Last weekend’s annual Concorso D’Eleganza Villa D’Este brought a plethora of stunning vehicles to the interwebs but it was an original 1993 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 auctioned by RM Sotheby’s that grabbed my attention.
One of only 51 RSR Carreras produced and one of two with a fully trimmed interior, the unused supercar hit the auction block with just 10km on the clock after spending 25 years in a private collection having never been driven.
This all-original 911 Carrera RSR was special-ordered and delivered with numerous creature comforts (compared to the stripped down race cars). The RSR was specified with Polar Silver Metallic paint and trimmed in Guards Red leather, including the competition seats (whose rear panels were painted body colour), headliner, upper and lower dashboard, steering column and steering wheel, door caps, and even the roll cage. The Can Can Red carpeting and six-point Schroth racing harnesses were colour-matched, while the silver-faced instruments were surrounded with silver-grey leather, as were the door pulls. The battery master switch mounted in the front trunk compartment can be operated from the driver’s seat. The centres of the wide Speedline three-piece wheels were ordered in Amethyst Metallic, while the callipers for the huge disc brakes are painted a contrasting gold.
The exclusive Type 964 Carrera RSR was the Turbo-bodied racing version of the Carrera RS. It was fitted with a 3.8-litre type M64/04 RSR-specific engine. This dry-sumped, single-ignition powerplant developed an impressive 350 horsepower and 284 foot-pounds of torque, all fed through an uprated five-speed manual transaxle. Unbiased reviewers viewed those official numbers as very conservative. A more realistic figure, they declared, was at least 375 horsepower. Car and Driver magazine produced a 0–60 mph result of 3.7 seconds, quicker than a Ferrari F40.
Estimations had the 911 Carrera RSR pegged to hit the high six figure (US) mark and maybe tip into the low sevens. It ended up selling for US$2.25 million or just north of AUD$3 million. That’s before the 22% buyers premium is added bringing the total cost to about $3.69 which is just insane.