Generally speaking, the Porsche 968, also known as the last iteration of the 924 family of front-engined four-cylinder models, is not as loved as the other two-door model the company builds.
Porsche is known for making really, really good sports cars. When they feel like building something spicier, magic happens and yet another hugely exciting car heads out of their factory. So when you come across a smurf-blue 968 Club Sport, you know that this thing is going to be a really enjoyable steer.
This 1993 Porsche 968 Club Sport is the stripped-out, back-to-basics version of the model’s family. Unlike what happens today with models of the same mindset, the Club Sport was the cheapest model of the range. Porsche removed all the unnecessary amenities from the car, including some of the sound deadening and replacing the power-operated heavy seats with a set of lightweight Recaros. The suspension was 20mm lower while the rear torsion bars were re-indexed. Just 1,923 units were produced, out of which only 179 were right-hand drive.
The powertrain remained the same with the regular 968, meaning a 240hp 3.0-litre four-pot mated to a slick six-speed manual. While the revisions might not sound that important, the end result was a front-engined coupe that was finally tuned for the enthusiast, even winning a ‘Performance Car Of The Year’ award in 1993 from UK’s Performance Car magazine.
Unlike other 968 Club Sports, the example we have here isn’t equipped with the optional features that watered down the experience, featuring only the carpets and a CD player. Even the original hardback seats with Maritime Blue-painted backs are in their place, paired with a color-matched rollcage.
The car has also been updated with KW suspension, an SS exhaust system, larger brakes all around and a new limited-slip differential among other. It was also refreshed during the last two years with a gearbox overhaul, new clutch, rear bushes and brake and fuel lines while the body was fully resprayed in its original color. The mileage is just shy of 100,000 miles, backed up by an extensive service history.
Unlike the stratospheric prices we mortals hear all the time concerning various hardcore 911 versions, this 968 Club Sport is expected to fetch between £25,000 to £30,000 ($30k to $37k in current exchange rates) when it will hit the auction block. If you’re interested, head at the 2016 Porsche Sale event in UK, thrown by Silverstone Auctions on October 15th.