The Porsche 911 is a true automotive icon. Porsche has spent decades fine-tuning its rear-engine formula to perfection, but while the new 911s might be better at everything, the most sought after models tend to be the older classic versions.
Updated January 2022: If you’re a Porsche enthusiast looking for some of the rarest machines to ever emerge from Stuttgart, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve updated this article with even more rare and highly coveted 911s.
Of course, there wasn’t room for every single special edition or Porsche Exclusive car ever made on this list. Yes, Porsche connoisseurs, we know there was a one-off 2.7-liter Porsche 911 Turbo gifted to Ferry Porsche’s sister Louise on her 70th birthday in August 1974. It’s one of several amazing P-cars we didn’t have room to include, but we hope you’ll enjoy what we did come up with for you – some of the rarest and most sought after 911s there is.
16 Porsche 964 Turbo Flatnose
Only the geekiest Porsche enthusiasts know about this rare beast, and no, it’s not some weird aftermarket kit. The German sports car manufacturer did indeed produce a handful of ‘Flatnose’ 964 Turbo S models – 76 units to be exact.
Of course, every Porsche fan can tell that this Exclusive build is a throwback to the original 935-inspired flachbau 930s of the early 1980s.
15 Porsche 911R
The Porsche 911R was Porsche’s first attempt at the homologation game. Other than its steel unibody, the 911R’s body is all fiberglass, built by Karl Baur. Porsche went all-out on the weight saving and added power by using the potent Carrera 6 engine.
Unfortunately, FIA didn’t accept Porsche’s homologation attempt, leaving the 911R cars to compete in non-production categories or as rally cars. To this day, Ferdinand Piëch’s 1967 Porsche 911R remains the lightest 911 ever made – only 23 were built.
14 Porsche 911 ST
When Porsche was facing tougher competition in Group 2 racing in the early ’70s, the German carmaker came up with a car that was more aggressive than the standard 911. They increased the engine displacement to 2.5 liters and fitted wider fenders that would house the 15×8 and 15×9-inch wheels.
Only 24 known examples were built, some had thinner lightweight steel, some were based on standard 911 chassis and tubs, and some were sold as a kit package – no two Porsche 911 STs are the same.
13 Porsche 911 Carrera RS
The original Porsche Carrera RS was born from the necessity to take the 911 racing in a production homologated class. 17 “RSH” 2.7-liter homologation cars were built in 1972, but by the end of 1973, 1,580 Carrera RSs had been made due to its popularity. 1,308 of those were built in the heavier Touring specification.
Today, the Carrera RS is one of the most coveted vintage Porsches, and there’s no shortage of replicas being built featuring the iconic “ducktail” spoiler.
12 Porsche 911RSR
Porsche developed an even more aggressive racing counterpart to the Carrera RS 2.7 – the 911 Carrera RSR 2.8. It had more power, wider fenders, wider wheels, better brakes… The RSR won six out of nine rounds in the 1973 European GT Championship.
Being modified even further, Porsche had to update its road cars to be eligible for competition. The Carrera RS 3.0-liter met homologation requirements, and Porsche developed the RSR 3.0 racing counterpart and continued to dominate the 1974 European GT Championship.
11 Porsche 935 Street
While there were many racing versions of the 935, Porsche only ever made this one 935 “Street”, which makes it the rarest special edition Porsche ever made. It was the first car by Porsche Exclusive, built for the founder of the TAG Group, Mansour Oijeh, in 1983.
It had a turbocharged 3.3-liter engine that produced 375 horsepower – that’s almost as impressive as the beautiful red paint that was mixed specifically for this particular car.
10 Porsche 911 SC/RS
In 1984, Porsche developed a 911 specifically for Group B rally based on the road-going 911 SC. Only 20 911 SC/RSs were built, and they featured a lighter body with aluminum hood, doors, and trunk, as well as wider fenders, and sturdier suspension to cope with jumps and landings. The engine was a 3.0-liter with 255 horsepower and a 7500 rpm redline.
