Long-term Porsche devotees will be all too familiar with the 968, introduced to the world back in 1991, and as it turned out, was to be the end of the line for Porsche’s enduring front-engined four-cylinder model line. The 968 was developed directly from the 944, which meant adopting its well-honed and well-proven running gear, whilst presenting a fresh design aesthetic that made it feel like a significantly new model.
The standard 968 was a great all-round sports car, but as a last ‘hurrah’ to this enduring lineage Porsche wanted to create a car tailored more for the pure enthusiast and, in particular, one that would excel in competition. In late 1992, the 968 ‘Club Sport’ was introduced and, whilst it was mechanically identical to the standard 968 and shared the same 3.0-litre engine (producing 225lb-ft of torque and 240bhp) and 6-speed gearbox (situated at the rear axle, which helped give the car it’s excellent weight distribution), it differed in a number of important ways.
This track-focused run-out model adopted the philosophy of ‘less is more’ by removing all luxury-related equipment from the basic build specification. With the no-frills approach, less weight and clever suspension, Porsche could now focus media attention on the Club Sport’s fast road and track abilities. As soon as the press got hold of the Club Sport and discovered what a brilliant drivers’ car it was, the credibility of the 968 went through the roof. Even Walter Röhrl reckoned it was the best handling car that Porsche made (after driving an example previously owned by our vendor). The CS achieved a ‘Performance Car of The Year’ award in 1993 from Performance Car magazine in the UK.
In total, just 1,538 CS examples were produced worldwide and it’s now rightly regarded as one of the best driving Porsche cars ever made.
The car presented here was first delivered by Porsche Zentrum Lennetal in Hagen to its first German owner on July 19th 1993. It was ordered in a full standard specification with no options whatsoever to comply to Clubsport puritanism in magnificent Speed Gelb!
As enthusiasts will know, the standard factory Club Sport specification comprises lowered suspension, colour-coded wheels, lightweight fixed bucket seats, reduced sound deadening, manual window regulators/mirrors, cable boot release, a lighter wiring loom/alternator/battery and only a single radiator fan.
Three years later, the car was sold to the second owner by Porsche Zentrum Ruhr-Lippe in Recklnghausen. By then the car had run 43.854km. In 2011 the car was imported into the Netherlands where it remained till today.
Today the car has 88.906km and is in a pristine condition overall! No remarks to be made whatsoever! Porsche Classic Center Gelderland just performed a major maintenance, changed brake fluid, changed gearbox oil, placed a new timing belt, changed the balance shaft belt as well as the V-belt. No expenses to be foreseen! Car is ready to be enjoyed!
The car comes with the original user manuals and service booklets in their leather case, the original tool roll, jack, a Certificate of Authenticity and the original Fahrzeug brief.
The 944, the 968 and even the 928 are seeing their values rise in the wake of the ‘911 explosion’ and front-engined Porsches are having the Renaissance they richly deserve. This is a simply super example of arguably the most coveted front-engined Porsche model and, competitively guided, opens the door into a very exclusive club. Don’t miss this opportunity!