forcing wagon and sedan fans into the cold, harsh environment of Audi, Mercedes, and Volvo dealerships.
BMW did build one E46 M3 wagon, but only as a giant tease.
Some ingenious enthusiasts in New Zealand have taken matters into their own skilled hands and created a very genuine looking 2004 M3 Touring, and it is now for sale. Finished in Silver, this M3 has 180k km (112k miles) and is offered for 48,000 New Zealand Kiwis, which is equivalent to about $34,000 American greenbacks. Even better, it is a slicktop! There are a few potential downsides, though, as it is right hand drive and is fitted with the SMG auto manual gearbox. Still, a special car definitely worth a trip to New Zealand to check out.
We are big fans of the E46 M3 here at Slicktopia. In fact, we’ve had two and the current mascot of Slicktopia is a 2004 slicktop M3. BMW just got it so right with the E46 M3, with a S54 333 hp straight-six engine, rear-wheel-drive, and a timeless design. A slicktop with a proper 6-speed manual gearbox is a very rare combo (less than 10% built in that configuration) and makes the M3 go to 11.
This 2003 M3 slicktop manual in Imola Red has the extra-special and rare manual cloth seats. It looks to be a solid salt-free southern example with good maintenance history. It is listed it on M3forum with 142,000 miles and an asking price of $15,900.
The 1972 vintage Porsche 911 is special because it was the only year that Porsche offered an external door for adding engine oil. In an effort to improve weight distribution, in 1972 Porsche moved the engine oil tank from behind the passenger-side rear wheel well to in front of the rear wheel well. This increased the weight within the wheelbase and improved handling. To facilitate adding oil to the tank, Porsche created a small external door on the right-rear quarter panel, much like the fuel door, which was placed on the driver’s side front fender.
Unfortunately, inattentive gas-station attendants were prone to fill the oil tank with gasoline, so Porsche moved the oil tank back where it was, and removed the oil-filler door for 1973 on.
This 1972 911T, the base-model at the time, is finished in Gold Metallic over black and is a one-owner car with a slicktop and a binder full of records that includes the original dealer invoice! It is for sale on Pelican Parts with 55,400 miles and an asking price of $96,000. Wow.