1 of 485 UK Club Sport models
To be sold by Silverstone Auctions at 'Race Retro' on Saturday 23rd February 2019 at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry (CV8 2LZ). For more information please contact classic car specialist Roger Taylor 00 44 (0) 7976 440110.
Registration: POR 968S
Chassis Number: WPOZZZ96ZRS815295
Engine Number: 42R01300
Number of cylinders: 4
Year of Manufacture: 1994
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate: 20,000 - 25,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)
Genuine UK Sport (Clubsport Lux). One of 306 UK Right-hand drive cars
Rare Riviera Blue. 17" Black Porsche Cup 2 wheels
107,000 miles. Recent service including belts and tensioners
Superb history file. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
Perfect registration number - POR 968S
Further details to follow.
It might not have topped the sales sheets in the 1990s, but the Porsche 968 is now enjoying belated success as a classic car, particularly the rare Club Sport variant…
Owing to its robust technology, the Porsche 968 has long been a hot tip among classic car experts. However, prices have only risen slightly in recent years, unlike those of its relative, the Porsche993, a car that now demands princely sums. The 968 Club Sport, though, is a little different. Introduced in 1992, the lightweight version of the four-cylinder sports car was actually cheaper than its ‘standard’ siblings, joining the range as the entry-level Porsche. Its attractive price coupled with special features such as the M030 sport package, Recaro bucket seats and painted Cup wheels meant sales should have been boosted. But just 1,538 cars were sold; a fraction of the 11,241 968s produced. Good examples today are rare, and demand higher prices than the better-equipped coupés and convertibles.
Anyone who has settled into those Recaros and spent some time at the wheel of the 968 CS will understand why it's so sought after. On our way to the island of Sylt, the northernmost part of Germany, the CS comes up trumps. That large 3.0-litre engine, boasting 240HP, pushes hard and, when combined with the low weight (1,320kg) and a silky six-speed gearbox, it feels as precise now as it did 20 years ago. Comfortable cruising is not the CS’s strong point, despite its long wheelbase, but its taut suspension gives you that ‘seat of the pants’ feeling. With a spartan sports steering wheel, there’s some motorsport theatre, too.
While it never held a place at the sharp end of the sales statistics, it does hold a place in the hearts of many Porsche enthusiasts. If Porsche were to introduce an entry-level, pared-back, front-engined sports car today, we don't think it could build them quick enough.
A genuine C16, Great Britain registered 968 Sport assembled on the infamous Club Sport production line in Zuffenhausen
Being one of only 306, right-hand drive, UK 968 Sports produced during 1994 and 1995 forming part of the run of the Club Sport model produced by Porsche and registered in 1994 the car could well have been driven home via the eagerly awaited channel tunnel which opened in Spring of that year.
Badged as ‘968 Sports’ in the UK, all are genuine ‘ P35 ClubSports’ and my car is badged as such, with the Luxury Package option which included electric windows, rear seats, sunroof and other refinements. In addition, the car comes with the original sought after black 17 Inch Porsche Cup II wheels, reduced Radio preparation (a period Blaupunkt 'quick pull-out' radio cassette is still fitted, that was ideal for quick removal to save weight on trackdays), mechanically adjustable lightweight black fabric factory seats, specific to Clubsport Lux models front and rear, all in excellent condition, and to compliment the black body trim and decals.
Coming with a full-service history comprising twenty-three service stamps and a binder bursting with reassuring notable invoices along with the leather Porsche document folder, owner’s manual, most of the original factory brochures, original tool kit, compressor and two keys this 968 is unable to hide its comprehensive ownership history. Reassuringly, the all import timing belt, tensioners and water pump were changed in the last 18months, with less than 1,000 miles use since.
08/12/1994 Lancaster (OPC) 1,770 miles
30/01/1995 Road Range (OPC) 12,838 miles
29/03/1996 Stratstone (OPC) 24,066 miles
06/03/1997 Arlington (OPC) 30,228 miles
15/07/1998 Arlington (OPC) 37,200 miles
19/03/2002 PCT 43,589 miles
01/04/2003 PCT 48,035 miles
16/03/2004 PCT 50,748 miles
16/03/2005 Porsche Tech 53,658 miles
18/05/2005 Martin Brown 56,764 miles
29/09/2007 Brian Miller 60,440 miles
12/08/2008 Brian Miller 68,294 miles
14/08/2008 Brian Miller 77,632 miles
12/07/2010 Brian Miller 85,821 miles
30/04/2011 Braunton 90,793 miles
01/08/2012 Braunton 95,655 miles
12/10/2012 Braunton 95,964 miles
17/07/2013 Bourenmouth (OPC) 98,675 miles
11/07/2014 Bourenmouth (OPC) 102,021MILES
15/07/2015 Bourenmouth (OPC) 104,486MILES
01/07/2016 Tonbridge (OPC) 106,800MILES
04/07/2016 Auto RS 106,887 miles
OPC Inspection and parts fitted including all belts and tensioners
The sought after original Riviera Blue Porsche factory paint is complimented by black fabric Recaro cord seats in impeccable condition offering the perfect environment to enjoy the six-speed gearbox, the rev hungry four pot motor and the exceptional levels of grip offered by the composed chassis and fresh Michelin Sport road tyres.
Walter Rohrl declared the 968 CS ‘the best handling car that Porsche made’ and he knows a thing or two about good handling cars!
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