1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet

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I was pleased to see Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car prominently featured the transaxle Porsches in their latest issue. These are sports cars which are finally getting their day both in the Porsche and general collector circles. With increased respect comes an increase in values, of course. However, many of these cars are still within reach of the more modest collector, such as this 968 Cabriolet for sale in New Jersey. With well over 100,000 miles, you wouldn’t have to worry about using this Porsche as intended. Tired of the usual 911 Cabriolet? This might be the cure.

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1994 Porsche 968

As a kid, the Porsche 911 was one of those cars that I always lusted after but for some reason, the thrill of that sports car has faded with me over the years. A combination of steep cost of entry and a bit of ubiquity have left me longing for a more uncommon option. One car which has always been on my radar is the Porsche 968. These cars are more rare than the 911, and the combination of the transaxle layout, big four-cylinder engine and practicality are too enticing to ignore. This 968 for sale in Northern Virginia has just crossed 100,000 miles. For those looking for a driver rather than a show queen, this car is a good option.

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1992 Porsche 968

Week after week, Porsche prices seem to climb further and further, with no end in sight. What is it that makes the vintage Porsches so popular? Is it the performance? The engineering? Maybe because people are nostalgic and want to get away from the bloated models like the Cayenne and Panamera, as good as a drive they may be. One Porsche that seems to be holding the line a bit when it comes to values is the 968. But even these sports cars are starting to climb their way up the value ladder, like this well preserved 968 Coupe for sales in Pennsylvania. Equipped with the desirable 6-speed manual in Guards Red, this takes me back to the good old days when I still wanted a Porsche new out of the box from the showroom floor.

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Motorsports Monday: 1992 Porsche 968

One of my first days instructing at a high performance driving school, my student walked up to me after the morning meeting and told me he was under the weather and not up for driving. But, he said, he didn’t want to miss out on track time, so would I be willing to drive him around Lime Rock Park in his car? Sure, I said, and we strolled over towards his ride – a track prepared Porsche 968 on Michelin Sport Cup tires. I have to admit I was slightly apprehensive; a car I was unfamiliar with wasn’t the end of the world, but that day track was wet and while I had been the wheel man a few times in my father’s 924S on track, most of my seat time was spent in my front-drive Audi Coupe GT. But out on the track we went, and the 968 quickly proved why it gained a reputation as such a superlative driver’s car. Near perfect balance matched with smooth power delivery. The limited slip differential in that particular 968 also helped to translate the power to the ground, and on a soaked track we were one of the fastest cars that session within two laps – it just felt natural to push the car. Down the “No Name Straight” (which both has a name and isn’t a straight), the 968 twitched lightly under full throttle but was never out of control and never once felt uncomfortable. Even before then I had a high regard for the watercooled front-engine Porsches, but it solidified my love even more and it’s always nice when I see a track prepared 968:

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1995 Porsche 968

The year 1995 was one that sticks out in the mind of many Porsche enthusiasts, as this would be the final year the company would offer its front-engined sports cars, the 968 and 928. The Boxster would appear shortly thereafter, targeted towards those individuals looking for something a bit more affordable than the 911. After this, a water-cooled engine would enter the equation with the new for 1999 911. Several years later, the Cayenne SUV would appear, shocking many a Porsche purist. In just one decade, the Porsche portfolio would almost become unrecognizable to the one we knew from the 1980s and early 1990s. I’m not going to sit here and deride the current Porsche product lineup, because its full of fine cars that pay the bills. However, there’s a reason why vintage Porsches are soaring in the collector market. And likewise, interest in the last of the four-cylinder, front-engined Porsches has recently taken off. This example for sale in Maryland is a final year 968 equipped with the preferred 6-speed manual gearbox.

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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.

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1993 Porsche 968 Cabriolet

As much as I’ve always loved the Porsche 968 Cabriolet, it’s a bit of an odd duck in the annals of Porsche history. However, I’m not the only one who is attracted to this car. In addition to the folks over at flüssig magazine who preach the gospel of the transaxle Porsche, former GCFSB writer Aaron had a few things to say about his desire to own a 968 Cabriolet in a conversation I was having with him yesterday evening. “Any Porsche made after ’98 is crap, ’80s 944s, 928s and 924s are all a bit dated. The 968 represents a ’90s era Porsche that the every man can afford.” Some may not necessarily agree with his sentiment, but having owned a 2000 Boxster, it must have had some affect on Aaron’s view of modern Porsches. If you share our love of 968s, check out this 968 Cabriolet for sale in Florida is one of two 6-speed examples painted in Amethyst Metallic.

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Honorable Mention Roundup

Time for another Honorable Mention Roundup, and we’re sporting some great 1990s style with one throwback to the 80s in this edition. With lovely coupes from Volkswagen, Porsche and BMW, two Audi sedans round out the lineup. Which is the one you’d like to grab for this holiday season? Thank you again to our readers who sent in suggestions, we always appreciate them!

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1993 Porsche 968 Cabriolet

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It’s pretty remarkable that over a four year production span, just under 13,000 Porsche 968s were ever produced. You would think such a well-balanced, good looking sports coupe would have been more popular, but the limited production is a part of the 968s appeal these days, adding to its collectability for those looking for a less expensive air-cooled 911 option. With the introduction of the 944S2 Cabriolet in 1990, open-air flexibility was added to the equation; a tradition the 968 carried on with the car we see here, the 968 Cabriolet. This example for sale in New Jersey has just 53,000 miles on the clock and is equipped with the more desirable 6-speed manual.

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Motorsports Monday: 1993 Porsche 968

On paper, the 968 should make a great race car. Out of the box, the transaxle configuration meant that as with all of the 924/944 lineup which preceded it, the 968 had nearly perfect weight distribution and balance. The boxy flares of the 944 had been smoothed slightly but were still quite capable of containing very large amounts of sticky rubber. The 968 was available with a 6-speed manual transmission; one more cog to exploit that power train than had previously been available. And while nearly all examples lacked the magical turbo script, the upgraded 944 S2 motor with VarioCam meant that the torque-laden and largest post-war 4-cylinder produced in normal production runs churned an impressive 17 horsepower more than the boosted variant had in 1986, with 237 horsepower on tap. But for whatever reason, track worthy 968s are much more rare to see than 944s; perhaps it’s the residual value they still enjoy in some regards, or perhaps its the flexibility of tuning the Turbos for more boost. Whatever the reason, it’s neat to see one pop up, such as this PCA/NASA example today:

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