Andy Entwistle takes a look at a stunning example of the powerful race-ready Porsche 964 RS N/GT.
Only a handful of years ago, the 964 was the unloved 911. 993s were all the rage and 964s were consigned to spend time languishing in the classifieds well below £10k. Then the 993 went stratospheric, taking its value way beyond any normal person, pricing out the everyman.
Those who wanted air cooled looked elsewhere and realised what a bargain the 964 was. Sadly, the fate that befell the 993 has now hit the 964. Values have gone through the roof and even standard 964 Careera 2s are now commanding well over £20k.
Then there are the specials. Introduced in 1992, the Porsche 964 RS came in three variations. They were produced in the standard RS model with two other options, the MOO2 (Touring) and the MOO3 (N/GT, also known as the Clubsport).
The N/GTs were the lightest models and had a welded-in Matter rollcage, and it was essentially a race-ready car for track or road. The stripped-out interior was painted in the body colour and the seats were the narrower Recaro type, with full harnesses. Standard equipment included a fire extinguisher and electrical cut-out. It still remains one of the most accomplished club racers ever factory-produced.
Offered for sale by Brookspeed in Hampshire is the first-production 964 RS N/GT, carrying the chassis number ending in 9011. It was not sold through the usual dealer network but was allegedly given to Ulrich Richter, a dedicated Porsche-only race driver who had endeared himself to the brand with successes in the 1980s. The gift was to entice Richter back into GT racing, which worked with substantial success, including a third at the Daytona 24 Hours in 1994 driving a 911 RSR. The Maritime Blue RS was customised for him for use at his favourite circuit, the Nurburgring. He sold the car in 1993.
The Porsche RS came from Germany to the UK and was registered on November 1, 1995, having covered 30,000km.
In 2005 the engine was fully rebuilt by specialist Ninemeister to include top and bottom ends with bearings, camshaft chains, valves, carriers, uprated springs and retainers, followers, guides, pistons, rings and all-new bolts.
The engine has been through dyno testing and produced 305bhp at 6150rpm. In 2006 the suspension and brakes were replaced, which included discs, pads, sensors, springs and shock absorbers. All the wheel bearings were replaced at the same time. Subsequent work has included a clutch replacement, heater, starter motor and distributors.
It was decided in 2008 to refresh the paintwork with a full glass-out repaint at a cost of £16,383 which was entrusted to Ninemeister. A new central rear light decal comes ready for fitting if required.
The V5 shows five owners since arriving in 1995. The comprehensive history contains all the service details, the Porsche Letter of Authenticity and all the MOTs from 1995 through to 2015. The MOT for 2006 is not present as it may have been SORN. It comes with its RS Owner’s manual.
Martin Braybrook, the owner of Brookspeed, is reluctant to put a value on this car – this is something special and certainly something this rare is hard to value. But someone will have to be prepared to put their hands into some VERY deep pockets to buy what is most definitely a piece of motoring history.