A factory-customized 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 race car with only 10 kilometers on the odometer sold for a staggering €2,016,000 ($3,057,575 CAD) on May 27, 2017 at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale in Cernobbio, Italy, near the shores of Lake Como.
The RSR is remarkably well-preserved after spending 24 years in storage, thanks in part to a layer of factory-applied Cosmoline—a wax-like corrosion inhibitor that can be seen in the above photos, covering the car’s exterior surface.
The eccentric tastes of the original owner of the car can be witnessed in the RSR’s all-red interior, which was ordered with Porsche’s Guards Red leather covering nearly every interior surface, including the competition seats; headliner; upper and lower dashboard; steering column and steering wheel; door caps; and competition roll cage.
Even the carpeting and six-point Schroth racing harnesses were colour-matched to Guard’s red, while the silver-faced instruments were surrounded with silver-grey leather to match the car’s exterior paint.
If the new owner chooses to drive his brand-new two-decade-old race car, he is in for quite a treat, as the 911 Careera RSR 3.8 is a brilliant sports car, even by modern standards.
The RSR is powered by a 3.8-litre flat-six which produces a rumoured 375 horsepower (factory figures are said to be conservative at 350 crank horsepower), capable of accelerating the car to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in only 3.7 seconds, as recorded by Car and Driver magazine at the time of the car’s release.
This vehicle’s analogues proved to be dominant race cars, claiming race wins at the Spa 24 Hours; Suzuka 1000 KM; 24 Hours of Interlagos; and Daytona 24 Hours, as well as class victories at Le Mans and Sebring.
We’d normally encourage classic Porsche owners to drive and race their cars, but in this case, with only 10 clicks on the dash, we hope this car is preserved forever, serving as a type of Porsche time capsule for car enthusiasts of the future.