Tuner Tuesday: Porsche 968 Cabriolet Supercharged

I’ve always been somewhat intrigued by the Porsche 968 Cabriolet. Before SUVs and sedans graced Porsche’s lineup, this was a bit of an outlier, a car more suited for cruising than its hardtop sibling, yet packing the same potent large displacement inline-4 under the hood. Someone decided to turn this formula up to 11 with this example we see here for sale in California. This 968 Cabriolet packs a supercharger, with an output of over 300 horsepower. Mated to the preferred 6-speed manual gearbox, this can make for some seriously fun al fresco motoring.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 1992
Model: 968 Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter supercharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 61,700 mi
Price: $24,999 Buy It Now

All 968 cabs are special, but this one is particularly rare, with rare factory options and special and tasteful upgrades and modifications.

It is a 1992 the first model year ever made, (production date 12/1991), with exceptionally low miles for a 24 year old car.

It is one of only seven 968s cabs ever produced to have Full Factory Leather option in Cashmere tan (out of a total production of over 2000 cabs brought to North America).

The door panels, the door handles, the seat backs, the center tunnel, lower dash, armrest, etc. are all in gorgeous Cashmere Tan leather. You may not see another one outfitted like this for sale. This was a $4000+ option from the Porsche Factory back in 1992.

Clean CarFax (available upon request)

I am not a car dealer. I’m just a 968 enthusiast. This car was bought by me in April of 2014 at a local dealer. I have METICULOUSLY gone through the entire car over the last 2 years to bring it to perfect running order, and more, installed many appropriate upgrades and modifications. I have receipts for EVERYTHING done to the car, spent over $18,000 in the past 2 years.

And you are, of course, welcome to go through at the receipts (and the car) to verify this.

If you come test drive this car, you with feel like you are driving a modern car, not a vintage one.

Porsche Factory Option Codes for this car
(as verified by the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, see picture):

L700 = Black exterior
YA = Full Leather in Cashmere and black
437 = 8-way adjustable Driver’s seat
438 = 8-way adjustable Passenger seat
454 = Cruise Control
480 = 6 speed manual transmission
494 = upgraded sound system

Maintenance:
Have expensive receipts for all work done, including:

New Belts, rollers and Water Pump June 2014
New Bosch rotor, spark plugs and wires, May 2014
Mobil One 15-50 every 2000 miles
A/C just reconditioned and recharged this month, blows ice cold

Performance Upgrades (all done in the last 20 months)

Suspension:

Genuine Porsche M030 Sway Bars, front and rear

Front: TrueChoice Double-Adjustable Hydraulic Koni Sport Yellow front Coil-Over Struts , 200lb Springs with 4″ helper springs

Rear: Summit Racing QA-1 Precision Proma Star Coil Over Shocks w/Racer’s Edge Shock mounts
Car has been corner balanced at local race shop

Brakes:
Steel braided lines all around, fresh fluid
StopTech Drilled Brake Rotors all around
Genuine Porsche Brake bias valve installed to 928/951 specs
New Textar Pads, all installed less than 3000 miles ago

Engine:
Paragon Throttle Response Cam
Design 1 Racing SuperCharger with Stage 3 Kit (car makes a verified 300lbs Torque and 305 hp)
Upgraded New Porsche Fuel Injectors (36lbs)
Design 1 Racing Heat Shield
Design 1 Racing Power Steering Adjuster
Porsche Low Temp Fan Switch

Exhaust:
MagnaFlo Hushpower II Resonator
MagnaFlo SUV 50 Series Muffler
(best sound of any 968, throaty, but not loud at any RPM, zero resonance)

Body Bracing:
Design 1 Racing Strut Tower Brace
Design 1 Racing Short Shift Kit
Design 1 Racing Caster Brace
Design 1 Racing Firewall Brace
Design 1 Racing Upper Perch Set

For more info on all the Design 1 Racing parts, here: design1racing

Body/Exterior:
Brand new top installed 4/14, with genuine German fabric
New Porsche OEM Euro front turn lenses (eliminating front ‘warts’)
Brand new Porsche OEM headlights
All dings, scratches removed. Paint looks great.

Wheels and Tires:

A Buy-it-Now Buyer has the choice of either set of wheels and tires

What you see on the car:
Near new Michelin Pilot Sports (235/40-18 front, 265/35-18 rear)
on Genuine Porsche Cayman Wheels (18×8 front, 18×9 rear).
Perfect fit with no spacers.

Or:
A Custom set of HRE 547R’s – 3-piece, Aluminum forged: (18×9 front, 18×10 rear) offsets 57 and 52 respectively with Yokohama Advan Neova AD08R 235/35-18 front, 285/30-18 rear) with @60% tread. See last pic for details.

The car sticks like a cat with this set, which costs over $6000 from HRE.
See here: hrewheels

If the auction closes without Buy-it-Now, the buyer takes the car with the Porsche wheels on the car now, but can buy the HRE’s as a second set for $2500.

Audio Upgrades:
Alpine CDE-154bt Head Unit/Receiver
Rockford Fosgate PBR 330watt amplifier (75wx4)
JL Audio C3-525 Speakers with 5.25″ cones and 1″ tweeters
System sounds great, and is blue-tooth ready for your phone and wireless mic

See my feedback and bid with confidence. Ask any questions before close of auction.

Car and paperwork are available for review. I will help with a PPI and with shipping, if buyer requires.
On Mar-19-16 at 18:13:31 PDT, seller added the following information:
I have been asked is the car will pass Smog test with the supercharger system and the answer is YES, ABSOLUTELY. This is a CARB approved and certified system — and the car as the sticker from Cali to prove it. And it passed smog test a few months ago. Message me, and I will send you a pic of the CARB seal and the smog test — I am maxed out at 24 pictures, otherwise I would post them directly to eBay. Thanks.

Like it’s other front-engined sibling, the 928, 968 prices have been on the rise. We’ve seen good examples of 968 Cabriolets reach well into the $20,000 range. A modified car, even one with low mileage, will tend to affect the value to an extent. The installation of the supercharger and other performance bits on this 968 look to be done to a high standard and even the newer Cayman alloy wheels look at home in this application, a testament to how forward thinking this design was over 20 years ago.

-Paul