When lightness, which is essential for a world-class sports car, returned to 911: the 911 Carrera Club Sport from 1987 to 1989. A thoroughbred sports car, which while lacking comfort equipment, offers a more intense experience. Lightweight sports version also called the 911 RS of the 80’s, one of only 189 produced units of the incredible, sought after rarity.
From the mid-80’s, Porsche 911 began to be too heavy. Compared with its predecessors, it was literally overflowing with things that make life of the driver easier, but increase the weight. Power windows and seats, luxury upholstery, air conditioning, insulation layers and lights washing system: all this items former Porsche clients "yuppies" wanted, but the brand enthusiasts only shook their heads...
Fortunately, Porsche realized that these hard-core fans are very important for the brand. And so it was decided to manufacture a sportier version: under code M637 was created the Carrera Club Sport, a lightweight version of the standard Carrera 3.2. Lightening consists mainly of removing all unnecessary luxury features – those which are mentioned above and many others. The rear seats disappeared, the central locking, lighting of engine and trunk, rear wiper, radio, clipboard at the door, sunroof, air-conditioning, electric windows, radio, sun visor and other elements. Without making any fundamental changes Porsche (there are still carpets and comfortable factory seats) managed to reduce the weight of 70 kg!
Changes were also mechanical. Although the rear wheels are still spinning with power from the same six-cylinder 3.2 as the standard car, there are few modification. Let us mention, for example, lighter intake valves and a modified engine management, which increased the maximum rpm from 6520/min to 6840/min. Power goes to the wheels via G50 gearbox with a shorter running and longer fourth and fifth gear. There is a limited slip differential between the rear wheels and we can find Bilstein shock absorbers in all corners. There were also front and rear Sport Equipment spoilers.
A special feature is that Porsche did not state any extra performance. However, probably due to modified control unit, it has been found that engines in Club Sport models have output from 240 to 245 horsepower, which is about 9 to 14 more than the standard Carrera 3.2. Interesting fact that was not told the new owners. Reduced weight also signed momentum, accelerating to a 100 km/h takes 6.1 s and the car achieves a maximum speed of 245 km/h.
Most Club Sports were painted with Grand Prix White color, with the possibility of buying big red stickers Carrera CS on hips. That is also the case of our car. Alloy wheels Fuchs fits to the overall outfit.
All together, 340 cars with the Club Sport code M637 were made of which 53 right-hand-drive cars for the UK market. But only the first 189 examples + 1 Targa has an original VIN with a sequence only for the Club Sport model and this is one of these cars with this unique VIN code. This model was by professional community welcomed with open arms: for example, the editors of Motor magazine wrote that it is the fastest 911 they drove. And in the UK, it was cheaper than the conventional Carrera. In the US, the model was taken conversely, was a bit more expensive, and the local market did not accept it, only 28 cars were sold over there.
This example from the first year of production: 1987, was modified for track day use by the famous RUF at the beginning of the 90’s. Although it was later brought back to the original condition, some features still remained from RUF present like the exhaust with two pipes, one added to the right side. But it looks even better than the standard car with the exhaust pipe only on the left side of the car. It has also sharper camshaft so the car really wants to be driven at higher revs. You can see that in a video below where the car is driven.
The car comes with Czech registration without an actual MOT. This 911 Carrera 3.2 Club Sport is an outstanding example of one of the rarest special-edition Porsches. It is the missing RS version of the G-model generation. This is not only a coveted collector car, but it is also one of the finest and fastest driving 911s ever built.
At the end, a market example from these days: This RHD 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Club Sport (auction link) was sold at Collecting Cars for 164.000 GBP including premium on the 15th of May.
|Engine||3164 ccm, flat 6|
|Layout||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Steering||Left Hand Drive|
|Color - exterier||Grand Prix White|
|Color - interier||Black / Grey|
|Miles/Kilometers shown||83732 kms|
|Chassis / VIN||WP0ZZZ91ZJS105065|
|Location - country||Czech Rep.|
|Location - city||Prague|
Engine: air cooled six cylinder boxer, 3164 cm3, Bosch fuel injection, 2 x OHC, two valves per cylinder Max. output: 170 kW (231 hp) at 5900/min Gearbox: five speed manual Suspension: independent front and rear wheels, limited slip differential, Bilstein shock absorbers Period of production: 1987 to 1989 Number of produced units: 189 units of coupe, 1 unit of targa (with the unique VIN code).
Hradec Kralove, Czechia