1990 Porsche 964 Carrera RS 3.8L Tribute by Ninemeister

We are pleased to offer this one-of-a-kind Porsche 964 Carrera Euro RS tribute by Ninemeister, a leading Porsche specialist. Imported from Canada by its current owner in Texas in 1995, this 964 began life as a U.S. market Carrera 4 finished in White. In 2014 the owner set out to commission a custom restoration by a company in Munich, which faltered midway through the build process and disappeared with many of the car’s original parts.  In need of a specialist to complete the custom build, the owner turned to Colin Belton at Ninemeister (9M) in the U.K. and shipped what was left of the car from Munich to Manchester along with a 33k miles donor 964 Cabriolet was sourced from the U.S.  Colin went on to create the rear-wheel-drive 964 Euro RS Touring tribute we see today, powered by a hand-built 3.8 L flat-six engine.  Also showcasing a custom reupholstered interior, an adjustable Bilstein coil-over suspension, and upgraded 993 brakes, this uncompromising 5-speed manual transmission, sunroof-delete 964 Euro RS Tribute is being offered by its owner out of Dallas, TX.

During its time at 9M this 964 was placed on a rotisserie, completely stripped, and refinished in Bentley Beluga Black.  Any missing panels were soured from the cabriolet donor car.  Clear paint protection film is applied over the front bumper and in front of the rear wheels, and the paint is said to be in pristine condition (detailed images are provided in the photo gallery).  For an understated OEM look, Porsche Euro-spec front and rear bumpers were fitted along with RS front brake ducts and aero mirrors.  Custom LED headlights by 9 Eleven were also installed and this 964 rides on 18” Rotiform LHR wheels in a matte bronze finish with new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires.  The car is finished off with a custom gold 9M model designation on the rear decklid.

Inside, the cabin has been custom reupholstered in fine Cinnamon (orange/tan) leather on almost all touchpoints, with Graphite leather as a secondary material.  Heated seats were added along with Dynamat sound insulation, RS carpeting, an RS battery cutoff switch, and a slightly padded MOMO Prototipo steering wheel.  The custom sound system consists of Focal speakers, an Alpine head unit with Bluetooth, and a Hertz amplifier beautifully installed under the passenger front seat.  There is also a USB port allowing the owner to stream from a storage device. A Porsche Stuttgart radio (no codes) is also included. The air conditioning system was completely overhauled with Griffiths components and the entire wiring harness was rebuilt by 9M, removing all redundant wiring (including an aftermarket alarm system).  The seller confirms all gauges and accessories to be fully functional, and notes that once the car was imported back to the U.S. the odometer was reset to 0.

The donor engine for this build is said to have had under 34k miles and post-rebuild, it is said to achieve 306 HP on 91-octane gas. The custom 3.8 L flat-six has been built and tuned to RS specifications with a custom machined crankcase, Mahle pistons, 993 cylinders, 9M RSR connecting rods, 993 RS camshafts, a 993-sourced Varioram intake manifold, and a Motronic DME remap.  One of the more noteworthy upgrades, the Varioram intake provides more torque in the lower RPM ranges, further improving drivability. An OEM Porsche exhaust is equipped and a cat bypass will be included in the sale. The G50 5-speed manual gearbox was paired with a Wavetrac limited slip differential and an RS lightweight clutch and flywheel assembly.  A unique to Ninemeister 4-channel ABS braking system was installed along with 993 brakes featuring black painted calipers.  The suspension was upgraded with Bilstein PS10 adjustable coilovers, 993 components, 9M RS bushings, and has been set to OEM Euro RS ride height.  Any donor parts that were in good condition were professionally restored. A full record of brand-new parts installed during the restoration is included in the photo gallery. This RS tribute is said to drive beautifully. 

This sale will include a toolkit, air compressor, spare tire, original H4 headlights with new bulbs, and a clean title.  Ninemeister’s 964 to 964 Euro RS restorations start at 150,000 GBP plus donor car; this car has their top-of-the-line engine spec, along with the additional upgrades mentioned. A totally unique build with an extensive amount of time and work invested, this 964 RS tribute is ready to begin its journey with a new owner.

Auction Results

  • Sold for: $143,000
  • Auction End: Jan. 29, 2021, 3:12 p.m.
  • Number of Bids: 42
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Comments (91)

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 monthago

    As the Seller, I wanted to say thanks to all the bidders and interested parties!

  • Milo711 (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    Congrats to Buyer/Seller. Very cool car.

  • chrisleegray 1 monthago

    Sold for $143,000

  • chrisleegray 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $143,000

  • Milo711 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $142,500

  • chrisleegray 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $142,000

  • Milo711 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $141,000

  • VertexAuto (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    Then there was two!

