1990 Porsche Carrera 4RS Lightweight  Chassis no. 964019

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1990 Porsche Carrera 4RS Lightweight
Chassis no. 964019

Sold for US$ 139,000 inc. premium
1990 Porsche Carrera 4RS Lightweight
Chassis no. 964019
If you were asked what sports car model has enjoyed the longest production run in the history of the automobile, what would be your answer? Porsche-ophiles are no doubt grinning since they know the answer. The legendary Porsche 911, designed by Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche son of founder Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche, was first introduced in 1963 as a replacement for the Porsche 356. However the 911 almost didn’t “add up.”

In actuality the 911 was the 901, at least when the car first went into production. However the model designation was soon changed when it was realized that the French auto maker Peugeot had previously laid claim to the name using it for one of their own cars. While a few 901 Porsche’s were produced, it was the 911 that everyone remembers.

Some 25 years later Porsche further added to the pedigreed longevity of the 911 by creating the new Carrera 4 model. During the sagging sales of the 1980s, the quantum leap was intended to bring Porsche renewed vigor and the Carrera 4 did exactly that.

While the powerplant was increased to 3.6 liters, the technological feature that put it on the sports car A-list was its four-wheel drive system, a feature gleaned from Porsche's supercar, the 959. The Carrera 4 also benefited from several advancements including new suspension, new brakes and new transmission. The car’s look and performance were also enhanced via the replacement of the previous accordion-style bumpers by smooth plastic ones and perhaps more dramatically with the addition of a self adjusting rear-spoiler which automatically moved into place to improve high speed stability at speeds above 80km/h (50mph).

The next step in the evolution of the 911Carrera took place in 1990 with the appearance of a new model, the RS-series inspired by the cars used in the Carrera Cup race. (The 2009 season of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland on the Hockenheimring was followed by a very special race that took place on the EuroSpeedway on Sunday May 31... the launching of the 1,000th Carrera Cup race worldwide.)

A further refinement was seen in a handful of specially prepared cars designated the Carrera 4 RS Lightweight, one of those 20 cars offered here (chassis no. 964019). While it employs the same six-cylinder 3600cc boxer engine as the 260hp “regular” RS, it produces some 40 more horsepower due to the exclusion of catalytic converters and mufflers. The list of features includes an aluminum safety cage, two Recaro race seats with five-point safety belts, sport steering wheel couple to power assisted steering and type 953 Paris-Dakar transmission.

The RS Lightweight earned its name thanks to the combined use of an aluminum front lid, aluminum doors, Plexiglas side windows and a fiberglass rear engine lid, its overall weight pared down to 1100kg thus making for an exceptional power to weight ratio and as seen here a rare opportunity to own a rare Porsche of enduring performance and historical significance. This exemplary 1990 Carrera 4 RS Lightweight was purchased by the vendor in January 2003. A letter of documentation and a complete list of its specifications as produced by Porsche AG via Porsche Cars of Great Britain Limited are included. Offered on a Bill of Sale.
1990 Porsche Carrera 4RS Lightweight  Chassis no. 964019
1990 Porsche Carrera 4RS Lightweight  Chassis no. 964019
1990 Porsche Carrera 4RS Lightweight  Chassis no. 964019
1990 Porsche Carrera 4RS Lightweight  Chassis no. 964019
1990 Porsche Carrera 4RS Lightweight  Chassis no. 964019
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