At the beginning of the 1990s, pretty much everyone was stepping away from twin-cam inline-4s. While they had been the rage in the 80s and “DOHC” was nearly as popular as Miami Vice, buyers demanded more power and refinement. Sure, you could make 200 horsepower from a high-strung four-pot; but making it tractable for daily driving, passing emissions, and reliable? That was another ball-game. As a result, most major manufacturers went to larger displacement 6- or 8-cylinder motors in their small performance cars.
Everyone, that is, except for Porsche.
Porsche dialed in the 944S2 a bit more with updated 928-inspired looks and a new ‘VarioCam’ adjustable valve timing on the 3-liter inline-4. Now with 237 horsepower and an impressive 225 lb.ft of torque, it roamed the sports car elite field like a small dinosaur. Porsche added another speed to the mix, but since this was a relatively expensive 4-banger coupe based on a twenty year old design, they didn’t sell particularly well. A total of 2,234 Coupes were imported between 1992 and 1995; the last year was the worst seller, with a scant 259 making the journey. This particular last-year example may just be the best one left in the country:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 968 on eBay
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 8,200 mi
Price: $75,888 Buy It Now
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1995 Porsche 968 Rare Speed Yellow
Update: This is one of the finest and rarest 968 in the country. Please research the car on the 968 registry. It is extremely well documented. It is sitting on our showroom next to million dollar cars and shows like a time capsule. The price is the price. The owner of the dealership is happy to keep this car in his collection unless someone pays the asking price. I hope this helps and thank you for the questions.
This car is a no hesitation excellent condition original 968 out of CA most of its life. The debut of Speed Yellow – 1 of 10 and the only one w/ sunroof delete and sport suspension. This is #9 on the speed yellow registry.
Per 968 Registry:
“The 968 looks great in all of the exterior paint colors that were available, but after years of being out of production one of the most desirable colors in the used 968 market is Speed Yellow. The reason is most likely the combination of rarity and how great it looks on the car. By the time production ceased on the North American 968 only 10 cabriolets and 10 coupes had been painted in the X4 (sales code) L12G (paint code) hue of Speed Yellow making them quite a rare sight today.
Porsche launched Speed Yellow as an exterior offering in Canada in 1993 and the US in 1994 so the 968 series was one of the first to receive the vibrant color. The color remained as an available offering until 2012 when it was replaced by a new yellow called Racing Yellow. Although SY commands a premium on the used 968 market today back when the cars were being sold new the color was actually a “no additional cost” choice.
Because of their desirability the 968 Register has been tracking the whereabouts of the SY 968s for years. Partial VINs along with configuration details and option codes of the individual cars appear below. Photos are included for each SY 968 if available. If you are an owner of a SY 968 you are a fortunate enough to be part of an elite and desirable group. If you find an unaccounted for SY 968, buy it!”
LT black partial leather interior
XK7 Alternate color leather shifter knob (spd Yellow, 09991 exclusive pkg)
030 Sport chassis (includes 17″ wheels)
220 Limited slip
383/387 Sport seats/driver/passenger
393 17″ Cup2 wheels (part of 030 Sport chassis)
595 Painted rear spoiler
18101 Door panels in alternate color
This car is going to sell fairly close to full ask. I always want to leave the door open so the best offer box stays checked.
Fees: Low & Straight Forward
Doc Fee: $80
Electronic Fee: $29
7121 N. Palm Ave
Fresno, CA 93650
Speed Yellow was certainly one of the least-frequently selected colors on one of the least-frequently selected Porsches. Of the ten originally produced, only five were opted with the $2,017 M030 Sport Chassis option. On top of that, this car had a few more special options; it’s a sunroof delete car making it lighter, plus it had some leather options added to the interior. Here’s where things get a bit tricky; as the car appears, it’s been opted with the 968 Club Sport Kevlar Recaros and 17″ Speedline 3-piece wheels. Both are fantastically presented, but the seller is clever in their wording; I’m pretty sure that the car did not originally come in this specification, but these items were added. Mileage is unbelievably low and condition is outstanding. Outstanding, too, is the price – $76,000 gets you into a whole other league of performance, but in terms of collectability this phenomenal example of the best inline-4 sports car the 90s had to offer is still priced below equivalent examples of the E30 M3 and W201 190E 2.5-16. Is it the better car? I think if I were presented with this budget and those three options, this would be the one I chose.