  • chrisleegray 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $140,000

  • Milo711 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $139,000

  • chrisleegray 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $138,000

  • Milo711 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $137,000

  • chrisleegray 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $136,000

  • Milo711 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $135,000

  • Contender 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $133,000

  • 911reasons 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $132,500

  • Milo711 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $132,000

  • Contender 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $131,000

  • Milo711 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $130,000

  • Gbelmonti 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $125,000

  • scotta 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $124,000

  • Gbelmonti 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $123,000

  • chrisleegray 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $122,000

  • scotta 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $121,000

  • Gbelmonti 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $120,000

  • scotta 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $118,000

  • Gbelmonti 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $117,000

  • scotta 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $115,000

  • PCARMARKET 1 monthago

    @scotta we retracted the bid, you may re enter it

  • scotta (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    Screwed up, fat fingered the bid, should be 114K

  • Milo711 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $111,000

  • scotta 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $110,000

  • Gbelmonti 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $107,000

  • scotta 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $106,000

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 monthago

    I added a photo at the bottom I took last night—showing how nice and visible the road is via the 9 Eleven headlights at night.

  • Teak090 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $102,000

  • PCARMARKET 1 monthago

    A new photo has been added to the listing gallery

  • chichi78 1 month, 1 weekago

    @jgtennant75 That Youtube video deserves and Oscar. What a story! I don't own a Porsche, but when I can afford one, I would love an air-cooled like this one.

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @993dream Thanks 993dream! I'm happy you can relate. Buying an air-cooled car where every issue has been resolved will save someone a lot of angst.

  • 993dream (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    I watched the video- what a story!! How did you manage the up and downs of this project at every turn. I had a very bad restoration myself-on a 73 911 - 2 years into the project and no movement- every turn delay or this part didnt work etc. I pulled the car in pieces and found the right shop to get my ride back on rode- I totally related to your story- you created a peice of art with your car- sad to see you have to sell it.best of luck to the highest bidder.

  • scotta 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $101,000

  • rptt99 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $96,964

  • hassetfresco 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $95,000

  • scotta 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $90,000

  • hassetfresco 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $85,000

  • scotta 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $80,000

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @CRIMLAWGUY Happy to support. PM me. I can drive to your mechanic given the short timeframe if needed

  • akz911 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $70,000

  • akz911 (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @jgtennant75 Perfect. Thank you!

  • CRIMLAWGUY (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Hello, JG. I'd also like to set up PPI, if you don't mind. . Plmk. Thank you.

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @akz911 Quick video posted per your request. There is a big turn it to get on the highway at that particular intersection

  • andrewn (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Just watched your video. Wow! Such a beautiful car. Going to go for far over what I’d spend but better than new and upgraded tastefully. Love it. Nice work. I think I would never sell a car like this...

  • jran76 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $66,000

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Talldriver I think you might be too tall. This car has the standard space of the 964, OEM seats, etc. The new 911 is not as snug as the 1989-1994 models

  • Talldriver 1 month, 1 weekago

    Does it fit like the new model 911.. 6’11 driver so head space and leg room concerns

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @fatcam When the body was stripped down, Ninemeister spent alot of time properly welding in little brackets in the rear seat area, just like the European RS has. It literally took weeks for them to source and install this little detail. The rebuild used genuine RS parts by default but also where it made sense, for instance on/in the transmission and low-inertia engine parts and bits. A true RS would have door-cards, it's true. But I wanted high-end front speakers, and high-end speakers have crossovers; the best place to install the crossovers is inside the standard 964 door storage area (see one of the pictures). So yes, I made that change from what many would see as standard RS, and I also wanted an air conditioner that worked versus a bone-stock 'AC delete.' I'm not trying to convince you of anything, your question just highlights the beautiful fungibility of both the platform and the term 'recreation.'

  • fatcam (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Beautiful car but I fail to see how this is an RS "re-creation".

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @akz911 Regarding the bushings, they are not poly, as the noise, vibration and harshness is too much. And yes the ride is great for a 964 if the target is Touring (which it was). The new PSS10s could be adjusted to a firmer setting if desired. My original intention was to make the car easy and enjoyable for my wife to drive. Of course it’s not soft either, it’s an RS recreation after all. But within a reasonably expected range it’s a bit on the compliant side. Regarding a video running through the gears, I’ll try to do that ASAP

  • akz911 (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @jgtennant75 Thanks for the quick reply!

    The material of the bushings is less important than the noise / ride quality. I've seen cars ruined with overly aggressive setups. It looks like you went for more of a driver set up vs a track set up. I assume the ride is not harsh and it doesn't squeak over every small bump, correct?

    It looks like you enjoy (and are good at) making videos. Would you be willing to post a driving video with a couple pulls through the full rev range?

  • OneLegged1 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $65,000

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @akz911 The car is fully registered in Texas and I have the sticker in the glove box (as you might know, many Porsche owners in TX do this). It passed the smog test on the first try. I have the stock exhaust + converter on there, and buyer gets the bypass as shown in the photos. I'll have to get back to you on the bushings question.

