- Chassis # WP0ZZZ99ZRS398097
- Engine # 63R80527
- 1 of 216 Type-993 Cup 3.8 Cars Produced
- The Winner Of Two Supercup Races In 1994 Piloted By Fabien Giroix
- Original Engine Case & Finished In Its Period-Correct Finalion Livery
- Accompanied By A History File, Limited Hours On Engine Rebuild, Fresh Service, & Spares
This car is currently located in: Pontiac, MI
The first single-marque Porsche Cup race series in Europe began in 1986 with the Porsche 944 Turbo Cup. The idea was to carefully prepare, and build in Weissach, cars for one-make racing with each vehicle tuned to provide equal and identical performance on the track. Staged regionally, nationally, internationally and at times in support of Formula 1 events, racing was head to head and bumper to bumper. Replacing the successful 944 Cup Series came the 911-based Porsche Carrera Cup in 1990, utilizing the type-964, 911. Then in 1993, now utilizing the new type-993 Carrera 2 coupe chassis, came the most prestigious of the single-marque Cup series; the Supercup Series.
Supercup Carreras were fitted with a full welded-in multi-point Matter roll cage, a single fixed position Recaro hardback racing seat with six-point safety harness, as well as a fire-suppression system. The suspension was uprated, stiffened and fitted with shorter springs. Cross-drilled and ventilated disc brakes with driver-operated ABS fronted three-piece Speedline Magnesium 18in center-lock wheels. The unassisted manual steering rack was upgraded with a faster ratio. A new naturally aspirated 3.8L M64/70 engine sent a rated 310 HP to the rear wheels through a 6-speed G50/30 manual transaxle with 40% limited-slip differential. The 993’s steel hood was traded for one of aluminum which helped bring the weight down to a mere 1,100 kg. For the 1994 season only, Supercup 993s ran without a front spoiler, splitter, side skirts and large rear spoiler, essentially in standard bodywork, referred to later as a pre-aero car.
The example offered here, chassis WP0ZZZ99ZRS398097, was completed in late-December 1993. Finished in Speed Yellow, RS398097 is one of a mere 100 examples slated for the R series and one of a total 216 type-993 Cup 3.8 cars. The car was dispatched to and entered by Giroix Racing in the ‘94 Supercup series and sponsored by Finalion for French motorist Fabien Giroix. Giroix made frequent televised appearances. Consistently running in the front of the crowded grids, the no. 22 car reached podium finishes in eight of the nine races including wins at Barcelona and Hockenheim. Giroix finished an impressive sixth overall in the end-of-season standings behind full-time professionals Uwe Alzen, Emmanuel Collard, and Dominique Dupuy. After his time in the Supercup Series, Giroix used his accolades achieved in the Supercup Series to pilot a McLaren F1 GTR in the BPR Global GT Endurance Series for the 1995 season with moderate success.
We were able to confirm from the one and only; Fabien Giriox himself, that after the 1994 season, this car was sold on to a French collector who kept it in their collection until 1998 when it changed hands. In April 1998, it was purchased and imported to the United States by Kerry Morse. To our delight, Mr. Morse had recently corresponded with us regarding some of its early history under his ownership. Mr. Morse had Jack Leconte of Larbre Competition arrange the purchase of the car as well as carry out a major service before it was air freight through Kroll International to California. During the time period, Larbre Competition was the foremost shop in France having won their class at Le Mans two years in a row (1993-1994). The car arrived just in time for Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca in August 1998 for Porsche’s 50th anniversary. Mr. Morse drove it during an exhibition with a selected group of Porsche’s greatest race cars of all time including 917s, 936, 935s and more. Photos can be found in the “View Documents” button above.
RS398097 was then sold to Jim Oppenheimer who kept it for several years. Mr. Oppenheimer was a regular on the vintage scene for several years as part of Toad Hall Motor Racing. The car resided in California through the early 2000s, before moving to the east coast, under the ownership of a Mr. Lyman where it was periodically cared for and serviced by Spencer Cox of Speedsport Tuning in Danbury, Connecticut. The car was later sold to a Mr. Embler of New Jersey in the fall of 2006. The motor, no. 63R80527, found to be matching numbers based on build records obtained from Porsche, was rebuilt in early 2007 under the supervision of Cox for preparation in endurance and DE events. Dawes Motorsports Development, a well-known racing shop out of Stroudsburg, PA, more recently rebuilt the drivetrain. It is believed that there are just under 20 hours on the current engine build and an estimated 3 hours on the current transmission rebuild. While in the care of LBI Limited’s ownership, RS398097 has been thoroughly gone through. Fitted with an aero-kit and Forgeline wheels when acquired, a correct and fitting spoiler-less rear decklid has been sourced, finished and installed as have the unique Cup-specific Speedline wheels. The rest of the aero kit parts were removed to return the car to its factory look. Services include a comprehensive refreshing of fluids, gaskets, seals and filters, along with leakdown and compression test and fresh Pirelli medium compound racing tires.
