CHASSIS NO: WP0AB2961NS420590
• 1 of just 45 specially factory prepared
• Performance and comfort enhancements
• Highly sought-after street legal model
• Restored to original appearance and equipment
• Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche; known history
• A very important part of Porsche history
3.6-litre, OHC H6 engine, Bosch electronic engine management, 260 HP at 6,100 RPM, five-speed manual transaxle, four-wheel independent coil spring suspension, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 89.4” (228 cm)
When Porsche introduced the fabulous Carrera-4 all-wheel drive coupe in 1989, it was considered a revolutionary step forward in streetcar performance and handling. When the Carrera-2 arrived in 1990, it was like a shot in the arm for sales and enthusiasm. In competition, it had to be the Carrera RS, designation as a pure competition vehicle, these high powered, lightweight coupes were simply the best of the best. About this same time, Porsche launched “Cup” series in several European countries and the response just bolstered Porsche’s legendary dedication to performance. In November 1991, Porsche announced a very special, street legal lightweight variation of the C-2, one that would be destined to shine in the new Porsche Carrera USA Cup Racing circuit. A total of 45 of these special cars were prepared and shipped to the USA. These were essentially lightweight editions of the Carrera 2, but with the RS developed higher horsepower M64/03 engine, the F50/05 five-speed transaxle featuring steel synchros and alternative shifting patterns including taller gears for first and second speed. Bodies were specially prepared with lightweight bumpers, aluminum wheels, seam-welded chassis, aluminum hood, deletion of the rear seat, and other weight saving moves such as thinner door glass.
Delivered new, these special Cup cars were nearly 200 lbs. (90 kgs) lighter than the C-2 stock examples. Of those built, 25 were immediately shipped to ANDIAL in California, a company known for creating winning Porsches in SCCA, IMSA-GT, Supercar, Pikes Peak and numerous other venues. Of the remaining 20 Carrera-2 Cup cars, 15 of them were made available to private individuals and five of the cars were held in reserve to be used as spares in case an accident damaged one of the 25 ANDIAL cars.
According to the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this is one of those original 45 cars prepared at the factory for the Carrera Cup Series. It is, in effect, a USA compliant, street legal version of the legendary Carrera RS competition coupes. After the release of this car from Porsche, it appears it was used sparingly and then stored away for many years in a forgotten New Jersey carriage house. When this car was taken to a Porsche dealership to be reawakened, the new owners were surprised to find out just how special their Carrera 2 really was. After given a full history of this car, it was decided to conduct a sympathetic restoration on the vehicle in order to preserve all the specially prepped factory items. The exterior paint was redone to Porsche’s original finish, the lightweight interior, including the special window glass and other weight saving factors such as the alloy front and rear hood, removal of sound-absorbing materials and deletion of the rear seat. Just prior to being consigned to this sale the Porsche was returned to a specialist where it was fitted with a new factory approved battery, all systems were thoroughly checked out, fluids replaced, and it was road tested for safety and security. This Porsche Carrera-2 USA-Cup Edition is an extremely rare opportunity to buy a street legal, factory race car that can truly be driven and enjoyed.