  • akz911 (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Couple of questions...

    1> Don't see any Texas Inspection Stickers. Is the vehicle currently registered? Any issues with registration given the VIN stickers have probably all been replaced? Also, has it passed a recent smog test?

    2> Does this drive like a regular 964 RS? What kind of bushings are 9M RS – rubber / poly / other?

    Great build!

  • akz911 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $60,000

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @dmundy Done

  • Schwelk 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $50,000

  • dmundy (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @jgtennant75 There are some good options/mechanics in the area! Please email me at dave9_1_1AThotmailDOTcom so we can figure out the details.

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @dmundy Of course I'm supportive of any legitimate PPI request. I suggest Mayo Performance Specialties in Euless TX or Zims Autotechnik in Bedford TX, but am open if you or anyone else have a preferred technician.

  • dmundy (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @dmundy “Is” sorry.

  • dmundy (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @jgtennant75 I’d there a way I can contact you about arranging a PPI?

  • lee88 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $20,964

  • entropism 1 month, 1 weekago

    If you’re spending money for performance, starting with engine internals, like this build, is the smart way to do it. 9m doesn’t do anything half assed, and all these components will have been chosen deliberately to work together to be greater than the sum of their parts. This is a quality build from nose to tail.

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @energyof2 I think the answer is simply that the target car was a Touring build, that didn’t go too far afield so that any Porsche dealer or specialist can easily work on it. I didn’t spec individual throttle bodies, for instance; or the GT* exhaust package. Several people are now doing 4.0 liter upgrades on the 964 motor and I personally wondered, can a motor pushed that hard really go 100,000 miles without lots of TLC? Anyway I hope to have at least partially answered your question. I prioritized reliability and drivability (better low end torque from the retrofitted Varioram) over a racing spec. When I’m driving this on the highway, it really just wants to gallop

  • Singer2020 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $10,000

  • energyof2 (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    This video is the best I have seen here or any other site. And what a car. Sorry you do have to part with it. Secondary question but I was a bit curious why a 3.8 is yielding "only" 300HP especially if it is hand built. I guess I am comparing to a 997 3.8L motor as a reference.

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @andrewn Everything done by or sub-contracted through Ninemeister in the UK (except the 9--Eleven headlights, which were installed by Mayo here in Dallas).

  • andrewn (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Beautiful interior. Do you mind me asking who did the interior redo? Done in Europe or US?

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @sbwoodworth Ninemeister branding. For instance, they are restoring/rebuilding a 993 GT2 now and it will be 9m993 GT2

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @entropism I’m humbled, thanks! Despite its unusual history, Colin said prepping my car for delivery made him remember how much he loves the 964 platform and this car drives like a brand new one

  • sbwoodworth 1 month, 1 weekago

    What is the meaning behind " 9m11rs"???

  • entropism 1 month, 1 weekago

    This may be the best build video I’ve ever seen. @jgtennant75, you have vision and impeccable taste. I wish you could keep this car, but the next owner will certainly benefit from your passion for the 964.

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @titleistaddict87 I quit my job, bought a business and a house, and then Covid hit. Bad timing.

  • titleistaddict87 1 month, 1 weekago

    Beautiful build. Had to pick my jaw up off the floor after watching your video review. After all that work and effort, why are you selling after only 550 miles?

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @entropism Machined

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Hi everyone, the auction went live before my final edits were incorporated. For instance, the restoration company is spelled Ninemeister. See https://www.ninemeister.com/ . I'm guessing the PcarMarket team will be back in the office Mon am and make the final edits to the auction text. In the meantime, please ask me any questions you might have.

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @entropism The sunroof delete at 9M involves these steps: 1) cut, de-flange and remove the sunroof roof skin with internal box; 2) cut and fit the replacement roof skin, including scuttle & rear deck; 3) remove sunroof drain tubes (front) and exit holes (rear).

  • narkotic 1 month, 1 weekago

    WOW.

  • jgtennant75 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Trippfontaine Appreciate the comment. Sometimes I look into the garage for a quick peek at her. The journey was unexpected

  • entropism 1 month, 1 weekago

    The description says sunroof “deleted”. Was this a non sunroof car or was the sunroof removed? If it was removed, how was that achieved? Was the sunroof plugged or was the roof reskinned?

  • entropism 1 month, 1 weekago

    Are the cylinders slip-in or machined?

  • Trippfontaine (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Wow. An Incredible journey and remarkable detailing in every aspect of the build. That is some beast. Doesn't look like any detail has been overlooked. Good luck with your auction.

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1990 Porsche 964 Carrera RS 3.8L Tribute by Ninemeister
Final bid: $143,000 This auction has ended.