Today, this 1994 Porsche 911 Cup 3.8 racer is beautifully presented and wears its startling period-correct Finalion livery. Much of its original and unique Cup componentry including Aluminum hood, three-piece Speedline Magnesium wheels and hardback Profischale Recaro seat remain intact. A scant 24,510 km displays on its odometer. Eligible for HSR, PCA Club Races, and more, this very desirable first year Supercup 993 is perhaps the most collectible of the bunch.
Within the vehicle’s history file exists its importation documents, PCA logbooks, various period photographs as well as a spattering of invoices, correspondence and a Porsche Production Specification record. Also included in the sale are spare Forgeline Wheels, and what we believe to be factory aero kit componentry which we removed during our reconditioning process. This includes rear decklid with spoiler, front splitter, and side skirts.
**Sold on a Bill of Sale Only. Not for Street use.**
body and paint
The Speed Yellow paint is acceptable as a race car with to-be-expected scratches and stone peppering on the fenders, quarter panels behind the wheels, and side-view mirrors. The old period-correct graphics in the style of the livery it was raced in 1994 are weathered and faded but again, adequate per race car standards. The rear bumper has cracking and blemishes and the engine compartment lid is a slightly brighter shade of yellow. The body is straight down the sides and the shut gaps are good. The aftermarket fiberglass hood (original and exceedingly rare Alumium hood goes along with it) fits well and appears tidy. We believe it to still retain the original tub after cross-referencing the stamped number to copies of original build documentation from Porsche. There is some minor rusting in the front of the driver’s door jam as well as some surface corrosion to note along the seems of the floors and trunk area floor.
During the 1994 Supercup season, we do know that, based on period video footage, the car was involved in a roll-over in the sandtraps which can be viewed on YouTube (if you dig deep enough) though we were not able to find any other accident scenes involving the car during its time racing Supercup. The roof drain gutters are a bit thicker and have some bubbling to note. The Supercup series was a grueling and highly competitive series with many spectacular crashes so this car’s history is likely reminiscent of most, if not all of the 94 Supercup cars that survived to the present time.
Overall, the exterior appearance is nice considering it is a race car but does have the expected blemishes associated with it being a race car. One could use it as-is or commission a full extensive restoration.
glass and trim
The plexiglass windshield is heavily peppered though the side window glass is scratch and crack-free. The plexi quarter windows have aged and the trim surrounding the glass is weathered/aged but is not excessively unsightly. We would recommend replacing the plexi windshield.
The 993 Cup cars were fitted with some of the most beautiful wheels of all time. That being the complex, three-piece Speedline Magnesium wheels. Upon our acquisition of the car, it was fitted with Forgeline wheels which are included in the sale. We had a full recommissioning of the factory Speedline wheels to as close to factory specifications as possible. The color and finish are correct though new aftermarket wheel screws had to be sourced and installed (the original “SL” inscribed wheels screws are included.). The “Speedline for Porsche” Etching was replicated as close to the original as possible though is not totally correct. The wheels are now present in excellent, show-quality condition and are wrapped with brand new Pirelli racing slicks. These wheels are best for show rather than racing as they were notorious for developing cracks.
seats and surfaces
The stipped and lightened interior is sparse and has aged. The original, 1994 date-coded Recaro seat is still installed. The door panels are original with lots of patina. Overall, the condition of the interior is very original and useable as a race car, though a detail would make the interior look remarkably better.
functionality and accessories
Everything seems to function as it should including the gauges, windows cranks, and removable steering wheel. The windshield wiper stalk is broken.
engine bay and trunk
The engine bay is very tidy presenting as close to a factory look as possible and clearly well taken care of over the years. With an engine rebuild approximately less than 20 hours ago by noted 911 race shop, Dawes Motorsports, the engine, both mechanically and cosmetically, remains as this car’s strongest point. Remarkably, it still retains its original engine case per the stamped engine number.
The trunk area is tidy overall per race car standards. It comes with a larger aftermarket fuel cell rather than the factory plastic cell it would have come with.
The underside is dirty and blemished as one would expect from a race car of this vintage. The 911 Cup cars came free of factory protective coatings underneath so the underside components are more prone to aging, corrosion, and wear when compared to their street car counterparts.
The engine fires to life after a few cranks and lets out a mighty roar from its unsilenced exhaust. It settles down to a proper bubbly idle. With a quick stab of the throttle, the engine swiftly roars through the rev range without stubble making smooth, consistent power that puts a smile on the face of whoever is driving the car. We commissioned a baseline mechanical service upon our purchase of the car. Details of this service can be found in the “View Documents” button above.
The transmission operates as it should with no grinding or issues to note. We are told the transmission was rebuilt by a noted shop that works closely with Dawes less than 5 hours ago.
brakes and suspension
Though we have not had much seat time in this car, the brakes and suspension seem to operate without issue. We would suggest a professional inspection prior to any track outting.
Though we have not had much seat time behind the wheel of this 911 Cup, from the couple miles we have put on the car, we note that it is incredibly fast with immense power, a symphonic and intoxicating sound as well as handling that feels akin to that of a train on rails. Being behind the wheel of this example feels truly special.