1992 Porsche 964 Carrera Cup
1,241 miles since new – One of the finest in existence
Last of 25 Carrera Cup cars converted by ANDIAL for racing, total of 45 built
Returned to its original racing specification by ANDIAL
Featured on the cover of Excellence Magazine in February of 1993
Originally built for U.S. Carrera Cup spec series
Has original MSO, window sticker, factory documentation, ANDIAL build photos
256 horsepower 3.6-liter flat six engine with 5-speed manual transmission
Many Porsche fans know of the 964 Carrera RS America, Porsche’s U.S. version of the fabled 964 Carrera RS, created and delivered due to the demand from U.S. customers. However, another 964 variant was also released, albeit in such small numbers that you had to be in the know to even hear about them being sold. These special 964s are known as the Carrera Cups, the ghosts from what would have been a national race series in the U.S. With so few built but with an incredible background history with the relationship of Porsche and ANDIAL working together, these Carrera Cup cars are nothing short of legendary.
Exclusive to the U.S., the Carrera Cup championship was slated to have 45 spec 964s raced by individual teams. With the entire allotment of 45 sold out with others on the waiting list, there was no trouble filling build slots. Learning from their Porsche 959S importing issues, the Carreras were imported as street cars to avoid unnecessary issues while coming into the country. Immediately they were sent to ANDIAL for racing modifications that brought them to their spec level for racing. This including removing the interior, tweaking the engine for more power, adding a roll cage, suspension modifications, reinforcement welds on the chassis, lightweight body panels, and other equipment needed for racing. Only 25 of the 45 cars were converted by ANDIAL before the unthinkable happened: Porsche was unable to secure a title sponsor for the Carrera Cup, leaving the series dead in the water before it even began.
Porsche had 45 very special cars they needed to sell. In a flip reversal, Porsche commissioned ANDIAL to reverse the 25 conversions that they had already completed, returning them to street-legal specifications. The other 20 cars that were currently waiting for conversion were already street legal and were distributed to dealerships across the U.S. At a MSRP of $78,340, the Cup cars commanded a 20% premium over a regular C2. The 25 cars that were converted back to street cars were able to keep many of the upgrades such as the chassis reinforcement, weight reduction and some of the power increase. Each of the 45 cars received a special dash plaque that denoted the car as a Carrera Cup car.
This special example of the 1992 964 Carrera Cup car holds a unique place in the history of the series, as this was the final example converted by ANDIAL before the abandonment of the Carrera Cup series. Painted in white and given the full conversion, it was returned to street-legal spec and given to Carlsen Motor Cars of Palo Alto to sell to the public. On its original window sticker, it notes a $13,740 option denoted as the “Carrera Cup Edition” package. This included the following on the now street-legal car: lightweight aluminum hood, sound deadening and undercoating removed, sport flywheel, steel transmission synchronizers, modified suspension with different struts and spring rates, different calibration for the brake system, manual steering, master electrical shutoff in trunk, partial electric seats, removed rear seats, no sunroof, racing electrical charging system, 36 amp hour battery, race type engine mounts, manual mirrors and adjustable sway bars. Included with the purchase was a special plaque that denoted the car as the 25’th produced by ANDIAL, and one of the original cup cars. Due to the modifications, the first owner was asked by Porsche to sign a declaration and waiver stating that they understood that the car would handle differently than a “normal” Porsche 964. Don Patterson gladly signed the waiver to become this car’s first owner.
Before the car was shipped to Don’s home in Boulder, CO, the car was featured in Excellence magazine and was the cover car for the February 1993 issue. With the writer praising the 964 Cup car up and down, it was evident that allowing customers to buy this limited-edition Carrera was an excellent move by Porsche. Later, Don was told by ANDIAL that they were offering customers who purchased street-legal Cup cars the opportunity to return them back to racing specification. This conversion kit was blessed by Porsche, as all the parts for the cars were already at ANDIAL’s shops and were in inventory. However, the conversion was not for the faint of heart as the total cost of the conversion went for a staggering $20,332 in 1993. Who could resist a race car with a registerable VIN? Don jumped at the opportunity and according to ANDIAL paperwork the car was scheduled for completion at the end of January of 1993.
Often times special cars have special circumstances that make for interesting stories. When this car was first offered by Carlson Motor Cars, a gentleman named William Jackson had paperwork and the deposit down for the Cup car. Somehow, Don Patterson became the first owner of this car instead and went on to own the car until late 2005. By some stroke of weird coincidence, William Jackson contacted Don and ended up purchasing the car in late 2005. Maybe panged with remorse for not buying the car originally, William now had the car that was originally intended to be his. At the time of the purchase the 964 showed only 1,239 miles.
Don Patterson took excellent care of the car, with William Jackson following in his footsteps. Careful not to drive the car, he kept the car protected from the elements at all times. The car then appeared in 2017 at the Mecum auctions during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend. The car then was purchased by the most recent owner, who also took extreme care to preserve this ultra-rare street-legal Porsche racecar.
Upon arrival at Canepa, this Carrera Cup car was quickly deemed the finest example that we have ever seen. With only 1,241 miles since new, everything on the car looked as though it was new and preserved. It is most likely the closest thing to being able to pick up a brand new example from ANDIAL back in 1992. Given the complete “Canepa Difference” process, the car was mechanically checked over and given a concours-level detailing. Now complete, it presents as a unique and rare opportunity for someone to have a special piece of history from Porsche. With only 45 Carrera Cup cars in existence, it is by far one of the rarest Porsches to ever leave Stuttgart. In its incredible preserved condition, staggering amount of paperwork and factory documents, the ANDIAL conversion applied to return it to a street-legal racecar, its not every day that something like this comes along. Plus, being able to say, “Yes, my racecar is street legal” with no strings attached won’t ever wear out.
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