There is a whole lot to like about that car. Setting aside the issue of Asking price.
But it’s really silly for a Porsche dealer to play fast and loose with how they present the originality of a car like that. Why play games? You have a beautiful car to offer for sale, just present it accurately so that there aren’t questions for prospective buyers from the outset.
M3 for me thanks
Love this car. I loved mine despite the Tip, would love to have had one in manual, and the color and condition of this one is fantastic.
BTW, second para, first sentence – change 944 S2 to 968 please.
@Ken, can I ask why? I meant 944S2, since the 968 was a refinement of that package.
@Carter… The 968 was a 75-80% all new car according to Porsche at the time. The addition of the mostly new body (only the doors remain from the 944) along with Variocam make this much more than a ‘refinement.’ Sure, there were some like Paul Frere’ who called for it to be identified as a ‘944S2,’ but Porsche did give the car a completely new designation. I’d use it.
By the way, a beautiful car. But the later seats and the Speedline wheels actually hurt the value. Not much, but any collector would want to return it to the Porsche COA specs.
Hmm, I guess. The point of that reference was not to say the 968 was a 944S2, but that Porsche had reworked the 944S2 into the 968, which is exactly what they did. It might have had a lot of new parts, but a clean sheet design it was not. Anyway, semantics and opinions I guess, it is very beautiful and I agree that the CS bits, while beautiful and desirable, don’t add value in its current state.
Porsches best transaxle car. Love my black 968.
Spot on Carter…. Could easily have been called 944S3.
Hi Carter, it might be semantics, and @Dan’s comment about the 968 could have been called the 944S3 is on-point (944S3 was the working model name, I think). That said, the 944S2 looks more like prior 944s than a 968, hence my quibble with the sentence. To my eye, the 968 is the one that looks like a baby 928, while the 944S2 is more clearly the pinnacle of the 944 line visually. And to @RPM’s point, the 968 was a massive reworking of the prior model, making it a cleaner break with the 944 series than were any changes to the 944 line through its history.
That said, its not really worth getting into navel gazing, is it? They’re both fantastic cars – I miss my 968 and I still love to drive (my wife’s) 944S2 when she lets me! Despite being a quarter-century old, it’s still a delight to drive.
@Ken – Bingo. And I wish I had not sold my Amazon Green 93 968 coupe.
Good commentary all around! FYI, I heard from the previous owner, who confirmed seat and wheel replacement and a carefully (and incorrectly) worded ad copy.
Your description is inaccurate. I never stated- but the seller is clever in their wording; “I’m pretty sure that the car did not originally come in this specification, but these items were added. ” I appreciate the blog picking up my listings as I feel we have some very unique vehicles. I just found it odd reading the listing that I’m playing some kind of game with the wording- the first reply to your article someone even states.
“Why play games? You have a beautiful car to offer for sale, just present it accurately so that there aren’t questions for prospective buyers from the outset.”
The listing is accurate. I haven’t modified the listing since Aug 25th. I’ll post the window sticker on the fb blog. Again thank you for picking up the listing – just think it should be noted I’m very straight forward.
Thanks for your comment. Perhaps I wasn’t entirely clear in my commentary on the car, but my comments were made in regards to the two questions posed in your listing. Both appear to have been answered, presumably by you, on August 25:
Q: Also, I assume these are not the original wheels? Thanks – beauty car.
A: The wheels are original speedlines to the 968 030 Sport Chassis option.
Aug 25, 2017
Q: Are these aftermarket seats? They don’t look like the standard 968 sport seats. Thanks!
A: They are factory OEM seats. The same seats used still in the AMG GTR.
Aug 25, 2017″
As I read it, both answers seem to indicate that the items are original to the car, rather than being options to the car that were not available in this market. The seats are factory seats, but not factory to this car. The same goes for the wheels. I hope that clarifies my point – perhaps it’s just the way I read those answers, but to me it could have been made more clear that those two items were not original, but additions to the car.
Dealer comes to GCFSB to double down on the tricky language? I have no issues with calling it like it is.
Good grief, just state that the wheels and seats AREN’T original to the car.
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