Top eight rarest factory-built Porsche 911s of all time

Rarity is a huge draw for many Porsche 911 enthusiasts, with Zuffenhausen having produced its fair share of small-run oddities. Here are the eight most unusual cars to have ever rolled off the production line in Zuffenhausen. Have you seen all of them in the metal?

8) Porsche 964 Turbo S
Porsche 964 Turbo S

Production numbers: 81
Ignoring the us only 930 S (which was actually a flatnose 911 Turbo), the Porsche 964 Turbo S was the first car to carry the fabled moniker. 180kg lighter than the standard 3.3-litre Turbo it was the fastest road-going 911 ever released when it arrived in 1992.

Get all the tech specs on the 964 Turbo S in our data file section.

7) Porsche 964 RS 3.8
Porsche 964 RS 3.8

Production numbers: 55
While the 3.6-litre car currently gets all the plaudits, the Porsche 964 RS 3.8 was much, much rarer. It utilised the Turbo’s bodyshell and the 18-inch split-rim Speedlines. Numbers were kept low thanks to a single-year production run in 1993.

Get all the tech specs on the 964 RS 3.8 in our data file section.

6) Porsche 930 LE
Porsche 930 LE

Production numbers: 50
The ‘LE’ stood for ‘Limited Edition’ as this particular Porsche 930 was meant to mark the end of 911 Turbo production. As it was, a 964 version was created but the 930 LE remains sought after thanks to its aggressive looks, formidable performance and G50 gearbox.

Get all the tech specs on the 930 LE in our data file section.

5) Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion
Porsche 911 GT1

Production numbers: 25
Is it a true Porsche 911? The mid-engined Porsche 911 GT1 was a thoroughbred racer designed to bend the rules and take on the McLaren F1. 25 examples were needed to homologate the race version which would go on to take second place at the 1996 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Get all the tech specs on the 911 GT1 Straßenversion in our data file section.

4) Porsche 911R
Porsche 911R

Production numbers: 20 (plus 4 protoypes)

The Porsche 911R was Zuffenhausen’s first attempt at a homologation special. However, weighing just 800kg and featuring the Carrera GTS’s 210bhp flat six, the FIA weren’t convinced that this was just a variant of a 911S, instead making it race as a prototype.

Get all the tech specs on the 911R in our data file section.

3) Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight
Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight

Production numbers: 22
Build using surplus parts from the 953 Paris-Dakar project, the Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Leichtbau made extensive use of fibreglass to bring the base cars weight down to 1,050kg. It didn’t make financial sense for Porsche but it did give Weissach’s engineers something to do after the end of the 959/961 development.

Get all the tech specs on the 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight in our data file section.

2) Porsche 911 SC RS
Porsche 911 SC RS

Production numbers: 20
Built for the 1984 rallying season, the Group B specification Porsche 911 SC RS wasn’t really an SC at all. In competition guise, the Turbo-bodied car turned out 290bhp though the road-going versions were down tuned to 255bhp. This is the car that helped form rallying powerhouse, Prodrive.

Get all the tech specs on the 911 SC RS in our data file section.

1) Porsche 911 2.7 Turbo
Porsche 911 2.7 Turbo

Production numbers: 1
Everyone thinks that the first Porsche 911 Turbo featured a 3.0-litre powerplant with a single KKK turbocharger. However, the real beginning to Zuffenhausen’s forced induction 911 legend was this 2.7-litre car given to Louise Piëch, daughter of Porsche founder, Ferry.

To read about this incredibly unusual Porsche 911 Turbo, pick up a copy of Total 911 issue 112, available to download now.

Comments (3)

  • Sander van Schie

    only seen the 964 rs 3.8, in light blue, now i regret not taking a picture of it.

  • Jon Pelling

    forgot about the 1989 930S 10 were built from the factory

  • DC52

    I have a 1996 C4S and I’m trying to find a credible source Production Numbers? Anyone have ideas?