Motorsport Mondays: Unconventional Updates – V8 E30 M3 and 944 3.0 16V

The Porsche 944 and BMW E30 are two of the most popular chassis to use in drivers events and club racing. Cheap, plentiful and effective, they’re usually turned up with race suspension, cages, and once you’ve run out of gusto, it’s not uncommon to see them get greater motivation. Generally for the 944, this means looking towards the turbocharged variant of the 2.5 liter inline-4 that was available from Porsche themselves; similarly, E30s receive a great swath of later Munich-based motors including the S50, S52 and even S54 if you’re really racey. But today there are two lesser-used mills powering this pair of perennial favorites. Which is the one for your sporting needs? Let’s start with the 944:

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10K Friday: Grand Tour Ready – 1993 Porsche 968 v. 1994 BMW 840Ci

You don’t have to despair if you’ve missed out on the E30 M3 and Porsche 911 market – there are still plenty of alternatives that make great occasional vehicles with enough sport to have fun with and enough presence to make you feel really special. Two of the best coupes from the early 1990s are often overlooked and are still very affordable – the Porsche 968 and the BMW 8 series. Now, truth be told most 968s are out of the “10K” price range, and 850i/Cis are often close in disrepair if they’re at or below $10,000. But if you’re willing to take higher miles on the well-built 968 chassis and opt for the smaller motor in the E31, you can find examples of either that fit a budget. Which would you choose?

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1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet with 14k Miles

Even though it spelled the demise for the air-cooled 911, the 1990s were a great time for Porsche. Vibrant colors, the legendary 993 Turbo, all-wheel drive Carreras and introduction of the mid-engine Boxster were all cause for celebration. Quietly, we lost two of the greats, the 928 and 968. The 968 was the final evolution in the front-engine, four cylinder sport car formula and to this day is idolized as one of the best balanced vehicles for the track that we’ve seen in the last few decades. Offered in both coupe and cabriolet forms, this 968 Cabriolet for sale in Georgia has an extremely low 14,000 miles on the odometer, used as a weekend toy for a pilot. And yes, it is equipped with the desirable 6-speed manual gearbox.

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Front-engine Freedom: 1990 Porsche 944S2 Cabriolet & 1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet

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For years, the Porsche 944 soldiered on as a sports coupe. It wouldn’t be until 1990 that Porsche decided to test the waters with the 944S2 Cabriolet. Sold in limited numbers, the car would offer buyers a cheaper alternative to an open roofed 911. It’s longevity in the market was short, as Porsche unveiled a 944 replacement for 1992 in the form of the 968. Porsche would yet again offer a drop top variant in the new lineup, however. Let’s look at two very nice examples of these rare convertible Porsches, the first a clean 944S2 Cabriolet for sale in Maryland.

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1994 Porsche 968

Front-engined Porsches seem to have their own following, especially when it comes to the various 4-cylinder models produced throughout the ’80s and early ’90s. Beginning in 1976 with the 924, these sports coupes replaced the 914 as Porsche’s entry-level model and remained in the lineup for nearly 2 decades under the guise of the 944 and then the 968. In its naturally aspirated trim, a 968 like the one featured here housed a 3.0 liter inline-4 delivering 236 hp to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. Capable performers, due to their reasonable weight and excellent balance, these 4-cylinder Porsches have remained of interest to enthusiasts everywhere as a track car or even as an alternative to the 911. The car we have here is a low-mileage Guards Red 1994 Porsche 968 located in Illinois.

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944 S3 – 1993 and 1994 Porsche 968s

Another week, another set of watercooled, front engined, 4-cylinder, non-turbo Porsche coupes. This time, though, it’s the cream of the crop; the highly regarded 968 Coupe. While recently I’ve covered several944 S and S2s, the 968 remains pretty firmly the most desirable of the non-turbo models by most enthusiasts. For good reason, too – it’s a good looking, relatively cheap to maintain Porsche that’s a great driver and combines the awesome look of the 928 and 944 turbo into one package. What’s not to like? Well, in some cases, the pricetag; we’ve featured a few lower mile examples and the asking prices seem to be quite high. The first example is a good illustration of this:

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1995 Porsche 968 Club Sport

For all the air-cooled Porsches that we feature, there is still one outlier that is the ne plus ultra when it comes to P-cars for me. The 968 Club Sport. This was another one of those forbidden fruits to US customers, but a formula which enthusiasts copied in earnest by either cobbling together a few of the more performance oriented options available at the time, such as the M030 option package, or by way of the aftermarket. Out of the box, the Club Sport was ready to hit the track, with about 222 pounds shed from the curb weight by way of deletion of luxury trimmings and complimented with a more aggressive suspension setup. This Club Sport for sale in Maryland has been worked over a bit to make it even more fearsome for track days.

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1995 Porsche 968 with 40k miles

Following on to the early 924 we just featured, here we have the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to four-cylinder, front-engined Porsche: the 968. What was originally supposed to be designated the 944S3 turned into the 968 after engineers realized so little was left of the 944 platform. Complementing the evolutionary styling was an enlarged 3.0 liter inline-4 with VarioCam variable valve timing and a 6-speed manual gearbox (4-speed tiptronic was optional). For those who want an affordable, modern Porsche but might not be turned on by a Boxster, these 968 Coupes and Cabriolets offer enthusiasts a unique proposition. This 968 Coupe with a 6-speed manual for sale in Illinois is a lower mileage example sure to please the more serious driver.

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1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet

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With the Porsche Boxster now having been around for almost two decades, there are plenty of good, affordable examples out there such as our Feature Listing example from last week. But, if you want to go the road less traveled with affordable, open-air Porsche motoring, there is this car, the 968 Cabriolet. A slightly forgotten member of the Porsche lineup, these two seater sports cars were the final evolution of the 924/944 formula and featured such up to date equipment as a 6-speed manual gearbox and variable valve timing on their big 3.0 liter four cylinder engine. This red 6-speed for sale outside of Philadelphia has its services up to date and is ready for a new owner. It’s never too early to get ready for summer motoring!

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1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet

The Cayenne and Panamera are great performance cars in their own right, but for the Porsche purist, it is little more than a vehicle by which they can keep their favorite sports car manufacturer in the business of just that: manufacturing sports cars. It seems the diversity in the lineup, the earlier water-cooled, front engined Porsches are now getting the respect they deserve. This 968 Cabriolet for sale in Florida is equipped with the 6-speed manual gearbox and is closing in on the 100,000 mile mark. Still a lot of life left for someone who wants to live out their P car dream on a budget.

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