Total 911’s top seven favourite limited edition Porsche 911s
With the Porsche 911R (rumoured to be launched in a few weeks at the Geneva Motor Show) set to have a limited production run, we thought we’d count down our seven favourite limited edition Porsche 911s in a celebration of the rare and unusual:
7) Porsche 997 Sport Classic
Launched alongside the 997 Speedster, the Porsche 997 Sport Classic was built to celebrate 25 years of Porsche Exclusive. Complete with a double-bubble roof, genuine Fuchs alloys and a ducktail, the Sport Classic was the ultimate embodiment of Zuffenhausen’s special build skills.
Number built: 250
6) Porsche 930 LE
Mechanically, the Porsche 930 LE was essentially identically to the slantnose SE. However, the LE – shorthand for ‘Limited Edition’ – stuck with the Porsche 911’s idiosyncratic raised front wings but gained a deep, 934-esque chin spoiler. Just one example was delivered to each contemporary Porsche Centre.
Number built: 50
5) Porsche 991 50th Anniversary Edition
Built to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Porsche 911 in 2013, the Porsche 991 Anniversary Edition was essentially a 991 Carrera S with a widebody conversion and a number of retro touches, including green-numbered dials, chrome decklid grill and ‘Pepita’ houndstooth seat centres. Achingly cool.
Number built: 1,963
4) Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Clubsport
The late Eighties never got their own official 911 RS, however, the 3.2 Carrera Clubsport was some comfort for Zuffenhausen fans. With its 2.7 RS-inspired aesthetics, the Clubsport came with a blueprinted engine and 50kg of weight saving thanks to rear seat delete and less soundproofing.
Number built: 340
3) Porsche 964 Carrera RS 3.8
Built to homologate the 964 Carrera RSR for international competition (the first full-blown, new RSR since 1974), the 964 Carrera RS 3.8 featured the wider, Turbo body shell, a large rear wing and a new 3.8-litre, 300bhp flat six engine. Only 55 road-going examples were ever built making it a hugely rare sight.
Number built: 55
2) Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0
To many the Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 is not just the ultimate limited edition neunelfer, it is the ultimate Porsche 911, full stop. Aerodynamically, it takes the Rennsport concept to new extremes with front dive planes an a Cup rear wing while the RS 4.0 marks the 500hp pinnacle of the legendary Mezger flat six.
Number built: 600
1) Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight
Built by Porsche’s customer motorsport division, the Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight programme was Jürgen Barth’s way of keeping his department employed in the wake of Group C’s collapse. 130kg lighter than a 964 RS, the Carrera 4 Lightweight used the four-wheel drive drivetrain from the Dakar-winning 953 rally car and was originally envisaged for off-road use.
Number built: 22