I remember my uncle telling me he found my first car, a 1988 BMW 325is, on the used car lot of a Cadillac dealership. Not exactly where you’d expect to find one of these German icons from the ’80s, but you really never know where a car you lust after might turn up unexpectedly. Case in point this final year Porsche 968 for sale at a McLaren Toronto. While it might get lost amongst all the high end machinery on the lot, for the Porsche purist, this is one car that will stand out. Originally a US market car, this car made its way to Canada last year. While it wears a repaint in Black Metallic, mileage is under 50,000. With only 624 968s sold in the US and Canada in 1995, this is a chance to join a rather exclusive club.
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Engine: 3.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 48,145 mi
Representing the last of the front engine 4 cylinder Porsches sold we have this beautiful Porsche 968 coupe for sale. Based off the outgoing 944 the 968 was introduced in 1992. Gone was the turbocharging(North America) and the outdated look and in came the linear 3L inline 4 and modern look with 993 elements. Starting with the powertrain the 968 possessed the last inline 4 cylinder engine produced by Porsche, it was the second largest in production history at 3.0L of displacement and featured 16 valves and dual overhead cams. The engine also possessed variocam F1 which allowed adjustment of intake and exhaust cams to optimize torque and top end power. The engine was then mated to a new 6 speed manual transmission with very nice ratios to complement the power of the big 4. The chassis was also revised with bigger brakes, stiffer suspension and bigger sway bars. Cosmetically the change was substantial, completely new front end with flush headlights, cleaner bumper lines, revised side skirt and revamped rear end gave the car a very modern look. The interior had slight revisions to seat leather patterns and newer radio, however retains most of its 944 heritage. The package was beautiful and performance was strong. The 236HP Porsche did 0-60 in 5.9 sec. Top speed was a healthy 158mph along with a very balanced chassis as the rear mounted transmission assisted with the 50/50 weight distribution. Brakes were also strong with the 4 piston calipers and low curb weight of 3000 lbs.
The example we have here is MY 1995 which is the last year of production, it originated from Great Neck, NY where it spent all of its life before making its way here into Ontario in 2014. It has covered just 48,145 miles since new and is believed to be a 2 owner car. The car has been completely refinished in its original Z8Z8 Metallic Black on Black leather interior. We estimate the paint to about 5 years old. Original options include Metallic paint, Sport Limited Slip Differential, Sport Chassis and 17” Carrera wheels. It is the perfect look with the bold metallic paint. Servicing performed by us is extensive including complete, timing belt and waterpump, oil and filter, spark plug replacement, new tires and 4 wheel alignment. This is a fantastic opportunity to own the last year 968 in preferred combination 6 speed manual coupe with a Carfax backed true 48,145 miles and no collision claims.
Each time I see a Porsche 968, it never ceases to amaze me that this car was designed over 20 years ago. Like this car’s contemporary, the 928GTS, you could park either in a Porsche showroom today and you would have people asking what the deal is with the new models. The asking price on this car is very strong given the current market, especially considering it has had a repaint. Most mint condition, lower mileage 968 Coupes with the 6-speed manual are ranging in the $15,000 to $25,000 territory. I don’t doubt that prices for standard 968 coupes might reach beyond $30,000 at some point soon, but at the moment, we aren’t quite there.