9 Porsche 911 Carrera CS
Unlike today, Porsche’s stripped-out special editions used to cost less than the standard cars – which kind of makes sense. The Carrera Club Sport from the late ’80s is highly desirable, with only a few hundred made.
The 911 CS might look like an ordinary Carrera with a whale-tail Turbo spoiler, but there’s more to it than that. The 911 CS was put on a strict diet to lose weight, rather than getting maximum performance from the engine.
8 Porsche 930 LE
The 930 LE (Limited Edition) was supposed to mark the end of Porsche’s 911 Turbo. The 964 replacement was already created, but due to the 930’s popularity, Porsche Exclusive built 50 of these to celebrate the end of an era. Standard 930 3.3s were completely rebuilt with a more aggressive body kit and some extra power squeezed out of the powerplant.
7 Porsche 964 Turbo S Leichtbau
The 964 Turbo S Leichtbau was a whopping 400 lbs lighter than the standard 964 Turbo. It also had 60+ horsepower more, uprated RS-spec suspension, and intakes in the rear fenders to funnel air to the brakes. All these things combined made it the fastest road-going 911 ever released when it arrived on the scene in 1992. Only 86 were built.
6 Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight
Only 22 of the Carrera 4 Lightweight were made. The car was built using surplus parts from the 953 Paris-Dakar project. Extensive use of fiberglass helped bring the weight down to 2,315 lbs. It also featured a four-way adjustable differential, short-ratio gearbox, and stripped-out interior.
The Leichtbau never made any financial sense for Porsche – but it did keep Weissach’s engineers busy after the 959/961 development ended.
5 Porsche 964 RS 3.8
The 3.6-liter Porsche 964 is highly sought after, but the 964 RS 3.8 was a much rarer beast. Only 55 were made, thanks to its single-year production run in 1993. The RS 3.8 used the bodyshell from the Turbo, along with the 18-inch Speedline rims, and it had a large rear spoiler.
The 3.8-liter produced 300 horsepower, the car’s suspension was RS-derived, while the brakes were a mix of RS and Turbo 3.6 items.
4 Porsche 993 Turbo S
In 1997, the second to last year of production of the 993, Porsche unleashed the 993 Turbo S. Compared to the regular Turbo, it had better spec, including power upgraded to 450 hp. The 993 Turbo S is recognized by its yellow brake calipers, larger rear wing, quad exhaust, and air scoops behind the doors.
This was the last of the air-cooled Turbos, just 345 cars were produced, of which 183 went to the USA in a lower power specification.
3 Porsche 993 Speedster
Very few people know that Porsche actually built a 993 Speedster. Well, technically, Porsche Exclusive was tasked with building two 356-inspired Porsche 993s. One green 993 Speedster was made for Ferdinand Alexander Porsche’s 60th birthday in 1995, and the other was a silver 993 Speedster built in 1998 for Jerry Seinfeld.
2 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion
Only 20 were built of what was essentially the street version of Porsche’s legendary Le Mans-winning 911 GT1. It was supposed to resemble the 996 model, but in reality, they don’t have much in common.
The GT1 had a twin-turbocharged 3.2-liter water-cooled flat-six engine capable of 600 hp, 194 mph, and 3.6 seconds 0-60 mph sprints. The rear end was from the Porsche 962 and the front came from a Porsche 993.
1 Porsche 991 Club Coupe
13 Club Coupes were built to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the very first Porsche club and its 13 founding members. The cars were mechanically identical to the standard 991 Carrera S with the 430hp Powerkit upgrade.
Visual upgrades included a special Brewster Green paint job, 20-inch SportTechno wheels, doors marked with “Club Coupe”, and door sills reading “Club Coupe” with the anniversary logo. Porsche kept one car, and the remaining 12 were made available to customers.
Sources: Total 911, Hemmings, Petrolicious
The old German Widowmaker that is scarcely talked about in the history books; as mighty as Thor, as mischievous as Loki, the Porsche 930 Turbo.
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